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Dec 09 2017
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69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Dog Canyon Trail #106Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Dec 09 2017
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Canyoneering7.30 Miles 2,700 AEG
Canyoneering7.30 Miles
2,700 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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My fifth time up Bishop's Cap... but today was out first group hike. I limited the attendance to Eleven... and that was likely too many to keep together up this very difficult, hyper steep Spur Canyon. Four hikers turned back at the mouth of the canyon; the group size from there on up was about right.

My exploratory outing back earlier this year included a heavy pack (over 50#) and a bike ride out to the park. Today was much nicer. Approach to the canyon was 1.5 hours... that day 2 hours. Scrambling with a lighter pack: much easier! Interestingly, the small wall further up where I left an assist rope hanging proved about as difficult... the rope was needed. Jason did spot a second ascent with good footing... but a bit too exposed for most folks to enjoy.

Everyone agreed that this hike has the most scrambling of any of our southern NM hikes... up or down... no level areas! Just pure fun! Down and out around 2:30pm with a 7:30am start and easier pace. Slower would have been better... lots to appreciate up this demanding canyon. The one monster dryfall in the lower section still goes unclimbed. 170' fall lacks appeal. We may go in and set safeties to allow a day of near vertical scrambling in our 2018 Adventure Series? Not sure there is any interest...

Overall... great day out!
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Dec 06 2017
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69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Lost Trail Canyon: South ForkSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Dec 06 2017
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Canyoneering7.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Canyoneering7.00 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
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Interesting Day. Only one hiker signed on (Darrel), which was a bit odd. I have not hiked this area for the last few years; it would be new hiking for most of our group. Darrel had never hiked any of the Basin routes; all new for him. Socked in, 40 degrees, yet felt warm. If we were not walking in light mist we would have been down to tshirts.

Decided to cross over into Lost Trail South after showing the Indian Wells... used the old deadend road, then followed a low ridge around and into the canyon proper... interesting rock! As always, the canyon was great. Lots of bedrock walking. We passed a number of north side spurs. I was looking to hike up and around, connecting with Lost Trail or Mineral Springs Trail for a shorter days loop. Finally, turned up and in... and after starting to climb, it did not feel familiar. Turns out we were in a cut I'd never routed... and it was good! Steep yet medium level effort occupied us for our ascent to the top of the Ridge. Great views of the upper canyons from the ridge high point. There was a small cut, bedrock bottomed, heading off and down towards a large north spur. We decided to check out for an exit option, fully expecting such a small defile to run out with overgrowth. Around each twist, the bedrock continued... and got ever better. In the end, it ran all the way down and out... possibly the easiest walkway I'd ever encountered. I wondered how I'd never noticed it from the bottom...? Once down it became obvious... it flowed into the lower spur as a low shelf... it did not look like the mouth of a cut. Who knew!?

We were at the site of some old diggings across on the north side of the large spur... option was to descend back into Lost Trail South... or... ascend to Lost Trail. Checking out the old mines and assorted exceptional loose rocks, we wound up and around and were soon on the trail. By that time I'd decided to stage a RockHound Hike for this loop... rock was good. Little did we know; the best was yet to come!

Looping around and down, at the prominent rock outcropping on the descending ledges, we entered Crinoid Heaven! I scored 50# of crinoid samples and could easily have lapped up 100's of pounds... quality fossils everywhere! I could not recall what name I might have given this point years ago... it is now Crinoid Point. Additionally, our new spur cut out of Lost Trail south: Darrel's Ledges. The Ridge High Point: Darrel's Point. Our descending bedrock cut is Darrel's Stroll. The overall loop: Darrel's Wrap!

Darrel is very happy to have signed on for this day's interesting exploratory!
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Dec 04 2017
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 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Mary's Cut, NM 
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Canyoneering avatar Dec 04 2017
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Canyoneering6.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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Ross, Mary, Darrel and Marlies joined me for my RockHounding up into Mary's Cut... then they rotated up and over into Rebekah's Cut and ascended the South Fork... eventually exiting the gully south of the cut... down into Arrow South. I took my time, gathered 60# of green calcite, then opted to descend Rebekah's Cut to Arrow, checking out the Springs along the way.

