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Nov 13 2019
Hippy
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Piestewa Peak, AZ 
Piestewa Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2019
Hippy
Hiking3.68 Miles 1,422 AEG
Hiking3.68 Miles   2 Hrs      1.95 mph
1,422 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Gone hikin', good to see ya on trail JimH!
Boulders for Harry Potter trivia night didn't win...baffled that there are bigger nerds than me, oh well.

Anxiously awaiting Boulder on Broadway Grand Canyon trivia :lol:
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Nov 10 2019
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2019
Hippy
Hiking4.83 Miles 592 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.87 mph
592 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Parked at Wild Burro Day Use Area hiked out the almost 2 miles to the southern Pipeline Cyn Trailhead, went down to the water and back on pipeline then back to the car.

Easy almost 5 miles this morning.
Loaded up my backpack with 6 liters of water and my two sleeping bags to simulate some weight.
Getting my foot use to weight again is turning out to be a very easy process.
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Nov 08 2019
Hippy
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2019
Hippy
Hiking3.48 Miles 790 AEG
Hiking3.48 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.15 mph
790 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Short sunset hike with Lake Pleasant Rangers
I get to volunteer at Lake Pleasant for the winter and one of my Ranger friends can't wait to get me doing some Programs out there. Sweet!
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Nov 07 2019
Hippy
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2019
Hippy
Hiking4.16 Miles 541 AEG
Hiking4.16 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   2.55 mph
541 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Bridge is out, I bet it's been out for a long time huh? There is a burro path to go around the Waters edge to the other half of the trail but we had the dog with us and his long fur would've been full of burrs.

We did the 3 miles let dog take a break in the car and drove around to the other trailhead to complete the trail :lol:

Did let Chase doggo swim on the other side, he absolutely loved it.
Saw two wild burros, the light grey male was aggressive and walked right in front of my car nosed then head butted the hood then made his way to the passenger side window where Jamie had his camera out for a photo.
The burro stuck his head right in and I had to back the car up in a hurry because burro did NOT light doggo. Sheesh!

I imagine tourists feed the burros which leads to this bold behavior :(


Beautiful day. Perfect weather. Trail in good condition. Lots of burro poop for traction.

This is hike #3 for 100 miles in 100 days challenge. Taking the dog along cuts our mileage down a lot but he's working up to longer trips.
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Nov 03 2019
Hippy
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Waterfall Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2019
Hippy
Hiking2.04 Miles 363 AEG
Hiking2.04 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   1.94 mph
363 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Did this Short afternoon walk with the four family kiddos to log a couple miles for the Maricopa County Parks 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge.
No dog this time but saw lots of people with pups along the trail.

So many people closer to 4pm but I guess I'm use to it now...After a summer working at Glen Canyon NRA and spending an untold number of hours patrolling Horseshoe Bend...

As before it's very nice to be back among the saguaros and creosote.

Also...when did they have this Trail?! I seem to remember it being dirt not too long ago...
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Nov 02 2019
Hippy
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2019
Hippy
Hiking3.35 Miles 624 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.61 mph
624 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Chase dog, Sister, her friend Joe, my two friends Celia and Tom and of course myself and Jamie went out for an easy stroll this morning.
Our first of many family friendly hikes this winter.
We are getting the kiddos (ages 11, 10, 7 and 4) interested in the Maricopa County Parks 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge but we're also doing some adult only hikes that begin with mimosas and end with mimosas!

Yavapai Overlook trail is super beautiful and familiar surroundings for yours truly. Though I'd forgotten how small Pleasant is compared to yucky ole Powell!

Very dog friendly trail is dog is smart enough to keep his face out of the cholla. Chase dog learned quickly.
Lots of wild burros out this morning too. Eeeaw!

Also, tried out RouteScout app for the first time, cool! It sang bird songs at every mile and the dog went crazy haha nice addition to HAZ!
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Nov 02 2019
Hippy
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2019
Hippy
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,500 ft AEG
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Morning hike to Supai Tunnel and back for work as a "safety hiker".
My job is basically making sure the people on the GCCFI Rim to Rim backpacking trip are safe, secure and comfortable with the trail, their gear and their Guides (Helen and Sherri). If a guest wasn't comfortable and feeling up to the rest of the trip I would escort then back up trail to the North Rim and secure them a TransCanyon Shuttle back to the South Rim where their vehicles await.

