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219 triplogs
Mar 09 2018
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking4.16 Miles 1,329 AEG
Hiking4.16 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   1.72 mph
1,329 ft AEG      28 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiked with my daughter to the cave, took a break, then headed back. We are both on the mend, so we made for good trail partners.
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Mar 08 2018
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   3.05 mph
2,180 ft AEG      2 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Went out to check my status, and it seems identical to last week. :| I'm hoping this isn't my new normal.

On a brighter note, you can now add two slices of seared, pork belly to any sandwich at Jack In The Box, for the low, low price of $1.49. :o I'm pretty sure this will be my new normal. :y:
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Mar 01 2018
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   3.03 mph
2,180 ft AEG      5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Day 106 of recovery:

Did pretty good today. I'm up to 194 lbs and wore a pack for the first time. Though only using about 8 ozs of water, I carried 110 ozs. I also carried a bunch of crap that I would use on an all day hike, just to see how that would work out. I'm still a few minutes behind my benchmark, but with less pain and repercussion.

I ran into a couple of the Saddlebrook girls, Bertie and Margaret who had diverted here to avoid snow on Tanque Verde Peak (their original plan). Good to see them again.

Nice to get out on a pretty perfect day. :)
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Feb 18 2018
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Tucson Mountain Wander, AZ 
Tucson Mountain Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking12.90 Miles 3,107 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   2.82 mph
3,107 ft AEG      27 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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When they said 90 days recovery, they meant it. This is day 93, and while it's still a bit uncomfortable getting out of bed in the morning, I feel pretty good once I'm vertical.

I set out today to do a test run on my benchmark trail, Wasson Peak. When I'm on par, it's 1:30 to the peak from the ECDC TH. While it was 1:37 today, about half of that discrepancy goes to the 25 hikers that I had to wait for as I tried to pass. All said, I am back to normal as far as pace goes. With that thought now seated in my head, I'm curious about my endurance.

I decided that since it was such a nice day, and I had only used a little of my water, that I would stretch this one out by taking the Hugh Norris :next: Sendero Esperanza :next: King Canyon route back, adding 3.75 miles to my trek. This worked out nicely, taking exactly the 5 hours I had to spare before getting back to not having a life, here on the couch. :?

The take away seems to be that I've got my speed back (at least reasonably so), but my dogs are barking a bit over a 13 mile stretch. Looks like I have to work on my long game now.
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Jan 28 2018
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Charouleau GapTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking14.30 Miles 2,716 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.36 mph
2,716 ft AEG      12 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Still on the trail to recovery. Picked this as a higher mile : lower elevation hike to see how my speed is doing. Not very impressive. Weather was great and I caught a quick glimpse of a fox. Downed a quart of Tart Cherry juice afterward, and feel pretty good. Another week or 2 might see me back in the game, but peak performance is still in the distance.
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Jan 16 2018
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 Photos 676
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   2.34 mph
2,180 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
First real accomplishment in months. It took 33% longer than normal and do I ever hurt today, but I did it. I'm on day 67 of a 60 to 90 day recovery, so I'm doin ok I guess. I've got big plans and a lot of lost time to make up for, so I need to get into gear. Can't beat the weather right now. It's a perfect time to get out and back into shape.
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Jan 06 2018
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking5.14 Miles 998 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.57 mph
998 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
First hike of 2018 and day 57 of being incapacitated. Nice to see some sample of a trail, but very frustrating at the same time. I figure I'm at about 20% right now. Recovery seems sooooo sloooow! Shooting for the King Saddle in a few days and Wasson Peak within the week.
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Dec 31 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking7.36 Miles 536 AEG
Hiking7.36 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.83 mph
536 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
 
no photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
So, with it being the last day of 2017 and day 46 of couch-confinement, I ignored doctor's orders and went on a hike (technically speaking). I at least did pick the easiest trail I know, and one that I love to run on. In fact, it used to be a lot of fun to see what Doctor Frick ran one day, then try to beat his time the next. Today went pretty good with me coming up short of Frick by only 18 seconds. ...and 17 minutes. ....well, then an hour, but that's not what this was all about. QUIT JUDGING!!!

So, anywho, not a big year-end bang by most standards, but it was kinda nice to get out for awhile.
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Sep 01 2017
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 Guides 11
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Mines 'n' Such, AZ 
Sweetwater Mines 'n' Such, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2017
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Hiking5.10 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.65 mph
1,300 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Went exploring in the hills near home.
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Aug 20 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   1.78 mph
4,400 ft AEG      25 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Partners none no partners
I thought I heard the chipmunks calling, so I loaded up with the most tasteless, rubbery, raw, unsalted almonds I could get my hands on, and headed up the trail.

Thinking I could stand to drop a few pounds, I started out 12 hours fasted and pushed it as hard as I could the whole way up. This was tougher than I thought it might be, as my muscles just didn't want to cooperate with the rest of me. In a nutshell, it just made me lumbering and clumsy. Too, it made me drink about twice the water that I normally would have, so this may not be the best approach to weight control.

I only saw 2 hikers on the way up and 2 on the way down, all below the 3 mile mark. I could discern only 2 sets of human tracks above Linda Vista since the last rain, several days ago. The upper part of the trail is in pretty rough shape right now, until some people get up there and pound the thing back out. That will happen soon enough.

So, anyway, I saw some chipmunks. They didn't seem to recognize me anymore, but I remember them, the little nut-munchin, circus critters. They did at least thank me for almonds as I emptied the bag about the area. While at the top, I sat and ate a pig-ear (It's pork loin jerky. It just looks like an ear), then started back.

