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Apr 06 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Sycamore Canyon - Bushnell to Round ValleyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 06 2019
RickVincent
Canyoneering1.00 Miles 1,099 AEG
Canyoneering1.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.40 mph
1,099 ft AEG
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What can I say, it's an entertaining 1 mile. Bushwhacking, catclaw, boulder hopping, waterfalls and wet feet. Set out to take some water pics with my phone. Today's phones have gotten quite good with photo quality and Pro SLR-like features. Enjoy the photos taken with my Samsung Galaxy 9.
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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.
Apr 04 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2019
RickVincent
Hiking5.00 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   4.00 mph
660 ft AEG
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Part of my "Thursday 5" routine. Early Thursday morning hikes that measure at or around 5 miles. Started at First Water TH and hiked counterclockwise to Garden Valley then Hackberry Spring.
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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.
Mar 29 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2019
RickVincent
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.86 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Morning 5. On Hwy 88 trail at 5:30am (headlamp). Up to the Praying hands and beyond. Saw a small herd of mule deer, or mostly just their eyes reflecting from my headlamp. Trail is overgrown beyond Praying Hands. Took a little extra route finding in one spot. Everything is very green and the brittle bush are in bloom.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Brittle bush, hedgehogs and others.
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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.
Mar 18 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2019
RickVincent
Hiking4.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   3.08 mph
700 ft AEG
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Meridian th to Pass Mtn Saddle 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.
Mar 13 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
SnowbowlFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Ski SnwBoard avatar Mar 13 2019
RickVincent
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Previous two nights dropped total of 19 inches of snow. Needless to say, the powder was sweet. Runs felt creamy and smooth. We ran several routes from the Sunrise, Grand Canyon and Agassiz lifts.
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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.
Mar 09 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
La Barge Lower - Box LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 09 2019
RickVincent
Canyoneering9.00 Miles
Canyoneering9.00 Miles
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Started at Canyon Lake TH on the Boulder Canyon trail. Threw on the headlamp and was on my feet at 6am. The first 3 and last 3 miles of the out and back route are all hiking trail. The middle 3 are a boulder-hopping and bushwhacking off-trail adventure.

Once I reached the canyon bottom, it was a water oasis. Plenty of clear water rushing through boulders and dropping over short falls. I took my time and enjoyed the sights and sounds all the way to the Box. No one else out there. The campsite was empty.

Returned the same way and finally came across the first group of people who had hiked the trail down to the water's edge then stopped. Once I was back on the trail, they just kept coming. More people on this trail than I have ever seen on it before. Hustled back down the trail and reached my car at 11:25am.
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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.
Mar 02 2019
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49 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Sunrise Ski ParkAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Ski SnwBoard avatar Mar 02 2019
RickVincent
Ski SnwBoard
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Drove up Friday and stayed at the cabin. Sunrise and Apache mountains both open. Saturday conditions were decent, but not prime. Snow packed, but not icy. A storm rolled in around 1pm, dropped some snow on us while we wrapped up our last few runs.

Sunday started out icy and slick. Within an hour, temps reached about 40, making the snow a little soft and slushy. No lines allowed for plenty of runs. Hit most of the blues, Jackson's Alley, Crown Dancer, Bootlegger, Spirit Trail, No Name, Nastar, Elkhorn, Young Girl.
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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.
Feb 23 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
RickVincent
Hiking7.25 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   0.74 mph
3,376 ft AEG
 
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If I had known ahead of time what I was about to get myself into, I would have stopped very early in my snowy trek and turned around. That would have been the smart decision, but not nearly as fun.

8 years ago is the last time I found myself at the top of the Flatiron walking ankle deep in snow. For all these years I've wanted another shot at it, but the timing just never worked out. The mountain has seen snow several times since 2011, but it seems like it would always happen on a day I was working, or I was going out of town, or I was hung over from a NYE celebration. I didn't want to wait a few days after the winter storm event either. I wanted fresh powder, less than 24 hours old.

On February 21-22, 2019, we experienced the storm of all Arizona winter storms with record snowfall in locations all across the state, and it did that just in time for the weekend. Wahoo! Clear my schedule, I'm going to the Flatiron.

