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59 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Sutherland - Romero LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2022
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Hiking21.62 Miles 6,469 AEG
Hiking21.62 Miles   14 Hrs   16 Mns   1.65 mph
6,469 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Where to start?.. Linda told me that there would be a free buffet on Mt Lemmon for all who would do this very simple loop as part of a charity event, but for a number of reasons I’m starting to think that may not have been completely accurate.

We set off in the dark with the full moon over shoulder. It was a smooth start, over mild terrain, on well groomed trail, with excellent weather. All too quickly, this segment of the trek came to an end as it merged with the Cargodera road. Though Cargodera is a road, it’s much rougher going than most trails with its grapefruit sized rock, piled into a ramp leading to the base of the Sutherland. This 3 mile section was and will always be my least favorite.

With the child’s play behind us, it was now time to get to work, and climbing to the ridge line would be the first and most physical challenge of the day. At 938 FPM, over 3.25 miles, it’s slow going - partly due to elevation gain and partly due to route finding difficulty. If there were one piece of this hike that I thought would be the slowest, this would have been it, but at exactly 1 MPH, turned out to be a high-fiver.

After all the high-fiving was over, we started the upper section of the #6, expecting the super highway that it’s historically been, but found a good chunk of it (up to the Samaniego Jct) to be largely reclaimed by the mountain. I had expected this section go at a much quicker pace, but the combination of grade and navigation issues brought it in well under par.

Eventually our climb was behind us and we took about 20 minutes to get a breath and a few calories down. With 90% of our AEG behind us, we started the descent along the Mt Lemmon 5 at yet another one of CNF’s hallmark, Golden Gates – the gate itself looks worthy of implementation at Ft Knox, but is flanked on each side by a whopping 30 feet of boundary wire and a few fence posts - A gate to nowhere as it were. This section suffered some fire damage from the Bighorn fire, but considering the record rains from last year it’s holding up beautifully, with few exceptions. The upper portion of this trail is a very scenic and a pleasant stroll, but once south of the Wilderness of Rocks begins to deteriorate rapidly while dropping to Romero Pass. The lower section of the #5 won the “Worst Condition” award for the second half of the day.

Pretty soon we dropped over into Romero Canyon where we were finally able to go on cruise control. There are quite a few interesting places and feature throughout Romero, but by this time we were getting into hustle mode to maximize the remaining daylight, so we didn’t dawdle much. We finally ran out of light with the final mile to go, but we made short work of it with our best pace of the day.

If you really want to wring the most out of a day, this is a good option. My only regret looking back is that there was no free buffet as I was promised. In fact I'm starting to think that this whole charity hike thing was a big scam. :(

Thanks Linda for driving down. It was a blast !

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cargodera Canyon Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cargodera Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Romero Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Romero Pools Medium flow Medium flow
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Mar 15 2022
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59 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2022
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Hiking9.15 Miles 2,340 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   3.10 mph
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This was a pre-covery hike - Just knocking a little dust off the joints and loosening up my legs for a looming event.
I did not want to push it at all, so I throttled my heart rate to 145 +-5, which turned out to be a very productive pace without over reaching.

less than a month after being repaved, the TH parking lot is turning into a popular car-campground (word must be out on google maps). Though the sheriff's dept clears it out early over the weekend, they don't seem to expend the energy through the week.
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 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2022
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Hiking11.79 Miles 5,285 AEG
Hiking11.79 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   1.83 mph
5,285 ft AEG      26 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I was supposed to meet a guy this a.m. who reeeeally wanted to do Finger Rock to Kimball. I tried to convince him to do the Pima Canyon version instead just to see how the trail was there, but he insisted on Finger Rock, so we put this on the books.

I arrived at 0620 ( 10 minutes early ) and got to the starting line, but was still standing there alone 20 minutes later. Long story short, after a few texts and another 20 minutes, I launched on my own.

While I like this hike and do it frequently, there are a number of reasons that I didn’t really want to do it today, but here I was, so off I went.

As I wasn’t really feeling it, I drifted off into my head and the ascent went by quickly. Then just before I was to turn right for Kimball, I had an idea. I hadn’t done the final 2 ish miles of the Finger Rock in a long time and figured this would be a great time to do just that. I took a break at the saddle-camp and figured out how much time, water & energy I had versus what I needed, and within 10 minutes was jumping over to the east side.

