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May 17 2020
Hikergirl81
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39 female
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 Flagstaff, AZ
White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 17 2020
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Canyoneering3.60 Miles 540 AEG
Canyoneering3.60 Miles
540 ft AEG
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I haven’t been here for over 10 years and it was time to go back and see this beautiful place. It was so secret long ago but now there are literally YouTube videos on how to get here.
We had a slow start Saturday and made our way through the bumpy road that seems to be made of basketball sized volcanic rock. We reached the camp at about 3 pm and to my surprise we saw seven vehicles and three 4 wheelers.
We setup camp and made our way down the scree hill of death. :doh:
I was wearing my Chacos, after all we were just going to hike upstream a little bit and explore. BAD choice! The tiny marbles took me out once on the way down (agave) and once in the creek (goose egg on elbow). I wore my Salomon shoes with wool socks the next day and they were much better! We came back and camped. The people that camped the night before us had a fire (illegally) and didn’t put it out! :x We put it out and cleaned up the abused little ring for next time.
After eating a delicious breakfast of sausage, eggs and grits, we headed down the marble death scree trail, again.
We did the first shallow narrow and came to the long swim. The water is COLD right now so I was so happy I had my wetsuit top. Cory does well in the cold bit was covered in goosebumps the whole day. We inflated our floatation devices. :D We stopped several times and warmed up in the sun. We passed the “backpackers” on their way out so we had the falls to ourselves for a bit.
Inside the overhang was SO COLD! My smile is huge due to my chattering teeth! Mid June is probably a more ideal time to visit.
It was really neat to come back here, I haven’t seen Joe in years but I am so thankful for all of the neat places he took me! :rollH:
I picked up some trash and tried to pretend this was still the secret place we had visited long ago. Then we hiked out and started the arduous drive out.
Note: I brought my dog but made sure to pick up after any waste. She is an amazing swimmer, but I kept her in her life vest because the swims are so long and cold. Also, Sophie is not a normal dog; she has many skills including rappelling in my backpack. I don’t this is this is a dog friendly hike. Sophie is an amazing dog she goes everywhere with me.
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Sep 17 2017
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Exploring ECC, AZ 
Exploring ECC, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Sep 17 2017
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I have been coming to this area since 2010 and I absolutely love it! The farther back you get, the more magic you find. Consequently it becomes more challenging to navigate.
I have gone in to Winslow wall area by rappelling and acsending out. It's difficult but worth it. The hard part isn't necessarily getting yourself in and out it is the gear that you have with you and for the rare people that end up bringing dogs down. My dogs have been adventuring in a crazy way in are super trustworthy with harnesses and just behaving in a backpack. PS: you can't rappel with the dog in a backpack without a gri gri or other auto locking device; the weight is just too much! (unless the dog is Daisy sized!)
This was one heck of an adventure and something that was long overdue. I spend a lot of time here I often come here exploring but have been a little confused about the best way to make the quickest time across the terrain.
The dogs may look like they're having fun but they were absolutely done and by the end of this they were cold and completely beat. I would not necessarily recommend this trek for most dogs because the water gets very cold in the afternoon once the sun leaves the water, plus it can be very hard on their feet. I also make sure that they have their life vests on… They are both awesome swimmers but there are not beaches that they can easily get out of the water.
I've already said a bit about the access… I don't recommend it if you have gear and if you come this way please try to be stealth and keep this low-key to try to prevent more graffiti and trash.
While climbing in this canyon, I have attempted to explore upstream and have found very beautiful areas! I have also attempted to use a floaty to use for the big COLD swims because it is small enough to be easily carried through the many shallow rocky areas.
After my trip up here last weekend I decided that this time I would attempt to bring my SUP.
This also may not be ideal because it is heavy to carry and after having my SUP pump stolen I question the safety of leaving a kayak at the "end."
Also my first time I attempted to bring my inflatable SAP down the slope I popped and created holes in several places
So, I wanted to explore further upstream for many years and this time I think we planned it perfectly.
With a very small amount of protest, we packed a dry bag with a few beers a camera and headed up stream with the two dogs and SUP.
We passed the springs and the climbing area. A few friends of mine were there climbing the beautiful sandstone walls. We stopped for a bit but I was worried about how much time we had left to explore.
