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Nov 01 2020
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 Tucson, AZ
Italian Spring Trail to Spud RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2020
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Hiking21.92 Miles 5,456 AEG
Hiking21.92 Miles   11 Hrs   10 Mns   2.16 mph
5,456 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break13 LBS Pack
 
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I’m not sure how, but Linda roped me into this one a while back 8-[

Despite all the preparation I made for it, this hike really beat me down. In fact, I’m pretty sure that somehow I did the final few miles “out of body”, and that Linda must have dragged my lifeless shell back to the truck. I will say that the weather was very accommodating; neither too hot nor too cold, neither too cloudy nor sunny, a comfortable breeze most of the trip. It was really the right day for a long hike like this.

The difficulty aside, it was really great to get into the Rincons again. I love this range, as I’m sure many do, but any adventure into these mountains requires a full day commitment at a minimum. As brutal as it is/was/will be, this is one for your list over which you’ll have no (long term) regrets.

It was great hiking and chatting with Linda again. I don’t know how she does it - leaving home at 03:00, hiking pre-dawn to sunset, all the while putting up with my complaining, then traveling another 3 hours to finish the day – but I’m glad she did, it was wonderful day and certainly one to remember.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Park Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Could see water from the trail a few miles above. Looked clean from my view.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max White Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
From a distance, I could see it had a good amount of water.
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Jun 07 2020
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Carr Miller Hamburg Loop, AZ 
Carr Miller Hamburg Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2020
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Hiking14.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   2.10 mph
4,000 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break13 LBS Pack
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Linda and I got started a little before 08:00 to wonderful temps and a stout breeze. Though pretty mellow, the climb begins immediately all the way to Carr. By the time we arrived at the spur to Carr peak, we had absorbed enough solar radiation to have broken a bit of a sweat, and were now rounding the corner into the shade and a stiff wind. Though it was a short go, it was pretty biting, then as we topped out the atmosphere turned absolutely perfect, sunny, calm & cool. We didn't stay long as we had a long way to go and I was already lagging, so we headed over to the Crest to make our way to Miller. I really loved this section; great views, largely shaded, protected from the wind, level-ish. Soon enough, we were on the ascent again, and not long before reaching Miiler, I was already running on fumes. It was at this point that I secretly tethered myself to Linda's pack and just let her tow me along. Every now and again I would carry my own weight so as to not raise too much suspicion. At the peak we encountered 3 humans just sitting there. Strangely, they didn't seem at all afraid of us, so we just calmly bypassed, being careful not to startle them as they continued their foraging.
After a break at the peak, it was time to get rolling. The trip so far had be rather rough on me, as I was not feeling too wonderful, so I was really looking forward to the downhill side. The trip back took us down the Hamburg Trail into Wisconsin Canyon, which has got to be in the top 3 most beautiful canyons in SoAZ. It's a massive, steep, dense, green ecosystem that will drop your jaw. Pretty soon we were on the Comfort Spring Trail, the final stretch. I had long since run out of gas and Linda was simply dragging my lifeless body behind her up the final incline, yet unaware of the tether between us. Once back to the TH, I kissed the level ground as Linda and I said our goodbyes.
Another beautiful day above the 7,000 ft mark, over incredible trails, in excellent weather and in the finest of company.
Thanks Linda for makeing the long trip.
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Feb 09 2020
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Malapais Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
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Hiking11.60 Miles 3,825 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   10 Hrs   46 Mns   1.22 mph
3,825 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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It was Linda’s turn to pick the hike and I agreed with her choice without question. I had been really busy all week, so I hadn’t had much time to do any research, or otherwise prepare. Sunday a.m. came and I was on the road a little after 04:00 in anticipation of a full, but pleasant, Sunday stroll. We arrived at Tortilla Flat and got stated just about sunrise, with temps around the 50 mark. It was the perfect morning for a hike.

Linda had mentioned that this hike would be largely off-trail, and I would say that description is “true”, but, well, …less than accurate. In fact, I saw distinct trail for the first 0.07 miles and beyond that, any “trail system” was comprised mostly of deceptive cairns. Not to worry, as I like off-trail, and I trusted Linda to lead the way.

We babbled and chatted our way up the initial climb, soaking up the views in every direction. At about 2 hour in we began the walk across Geronimo Head, Oooing and Ahhing all the canyons, peaks and ridges – It’s quite the vantage point. After loitering on Geronimo for a bit, it was time for phase 2 of the adventure.