Should have been an easy loop, but the overly heavy knapsack provided a solid bit of workout.

Once again, really nice to have the Arrow Canyon trail to enter/exit from the road... we are putting that little trail to heavy use.

Noted that this canyon, combined with the other adjacent cuts, provide over 30 hikes that Mary can walk to from her house. Unlike my 350 hikes I walk to from my house, hers are really close!

So... need to not do these heavy hauls on scheduled easy days!
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Dec 01 2017
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 Cloudcroft, NM
A Trail #119Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2017
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
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2,600 ft AEG
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Fifth trip up the hill to work on retrieving the Monster Crystal... Alas, once the Travois was constructed and the rock mounted... I needed a bigger Mule! So... Crystal Rock: Four... Hounders: One! I have a few more ideas... and in the end... might break it in two!? At 70-90 pounds each, that will still be a load, but within range of what is possible with a frame pack... down hill!

At least scoring good Rock Hounding on the 2500' climb!
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Nov 30 2017
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Hell-Oh Mary., NM 
Hell-Oh Mary., NM
 
Canyoneering avatar Nov 30 2017
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Canyoneering6.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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One more of the Burlison Ridge West... frontal cuts. This one south of the Mary's Fault and Not Mary's Fault. Houses blocking mouth of canyon forced a looping entry from the north... likely just as well: pretty overgrown in the lower sections.

Eventually the bedrock kicked in and the great climb/scrambles. One needed a safety rope to make it a reasonable climb (we'll go back with rope!) Fun bypass... lots of fun scrambles.

We started to exit Lynda's Cut... but Ross/Mary and Darrel voted for the easier Left Cut down into Arrow North. So... scored that bit of extra. Also, nice baseball sized Quartz geode? Good day!

Just a couple cuts left to explore on that West face...
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Nov 27 2017
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 Cloudcroft, NM
A Trail #119Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2017
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Hiking4.80 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
1,700 ft AEG65 LBS Pack
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Energy off at beginning of day, so ran some errands and did bike ride in hopes of improvement. alas... still felt off at beginning of hike. Given this was to be a "training" hike, I opted to load up the pack and go slow with heavy effort. I was to have gone long. So, 50+ up the hill, and a steep hill it is. 65+ down the hill (oft loaded the tools and filled the pack with rocks!) Started the day with over 20# of drinks... left a number up the hill for future hikes.

May have had a low grade fever? Was sweating even hiking down the hill. Now, home... feel as if I did at least score enough of a workout to maintain in not improve conditioning.

Motivation was low!
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Nov 21 2017
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 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Hells Hole Trail #219Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Nov 21 2017
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Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Bit of a misunderstanding for our hike... Scheduled: Good Canyon Exploratory. Luster had a specific canyon near Womack Mines in mind... as good canyons! So, we shifted (Good has waited six years... it will still be there) and dropped into a ridge cut east of Womack immediately below West Side Road. Traversing over one cut, we passed up some exceptional rock and proceeded to drop down the drainage. I was thinking this might be the east split off the old Caballero Traverse; I'd never hiked that cut... might be nice to get it off the to-do list.

Turns out this Cut dropped directly into North Caballero... nicely. Which would mean the one we crossed would also flow into same.

We hiked the old waterpipe road around and down, eventually dropping back into the big canyon. We turned up my old Traverse route (soon to be renamed Womack Cut) and proceeded up to the Mine. Lots of interesting color... lots of too warm weather (what is with that!) Topping out at the old Mine works we spent time exploring the old tailings, both east and west side.

The goal today on this loop: check out the rock ridge above the line of rocks holding the many shafts to the east. So... climbed the Hell Hole road to a high point then headed cross the ridge... and scored a fairly easy route that carried us across... to discover more shafts, but not developed all that much. One more check of this area to document all of the existing mines should close out the exploring in this area... although there remain 3-4 cuts to check below the mines.