I was not sure what to expect as far as route finding, but luckily I had a track on my phone and transferred it to my F5. Without it, this would have been tough, even for someone familiar with the route. It wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t wonderful, it was a bit of a challenge and I was having fun with it. Then out of the blue, an alarm went off telling me to wrap it up, so I checked the fenix to assess my situation. It seemed that I was about 1/3 mile short of the end, but was so at a rather deteriorated spot and on a pretty steep side slope. For about 5 more minutes, I kept inching forward, but ultimately decided to pull the plug. That piece of the route may no longer exist from what I saw, but a workaround will have to wait until another day.

The return trip was the usual - people everywhere. The parking lot was way into overflow by 1400, and though I didn’t check them all, I didn’t see any AZ plates other than mine in the lot.

dry Finger Rock Canyon Dry Dry
Aside from a few damp spots crossing the trail, here and there, the canyon is dry.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Finger Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
No longer a spring per se, but a couple of pools that show themselves in the wash bottom. Today is the first time I've seen water here in years (other than immediately following rains), but it was covered in sludge.
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Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2022
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Hiking13.66 Miles 4,020 AEG
Hiking13.66 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.30 mph
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It had been a few years since I last did this one, and wasn’t sure if I would find my way through today, but ended up pleasantly surprised.

I got rolling just before 0700 with a temp of around 40 and a very mild breeze. I went shorts and a tank today, but started with a light denim shirt to keep the chill down. As I was vehicle #5 in the lot, and I could see the other 4 parties loitering around the parking area, I assumed I would be the first one into the canyon – turns out I was right.

With nobody to pass I was making good time until the start of the second mile where I came upon the work of some self deputized Round-Up Ranger. I see this often, but this was off the hook – Some one watches a super hero movie, feels the need to somehow save the planet, gets on wikipedia for a 17 syllable education on weed eradication, visits Home Depot, and in no time is out on the trail, spraying anything that he/she considers a non-native species. In this case, a lot of brittle bush and globe mallow fell victim. I took about 40 pics before I decided to get on with my hike, but the situation only worsened until I arrived at the scene of an obvious chemical spill, where it all came to an abrupt halt (see the last 6 or 7 pics). It's like I always say, nothing reverses centuries of human meddling like some more human meddling. I mean it’s only logical, right?
…End Rant…

Getting on with the hike, I expected that it would be a slow go to the pass based on rumors that the canyon had been evaporated by fire, then washed away with last summer’s rains. Well, none of that turned out to be at all accurate. In fact, as far as I can tell, this was my fastest trip up at 3:20. Evidence of fire was present, but it must have gone through fast and cold as things were more singed than burned. As far as erosion or flood damage go, there was zero evidence of that. On the up side, and I cannot say this for any of my previous, dozens of trips, I didn’t encounter a single downed tree that I had to adjust for in any way.

At the pass, as per usual, came the wind. I was way ahead of schedule and paused to decide if I should keep on heading up ridge, or turn back. Turn back won out, as I knew the wind would only worsen along the ridge. I had achieved my goal anyway, so I headed back down.

I figured that the return trip should come in at around 2:45, but that dream was quickly dashed by human encounter after human encounter. In all my trips through the upper 2 miles of the canyon, I saw more people today than I have in any decade prior. All of them had different plans and destinations, so it was interesting to stop and chat with them to get the scoop. Things were very different by the time I reached the pools – The hordes were flooding in and they were pretty much all ill prepared and clueless. Many were headed up with nothing in hand but their half finished cocktail or a warm beer. This made for a slow few miles to finish, but I survived.

Lots of water throughout the canyon, with snow still melting at 6,000 feet and above. The coming spring should be good to this canyon.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Old Trail Camp Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Excellent flow throughout the canyon, in the usual spots

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Romero Pools Medium flow Medium flow
Lots of water and lots of people to flavor it.
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Mar 02 2022
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59 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Just Another Workout, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 02 2022
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Hiking9.25 Miles 2,440 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   2.95 mph
2,440 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
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Sweetwater - Hugh Norris Switchbacks

Dropped Scruff at the vet and was on the trail just before 8

I had the trail mostly to myself, aside from the trail runner that I kept passing (setting up his video clips). In fact when I passed him the last time he was still a quarter mile short of the crest while I was 15 minutes into my return trip - Sort of a tortoise & the hare situation.