From here forward, everything was “just” something; just over this ridge (both infested with prickly pear), just up this drainage (choked with catclaw and mortared in with silt and stone from the winter rains), just over that saddle (can’t even begin to put a count on that one). Just this, just that… Now we’re all used to a little motivational fibbing on the part of the lead hiker, but come on! :lol:

Eventually, we made it to the ridge for the final approach to Malapais. This area burned last year, but is filling in rather rapidly. In fact, as you look out over the surrounding landscape, it's kind of hard to tell just what had burned. This was the best go of the whole hike and lead to the incredible views that the whole trek was about. By this time, the sky was well overcast, casting a perfect natural light. After a few pics and a look or two around, we started the much anticipated descent.

The return through the burned area seemed far too short lived as we turned our sights down the dreaded chute (the term drainage is now stricken from my vocabulary, as the mere utterance leads to eye-twitching and mild convulsions). We fared much better on the return avoiding anything worse than we’d already been through. Once out of the chute there was great relief, but there was still quite a road ahead to get to the road ahead and so on. The bulk of this homerun phase was a cakewalk by comparison though and went by quickly.

Finally, we made it back the parking lot just as the sunset, and what a sunset it was with the lightly clouded backdrop and the faint glow of the opposing full moonrise. Despite all the bleeding, cussing, complaining – and there was a lot of each – I’d have to say I had a fine time. After all, this was a substantial bag of the off-trail variety, I got to a new part of the superstitions, the word hot was never once uttered, and as usual it was great to hang out and chat the day away with Linda. :)
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Jan 26 2020
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2020
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Hiking9.15 Miles 2,340 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   3.03 mph
2,340 ft AEG      11 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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By bed time last night I had planned to take it easy today, doing nothing but a few chores before heading out for the work week. I slept in until 04:30, got up, made coffee, hit the shower then decided to have a nice peaceful read at the news. That news thing lasted all of 6 seconds as the first headline read something to the effect that we humans all need to go extinct or we're going to die, whatever kind of sense that might make. Anyway, done with the news, but not with my coffee, I jumped onto HAZ for a quick look.

Now I don’t want to call out @LosDosSloFolks by name, so I’ll refrain from that, but a certain someone on the site made a slanderous and insensitive remark, berating our earth’s greatest treasure. That’s right, against the most revered link in the food chain, Bacon. After seeing that, I just needed a safe space, so I headed down to the TH.

Not many people out at 08:30, and for being so nice out, not many over the whole trip. Though I was only in running shorts and a tank top, I managed to overheat a few times. I still think there’s hope for one more cold snap (and please don’t burst my bubble), as some of our record lows fall around the end of Feb. Until then I guess I sweat.

Another nice walk through the park has done it's magic. I'm feeling much better now, but kind of craving a BLT.
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Jan 24 2020
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Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2020
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Hiking6.57 Miles 3,010 AEG
Hiking6.57 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.26 mph
3,010 ft AEG      52 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Finger Rock Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
The flowing water and falls could be heard throughout the canyon.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Finger Rock Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Running loudly
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Jan 23 2020
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 23 2020
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Hiking9.16 Miles 2,340 AEG
Hiking9.16 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   2.83 mph
2,340 ft AEG      12 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Ton of people out. Getting warm.
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Jan 19 2020
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Tucson Mt Loop, AZ 
Tucson Mt Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2020
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Hiking12.93 Miles 3,139 AEG
Hiking12.93 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.73 mph
3,139 ft AEG      15 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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07:30 - 36 deg.
It was just me and a pair of coyotes in the parking lot at sunrise. They didn't much seem to mind me.
The vegetation is unbelievably green and full for January
A lot of lesser members of the food chain were out, and there were a lot a pig tracks.
First decent outing in over a month. Could have spared one more hour, but the trail was getting pretty crowded.
Finished at 12:40 - 70 deg
Good to finally do something.
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Jan 12 2020
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 12 2020
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Hiking9.15 Miles 2,340 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.87 mph
2,340 ft AEG      4 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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DH is in town, so we hit a little bit of trail. The original plan was an 18 mile loop, but I still have a funky glitch in my hip, lower back, or something in that region, so we did plan B.
Danny almost threw 2 Bernie Bro's off of the summit for mocking his 'Jarheads For Trump' shirt, suggesting that the career Marine wouldn't be welcome here once Bernie's in charge. They must have thought that they were still safely on twitter at the time, otherwise I don't understand why 2, 100 lb frat boys would poke at 250 lbs of green-gristle like that. Lucky for them, there were a lot witnesses around.
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Jan 10 2020
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Pontatoc Ridge Trail #411Tucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 10 2020
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Hiking5.26 Miles 2,234 AEG
Hiking5.26 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   1.64 mph
2,234 ft AEG      48 Mns Break9 LBS Pack
 