Four safety hikes this summer and never had to hike anyone out. Whoo! Successful trips for everyone. Yay.
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Oct 26 2019
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Fifth Annual Moron Festival, AZ 
Fifth Annual Moron Festival, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
Hippy
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles
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Our annual Grand Canyon Moron Festivals are equivalent to a Hippy HAZfest, remember those? If you do, you were doing them wrong...

Ten of the current gurus of Grand Canyon gathered together for a weekend of...well, that's classified.

We had two GC thru hikers, two Arizona Trail section hikers and 3 historians and a couple of alcoholics ;)

As usual yours truly was running a fever and couldn't get much further than the base of the Coconino. Sigh.

Adrian, Frank, Chris and Doug went to summit We-The-Wally while Jamie and I putzed around the top of SBass. Dennis Foster went on a hunt for Chumehuevi Spring (he found it!) and Scott, his wife and their 4 year old boy went down the the hermit shale and back.

Back at the trailhead we regrouped for drinks, tales from the canyon and a philosophical discussion on the pyramids and UFOs of the canyon.

No idea what next year's moron festival will hold on store.
Four of the Morons are in The Valley for the winter, maybe we'll hold a mini moron festival down here. Let me know if you think you're Moronic enough to attend ;)
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Oct 07 2019
Hippy
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 07 2019
Hippy
Backpack24.00 Miles
Backpack24.00 Miles5 Days         
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If you ever wondered what I actually have been doing all these years up at Grand Canyon...

I am a hiking guide. I lead day trips on the rim and also co-lead backpacking trips below the rim.

This October I snagged a rim to rim with fellow a Instructor. She and I had an absolute wonderful group of veteran hikers and 2 who had never backpacked before. One had never seen Grand Canyon until this trip!

We spent Oct 6th camped in the North rim campground (brr!)
Then the 7th we headed down North Kaibab to Cottonwood Campground, this 7miles is usually enough of a first day for first timers!
The 8th we hike down to Phantom with a stop at Ribbon Falls, here yours truly took a nap on the trail while guarding the packs from squirrels and Ravens. It's a tough job.

Camped at Phantom in the big group site. Stayed here TWO nights!

Last night was spent at Havasupai Garden (Indian Garden) with sunset at Plateau Point.

I usually get to help lead this trip once or twice a year. It is by far the most luxurious way to hike a rim to rim.
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Sep 23 2019
Hippy
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2019
Hippy
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
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2,600 ft AEG
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Another hike for work guiding folks down to Redwall Bridge and back. Lots of discussion about geology, hydrology, indigenous people and current threats to Grand Canyon area.

Beautiful day for a hike.
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Sep 02 2019
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Johnson Canyon CavesSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2019
Hippy
Hiking9.73 Miles 528 AEG
Hiking9.73 Miles
528 ft AEG
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I spent my summer as a Park Ranger at Glen Canyon NRA, so this wasn't a far drive at all for a day off.
Ended up hiking almost ten miles and found at least a dozen "caves".
They're more like deep alcoves or large overhangs but still cool to poke around.

There are still some random archeological sites in the area too so that was a real treat.

I did take my mountain bike out but found little use for it because it was still hot out and all those years living above 7k ft has softened me to the heat I know, I'm lame :lol:

No photos for this one a few other trips because the phone I had broke on a different trip a few weeks later and I'm just now logging all the hikes from this summer. I guess I should save photos to that cloud thing afterall huh?
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Jul 07 2019
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
The Ropes TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 07 2019
Hippy
Canyoneering3.50 Miles 1,588 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles
1,588 ft AEG
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I wouldn't really call this a canyoneering trip but I understand why it's labeled as such.
This route is incredibly steep and most folks might find it slow going and scary.

