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May 01 2020
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2020
RickVincent
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Great day to cool off at Salome Creek. Met up with Todd and Paul around 6am in Mesa, then made our way out to the Jug Trail via route 87. Great mix of hot temps, ideal water flow and spring colors. Surprised to see so many people out there on a Friday. Must be a lot of people on furlough or short work weeks.
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Apr 18 2020
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Sycamore Canyon - Bushnell to Round ValleyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 18 2020
RickVincent
Canyoneering2.00 Miles 1,099 AEG
Canyoneering2.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.50 mph
1,099 ft AEG
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The short version from pull off on side of route 87. Bushwhack in and out with Misty. Beautiful, slightly cool, breezy and partially overcast day. Took this day to show my oldest kid, one of my favorite creek escapes. Time to pass on to the next generation.
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Mar 29 2020
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2020
RickVincent
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   3.49 mph
1,194 ft AEG
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9 Miles? The loop is not that long you say? When your phone falls out of your pocket and you have to backtrack 3/4 mile, retrieve phone from another thoughtful hiker, recover that extra 3/4 mile before getting back on pace, then its a 9 mile trek.
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Mar 21 2020
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Sycamore Canyon - Bushnell to Round ValleyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 21 2020
RickVincent
Canyoneering0.75 Miles 1,099 AEG
Canyoneering0.75 Miles
1,099 ft AEG
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Very short day. Water flowing at a couple hundred cfs, so travel along the creek was challenging. Went out solo, so not worth making any sketchy moves. Beautiful morning to be out enjoying this raging creek. Runnable by kayak at this level, in case anyone enjoys that type of thing. Although, this is definitely minimum Class IV whitewater at these levels.
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Mar 14 2020
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
RickVincent
Hiking5.25 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.86 mph
660 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Ooey gooey mess especially in the garden. Plenty of mud to dodge along the way, but the flowing creeks made it all worth it. The mud definitely slowed me down as I did my best to try and stay out of the goop.
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Mar 01 2020
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
RickVincent
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.31 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Quick hike out beyond the Praying Hands via the Hwy 88 trailhead and Treasure Loop trail. Cool weather mixed with the warm rays of the sun and some light winds made for a great day on the trail. Looking forward to the longer days of spring and summer and boosting my hike activity.
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Feb 09 2020
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Devil's Canyon HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Feb 09 2020
RickVincent
Canyoneering2.00 Miles
Canyoneering2.00 Miles
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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Anna and I took some newbies out to Devil's Canyon (the short version). Evie, Chris, Jay and Hayley. Enough water running that it made navigating our way down the first large waterfall drop a little slick. No choice but to get wet. Anna, still nursing a healing ankle, stopped short of our destination (the confluence with Devil's Canyon). The rest of us continued on towards the main creek inside D. C.

All in all, we spent 4 hours on this boulder hopping tour. A fun day and a challenging new "hike" experience for our friends.
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Jan 01 2020
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2020
RickVincent
Hiking7.25 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles   4 Hrs      1.81 mph
700 ft AEG
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From First Water Rd headed down towards the old corral and windmill. Could hear sound of water flowing from half way up the hill. Lots of water in the creek today. Continued towards Hackberry Spring area. Once at the popular campspot area, I decided to skip the loop and hike along the creek towards Canyon Lake. After about 2.5 hours of hiking, I turned around. At this point, I was just a little more than 1.5 miles from Canyon. I was short on time, otherwise I would have continued all the way. It's about a 10-11 mile hike total to make it to the lake and back.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Dec 27 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Sunrise Ski ParkAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Ski SnwBoard avatar Dec 27 2019
RickVincent
Ski SnwBoard
Ski SnwBoard   4 Hrs      0.00 mph
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Incredible powder day at Sunrise. Drove up for the day with Chris, knocked out 4 straight hours of skiing then drove home. Long day, but great conditions. Skiing on butter, cotton balls, whatever you call it. Snowed most of the day while we were there. Good time.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Dec 09 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
La Barge Lower - Box LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 09 2019
RickVincent
Canyoneering5.60 Miles
Canyoneering5.60 Miles
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Started at Boulder Canyon th by Canyon Lake. Stopped at the creek and returned. Big flow in the creek. I didn't navigate any creek-crossings, but they would have been through fast moving current.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Nov 18 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2019
RickVincent
Hiking7.00 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.75 mph
3,376 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Met up with Troy and we drove out to Hwy 88/First Water TH. On the trail at 6:20am in the dark. Used the headlamp for about 15 minutes before there was enough natural light. Took the Canyon of Waterfalls route from Praying Hands. Off trail past the finger spire and up towards Peak 5027. We took in the awesome sights the whole way and enjoyed the solitude this route offers. Snacks at the peak, then started our way down towards the masses of people making their way up the Draw. Totally different experience. 50 sports bras, maybe more. :app: We were back at the trailhead at 10:20am.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Oct 26 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
RickVincent
Hiking5.25 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   3 Hrs      1.75 mph
660 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Met up with an old friend, Rand to enjoy a hike out to the Garden Valley Arch and returning through Hackberry Spring. More of a social experience, telling stories and catching up. 51 degrees at the trailhead when we started around 6:30am. 70 degrees upon our return at 9:30am. Perfect conditions.

