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Dec 09 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   3.15 mph
3,100 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
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This was my first 3,000 foot or 9+ mile hike since Mt. Humphrey in August. Off at 1:22PM to 46 degrees. It was completely shaded all the way down to just before Indian Gardens and, with the breeze, I was cold. Made IG in 1:18 and claimed the sunny bench by the water tap, where I soaked in some rays for a period of time. Pretty mellow at IG, there were a few groups passing through, but I had the majority of the time to myself. The breeze started to pick up and the sun escaped behind the cliffs, so I got cold again. I was at IG for 43 minutes.

Started the ascent up and remained cold until about the 3 mile resthouse, then I was fine from there. Plugged away, but was forced to stop for about 40 seconds with a family of bighorn sheep about 0.6 miles from the trailhead. Tried to jog in spurts from there to make up for the lost time. Finished the ascent in 1:36:30, which I am pleased with, given that I've gained a few pounds this year (heaviest I have been since 2008) and am about 12 pounds more than when I took up hiking in 2010.

It was nice to get back down to IG as the last time I was there was February 2016. The trees are still yellow down there. I'll be perfectly happy if we don't see snow until the spring :)
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Nov 19 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
2,000 ft AEG
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Brrr. I was cold most of this hike. 45 degrees to start a little before 4pm and already down to 32 a little before 6pm as I drove back into the village. Way too many people to my liking down to OOP, where there was a crowd of people, including the annoying tourists taking photos while stopped in the middle in the trail. But, there was little traffic from that point on and it was nice for the ascent. A bit of a slog a day after a full body, but nice to get 2,000 feet in.
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Nov 06 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Turtlehead MountainVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking4.60 Miles 2,021 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.65 mph
2,021 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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3rd time doing this one and it is a butt kicker for sure. The first mile lulls you in, but don't be fooled. it was breezy on the way up, then the wind really swept up on the peak and for the descent. I felt slow ascending, but I guess under 56 minutes is respectable. Two other couples on the summit and passed another two groups above the saddle... most people I've seen on this trail thus far. they've added signs for the beginning portion, which I find helpful.
I stayed way right for the final push to the saddle, even further right than the last time I did this. there was a small screw chute to negotiate, but I still enjoy the more direct path than the official trail, which goes way to the left and switchbacks into the saddle with a clear vantage point. I went down this way as it is less steep. once on the saddle, you could hug the cliff at right via climbing some initial rocks (I've come down this way the past two times), or choose any of several paths to the left.
on the peak, I was looking at the closest higher mountain directly to the north and was wondering if you could get there as an offshoot from this trail. maybe, with a lot of work. i didn't see any snow on charleston. I hope the forecast for a dry and warm winter for the southern US holds!
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Oct 15 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour      2.65 mph
1,250 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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It's been a warm October (looks like it will continue) and I am already cold. 5:21pm to 6:21pm.
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Sep 23 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
New Hance TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking4.10 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   1.76 mph
2,150 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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I wanted to get at least 2,000 feet for the day and a hike down to the structure on Grandview was the initial plan. No parking at the trailhead, so I continued on and opted for New Hance instead. I don't like this descent at all and I felt a little off (perhaps I was spoiled by the easy descents on BA and Kaibab the previous two hikes), so took it on the slower side. About 500' down, there was one solo backpacker coming up and a group of 3 heading down to camp at the rapids. I made it down to the camp site area where the drainage cliffs out and decided to turn around there. I was there for half an hour, seeking shelter from the wind behind a tree. The skies had turned overcast and I was a little cold the last half mile of the ascent, as the temps on the rim were in the 50s (it's been cold up here!).

1:10 down, 1:10 up, not fun descent, fun ascent.
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Aug 27 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,422 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.44 mph
2,422 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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Off at 2:05pm to 88 degrees. nice and sunny the entire ascent, which I will take every day during monsoon season. made it up in 1:06:30, which I am pleased with. one day I will break an hour, but definitely need to slim down a bit first. tried to make the descent without slipping, but failed at that. it started to cloud up the last mile and I decided to take the warmer drive home through cameron. the car said 97 degrees, which was amazing. I think I will make some trips to Cameron this winter, if I am still at the canyon. it's the closest warmer place and I love that terrain.
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Aug 19 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.50 mph
3,400 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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73 degree departure from the trailhead at 2:46pm. apparently, the road had been closed earlier in the day for a cancer walk, so my PM hiking paid dividends with relatively mild traffic on the trail. I'm still on a quest to break two hours to summit, so pushed the whole way to see where I'm at. made the saddle under 1:29 and summit in 2:06:30. I definitely need to drop a few lbs if I am to hit two hrs or less, but I was pleased with the effort. it was nice on he summit in the sun, but I was cold when the sun was blocked by clouds. more sun on the descent, which was nice. the last mile always drags on, but that goes for any 10 mile hike, I feel. this is why I rarely hike 10 milers :) finished right at dusk, serenaded by heavy construction equipment.
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Aug 11 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Yaeger Canyon Trail #28Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles
2,000 ft AEG
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My intention was to do the full loop, but I got turned around by what looked like horned cows (or bulls?) about a quarter mile from the road on 533. this was the same location I saw them the last time I did the loop, only this time one was directly on the trail. I made some noise and he ran further up. then he and another gave me the stare down, so I just turned around, accumulating 1.5 miles more and additional aeg. only encountered one other guy with his dogs on 533. don't remember my times/breaks as this was over 2 weeks ago.
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Jul 29 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Escalante ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking4.20 Miles 2,871 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   1.01 mph
2,871 ft AEG
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The last triplog for Escalante Butte was mine last year. Hard to believe! Hannah is here only a few more weeks and had done all the r2, even an r3 and rim to river, but was interested in doing some off trail, so this seemed like a good fit. We were off a little before 10am, made good time to the tree saddle and decided to shoot up straight from there, instead of walking around and ascending the north ridge. That's what I did last time and it seemed to work out well again this time.