This was my third time down this route but first time down since living in Page and working for NPS at Glen Canyon.
Six of us headed down after mountain biking as far as we could on the darn Sandy road.
Toward the end I opted to push and carry my bike but at one point we all ended up locking the bikes up together and walking the rest of the way.

Finding the upper route was quite easy having been there before though there were quite a few misplaced Cairns that were leading all sorts of strange places.

The route is so much fun and it's steepness adds to the excitement. Two of our party were having issues, so there was a lot of "hand holding" between those of us who were comfortable.
Both of the criers opted to head back up and wait up top when we are about half way through the "scariest" sections. My friend Austin and I led the two back up where they called and made us dinner reservations for later haha
One of them also got her partner to drive his truck out and pick us up and our bikes, score.

Bring gloves, similar to what you'd use on half dome chains, the steel cable is your friend. I've never trusted the ropes themselves.
Campsites and toilet are down stairs river level and we've always considered camping down there. I'd hate to be everyone's pack mule though. Maybe during the summer we could cowboy camp and not bother with twnt or bags hmmm...will consider it for another day.
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Mar 01 2019
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Arizona Trail 2019, AZ 
Arizona Trail 2019, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 01 2019
Hippy
Backpack152.00 Miles
Backpack152.00 Miles17 Days         
4 Days       Break
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1st trip
Started at Mexico March 1st.
C/p'd below are notes from my journal.

Surprisingly clean toilet at Montezuma Pass.
2 Border Patrol agents dayhiked to Miller, guy with cool mustache his dad works as Head Boiler Tech at El Tovar. Neat.
Running out of light, stopped early. Absolutely gorgeous views Mexico! Beautiful San Pedro Valley. Shoes working out great!
Met hikers “Steady”(f), “Golden” (m, hasher name “Golden Pee Showers”), “Stump”(m) and “Mandolin”(f) (last two shared our campsite).
Walk the Moon Avalanche song stuck in head.



March 2
met “Gourmet”(f) who did PCT in 2017 and Adam who is doing sections of AZT to train for PCT! stopped at Bathtub Spring together.
Waited for Jamie (he did Miller Peak) at Carr Jct, met up here 1:30pm. Still so windy. Absolutely stunning juniper sheltering two or three other trees, amazing! Old rusty stuff and some saw marks on juniper. Someone must have used her branches for firewood. But she is still huge. Gorgeous tree, she is sheltering our tent tonight. Will thank her properly tonight and in morning. SO windy, very chilly. Shoes and socks soaked from snow, so cold. Temp was 40° at 3am, wind-chill lowered it but inside the tent was 45°!
Neil Young's Old Man’ stuck in my head today.


March 3
Happy birthday Tavi (my daughter) no signal yet, will call her tomorrow even though I called her before we left on March 1st.
Hike 11.8 miles. Camp is Calm, no wind, warm, barely need a puffy coat, perfectly flat, right next to a gentle trickling creek, we'll have morning sun, there was a perfect little firering we made a very small fire in just to enjoy the scent and aesthetically pleasing flickering flame as the sun sunk low over the horizon. I am relaxed. Coyotes tonight.


March 4
Hiked 12 miles. There's a point when you've been walking in silence...thinking...and suddenly you think you've thunk every thought there was to think! Then you ponder on that and go down another rabbit hole of wonderment.
Running low on cheez-its Jamie's looking mighty tasty today.
If you want to train for a couple Grand Canyon rim to rim's, training on the Arizona Trail would definitely be wise. Conversely if you want to train for the Arizona Trail a couple rim to rims would be wise.


March 5, 2019
Day 5
Hiked 13.3 miles. Really don't want blister to deal with yet! Feet. On. Fire. Hotspot on right foot is getting way worse,why is it always the same spot?? Lots of breaks to dry out foot, taped it up too. Note to self- injinji toe socks. Must. Have.


March 6


March 7, 2019
Day 7
Hiked 11-12 miles Gonna mail food ahead to Colossal Cave. Saw another hiker outside wearing a Moenkopi shirt! He had a sexy Aussie accent and told us about his 21 day private trip, his backpack was massive. Jamie thinks I want to see him again just to hear his voice, he's not wrong. Found an old toilet in the forest. Saw two cow calfs nursing,the black baby cow stopped to look at us and had a big white milk mustache! So adorable.