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First "Jet Lag-Cabin Fever-Jet Lag", recuperation hike. Wish I could blame it on Roy, but I just couldn't seem to grab a gear.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pontatoc Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
I haven't seen this much flow here since high school. Still quite a bit of snow upstream too.
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Dec 11 2019
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 11 2019
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Hiking9.18 Miles 2,310 AEG
Hiking9.18 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.81 mph
2,310 ft AEG      27 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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None of the other weirdos showed up this month, so I didn't hang around very long. Salvaged 8 or 10 pics out of about 50. Weather was pretty nice. Moon-rise was a bit disappointing.
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Nov 30 2019
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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
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Hiking10.16 Miles 4,578 AEG
Hiking10.16 Miles   7 Hrs   6 Mns   1.63 mph
4,578 ft AEG      52 Mns Break12.6 LBS Pack
 
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Went chasing snow up Finger Rock and ended up just going all the way to Kimball. It was very nice at the start, somewhere around 45 deg, but turned cold within the first hour. My temp sensor showed a low of 32.6, but in general, I was seeing 35ish for the bulk of the trip. The snow level started at about 5,500 ft, just prior to the Linda Vista turn off. From there, to the top, and back, I was kicking myself for not having rain gear. Seems the thaw was just ahead of me as I climbed the canyon, causing a slurpee storm to dump from the trees. This ill-timed adventure left me soaking wet and numb pretty early in the game, but I figured that if I'm already numb, I might as well stay that way to the peak.



water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Finger Rock Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
As good as I've ever seen

dry Finger Rock Spring Dry Dry
Pretty dry, but the upper canyon is starting to thaw.
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Nov 28 2019
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Thunderbird Trail - Saguaro NP WestTucson, AZ
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Hiking4.05 Miles 522 AEG
Hiking4.05 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   3.38 mph
522 ft AEG9 LBS Pack
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I had a lot of chores to do, but decided to at least stretch the legs. Picked this to avoid getting sucked into something more involved, as I tend to do when I wing a hike. It was as good as it could get weather wise, but laundry was calling, so I turned back at the 2 mile mark.
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Nov 22 2019
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Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2019
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Hiking8.24 Miles 3,942 AEG
Hiking8.24 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   1.80 mph
3,942 ft AEG      6 Mns Break12.3 LBS Pack
 
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Started out with Kimball as my goal, but freezing water, mud, ice and time all conspired against me. As I came to the chute, just beyond where you cross the canyon (at the upper end, near the campsite), it was running and the walls were crumbing as I watched. I could have pushed through it, but it would have been a very slow and painfully cold go of it, so I pulled the plug and headed back. The descent slogged by until I passed Linda Vista where the ice seemed to let up. No humans except in the first 1/4ish mile. Guess they didn't want to get their feet wet.

The new pack is working very well so far. It's really meant for runners, but I was able to haul 12 lbs with no problem. I don't think I'll get the mileage that I did from my Ultra 10, but this one was only 1/3 the price. Stay tuned for further pack news.
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Nov 21 2019
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Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2019
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Hiking3.56 Miles 603 AEG
Hiking3.56 Miles      59 Mns   3.62 mph
603 ft AEG16.2 LBS Pack
 
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Went to pick up my new pack, and head home, but then decided I could spare an hour to test it out. The timing was perfect too, as the sky was pretty heavy and it was spitting a little bit. I hit the button at 13:35 and headed into a light mist. By the 1/2 mile mark it was officially raining, and by 1-1/4 I was officially freezing (had rain gear in the pack, but didn't want to burn time getting it out). The next 1 mile would be behind a hill blocking the wind, so I had a decent break before the chilly home stretch. It had cooled down quite a bit, which kept me moving the rest of the way. As short as this hike was, it really scratched an itch that I've had for days.
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Nov 19 2019
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 19 2019
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Hiking9.39 Miles 2,295 AEG
Hiking9.39 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   3.18 mph
2,295 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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I woke up this morning like a kid on Christmas, fired up to hike in the rain. I had all of my high-tech, high-dollar, light weight rain gear either on my person or in my pack.

Christmas never came. :|

Since I am my father's son, I headed out anyway, as if I could make it rain through pure stubbornness, but I really ended up just working on my tan.