The trip back was much like the ascent. I set no records today, but may have lost a pound or 2. I guess I won't know until tomorrow though, cuz I stopped and pigged-out on the way home. My guess is a net gain for today.
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Aug 19 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking13.91 Miles 4,159 AEG
Hiking13.91 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.72 mph
4,159 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Surprise day off. Went to burn some energy while it was still decent out. Took Camino Del Cerro TH to King Canyon Saddle, 3 laps to Wasson, then back to the TH.

Got a tip from a runner that no matter what I'm doing, that keeping my heart rate 5 to 10 below my LTHR would amount to a much more productive event, so I worked to keep it down, but with the heat, could only trim it by 2 or 3. Anywho, a slight throttling back did make a difference. Tuesday, my total time up was 1:33, and I felt it. Today, 1:30 flat, at a comfortable cruise (3 minutes later to the saddle, but 6 minutes faster on the main ascent). Additionally, I had energy for 3 laps today as opposed to 2 on Tuesday. Oh, and a cherry on top - I have this bruised ankle today that I didn't 4 days ago. This strategy might pay off.
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Aug 17 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking4.24 Miles 2,305 AEG
Hiking4.24 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   1.03 mph
2,305 ft AEG      27 Mns Break9 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Did some off-roading with Roy along the western-most spur of Pusch Ridge (AKA The Flatiron by some of us). We took the general route of the original trail, which nature has mostly reclaimed. There's an interesting story behind this route and our visiting it today, but lacking so many details, the story will have to wait for now.

Anywho, it was a great little adventure that I will definitely be revisiting. The views are indescribable and quantify one's perspective of the area, as you hop from high point to high point. Though a good deal of blood and sweat went into it, there were no tears. This was quite a memorable outing.

At the southern end of our route to the ridge, is a site, where for decades two quartz monuments stood. I had visited the monuments in 2013 [ photo ] , then noticed them missing the next year. Seems some do-gooder decided for the rest of the world, that they didn't belong there, and obliterated them. Today, in their stead, we gathered what we could find of the remnants, and reassembled them into one. While not near as grand as the originals, this was the best we could do with what we had [ photo ] .

[ photo ] RIP gentlemen.

Great day to get out and cover some ground.
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Jun 20 2017
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 Guides 11
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 Photos 676
 Triplogs 219

58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,725 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   4 Hrs      1.47 mph
2,725 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break6 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Bee Alert!!! Many wondering about the dreaded Pusch Peak Bees should wonder no more, they are alive and thriving. I have very good luck with bees, but for those who might show any angst in their presence, I would avoid this one for the next few months. More of a strain today were the relentless wasps. They punished us the whole way, making sure that we stopped for nothing. The breeze at the top kept them back, but that was the only refuge the entire time. Saw at least 8 sheep, and possibly 12 in a round trip. Only 1 with a collar.
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May 18 2017
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 Guides 11
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2017
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Hiking6.35 Miles 1,312 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.26 mph
1,312 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
 
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
SAR mission for my glasses. Hard to find my glasses without my glasses.
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May 17 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   3.21 mph
2,133 ft AEG      28 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Ran into a hiker, Steve, who is semi-new to the area. We chatted at length about local hikes and he wrote down info to find HAZ. Hopefully, he'll get set up and get involved.
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Apr 11 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.03 Miles 2,309 AEG
Hiking9.03 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   3.34 mph
2,309 ft AEG      2 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Issue with right metatarsal. Started on the outside, then moved to big toe by mid hike. Fine by the end (4 hours into an Ibuprofen).

No food since last night, 1 Red Bull-0 starting about 1/2 hr before T time.

Avg 75 deg.

45 miles on the Lone Peak 3.0s (about 1/2 gone).

Minimal running. Just pushed hiking speed.

Missed my best time by 2 minutes (09/07/16).
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Mar 29 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sutherland - Romero LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking26.81 Miles 7,918 AEG
Hiking26.81 Miles   12 Hrs   10 Mns   2.26 mph
7,918 ft AEG      17 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Set out to do some testing, training and assessment.

Testing:
* Altra, Lone Peak 3.0 w/sof-soles. Nice on the feet, great grip, extremely stable, but wearing fast in the tread (I give them less than 100 miles). Great for long hauls, but not every day trails.
* Fenix 3. 12 hours of Nav while Tracking took me down to 10% battery. Stats were unbelievably on the dot.
* Packing. Camel ultra-10 weighing 10lbs, front-belt pack at 5lbs. Used 60 oz before Quartzite Spring, drank ~20 while there and loaded up with 80. Drank another 60 the rest of the trip. Could have easily gone with half the weight, but wanted to keep it a bit heavy today.

As for training, this was time well spent. A 295 FPM average, sustained for 12 hours is a productive day.

On to the assessment. According to the spreadsheet, this came in at 74% of my ability. As of 20 hours later, I feel more like it was 100% of my ability. I'm not impressed with the results. Gotta beef it up.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cargodera Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

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 16 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,725 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   1.23 mph
2,725 ft AEG      16 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hands down, the most people I've seen on this trail in a day. Too, the trail is in the best shape I've ever seen it. We took it pretty easy today.
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Mar 16 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking5.00 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   3.30 mph
950 ft AEG16 LBS Pack
 
no photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Did Pusch this a.m. Had time to throw on a little weight and burn out a few miles.
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Mar 15 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 15 2017
Mountain_Rat
Run/Jog4.90 Miles 436 AEG
Run/Jog4.90 Miles      59 Mns   54 Secs4.91 mph
436 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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Partners none no partners
Had an hour.
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average hiking speed 2.06 mph
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