It became uncomfortably warm and increasingly busy in the final couple of miles, but they went by fast.

Grabbed the furball on the way home and got on with life.
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Feb 24 2022
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Just Another Workout, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 24 2022
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   2.98 mph
3,300 ft AEG      11 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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My room mate got really sick, so I came home to take him to the vet. They wanted keep him for the day, so after a few chores I went for a workout hike. Things started out pretty standard. but pretty soon I ran into snow, around the 3,600 foot mark. There were people everywhere and a lot of passing to do, slowing things down dramatically. The weather today could not be beat, making for a great way to pass a few hours.

Finally broke through the 200 lb floor. :y:
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Feb 20 2022
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59 male
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Just Another Workout, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 20 2022
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Hiking9.60 Miles 4,700 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   4 Hrs   53 Mns   2.00 mph
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Started about 0820. Light traffic and perfect weather on the first lap, but hot and stuffy for the second ascent. Starting back at noon there were fewer bipeds above the spring, but plenty of them in the final mile.

Came in under the 5 hrs that I expected, but over the 4:40 that I would like to have achieved. Overall, it was progress.

46 to 75 deg, sunny & still.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with the lovely, Elaine [ photo ]
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Feb 12 2022
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Just Another Workout, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 12 2022
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   3.04 mph
3,300 ft AEG      6 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Today I set out to repeat the arbitrary hike that I took a few days ago. For a workout hike, that last one was pathetic and I wanted a redo for the sake of looking myself in the mirror.

My knees were still a bit sore from the prior hike, I started earlier today, but at the same temp as before, my pack was 3 lbs lighter and I was 1 lb lighter this time. Otherwise, the 2 hikes were the same.

For some reason I was able to knock a half hour off my moving time and with much less effort today ( 10 BPM lower on average ). Figured I’d do better, but not that much better. There's a chance I had the ‘rona earlier though, by the way I felt last weekend.
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Feb 09 2022
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Just Another Workout, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 09 2022
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.73 mph
3,300 ft AEG      32 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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I had a thing to be to at 9, and another at 4, both in the Orange Grove district. The weather seemed great, so I headed to the Tucson Mountains, making the trail a few minutes after 10. I had a timer set for 2-1/2 hours to make an immediate RTB, but really didn't know where I wanted to go, just that I wanted the max AEG I could squeeze out of the allotted time.

Aside from a ton of people, there wasn't much to write home about. ...unless you want to know how painful it was - It Was Painful!!! I am so out of "elevation" shape that I wanted to quit the first hour in. By hour 2, I thought I was going to die. Hour 3, I think I went out of body, and just waited back at the truck until my fleshy parts returned.

There's a death march on the horizon and I gotta get in shape!

76 for a high, occasional breeze, clear sky.
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Feb 02 2022
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Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2022
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Hiking13.42 Miles 4,324 AEG
Hiking13.42 Miles   9 Hrs   57 Mns   1.52 mph
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I met up with Linda at first light to bag as much of the Sutherland Ridge as we could in a day. This was at best just thrown together about 36 hours earlier, so there were a number of potential goals, with few real expectations.

We started out on the Cargodera road under beautiful weather conditions, discussing what might lie ahead and what we would like to accomplish. The road section runs about 465 FPM over 4.25 mi, so some energy had already been used by the time it was behind us, and we faced the first real challenge of climbing to the ridgeline.

As many times as I’ve done this portion of the Sutherland, it had always been - with a few exceptions – as clear and easy to follow as most any of the trails that the CNF has failed to pay any attention to over the past 3 decades, only really steep. Today would be quite different in that there is little trail left post-Bighorn Fire. For those familiar with navigating the upper ridgeline, the same route finding challenges now exist shortly after leaving the road. No matter, as we had an “absolutely no pressure” clause in today’s contract, we just slogged ahead as best we cared to.