March 8, 2019
Day 8
Hiked 10.8 miles Cloudy day so much wind almost zero sun hitting us all day. Water flowing great in garden Cyn creek. Lots to drink!! Fell asleep within 30mins of setting up tent.


March 9, 2019
Day 9
Hiked 15.5 miles
Brrrrr. Birds making every sound imaginable when sun hit tree tops. Nice waking up to such innocent wildlife again.
Ran into “Two Step” he was SoBo section told us there's food at Kentucky Camp. “Warden” passed us while we breaked a mile from KC said his knee was bum so he's taking it easy. Nice guy from Alaska. Met Matt B. (Shin splints guy) at Kentucky Camp, shared salami with him hiked a while with TikTok(m), Cookie and Cashmere (f & f) a badass trio.
Will is gonna meet us at Twin Tanks and Emily Hansen is gonna ride by and say hi (she also brought me some injinji toe socks!)
Gorgeous views of rolling hills today decent wind but not too bad. Sunset was spectacular!
Tonight the northern horizon glows a soft salmon pinkish orange like a sunset 3 hours late.
I got up to pee and was struck by the darkness of the night sky above me. Every star imaginable seems out tonight. The gentle glow of Tucson to the north stopped just low enough to allow the stars to POP on their own. The entire 360° view from camp tonight is like some sort of long exposure photo from sunrise to darkness and star light. I've tried to describe it best I can with words but only having stood beside me and having seen it with your own eyes would make you understand. It was beautiful.


March 10, 2019
Day 10
Hiked 14 miles. Camped at Twin Tanks azt mile 100. 10mi a day average feels good and comfortable. Had some longer days with easier terrain and shorter days with exhausting uphill and snow. Met “One Step” he's from Maine. Met “Ridge Route”(m) and “Shortcut”(f) from San Diego. Will found us about 2 miles from Twin Tanks! He brought fried chicken haha Will is awesome and super glad to have him along! His trailname is Ullward (Ullward and upward! I would yell every day we were together)
“One step” and another guy are camped nearby. Lots of cows.



March 11,2019
Day 11
Hike 6mi to Sahuarita hwy83 jct.
Arch hurts. Met “Cake” (m), “Warden”, and Shin Splints Matt showed up too. Emily Hansen is gonna come find us when she finishes her bike ride and drive us somewhere. Wonder how many ppl we can fit in her truck haha
Cake said he has two friends who are gonna work at the North Rim, John and Ellen. Can't wait to meet them. Trying to convince him to come up too haha Met “Rainbow Dash”(f) at Trailhead here she's hitching up to Tucson too.
Staying at fancy schmancy Omni Resort in Tucson with Will (he's amazing! I really enjoy hanging with him I hope he knows that), Emily Hansen joined us too. Zero day tomorrow thank goodness, my left arch is really hurting me. It's swollen and flat, like the arch collapsed or something. After 100 miles I'd collapse too...lol Emily is my hero. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and support.
Shin Splints Matt crawled into the BearBox at Sahuarita JCT and I laughingly called him "Bear Box", that's his trailname now.
After we met "Rainbow Dash" someone mentioned thinking her name was Lightning Princess, shortly thereafter BearBox gave me my trailname of "Lightning Princess".

((Note BearBox had to pull off trail later on north, he took the summer off then returned to finish the AZT NoBo, he caught up with Jamie and I while we were working on the North Rim and attended our annual Halloween party up there. Cool reunion))



March 13, 2019
Day 13
Hiked 6.4 miles to Cienega Creek, camp below beautiful cottonwood atAZT mile 113.1
Great water source. Right next to railroad tracks.
Annette Feagans dropped us of at trailhead 1pm!!
“Stump” and “Mandolin” were dropped at same time.
Made it to the snake tunnel shortly and met “Worm” aka Mike. We saw him in Kentucky camp earlier too. Got some great photos of Ullward (Will). He's so fun to hike with. Went a few miles further to creek setup camp early at 4:30, today is a great day for my foot so took it easy. New inserts doing good so far. “Golden” showed up in Cienega Creek just now, he's gonna camp by us cool! He said he's shooting for Oracle by Monday wow! Big days ahead. He's not a fan of snow on the mtns either. We'll see.