We continued on through deep cold narrows and past elusive beaches until we finally found a patch of golden sun!! We soaked it up!! Even the dogs liked being on the SUP just soaking up the sun!!
Chumley saw a fork ahead (on his map) and we were convinced there would be more sunlight ahead. A few more deep areas and some scrambling we reached a garden oasis!!
We spent about 20 minutes soaking up the warm before we headed back… Next time we will try to get an earlier start, huh @chumley!!
I would like to give a special thanks to two very cooperative dogs that really really did not want to get back in the cold water after they dried off in the sun!
It would not let me click on it but dogs not necessarily recommend.
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Mar 03 2014
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39 female
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Wilderness Evening, AZ 
Wilderness Evening, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Mar 03 2014
Hikergirl81
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It was a tragic event that brought us all together; we were all there to say goodbye to JohnR1. It had been a little while since I had seen him and I have wish I had a chance to say goodbye. I guess that is the point to remember, we don't know how long we will have in our life so we should never leave things unsaid. we should dream big, we should adventure and tell our friends how much we love and appreciate them. I miss a lot of my Tempe friends and I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time with them yesterday.
After John's funeral we went to Arizona Wilderness brewing company. We ate, we drank and we toasted a good friend. Later we received the unofficial AND the official brewery tour.
Fauna
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Feb 15 2014
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39 female
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Morning Glory SpireSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Feb 15 2014
Hikergirl81
Hike & Climb1.40 Miles 770 AEG
Hike & Climb1.40 Miles
770 ft AEG
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I had solo hiked this the previous Monday and thought it had a great summit. I happen to have one of the greatest adventure dogs ever. When I summited I couldn't help but get excited for Lola to try it. Lola is a 33lb Peagle (Pitbull Beagle mix) that has hiked in some of the hardest places in the US. She is no ordinary dog and I am not suggesting anyone should try to take their dog up here. She joins us in all adventures but usually finds a warm spot to wait for us at the bottom.
Lola is no stranger to type 2 fun but has never experienced this type of heights. She tried to enjoy the top block but was pretty nervous- she waited patiently and did not explore much. Lucky for her she is easily carried if needed- (she has gone into east clear creek on rappel and been jugged out in a backpack- again this is not a dog friendly hike!)
We ran into 2 beginner climbers in full gear including a rope up at the top. I suppose they thought we were a bit silly to bring her along but after hearing a few adventure stories they realized we chose the adventure specifically for her.
The next day we resumed our adventure routine by having her lead us into Wilson canyon to find the famously 4 star but highly terrifying "Windows Route" she happily waited at the bottom while I had a type 2 fun experience. ;)
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May 14 2012
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39 female
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Fish Creek Lower CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 14 2012
Hikergirl81
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 800 AEG
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Great trip to find a swimming hole in the desert.
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Canyon Tree Frog
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May 07 2012
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Oleary Fire lookout- Super Moon, AZ 
Oleary Fire lookout- Super Moon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 07 2012
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Named place
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O'Leary Fire Lookout
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Apr 30 2012
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Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2012
Hikergirl81
Hiking8.30 Miles 4,552 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   1.12 mph
4,552 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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I think I liked my route the best this trip. Great company and great trip!
That's not entirely true, This is a place holder until I have enough time to properly document it. This was the most continuous playful fun I have had EVER on this trip.
(..and I did it 4 times just that spring)
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Apr 22 2012
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Paradise Forks / Davidson WallFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Climbing avatar Apr 22 2012
Hikergirl81
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The first step to leading trad (Traditional gear climbs) is to imagine yourself doing it. The second is to realize before sport climbing the only way to climb a face was to place gear in a crack.
Paradise Forks lessons:
1. Crack climbing is HARD
2. Crack climbing HURTS