After what seem like forever, we finally crested out to some awesome views. This spot is among the finest viewing in all the Catalinas and to me meant mission accomplished. With time remaining on clock, we pushed forward accomplishing yet another goal of being snowed upon. Linda tried to ruin this for me by pointing out that it was actually graupel (which sounds to me like some type of arthritis or something), but it was close enough to snow for my liking.

Eventually, the timer ran out, so we took a little lunch break and turned back. Linda had pretty good recall, getting us back down the trail-less hillside in good time, but the last stretch over that rocky road was slow going. Now down in the valley, the wind picked up for the final couple of hours, making for a less than pleasant finale. If nothing else could be considered a success, I got some amazing pics which I ran through the “Devolve” filter on my new Android phone, so be sure to check those out.

In total, I loved this hike; the weather averaged out to “great”, as was the company and I got to peek over the Sutherland Ridge once again.
All good things, those. Thanks Linda for driving down and burning the day!
Fauna
Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Javelina

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cargodera Canyon Light flow Light flow
Good snow melt right now. Several water crossings up to the end of the road

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cargodera Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
flowing audibly strong from 50 yards away.
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Jan 16 2022
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 Tucson, AZ
Cargodera, AZ 
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Hiking12.57 Miles 2,571 AEG
Hiking12.57 Miles   5 Hrs   59 Mns   2.52 mph
2,571 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Wanted to climb the Sutherland to see what kind of fire damage there was, but I had some last minutes guests join in. It didn't take long to figure out that they wouldn't make that initial ascent up to the ridge line (Eastern folk often underestimate the terrain here). For me, the whole hike became about altering the route to keep everyone motivated and entertained. A tour guide I am not.

On the upside, we did hike the entire Cargodera and could see that the northern side of the ridge appears largely unaffected by the Bighorn fire. In fact, the area seems to have been more affected by last summer's rain - nothing drastic, but it was noticeable in places.

We also took a side trip down the Baby Jesus, in search of signs of ancient inhabitation. I pretty much guaranteed petroglyphs, and put a high probability on some fortress walls, maybe some sherds or the like. Though the area is loaded with that stuff, this new and exciting area I picked was a complete goose egg.

In the end, everyone seemed to have a good time. While my knees say $@-%@# dude, I would really like to get back sometime soon and climb the ridge.
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[ checklist ] Wooden Trough Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cargodera Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Good flow, in the upper half of the canyon. Can be heard from the road along the way. This stream disappears into the sand , and reappears a number of times.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cargodera Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Excellent flow right now. Best I've seen in decades.

dry Sutherland Wash Dry Dry
Dry where I crossed today

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Wooden Trough Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Excellent flow. The ranchers are piping it in multiple directions and the stream id running. The concrete trough, near the trail has a good gallon per minute and is overflowing for the little critters.
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Dec 25 2021
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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2021
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Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.88 mph
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Had planned to take the Finger Rock to it's end at Ventana, but sleeping in an extra hour this morning seemed more important at the time, so I just did Kimball.

Hit the trail at 0830 with a temp of about 60. With cloud cover and the wind building it only got cooler until the summit and strangely never got any warmer than about 60 by the end of the hike. I thought I would have the trail pretty much to myself being Christmas, but this is without a doubt the busiest I've ever seen Finger Rock. I passed 4 to 5 times by Linda Vista, thinking that would be it, but I passed twice again by the top and arrived at the same time with another party. Took a very brief break at the peak for pics as the wind was howling there, then shot back down to where things were a little more pleasant. The trip back was an absolute zoo, taking just about as long as the ascent. There were people every few minutes, and none seemed to have an ounce of common sense when it came to passing. There was even one little family having a food break in the middle of the trail. Note to self: Christmas day is not a good day to hike.

Oh well, all things considered, it was time better spent than sitting at home, knitting with the cat.
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Just Another Workout, AZ 
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Hiking3.20 Miles 2,340 AEG
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Wasson Peak.
Pretty muddy, so I kept it simple.

Could see snow at what I would think to be 7,000 feet in the Catalinas. Though it was sunny, I doubt it broke 70 in the Tucson Valley today.
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Just Another Workout, AZ 
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Hiking9.95 Miles 2,606 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.97 mph
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Wasson Peak. Earned a little extra credit going down and back up the Hugh Norris switchbacks.

I needed to get a hike in today, but had a wedding to attend last night, so I was a bit worried that this one might not happen and that I wouldn't get to hike all this coming week.