March 14
Day 14
Hiked 13.3 miles to camp in Rincon creek at azt mile 126.3
Camping with Bluebird & Tiny Dancer, Mandolin & Stump. Good group!
Met Good Name/Ole Gramps(?) At Colossal Cave. I took a 45 min tour with Guide Savannah it was $18 and tax. I had margaritas...i want to then give the whole trail and report back on every margarita that is accessible from the trail. Camped at Rincon creek with Tiny Dancer, Bluebird, Mandolin and Stump.


March 15,2019
Day 15
Hiked 9 miles. Camp at Grass Shack Campground at azt mile 135.3
Left foot hurts so bad I was having dreams about walking and falling and rolling my ankle. Absolutely ridiculous. Contemplating getting off trail for a few days and bunking up in Oracle somehow...managed to.hike to.grass shack really well. Right around 9 miles foot starts swelling and really hurting. Limped into camp, very beautiful camp. Will was happy to stop too,that was a haul up and it got chilly fast. Tent pitched, I nooked up and dove into a book faster than necessary. Also ate too much and threw up in the toilet up trail...oops.


March 16
Day 16
Hiked 8.9 miles, camp outside Saguaro NP boundary at amazing overlook at AZT mile 144.2
Met “Snow” (f) she mentioned something cookie shop in Summerhaven. Must get Choco chip cookies! She is traveling is with “Barrel”(m). They passed us and moseyed on down trail at a charge.
First 2 miles up to Manning from Grass Shack was okay last 2 to Manning destroyed my foot SO much pain.
Another two to summit then two down to NP boundary and just beyond to awesome campsite. It's tight fit snug for two tents but whatever we're all friends here.


March 17
Day 17
Hiked 8 miles to Redington Pass.
Really struggling with left foot. Emptied water from pack to lighten load. Ate as much food as possible this morning to lighten load. Foot has CBD balm on it, wrapped, no blisters, downhill for 8 miles which you'd think would be a blessing but any weight at all causes agony to the left foot. Can I just chopped it off and clone my right foot?


As of March 17 I hiked 152 miles of the AZ Trail before I jury caused me to leave trail. I spent the rest of March, April and May babying the left foot. It was not until July 2019 that the foot could handle miles and weight again. Unfortunately by then i was working full time at Glen Canyon NRA for the National Park Service and it was as hot as Phoenix up there and I worked all sorts of crazy hours.

I'm editing his log in early November, that left foot of mine is much better and ready to get back at it. Let's hope it stays in shape while I train it with a pack this winter.


Jamie and I spent the next week with Will (Ullward) and I spiraled into a post-hike/failed attempt depression. I'm sure I wasn't very fun to be around though I tried to stay positive.
We traveled southern AZ from the Chiricahuas to Picacho to Tombstone then found ourselves in Kanab, Utah to retrieve our vehicle and belongings thanks to Will. He's a wonderful Friend and I'm happy to have spent the time we did together and hope we all get together again soon.


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Jan 16 2019
Hippy
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33 female
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 Grand Canyon
Waterfall Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2019
Hippy
Hiking2.00 Miles 251 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
251 ft AEG
 
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First of three mini hikes with a friend who didn't want to hike "too many miles"
Also did the Black Rock Long Loop and some strange reverse lollipop including Ford, Ironwood and Gray Fox trails. Somehow managed to get her to do 8 miles without her noticing she did "so many miles" :lol:
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Jan 16 2019
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Black Rock Long LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2019
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Hiking3.00 Miles 160 AEG
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160 ft AEG
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2nd of 3 mini dayhikes with non hiking friend.

Started from waterfall TH headed out to Black Rock loop including a figure 8 of some sort to complete the entirety of the Black Rock Short Loop. Ended where we started.