Lots of heavy breathing took us to the summit slabs. We went up the west slab and Hannah went over to where you have to make the jump. She was over there for probably several minutes, before deciding to head back down to investigate the east, summit slab. I dont know how, but she climbed up the summit slab with absolutely no assistance or gear! Super impressive! So, yes, apparently it can be free climbed, but you have to have skills and a lot of courage. I made an attempt at it, but no pull up bar was present, so i jumped back down. there are really no grips at all and it is super awkward.

So, I went back up the west slab again to take her summit photo and investigate the dreaded leap of faith. I made it over to where you jump, but nah, it is not going to happen. Hey, at least I made it to where you can jump on this trip, so I consider that progress (I didn't want to traverse over there last time). Hannah was able to downclimb the summit slab with my assistance from below.

We took a little break in the shade of some rocks up there, then headed back down, with a very direct route off the summit, to the south. Stayed direct and south all the way to saddle and I was starting to feel the heat a bit. basically no shade or cloud cover at all. I was hoping for some, but it never came to fruition. I sent a huge boulder flying at one point, probably nearly the size of a human. Lots of loose boulders up there, so be careful if you take the more direct route down.

Back to the shade of the saddle tree for a quick shutting of the eyes and little break. still no cloud cover and the tanner was in full sun at this time of the day, so I knew the hike out would not be fun. It was a slog and I initiated stopping in the shade of small trees a few times. I left my go to electrolyte packets in my other backpack, so that probably didn't help. I was low on water, near the top, but Hannah let me drink some of hers. Could have done without, but it was certainly appreciated :)

Fun little mini adventure.
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Jul 15 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Tanner TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
1,750 ft AEG
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I started a little earlier than two weeks ago, around 5:20PM, intending to go down a little further than last time... maybe three miles or so. The trail is not as slick as it was two weeks ago, but I still mini slipped a couple times. You really do have to pay attention to nearly every step down to the saddle. As I approached the saddle, I could see ominous clouds forming to the north. While at the saddle, the temperature dropped considerably and the wind gusted. The skies were pretty bleak in all directions, so I decided to turn it around there. As I started back up, it sprinkled big drops a bit, but never rained or downpoured. Because of this, it was muggy and it sapped my energy. I had nothing and it was pretty uncomfortable the entire ascent... humidity affects me way more than dry heat. I stopped several times, which really provided no relief, and I topped out in a woeful 53 minutes, feeling like a wet sponge. I don't like monsoon season.
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Jul 01 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Tanner TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.24 mph
1,950 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
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I started just after 6PM. Almost perfect weather, 86 degrees at the trailhead and the minimal sun exposed spots felt good. Due to the recent dry conditions, the trail is a bit rocky and slick... I took my time and still mini slipped a few times. Made it to the saddle and with a last light time of 8:19PM, decided to continue on a bit. I just love it when the trail turns to the west and opens up. I wanted to keep going, but turned around just as the trail turns to the north, between Escalante and Cardenas Buttes. Took a little break at the tree, started up at 7:32PM and topped out at last light. I didn't see anyone else out there. Next time I will start at 4PM and go a little further.
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Jun 17 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking7.65 Miles 2,525 AEG
Hiking7.65 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.96 mph
2,525 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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I was off at 2:18PM and the car said it was 90 degrees. I was the tenth vehicle at the trailhead, but only came across two groups of two hikers each. I was thinking there would be a lot more shade, but miscalculated because it was pretty much all sun until I hit the dense forest at about 2.25 miles. Not out of breath at all, but my legs had zilch and I had to stop a few times. I blame the fact that I missed my typical Saturday afternoon nap and ran out of minerals yesterday. Slogged up in 1:24, where I was greeted with a gaggle of people who had driven up. 5 or 6 vehicles passed me on the road, which is by far the most traffic I have seen up there. I stayed at the top a bit, took some photos from the tower, headed down the road and rested on the bench for a bit. The upper forest was nice and cool, with an increased late afternoon breeze. Maybe ten trees of deadfall currently on the trail.
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May 14 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   3.20 mph
1,650 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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I was in Sedona for Mother's Day eats and hit this a little after 5PM, on the way back to the Canyon. I was hurting a little from my full body workout the day prior, so I went up for about an hour, and turned around there. The same spot I turned around last year, the other time I have been on this trail. It was quite windy and thus a little cold up there in the shade, but nice and warmish on the lower portion of the trail. I'll have to complete the entire trail one day. From what I have seen thus far, I enjoy this trail.
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May 07 2017
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 Kingman, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking14.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   6 Hrs   53 Mns   2.68 mph
5,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break
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I haven't completed a 10 mile hike since Mt. Humphrey last July or 4,000 feet since Mt. Kimball last October. Temperatures looked very favorable for mid day hiking and I was off at 10:15 AM.