Scored really nice crystal copper flow stone(?)... Did not look the same at home! What is with that... need to post it online and see if folks can identify...

Other than the warm... great hike!
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Nov 18 2017
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69 male
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - NorthSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Nov 18 2017
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Canyoneering11.00 Miles 2,700 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.29 mph
2,700 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Plan was to hike S4 up Marble North, but Luster only hiker to show up... and he'd never hiked the basic Marble North canyon. We stayed in the bottom and enjoyed the great and variable scrambling, talking about all the north and south side spurs. I had not gone beyond Ortega Cut in five years; my memory was that it tended towards dull in those upper levels. Wrong!

The characteristics of the canyon shifted, but not for the worse. Bedrock continued... Tree canopy thickened. Side walls moved in creating a great narrow defile. It was very good.

One of the negatives to hiking upper Marble North: getting out! I'd never had a good route... too steep... poor footing... but today, I decided on a winding ascent using the upper sections of Ortega Cut. This approach softened the grade and provided ever nicer far vistas. We scored by being able to follow a very nice Elk Trail... all the way up and around to the "A" Trail. It was good.

Alas, our later start (waiting for hikers that did not show!) pushed the finish of the hike into the dark. I was able to get to my bike in time to head out before full dark... by running down the trail.

Great day out!
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Nov 16 2017
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 Cloudcroft, NM
A Trail #119Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2017
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Hiking16.00 Miles 5,600 AEG
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Sort of back on track with the Progressive Training Series. I failed to adjust start time for time change, so ended up cutting day a bit short. Energy was off. Legs were on and off... tired? Interesting tumble! Hauled a small amount of rock, but brought the heavy shovel down. Enjoyed Hot Turkey Posole!

Now... need to decide just where to take this. I'll score the 9,000' day by end of year; should not be a problem. Beyond that, structure to just maintain or add some strength and speed? Or... do stupid and make a run for some new record? too old, but interesting to think about.
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Nov 13 2017
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Picnic CanyonsSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Nov 13 2017
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Canyoneering7.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering7.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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Seven hikers signed up for a Monday Hike!? But as is typical for Meetup hikes... two no-shows. One cancelled after finally getting around to reading the description! The one new hiker had asked questions before the day; she knew what to expect. Ross, Mary, Darrel rounded out the usual.

The plan was to enjoy an easier day with some play checking out the P1 Dryfall... with the possibility of adding it into our routing. Dangerous... so how much safety would be needed? We hiked up Alamo Canyon to Arch... up Arch to Roundup Cliffs trail. Followed that trail around to new Picnic Traverse... down and into the Picnics. From there, we ascended to the P3 dryfall (another future climb?) and up the P3 Forks to top of Dark Cliffs. Easy walk across to the top of P1 Falls. Once there, the group headed up to check out possible routes to P2. I unpacked an overly heavy pack of climbing gear.

Most of the next hour was spent setting up way too much safety. I anchored a double rope static line for Rappeling down to the bottom. I set two hand lines for possible aids if needed on the climbing up. Instead of a belay, the hand lines had interim loops for clipping into... self rescue? Turns out that was way too much. If I had been solo I'd likely have simply dropped one hand line over, downclimbed using that... and then had it for the clip in safety for the climb back up.

As it was, the climb was made more difficult with so much rope! And, once the group was back, no one was interested in going over the edge to get down to the climb. Next time, single rope safety, ideally set with a pull rope from the bottom?

We exited down the West Cut... and enjoyed some intermittent shade in the bottom of Alamo as we walked out.

Part of the reason for adding in P1 Dryfall routing: Spring 2018 Adventure hikes... routes that include rope work to complete. That Series will conclude with the exceptional Dog Narrows... but I need 2-3 additional hikes to get everyone used to minor rope work. We are not climbers... makes it a bit awkward.