We were hungry after the hike and went over to Dirtwater Springs for some breakfast. The Spanish omelette was delicious.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Oct 13 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Upper Meadow - Zero Buttress, WV 
Upper Meadow - Zero Buttress, WV
 
Climbing avatar Oct 13 2019
RickVincent
Climbing
Climbing
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Before heading back up to Pittsburgh, Dean and I stopped at Upper Meadow Gorge for some rock climbing. The area was packed with climbers, so options were limited. We tend to prefer routes in the range of 5.7 to 5.9. We ended up on the Zero Buttress wall climbing a 5.10B called Funiek's Line. Needless to say, when we climb stuff beyond our normal capabilities, we feel like we suck. However, it is always good practice. This is a 6 bolt route with 2 bolted anchors up top. After a few attempts we made it to bolt 3. Forearms were pumped out. We called it a day and got on the road.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Oct 12 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Upper Gauley River, WV 
Upper Gauley River, WV
 
Rafting avatar Oct 12 2019
RickVincent
Rafting
Rafting
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A day of water recreation always makes for a great day, especially when the body of water is known as the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia. After a beautiful sunny day of downhill mountain biking, we were faced with a not so sunny, wet, cold and rainy day on the river. But this is Class V whitewater, so getting wet is a given anyway.

We punched our way through the seemingly endless chain of Class III, IV and V rapids. The big 5's like Insignificant, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring, Pillow Rock, and Sweet's Falls being the highlights of the trip along with some time well spent in surf holes such as Hungry Mother. Our fearless leader, Steve Reid, ran us through some wild lines with some great hits. We had one swimmer during our Hungry Mother surf. Other than that, everyone was able to stay in the boat.

ACE Adventure and our raft guides provided yet another great lunch at their camp take out above Sweet's Falls. This is a great location to eat and watch rafts and kayaks make their best attempts at running this massive drop followed sometimes by a trip (planned or unplanned) through the Box canyon.

This was my 5th run down the Gauley, and it never fails to please. Looking forward to the next run.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Oct 11 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Snowshoe - Downhill, WV 
Snowshoe - Downhill, WV
 
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 11 2019
RickVincent
Mtn Biking
Mtn Biking
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1st trip
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This was a fun change of activity. I own a mountain bike, but I can't say I've ever REALLY done Mountain Biking. Doing this at a ski resort made it even more fun, because all the runs go downhill, with a ski lift to cover all the uphill work. Oh yeah! We rented bikes from the Mountain Activity Center (MAC), grabbed our lift tickets, geared up with safety equipment and hit the slopes.

My friend Dean and I racked up about 15 runs over 6-7 hours, breaking once for lunch. We started with a couple easy green runs then immediately jumped into the blue runs. Not wanting to break any bones or hug any trees, this is where we spent most of our day. Runs such as Hootinanny, Dream Weaver, Lucid, Raging Bull and Skyline were some of the favorites. Skyline on the West facing slope was clearly the number one run in my book. A very long run, with lots of rollers and jumps. Being only a beginner at this, I hit the jumps with caution. My brakes were getting a good work out, that's for sure. That didn't stop me from catching the occasional air.