I packed my gear the night before which included new snow spikes, waterproof neoprene gloves and a pair of boots. Also packed my Samsung phone/camera, Nikon P900 and Canon SLR cameras along with several lenses and a tripod. I was on the road by 5:45am and at the Hwy 88 trail head by 6:15. At this point, I decided, as I often do, to forego the typical Siphon Draw route and attempt a Reverse Flatiron via Praying Hands and the Canyon of Waterfalls. As I approached Praying Hands, I turned and admired the incredible views of snow covered peaks behind me. Four Peaks was white all the way to the foothills and the peaks were buried in clouds. Low hanging fog filled the valleys between the mountains and hills making for some moody photographs.

The first signs of snow appeared about a hundred yards short of Praying Hands. Nothing much, just palm size chunks that looked like it had already begun to melt. From Praying Hands to Canyon of Waterfalls was where my progress was forced to slow. Not much snow, but invisible ice spots forming on parts of the trail could have made for some early trouble. In retrospect this may have been a good place to try the snow spikes, I just wasn't sure how they would handle on all the slick rock sections.

I arrived at the Canyon of Waterfalls, set up some photo ops and enjoyed the amount of water rushing through the canyon. When it was time to move on, I realized that climbing my usual route up the waterfalls was going to be a dangerous idea. I started working my way up and around the canyon along the left cliffs. In some instances I was making big moves that I knew would prove a challenge going back down. I moved on anyway and arrived at the big finger spire. It was here that I decided I would either have to complete the Reverse Flatiron up to Peak 5024 or return down the canyon. I was already 3 hours into my trek. Wow! On a typical day I would have reached this point in just over 1 hour, but I was taking photos and taking a cautious slow approach. I would just have to speed things up a bit on the way up to Peak 5024. I threw on the snow spikes and started the off trail climb. Every step of my ascent would be in the snow from this point forward.

People have cairned the route, but there were no visible cairns. I really don't find them necessary anyway for this climb, so the fact that they were buried in white powder was no bother. Just stay on top of the ridges and proceed toward the peak. Also not visible were any small cactus such as the hedgehogs, prickly pear and chain fruit cholla along the way. I knew they were there somewhere. Somehow I managed to stay out of trouble.

I reached the junction in the two ridges which connect my route with the traditional Massacre Falls Reverse Flatiron route. The snow depth had advanced from ankle depth to mid-shin to just below the kneecap. I started to get a little concerned about how much deeper it might get, but now the prospect of turning around seemed much less appealing. I was 4 hours plus into this adventure and about 4000 feet elevation. I had to be beyond the half way point in my journey, but I knew there was still a solid 1000 feet elevation gain to go.

For the next several hundred feet of gain, snow depth was still below my kneecaps. I had to start developing strategies for each step. Sometimes a serpentine back and forth traverse worked out. Sometimes using my arms to dig out snow ahead of me so I could evaluate the next foot hold. Sometimes jamming both arms into the snow and trying to pull the snow toward me in a swimming motion while stepping forward. Sometimes only lifting my foot partly out of the postholes I was creating and then pushing it forward into the snow. I know that trying to lift each leg completely out of the snow was becoming quite exhausting and sometimes would only produce a 6 inch momentum zapping gain.

At just over 6 hours into the climb I had reached a set of spires that are just a couple hundred feet below Peak 5024. Anyone who has hiked back here, probably knows the ones I am talking about. From here I got my first view of the Superstition Ridgeline and surrounding mountains. It was snow, snow and more snow on every mountain out there as far as I could see. Awe-inspiring and a total boost to my motivation and energy. I needed it, because now most steps were sinking above my kneecaps. What a difference this makes. Movement becomes very restricted at this depth. Now I found myself frequently digging forward with my hands trying to remove the loose powder in front of me just to move forward.

Every now and then I would find myself in drifts that were now mid-thigh. I had to look at the landscape and try and figure out if there were any clues that would lead me on a path to something more navigable. In a couple spots I found myself just standing there facing a steep snow bank, and feeling defeated. I was so close though. So I just started digging and tossing snow behind me, finding footholds and handholds and pulling myself up. Soon enough the terrain started to level off and the snow depth retreated to knee depth.

I had arrived at Peak 5024. Looking down at the Flatiron I could see about 8-10 people congregating at the edge and/or making their way up a trail cutting through the snow. From where I stood, there were no footsteps, no signs of anyone having been up here after this storm. I was the first and only person to reach the peak up to this point. I took in the magnificent, pristine white, 360 degree views, I snapped some photos, ate some food and recharged for the descent.