Anywho, I decided to set the old school alarm, you know, the kind that doesn't have a snooze or anything? For me that = feeding the cat 2 cans of food at 2300 sharp, then hitting the rack. The process is perfect - I saw logs while the kitty's digestive tract works with all the precision of a 1960s, Swiss timepiece, guaranteeing that I'm out of bed, semi-coherent and opening the front door at 0600. From that point, a shower, some coffee, and a little me time makes for a good start.

I finally hit GO at 0830 - a little late, but feeling pretty good for having been up so late. I didn't think I'd set any records today, hence the bit of extra credit added on, but turned out that I was just a fraction behind my target pace overall.

Light on humans for a Saturday. A lot of man-buns and black, ninja outfits on the trails lately - about 6 or 7 this week that I recall. Is there a new movie out that I should be aware of?

Sunny & still, but pleasant with temps from 55 - 74.
No foot issues today.
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Nov 30 2021
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Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2021
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Hiking6.50 Miles 2,717 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.12 mph
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This was supposed to be "Just Another Workout", but things just didn't align for that to be. It started with insufficient sleep last night, resulting in my sleeping in, which kept me from making breakfast, but instead hitting a walmart for one of their famous gas station style sandwiches and racing to the trailhead.
By the time I hit the trail, I was an hour and a half behind, and as a result of consuming the afore mentioned sandwich was suffering heartburn, high blood pressure, severe thirst, and above all malnutrition.

Anywho, I just turned this from a workout to a rushed hike, and went with it. I made decent time to the saddle, then burned 25 minutes talking politics with a couple of guys there. Then on the way down, I ran into @rvcarter. I hadn't seen Roy for nearly a year, so I had a lengthy chat with him before wrapping it up.

Nothing went as planned today, but it was trail time, so it was all good.
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Nov 28 2021
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Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2021
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.50 mph
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Special K is home for the holidays and wanted to get out in the dirt. Her mom took her munchkin for the entire day, so there was a lot of wiggle room in the itinerary. By the time we got to the TH we had planned a minimum of Linda Vista with Kimball as an option if things were to go well. Turns out the cave was pretty much it for this round. We'll try a redo next weekend. Very nice out and great to see KK again.
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Nov 26 2021
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59 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Just Another Workout, AZ 
Just Another Workout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2021
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,340 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   3.08 mph
2,340 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Mission accomplished, I guess.

Beat 3 hrs, and could have shaved a few more minutes had there not been so many people to pass.
I attribute the success to a number of things; 11 hour in bed, 9 of it actually sleeping (would have been a solid 11 if it weren't for that ill tempered cat that lives here), my self control at yesterday's dinner - the only non-animal thing that I consumed was vodka and arguably the green bean salad (which in my family is more accurately a Bacon salad, cross contaminated by the green bean spoon), but most of all, I would like to thank the good folks at Breathe Right for vastly improving my oxygen intake. Those nose strip things are awesome. Heart rate was markedly lower though the fenix threw some bizarre spikes in at a couple of points. From what I see, my breathing was about 20% more efficient up to the point that the breathe right strip fell off

Clear sky, 55 to start, 70 to finish, brutal wind above the saddle
Carried ~3 liters, used less than 1.
Foot did great - don't know what to expect out of it from one day to the next
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Nov 24 2021
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59 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Just Another Workout, AZ 
Just Another Workout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2021
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,340 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   2.89 mph
2,340 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
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Wasson hike to get a benchmark speed. Same should apply for Linda Vista as an alternate.
3:11 isn't terrible at this point, but shooting for 3 flat, or better. Also shooting to drop 5ish lbs.

Broken sky, 60 - 72 deg, no air movement until end.
Carried 4 liters, used just over 1 liter.
Wore new Olympus 4s, which was a plus, but still having fire toes on left foot to some extent.
Kept heart rate to 150 bpm or less as much as possible.
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Dec 04 2020
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59 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Pusch Peak TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2020
Mountain_Rat
Hiking4.93 Miles 2,622 AEG
Hiking4.93 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   1.07 mph
2,622 ft AEG      42 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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S to N no faster, but easier.
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Nov 01 2020
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Italian Spring Trail to Spud RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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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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