The silver lining:
Determination is the real secret to success and having thin hands means I can climb 5.12's
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Apr 09 2012
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2012
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Hiking7.80 Miles 4,060 AEG
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Culture
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Summit Register Log
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Apr 02 2012
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2012
Hikergirl81
Hiking8.30 Miles 3,340 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   5 Hrs   32 Mns   1.50 mph
3,340 ft AEG
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Reverse Flatiron with the agave coin crack climb:
We got a late start...
like 4pm.. this is how many adventure stories begin.
I was in need of a bit of mood elevation when I got the invite. I was all in! We spent a bit of time trying to figure out exactly where to go. The little battleship and the crown rock were our guide. We followed them to a wash which was obviously a trail.
"Draws/washes are great for finding a route up or down until you run into a(dry)waterfall drop off"
We passed a few awesome campsites and continued on. We were moments away from the summit when I realized we were on a false peak, I saw the amount of daylight and began to worry. I looked at the bail options and got a lot more worried. We were on the wrong side of a huge cavern that separated us from the actual peak. It was Liz that continued on she seemed to know about the unknown/ invisible "land bridge" that appeared magically before our eyes. We hurried across the magical land bridge toward the summit.
More bad news, the summit was closely guarded by a huge rock wall that would take hours to go around. I saw a solution, it was CRAZY but I had a feeling it would work out. By this time it was really late be were losing the daylight quickly. We hiked up the scree slope toward the climb..
The actual climb was also raised off of the steep slope, this made me realize a fall would have VERY serious consequences. I looked at the crack and to my surprise and joy there were a few coins pushed into it, they were weathered and old. I wanted one but couldn't get it out...
ENOUGH STALLING it was time and now I knew this area in the wall was marked, it must be okay.
that was the thing... If it wasn't I wouldn't be able to safely down-climb this area I was about to go up. This was it. I moved cautiously and even thanked Jameson for his thoughtful but useless spot.
(I knew if I fell I would have fallen past him and continued down the cliff and the scree slope.)
A the top of the crack section was a small boulder problem. it was probably only a 5.6 move but the agave made it a bit more serious. You had to smear and sort of jump to a hold and work your way back to a higher hold. It took me forever to decide to do that move. I heard Liz say: "Is everything okay up there..?"
Not knowing the answer I decided to move- It worked and was a bit easier than I imagined. I sat at the top and talked Liz through the same move- I was so proud of her I took her photo, at the time she wasn't thrilled but after I knew she'd want to see it.
We reached the summit just as the sun set!!
We paid our respects to the crash site, went to the flatiron and then headed down the trail. One minor incident with almost taking the wrong flat trail out but other than that it was smooth sailing. Thank you LIZzard and Jameson for a great trip.
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Mar 12 2012
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Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2012
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Hiking7.80 Miles 4,060 AEG
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It's hard to remember the details 8 months later.
This was the day I finally beat the nemesis of 3-2.
I beat it before I even tried it by finally seeing the truth-
Peak 2 is not a rock climb like peak 3 is.
I was slow and very precise with my hands and feet; I was aware of the risk I took by going alone.
Slow and steady with rest and play- a lot of extra time and respect given to the icy chute
4-9:33
3-10:26
2-12:30
1-2:09
saddle-
3:11
Car-
3:55