Snow depth was still up to the kneecaps which meant the trail was completely hidden, but I know this route well and I found myself under the first rock tunnel and then under the next rock tunnel. If you've done it, you know what I'm talking about. At one point, I finally spotted the footpaths of others who had started towards the peak, but then retreated. Once I stepped into those footpaths, I felt a sudden rush of relief that the toughest work was now behind me. I could actually walk on the snow instead of plunging down into it.

The rest of the way down was handled slower than usual and with caution. I kept the snow spikes on and they worked great. I was back to the masses of people making their way up to the Flatiron. There they were in their shorts and sneakers with freezing cold hands ( no gloves ). Totally unprepared hikers, but moving on towards the goal, nonetheless.

I made my way down through the basin, onto drier land and over to the Crosscut trail and back to my car just under 10 hours before I had started this journey. I wanted nothing more than to stop at a convenience store and slam a Powerade. Immediate fortune would not be had however. It seems that the rest of the valley, like me, had also come to enjoy a day in the desert snow. My drive back home, usually about 20 minutes, took 1 hour and 15 minutes. I skipped the beverage stop and made a beeline for my happy home, the one with the always 103 degree hot tub waiting in the backyard. Aaaahhhhhhhh!
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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.
Feb 09 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Sunrise Ski ParkAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Ski SnwBoard avatar Feb 09 2019
RickVincent
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Ski SnwBoard2 Days         
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Enjoyed two full days of skiing at Sunrise. Good packed powder and fun runs. I'm mostly a blue level skier, but tried my first black diamond run down the Lower Lupe section. Steep hills kind of similar to blue, but bumpier with all the moguls. I did alright. Ski's got a little twisted at one point, but I managed to somewhat stay on my feet, before continuing on. Made the rest of the run without any issues.
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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.
Feb 02 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
RickVincent
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.26 mph
3,376 ft AEG
 
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A good day from the very start. Perfect temperature. The trailhead at hwy 88 was packed. Lots of people on the trail ahead of me, which made the decision to go reverse route a no brainer. Arrived at 5024 2hrs 15 minutes after my start. Ate a snack, caught my breath and continued down toward the chaos that is Siphon Draw in the winter. As I approached Jacobs Crosscut, I looked ahead and saw a group of about 50 coming up. So much for the 15 person group limit.
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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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Jan 06 2019
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49 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2019
RickVincent
Hiking1.50 Miles
Hiking1.50 Miles   2 Hrs      0.75 mph
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From my house, I could see that there were some dramatic clouds hanging over the Supes, so I hit the road around quarter after 4pm to take some golden and blue hour pics.

Made a quick stop at the church to snap a couple shots before moving on to the Hwy 88/First Water Rd trailhead location.

I have a few spots I like to stop at. Snapped my pics and then headed back out as it got dark.
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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.
Jan 01 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2019
RickVincent
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.60 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Happy New Year! Snow on the mountain. I was feeling worn out from a few days out of town, but I had to get out there to check it out. A very late start put me on the trail at 2:15pm. As I approached Lost Dutchman Park, I saw the congestion. Cars were lined up in the turn lane waiting to get into the park. Not my style, so I kept going. I turned onto First Water Rd and took the only remaining space at the first trailhead. All this excitement meant more people on the trails than I've ever seen. Not to worry, I had plans to continue upward and onward beyond the Praying Hands. As expected, no one else out that far and so I had the rest of the hike to myself. I made my way to the canyon of waterfalls and then started the climb up the ridge that leads towards the Reverse Flatiron route. I hiked up higher than snow level, took some pics, then headed back down around 4:30pm. Had it been a couple hours earlier, I would have loved to complete the Reverse FI. Snow would have been tricky to navigate.
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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 23 2018
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
West Baldy Trail #94Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2018
RickVincent
Hiking4.00 Miles
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During our stay at the cabin in Nutrioso, we decided on a trip to West Baldy Trail. Snowfall's been patchy and light around Nutrioso, but didn't really know how things would look 45 minutes away at Baldy. The parking lot was a total white out. Snow was about 5 inches deep. Just made up a parking spot and started hiking. There was one other car at the trailhead. The trail had been traveled enough that it made the route finding easy from trail marker to trail marker. We just followed footsteps. Depending upon where we were at, our footsteps were sinking anywhere from an inch to 8 inches deep. There were only a few patches of land without snow along the hike. 95% of the route was covered in white stuff.