I know I'm gonna get grief for saying this, but it was pretty hot out there.
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Nov 17 2019
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Gardner n Cave Canyons, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Nov 17 2019
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Hiking15.00 Miles 4,700 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   8 Hrs   16 Mns   2.10 mph
4,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
A few weeks back I tossed the idea to Linda to do this little loop, which would knock a few trails and peaks off of both of our lists and she liked the idea, so we set it up. I've wanted to get over to this side of the Santa Ritas for quite a long while, but even for a Tucsonan, it's a drive, so I really was happy that Linda was willing to make the trip down.

We got an early start, but ended up stuck behind a Wide Load on the Sonoita Hwy, so that kinda washed out, but we ended up starting about 07:45.

We headed up the Gardner trail, getting the sunny section out of the way early, so that Linda didn't have to use the 'H' word. This seems to have been a good choice, as we made good time and were topping out at Wrightson before we knew it (or at least it seemed like it). From there, we could see the rest of our elevation gain just across Baldy Saddle, and were not intimidated by it in the least, so we headed off to confront it. The trip across the Crest was beautiful and I spent some time to really orient myself as opposed to just charging through. I must say, there's a lot to take in. We got off track a little when trying to tag Mt Ian (or so we think), but eventually got our act together and headed on. Next stop, Florida Peak, this time with no trouble, except for the ladybug infestation during our break at the summit. From here it would all be downhill, and that's obviously what the bear thought too. Oh, did I mention that we saw a bear on the Sawmill Trail? Well we did. While Linda may have nailed a pic of it, mine turned out looking like the Loch Ness Monster dancing with Bigfoot. Moving along, we finished out the best section of the hike heading down the Cave Canyon. This section is as nicely groomed as any in southern AZ, easy to follow and with little dead fall (we had expected much worse). The canopy has a nice balance of tree to sky, while having a very open feel to it. The canyon bottom is wide compared to most canyon trails I'm used to. It had sort of a meadowy effect, and actually offered a number of level camp spots and a meandering stream bed. As you might expect, the nicest section came to an end too quickly. Really, the whole trip ended too quickly. The drive considered, this was a great hike with diverse terrain, and Linda is a blast to hike with, so it could have gone on longer as far as I'm concerned (but I didn't have to drive back to Phoenix).

Another great loop, over a few new trails = another great day outside.

Thanks for driving down Linda!
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Nov 16 2019
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   3.02 mph
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Weather was perfect, but visibility was still a bit crusty. Great hike, slightly slower than normal (I'm also up 3 lbs this month), only 2 humans on the return. How can people resist this weather?
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Nov 15 2019
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Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking6.75 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking6.75 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   3.43 mph
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Started out heading for Wasson, but the wind was in my face the whole way up canyon, so I cut it short at King Saddle. Maybe tomorrow.
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Nov 13 2019
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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 13 2019
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Hiking10.23 Miles 4,814 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   1.62 mph
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Ridge Whack Version:

This one’s gonna leave a mark.

This has been on my list for years, but with a low priority, and today I had nothing really happening. I started up Finger Rock like a normal person, jumped off and crossed over to the Finger Rock Saddle like a sub-human, then turned north up the ridge, bouncing off of and crashing through the brush like a total idiot. I haven’t bled this much in a long time.

There was no real gain by taking this route and I don’t suggest anyone waste their time with it. It is certainly a one and done for me, but as always, it beat sitting on the couch

Temps started at 47, it was 57 while I was at Kimball & 71 at the end of this circus act.
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Nov 04 2019
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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 04 2019
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Hiking4.14 Miles 2,690 AEG
Hiking4.14 Miles   3 Hrs      1.38 mph
2,690 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 
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Started just before 07:00, but without my heart rate monitor & gaiters, which I left right there on the table, where I couldn't possibly miss them. My two primary objectives were to gather some stress data and then do some off trail to check out a cave and a mine. Since I wasn't going to achieve either of those, I figured I'd just have a nice leisurely hike. Yeah, that was wishful thinking, the trail to the peak climbs ~2,300' in 1.4 miles (1,660 FPM or 31%, which ever you prefer), This is arguably more a climb than a hike. As per usual, it was a rough go, but it was cool and shady, plus I stopped quite a bit.

Once again, someone has ordained them self 'Defender Of The Planet', and disposed of the latest summit logs (someone needs a life), so if any one has a spare coffee can and is in the neighborhood...

Though the peak trail itself looks very well traveled, I didn't see a single earthbound animal in the entire length of it. I did see 9 bipeds on the Linda Vista Loop, and quite annoyingly, about half of them were on speaker phone.
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