Good Day!
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Nov 11 2017
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Picnic CanyonsSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Nov 11 2017
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Canyoneering8.00 Miles 2,750 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.28 mph
2,750 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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Continuing our Series of Holiday Canyon hikes, today: P5... first time to take a group up this very nice cut. Sort of. After last years huge group doing P4 and it proving far more difficult than folks expected, this year only one couple showed up! The Thornsberrys were the only hikers... and that made for a much nicer day.

They had yet to hike Arch Canyon, so we tagged that on to the day, along with the trek along the RoundUp Cliffs trail and the new Picnic Traverse. Once into the Picnics, up to the dramatic P3 Falls and then up the new Forks route.

We enjoyed an easier pace up P3... into P4/P5... then up the P5 Cut. Jason put his drone into use for a bit different perspective photo shoot... which was good given I'd left my camera hanging on my bike back at the trailhead!

Out of P5... around and across P4... and dropping into P3 for our down and out. P3's exceptional tilted bedrock may have been the highlight of the day. Down to the Dark Cliffs we wrapped around to the P1 Falls to check out the climbing potentials (heading back up on Monday to play with that) then I showed them the West Cut alternative to drop into the bottom of Alamo Canyon.

Warmer day, but low sun angle allowed us a mostly shady hike down and out of the canyon. I enjoyed this group hike; nice to not have a real group!

Oddly enough... camera still at bike!! All in all, great day out!
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Nov 09 2017
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Arrow: Mary's Cut, NM 
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Canyoneering avatar Nov 09 2017
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Canyoneering4.70 Miles 1,550 AEG
Canyoneering4.70 Miles
1,550 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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Checked out one of the smaller north side cuts up Arrow South. Turned out Nice! Discovered some great rock, including a vein of Green Calcite! Once up and out, dropped into Rebecca's Cut and ascended the South Fork of that Cut... then around the base of the cliffs and up and out the primary Cut. Crossed the bench... and down the Cleft, into Arrow North. Simple but nice loop... Ross, Darrel, Mary and Will...
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Nov 07 2017
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 Cloudcroft, NM
A Trail #119Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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So... Rock 2... Hikers 0!!
Dropped in from West Side Road with trailer... two miles and 1,000' odd feet down. I realized on the way in we'd need to not try to come back up, but once at the rock, they wanted to go uphill with the rock.!!? So, we tried. They made it 300 yds? Now... go back with a Travois for downhill attempt?

They were fried... interesting to see if they come back for third set!
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Nov 06 2017
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Lawson Spring Canyon, NM 
Lawson Spring Canyon, NM
 
Canyoneering avatar Nov 06 2017
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Canyoneering7.00 Miles 2,700 AEG
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Route requested by Mary and Ross. They hoped to see the potential exit from the top of the Ridge that would allow a shorter day if/when the Gap in Dog Canyon is done again (...last time... 14 hour day. Not their favorite!) Alas... our six hour loop today was good, but not revealing as to the potential drop over from the top.

We climbed Lawson Spring to the first bench, then followed the cut on up to the Upper bench. As always, great little cut, and the upper scrambles added to the day. Once on the bench, we angled up and around into Deadman Canyon. Great rock along the way... I needed tools! I'll go back for some of the nicer rocks.

Around in Deadman most of the routes up looked doubtful. I think the better route would be up the Middle Fork... too far over for us to check out today... but Mary was feeling good so we headed over into the Lower North Fork. I'd explained to them that a huge blocking Dryfall kept us from entering the canyon at our upper level... we'd have to chance routing down and through a few cliff layers before it would be safe to drop in... and today, that must of sounded okay to them. Down we dropped. First few levels provided broken sidehills to move down... then the major lower cliff gave us a narrow slotted and stairstepped fall; down and in we went!

Really nice route... and though warm for November, not a bad day to be playing in one of our better set of cuts. Lawson always great... Deadman even more so.

Lots of exploring remains to be done up that big canyon... Fun Stuff!