My daughter and I were the adventurers, sometimes straying off trail to take a closer look at the creek to our left. We usually found ourselves shin deep in snow during our off trail explorations. For a snow hike, the conditions were ideal. The trail was worn enough to make walking fairly easy. I wore snow boots, which kept my feet dry even in the deep stuff. Everyone else in the group was wearing either hiking boots or sneakers. No complaints from anyone about cold or wet feet.

The weather was mostly sunny, no wind, and temps around 50 degrees. I almost immediately dumped my long sleeve sweatshirt and hiked the rest of the day in a short-sleeve t-shirt. Beautiful scenery along the way. We turned around somewhere around 1.5 to 2 miles in. I'm not sure exactly, so listing our total travel distance at 4 miles considering some of the extra off-trail exploration.
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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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Dec 08 2018
RickVincent
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49 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2018
RickVincent
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.88 mph
3,376 ft AEG
 
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Heavy fog on the way to the trailhead today. Mostly clear by the time I reached hwy 88 trailhead at First Water Rd around 9am. Started up towards Praying Hands then on to Waterfalls Canyon. This is where I made a decision. Turn back or continue on up and do a Reverse Flatiron. I chose the Reverse FI. Took about two hours and 15 minutes to the peak, and just in time to watch some big clouds move across the Flatiron and Peak 5024. The fog layer below was clearing. I really wish I would have started earlier to catch the fog layer while it covered most of AJ and Mesa. Early bird gets the worm, but that was not me today.
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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 24 2018
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49 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 24 2018
RickVincent
Canyoneering2.25 Miles 75 AEG
Canyoneering2.25 Miles   3 Hrs      0.75 mph
75 ft AEG
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Beautiful day at the Box. Fall color in peak glory and light flow in the creek. Went with my wife and two of her co-workers. The hike distance is short, but it is all off trail with lots of thorny bushwhacking and boulder hopping.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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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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Nov 17 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2018
RickVincent
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,729 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.89 mph
1,729 ft AEG
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Packed my climbing shoes and headed up towards Robbers Roost (via Peralta) to a boulder I found a few trips ago. Did a little bouldering, enjoyed the perfect weather and solitude. Returned back down the Peralta route.
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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 04 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Ferndell Trail #204Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2018
RickVincent
Hiking1.00 Miles 280 AEG
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Went up the mountain by 4wd with family and friends. This turned out to be more of a walk around lookin at color than a true hike. We started from the campground and hiked Ferndell up to the peak. Made our way down to Six Shooter th and admired the reds and yellows.
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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 03 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
RickVincent
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,285 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.85 mph
2,285 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
On the trail at 6:20am with enough light to leave the headlamp behind. Surprised to already see 12-15 cars in the parking lot. Considering that fact, I was also surprised to only pass one group of 2 girls on the way up and did not see anyone at Fremont Saddle. Even the Lone Pine looked lonely.

I continued on towards the boulders and spires east of Robbers Roost. I heard someone say Good morning, but it took a few seconds to spot the person. Finally, I spotted her halfway up a group of spires. She encouraged me to join the climb and I made my way over to check out the situation. After quick introductions we determined that the somewhat sketchy climb was probable. Always good to have someone else who can make a phone call anyway, and Verizon signal was strong up there.

We both made it to the top then proceeded to talk about Robbers Roost. She, Amber, had often wondered where the Roost was, but never found it. We made our way back down the spires and I led the route to the Roost. Most first time Roost-ers are impressed with this little hideaway tucked deep and high in the Supes. Amber was just as impressed.

I was ready to make my way back down the mountain and Amber wanted to explore the area a little more. We shook hands and parted ways.

As I approached Fremont Saddle, I could see the ant lines of later arrivals making their way towards the classic Needle view. Must have passed 50-60 people along the way. I made it back to an overflowing parking lot around 9:30.

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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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Oct 21 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2018
RickVincent
Hiking0.50 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles
3,000 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Took a photographer friend of mine up the mountain for a look around. We drove up to the top and did a very short hike down Icehouse. Very little fall color right now. Still pretty with lots of green.
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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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Oct 20 2018
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2018
RickVincent
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles      90 Mns   3.68 mph
1,440 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Up to saddle in 44 min. 10 break. 36 down. Busy trail.
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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 1.62 mph
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