Saw many petroglyphs I'd never noticed on previous trips with family along the Black Rock Loops. Beautiful day.
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Jan 16 2019
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Gray Fox Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2019
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Hiking3.75 Miles 85 AEG
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Parked at Area 9 one of the Ford Canyon Trailheads. This was our third mini hike today with my friend who didn't want to hike "too many miles"

We headed out via Ford Cyn Trail then took a left onto Ironwood then followed it out to Gray Fox Trailhead, retraced our steps back up Gray Fox to Ironwood completing the Ironwood loop with Ford Cyn Trl.

This would be a really fun and easy mountain bike loop.
We saw Cali poppies all over. Such a perfect day for a little walk.
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Dec 18 2018
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2018
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,125 AEG
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3,125 ft AEG13 LBS Pack
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Frank, Jamie and I went out to show Jamie Tom's Thumb. Nice short and easy morning. We ended up being bombarded by human people things at the Thumb so quickly moved on to the Lookout where we saw not a soul!
I recalled hiking part of Windgate trail once before. Frank voted we add on the extra 7 miles or whatnot.

So we did.
A lot of people ask me what a good grand canyon training hike is and after completing this loop I could easily suggest it. There is just enough downhill to simulate hiking a few miles down the main corridor trails and just enough plane noise to simulate hiking Hermit trail or the Tonto.

Once we left Lookout and headed down toward windgate I was instantly reminded of cutting down the switchbacks from clear Creek trail toward phantom. All that desert life and cool air and gorgeous rock.

For me, today, this hike was perfect. Not hard at all, not too much mileage and the elevation changes were enough to get me sweating and my heart pumping. I'd do it again for sure.

I definitely don't regret spending the winter back in the Valley.

Did not seen any fellow HAZzers either, though a guy did comment on the HAZ bumper sticker on my car.
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Dec 15 2018
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Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2018
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Hiking10.60 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   5 Hrs      2.12 mph
1,921 ft AEG
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1st trip
Quick loop Saturday morning. Myself, Jamie Compos and Doug Nering.

Lots of birds out on these trails. Some some rabbits and butterflies for wildlife.

Mesquite trail had good bit of human activity going on when we started around 8am including a ranger led hike doing this same loop but going in the opposite direction.
By the time we passed the Willow Canyon cutoff we were pretty much alone and that was very nice.

This loop would also make decent corridor training for any newbies looking to hike grand canyon. Not sure why my mind goes straight to that.

I especially enjoyed the Ford Canyon sections, I hadn't done this loop before and was pleasantly surprised to spend so much time in the wash and then over smooth granite it was absolutely beautiful.

Lots of Mexican gold poppies out this weekend too.

Trail conditions were great, smooth. Those trails are well maintained and that makes them an easy "trek" for anyone in the family that's up to the mileage.
Ford Canyon had some "steep" footing which were fine for us but I could see it presenting a challenge for those folks who aren't use to walking off pavement.

The white tanks had water and tadpoles.
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Round Valley DrawSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Backpack avatar Sep 28 2018
Hippy
Backpack19.00 Miles
Backpack19.00 Miles3 Days         
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Our friends Jamie and Julia met us in Utah for our annual backpacking trip to celebrate my other half's birthday.
The four of us shuttled girl-Jamie's rent-a-jeep to the round Valley draw Trailhead after we left my Hyundai down at the Lowest Hackberry th.

Round Valley is gorgeous, my-jamie and I had been here three times before while prepping for the Hayduke Trail. It was good to be back.

The Round Valley route drops you right into a slot canyon after a mile or so of walking. The wash you've been walking in just suddenly develops a "crack" in it and then if you follow it a ways you realize there is a whole other world 30ft below you! You drop into the head of the crack, the beginning of the slot canyon.

Right away girl-Jamie and Julia were having to suck it up. The first down climb is slick and at a strange angle. Even I had to reevaluate before making the scramble down. Once you've committed it's a piece of cake.

We handed packs down then I helped the girls find their footing and hand holds. We celebrated and cheered when they overcame their fears of slipping down that wall.