Not many pictures now that I just carry my phone for some shots... but... guess I'll check them and post. Hopefully Darrel got some better pictures!
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Nov 04 2017
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San Andreas Canyon Trail #125Southeast, NM
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
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alas, color this year was lacking... too warm days? So... we added on some exploration of the mines east of Womack... discovered a number of new shafts... need to go back to check out the entire ridge area...
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Nov 03 2017
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Old El Paso, NM 
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Why does it feel so much like Saturday!! Rode out to Mary's... ate donuts... dangerous to hit the store when you are still depleted from prior day hike! Hauling all those tools 2500' up the mountain... then the heavy, rock laden pack back down... fried my legs!

I need to figure how to get the 180# Calcite Crystal rock off the mountain. 3 miles down (2500')... or 2 miles up (1,000'). Likely it will be down the hill. Travois would work. Dolly? Bike Trailer? ATV!!? No matter how I do it... it will be a longer, harder day. I imagine I'll have help, but not sure. Travois is most appealing... and likely the most work? I have a day scheduled next week. If it is anything like yesterday, it will mess up my Progressive training day. Maybe I should just do it on the Progressive Day... not the planned mileage nor elevation, but overall, a hefty hit.
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Nov 02 2017
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Hiking6.10 Miles 2,550 AEG
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Harvesting 200# brown Calcite... Alas... 180# in one boulder! Removed it from hillside, but now need to haul it 2500' down the mountain... 3 miles one way! Oh, well. I'll give some thought to how best to make that happen... good exercise day? I hauled lots of tools up the mountain this morning... makes for slow going. Darrel and Luster impressed with the giant crystal!
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Nov 01 2017
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Alamo Canyon Trail #104Southeast, NM
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Canyoneering3.00 Miles 300 AEG
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Not a good day...
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Oct 29 2017
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Ice CanyonSouthwest, NM
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Canyoneering5.90 Miles 2,300 AEG
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Bit of an odd day, but good! Started out with the slower hikers... Yubao headed out with the faster hikers. Our group of nine dropped to eight with one turned back with at the challenging lower tilted ledges. We enjoyed an easy pace, soaking in the moments of towering cliffs. Dendretic rock... tree canopy... big bouldering. Very nice.

For once, I convinced some of the hikers to stay far left, avoiding the dirt trail up to the saddle. They enjoyed an all climbing rock ascent! I always have to lead the slower hikers up the overly steep trail; have never been able to check out the far left all the way to the top. Turns out it is good! Next time, I'll take everyone up that route.

Checked out a new descent from the saddle: far right chute. It is the best of the four routes! Descended the west side ridge above the mine... I enjoyed it... everyone else... not so much?

A variety of falls and tumbles did some minor damage... but all in all... good. Five hours of hiking... Seven hours total. Fast group was back in four hours! Too fast!

We intend to check out a spur canyon and a possible steep exit on our next outing up... few months away? Also spotted an interesting route up out of Big Ice...

First hike wherein I did not take pictures, save for a few shots at the lunchbreak up at the saddle.
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Oct 26 2017
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Day began with a shot of Pickle Juice! Up at 4am... but...Not recovered from yesterday's hike with the heavy pack... so, delayed start of today's Progressive hike... from 6:45am... till around 8am. Rode bike to trailhead and headed on up. Motivation High, just the opposite of my norm. Alas, I could barely accommodate a rock hounding pace. No energy or strength. I hiked slow! And, that pace yielded lots of rocks, which I piled all along the trail. I also dropped off fluid stashes, scoring a lighter uphill pack. A trail averages around 900' per mile; great for training!

This was to be a 4100' day in the Progression, but I decided to combine yesterday's effort with today. Easier and yet enough, especially if I load the pack for the downhill... and that is what I did. Energy finally started to come back up about six hours into my 9 hour day. I also scored some exceptional rock, most of which is still up along the trail. One is buried along the trail: huge brown calcite vein. Over 2' long, six inches thick... and 12" exposed above ground. I'm not sure how deep it goes... need to go back up with tools! That will be an interesting hauling day.

So... Progressive continues at ten day intervals... 500' added each time until I'm trained back up for a 9,000' day? Time will tell.
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Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
average hiking speed 1.29 mph
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