This was definitely a thrill ride similar to a self controlled roller coaster. We went as fast as we felt we could safely go, pushed our own limits a bit, but wrapped up the day with a nice dinner at the resort and without injury.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Oct 05 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
West Baldy Trail #94Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2019
RickVincent
Hiking15.00 Miles 2,364 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.14 mph
2,364 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Parked at the West Baldy TH and started the hike with my wife at 9:15am. Anna and our dog Enzo, stayed with me for about 2.75 miles. Dropped them off near the creek at the edge of a giant meadow. Set up a hammock for Anna, she grabbed her book and got horizontal while I continued on towards the peak. Her idea was probably better than mine. Now that I've conquered this peak, I think next time I will go with the relaxation plan.

I had one night to acclimate from 1500ft elevation to 8000ft, which is not really enough. I was definitely breathing heavy beyond 10,000 feet. Several other groups on the trail, but I wouldn't call it too crowded. I still had plenty of time to myself, to think, to listen, to contemplate "why" I do this.

Weather was perfect all the way. Blue skies and cool. I filtered water all along the route. Plenty of spots to fill up along the middle and lower stretches of trail. The availability of water makes for a much lighter pack. I rejoined Anna and Enzo on my way back down. I had left them 4 hours prior. They were ready to go, I was ready to collapse. We closed out the final 2.75 miles then stopped for a delicious dinner at Foxfire Restaurant in Alpine. Elk burger and a glass of wine hit the spot.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Sep 29 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2019
RickVincent
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.09 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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I rarely hike afternoons. Conditions were perfect for an afternoon hike up Peralta Trail. It was 91 degrees at the trail head at 4:52pm when I started. At this time of day, the entire trail was in the shade. Never saw the sun from the moment I parked. There was also a strong breeze at my back the whole way up. Took 45 minutes to reach the saddle. I stopped for 20 minutes and just stared out towards the needle watching the shadows slowly creep up the surrounding mountains. I had my headlamp, but didn't want to have to use it, so I hustled back down in 30 minutes. Back to the trailhead at 6:27pm.

Road is in pretty decent condition considering the recent rains. Rougher in the low spots, but still okay for 2wd, low clearance car.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Sep 24 2019
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2019
RickVincent
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.40 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Rain in the forecast but radar looked clear enough to go for a hike. As soon as I parked at the hwy 88 trailhead, it started to rain. Thought about going home, but was tired so I reclined the seat and rested for 10 minutes. The rain slowed a bit, so I put on my rain jacket and started to hike. Rain continued for about 15 minutes and then let up for the rest of my trip.

Very muddy at the start and parts of the trail are so washed out, that it required some extra route finding. I've done this hike dozens of times, but the terrain was so different this morning. Hiking in the dark with only a headlamp didn't help matters. I worked through a couple confusing spots then it was easy going for the rest of the way.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Sep 22 2019
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Rudd CreekAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2019
RickVincent
Hiking2.10 Miles
Hiking2.10 Miles   2 Hrs      1.05 mph
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1st trip
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Driven by this spot many many many times, and often thought to stop. Finally did. Nice hike. Trail in some areas, but is very primitive. Great views and valley's especially from the high points. I climbed a couple hills along the way to make it more interesting. No water flow at the start, but as I made my way upstream, water appeared and was very lightly flowing. Saw a few osprey along the way, but other than that no other wildlife of note.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Sep 14 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
RickVincent
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,942 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   1.90 mph
2,942 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
Flatiron via Hwy 88 trailhead on First Water Rd. On the trail at 5:05am by light of the moon and headlamp. Lots of fun creatures lurking in the dark. Saw several tarantulas, a scorpion (my headlamp has blacklight mode) and a few other birds and rodents. This route adds some mileage and time. Miss the old days of parking at Mining Camp. Made it up to the peak in just over 2 hours. Passed a couple groups of 4 on the way up. Was blessed with some cool raindrops about 3/4 way up the mountain. Much needed boost of energy and motivation, but it didn't last long. Soon I was back to huffing and puffing and trying to figure out why I feel compelled to do this on my day off. I had the peak to myself, rested about 10-15 minutes then made my way back down the Draw. Great cloud cover kept the sun rays to a minimum. Arrived at the trailhead 9:02am.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
average hiking speed 1.85 mph
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