That spring I took Mike, Katrina and Chumley up there for their first 4peak trips. I had the best route and most fun with Chumley. :)
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Mar 05 2012
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Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2012
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Hiking5.84 Miles 2,898 AEG
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Just a quick Siphon Monday
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Mar 03 2012
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Joshua Tree National Park TrailsInland, CA
Inland, CA
Climbing avatar Mar 03 2012
Hikergirl81
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A trip to Joshua Tree seemed like a great way to push myself into the next level; a new level of independence. I now have a partial trad rack and I was excited to start leading. I was going to lead only easy routes while I figured out the sizes and placements. This all seemed like a grand idea until we were in an area where someone took a lead fall and pulled out 3 pieces of gear. The climber took a ground fall and suffered head injuries.
I witnessed the event and I was there for the safety meeting n the parking lot afterwards. The conclusion: Gear walks- especially cams, using sport draw can significantly increase risk of your gear moving to an unsafe position. If you use gear use draws made with slings and extend the slings to prevent rope drag and further strain on your placements.
J-Tree rock has an unmistakable appeal but it also has a kitty litter type texture- it hurts to jam and the gear placement has to be perfect.
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Feb 13 2012
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Sky Diving Eloy, AZ 
Sky Diving Eloy, AZ
 
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It seemed like a fun way to spend Valentines day. Mike Has all of his own equipment but wanted me to come along this time.

Here is the truth- It wasn't my idea and it wasn't something I had ever really wanted to do. Now, I figured if I wasn't psyched on it then I wouldn't ever end up doing it.
In my mind I knew I didn't have to do anything... I didn't even have to jump.
I will say that I get air sick and I was hot and nauseated by the time we were ready to jump. It was incredibly windy and I literally couldn't breathe but once or twice for the 90 second free fall-
Longest 90 seconds of my life I was glad when we pulled the chute.
Under the canopy was pretty neat but the views were of Eloy.
Bottom line- It was a rush but not something I'd like to pursue.
I would much rather learn to base jump or paraglide it suits my lifestyle a lot more.
I can see it as a means to get to the bottom- like rappelling. :lol:
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Feb 05 2012
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Sedona Scenic Cruise, AZ 
Sedona Scenic Cruise, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Feb 05 2012
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Sedona Scenic Cruise AKA- Four flying Apaches- Great route- Hard approach- Stay in the creek bed it;s much easier than doing the ridge.
Culture
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Cag Shot
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Feb 04 2012
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Promised Land / SolomanPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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First time to the promised Land- They call it that because you may wonder the wilderness for 40 years before you find it. fist time meeting the infamous Chris Hahn. Mike and I stayed with him and did Sedona climbing the next day.
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Jan 22 2012
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Johnny Vegas to Solar Slab (attempt1), NV 
Johnny Vegas to Solar Slab (attempt1), NV
 
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Hike & Climb   10 Hrs      0.00 mph
IV PG  • Trad • 5.9 Sandstone Excellent • 2000 Feet 16 Pitches
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Details at a later time but we didn't complete our mission- It was supposed to be 3 multi pitches in 1- Johnny Vegas to Solar Slab to Levitation 29--- Epic- next attempt Fall 2012!
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30th Birthday in Red Rocks, NV 
30th Birthday in Red Rocks, NV
 
Climbing avatar Jan 20 2012
Hikergirl81
Climbing6.00 Miles 1,250 AEG
Climbing6.00 Miles3 Days         
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For the LIZzard's dirty 30 Birthday party!!
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Jan 14 2012
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Winter HAZFest 2012, AZ 
Winter HAZFest 2012, AZ
 
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Car Camping
Car Camping3 Days         
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HAZ - Group
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HAZ Winterfest at Cochise Stronghold- Isle of Ewe campground
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Lava River Cave TubeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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XC Skiing1.50 Miles
XC Skiing1.50 Miles
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I attempted to cross country ski to the lava tube a few days after new years. I say attempted because I do not possess the intrinsic grace that would allow someone to naturally be talented in anything new. I actually fell onto my own ski and bruised my butt worse than the time I tried for hours to crawl into the rock on peak 2.
A freaking monumental bruise! I resisted the urge to share but did take a few pictures. :lol:

The really funny part is I can downhill ski but the is a lack of control with the cross country skis that I wasn't used to.

Rule #1 stay on the road. Treks through the woods are not a great idea especially if there isn't solid snow. You also tire the little Chihuahua mixes that wanted to come along.

Okay last thing- Did anyone else notice the amazing sparkles in the ceiling?! :D
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