There was one other place where one of our crew attempted to down climb a 12-15ft drop below a big choke stone in the middle of the slot. I imagine this forms a spectacular waterfall at the beginning of a flood!
The downclimb was not successful and they slipped, fell and landed on their side/back. From my perspective up.above them it looked as if their head hit a rock! Luckily they were fine I checked them over as soon as I got down. No head bumps or broken bones or anything, just some rock rash and scraped knees. Scary!! That could've been a lot worse. EVERYONE was much more dialed in after that.

I rummaged through our packs and pulled out our 45ft webbing and quickly rigged an easy handline. The remaining two of the crew climbed down safely with the help of the webbing. I lowered all our paths then set up the webbing to pull through in case I did need to use it.

This trip is dog friendly but I'd suggest having a dog that won't mind being lowered via rappel or hands for these two little obstacles.

The slot canyon was amazing, we followed it until it dumped us into the sandy bottomed Hackberry.
The walls of Hackberry are not looking and dusky as someone once described to me. They are inviting and welcoming. The beckon you to keep moving and to explore every nook and cranny! There were boulders to climb upon and tiny alcoves and caves to visit.

The first ten miles or so are dry and we spent our first night without a water resupply, which was fine. We each had 5 or 6 liters and used it literally. Day 2 we would be walking in water!

Day 2 saw us in the creekbed and witnessing hackberry flow gradually increase! I even got play in Mass amounts of quicksand. My-jamie once was following the right shoreline while the ladies and I stayed to the left, no reason, it just happened that way. We heard a big clomp and looked behind to see my-jamie up to his hips in water and mud! The side he was on had developed into quicksand and decided to open up where he stepped. Oops.

We spent night two on a large sandbar full of bees right along the water. It was absolutely gorgeous! I lit a few incense sticks to keep the bees away. We dug holes in the shallow creek to make a deep enough pocket to fill water from.

Day 3 saw us a mere 7 or 8 miles from my car at the trailhead and we were sad to go.
I honestly don't remember details of the trail regarding day 3. It all blends together.
Your feet are wet a lot of the last half. I brought extra socks but just wore regular boots and was fine. It was still warm in September and perfect!

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4th Moron Festival, AZ 
4th Moron Festival, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
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Hiking9.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
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A "moron" is someone who hikes somewhere at a time they probably shouldn't (like rim to rim in July with no water or something stupid like that) so now a bunch of us get together every July or August for really ridiculous or long or simply fun offtrail hikes:

Eight or nine of us met near the GV fire tower, camped the night then started hiking bright and early... at 8am
We carpooled to GV TH and started walking back up the road about half a mile to the area where Old Grandview lays hidden.

It was fairly easy to find the Old TH especially with a handful of us all shouting directions and such.

The break through the Kaibab and Toroweap was much more straightforward than I expected. How Berry and Cameron got mules down certain sections we'll never know!

From the parking lot to the junction with the modern GV trail we took almost TWO hours. What were we doing!!?

The old trail was very fun, lots of old rusty stuff, old trail work too!

We hiked down off the east side of Horseshoe Mesa, there is a wicked redwall break south of the modern trail I gotta try that one!!

Finally, FINALLY, got to thoroughly explore some caves I've been aching to visit!! I may have had eye leakage when I finally saw the entrance to one I've wished to see for years :lol:

We explored two caves and oggled the entrance of a third that requires some bravado and climbing skills to enter. It was a vertical entrance, too much risk for me thanks.

Just before the caves we got to visit an old dried up spring, Harvey Butchart mentioned this spring in his logs as being dry in the 50s or 60s. Surprise! It's still bone dry. From the spring that cool redwall break was visible but only two of us were interested so we skipped it this trip
The use path out to the old spring is very obvious and we'll travelled. It's almost down the modern redwall break just east of where the modern trail turns north, above the Cottonwood switchbacks.

Before you go:
"Under the current park policy, All caves (with the exception of the Cave of the Domes on Horseshoe Mesa) are currently closed to visitation, except for research purposes. Please contact Edward Schenk, Physical Science Program Manager, for additional information (928) 638-7817."
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