Chilly at the start in wind/shade and a little chilly at the finish with strong wind gusts. Just about perfect down in the inner canyon, sun or no sun, wind or no wind, didn't matter. The river is an awesome color right now... kind of greenish blue.

I took a long rest at the canteen bench and squirrels jumped on me a couple times to disturb me. Had an apple purchased from the canteen, as well as the quest bar I brought along. I stayed at phantom for nearly 1.5 hrs, mostly just resting.

Legs felt good as I began the ascent. I flew up past the tonto junction, but everything from there was a grind. Don't know how some of you guys do even longer hikes with more aeg... hats off to all of you!

Topped off at 5:08PM, up in 3:05, which I am pleased with, given my lack of distance training (and fairly limited hiking). Outside of strong wind gusts at times, it was just about a perfect day to be down there.

I'm giving myself 5,000, though it might be a smidgen less. Maybe not though because you sure have to step up a lot on the descent with the choppy trail.
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Apr 17 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Turtlehead MountainVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking4.60 Miles 2,021 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   2.94 mph
2,021 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
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Off at 9:36am to 64 degrees, overcast and windy. The first mile serves as a warm up, taking you to the base of the climb. Not too much reprieve from then. Surprisingly, little to no wind on the summit, while the wind was gusting on the strip. I'll be sure to do this one every time I am in vegas. Bonus was sharing the summit with the cute female I passed just below the top.
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Apr 15 2017
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40 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Potato Patch LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.93 mph
2,800 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Off around 2:30PM, proceeding in a CCW fashion around the loop. The car said 64 degrees at the trailhead parking area. The tentative plan was to get Hayden and Aspen. Last time I was here, the gate on the road turned me around, but now I know better. Passed the road on this trip, not thinking it was the road. With all the camps and roads, this trail is confusing to me. Kept going for another 10 minutes or so on the loop, but it didn't feel right and I turned back. Came to the road and confirmed that was the way. Saw snow in the shaded portions up top, which almost turned me back. Not that I had to walk in it, but I am so over snow. Love the steps to the top, beautiful view, headed back down. Felt like a yo yo going down, weaving from one side to the other, but much faster than the ascent.

Got Aspen on the way back. That is a nice little trail. I didn't recall how small an area the actual top was. The water pump was on at the junction. Mileage and gain is a guesstimate. I will get hualapai peak next time.
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Apr 09 2017
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 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   3.26 mph
1,750 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Off at 3:40PM. A little too cold for me in the forest with the overcast skies and breeze, but the sun broke through a bit for the climb to the saddle, which was nice. As such, I continued on to the viewpoint and did the short scramble to the top of the rocks. It felt like it had been a while since I was up there. I will have to get back to the Peak sometime soon.
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Apr 02 2017
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 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Tanner TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
 Hiking avatar Apr 02 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
 Hiking3.20 Miles 1,750 AEG
 Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   2.49 mph
1,750 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
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Off at 3:30PM. Went down to the saddle and decided to stop there. Very windy. Stayed for a bit and tried to soak up the sun, but it was really too windy to be very effective. They have made some improvements at the top of the trail, recently adding some steps it appears. I am thinking this will be my go to training hike for the next several months. The flatters at the start of the ascent prime you for the climb and this will be doable all summer in the late afternoon shade. Plus, I can soak up the sun at the saddle. The descent seems much smoother than new hance to me.
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Mar 27 2017
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40 male
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 Kingman, AZ
Capitol Butte South Face aka Thunder MtnSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Mar 27 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hike & Climb2.10 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hike & Climb2.10 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   0.90 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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Missed the final chimney on the ascent as I was too far right, but got it on the way down. Aborted a climb or two in favor of other options, which cost some time. Managed to get 58 and change up, which I was pleased with. Three others at the top who had ascended from the west. Went too far and had to doubleback to the saddle... not sure how that happened, but things can go awry quickly up there if you don't pay attention. There was a group coming up the ridge as I was heading down. Finished up on the thunder trail only because I intersected it first. Always steeper than what I anticipate! I should know by now.
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Mar 27 2017
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 Kingman, AZ
Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2017
nikorock28Triplogs 1,010
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,840 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.61 mph
1,840 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Got in some Elden on the way back to the canyon after capitol butte. I went to just above the long switchback and turned back. I was cold and didn't want to hike in the dusk. The good news is that after capitol butte, those gnarly switchbacks dont feel very steep. The bad news is that after capitol butte, those gnarly switchbacks feel pretty steep :)
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