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Mar 02 2017
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Mar 02 2017
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Walk / Tour10.00 Miles 536 AEG
Walk / Tour10.00 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   4.03 mph
536 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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This was a speed walking test.
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Mar 01 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2017
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Hiking9.05 Miles 2,263 AEG
Hiking9.05 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.43 mph
2,263 ft AEG      12 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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Took Ulrich to bag a peak.
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Feb 14 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2017
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Hiking11.48 Miles 3,646 AEG
Hiking11.48 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.70 mph
3,646 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break8 LBS Pack
 
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Hike to the wolf teeth with Roy.
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Feb 10 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 10 2017
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Run/Jog6.00 Miles 400 AEG
Run/Jog6.00 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   13 Secs5.52 mph
400 ft AEG16 LBS Pack
 
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Run with a pack. ~55 deg morning.
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Jan 25 2017
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 - Balanced Rock LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2017
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Hiking7.39 Miles 3,228 AEG
Hiking7.39 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   1.23 mph
3,228 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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50/50 on trail & off, with Roy, Frank and Mike.
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Dec 27 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2016
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Hiking9.68 Miles 4,479 AEG
Hiking9.68 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.19 mph
4,479 ft AEG      9 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hadn't seen Kimball for a long while, and I figured the chipmunks were probably pretty hungry, so this was the pick of the day. Though I did get a late start, I was shocked that I had to park an extra 1/4 mile away today. Anywho, I was out to race myself from a previous trip, so I started my track at the trailhead drinking fountain where I always do, and hit it.

I was moving pretty good, but constantly running into groups of people, and you could tell that these were not trail wise people. Despite the crowd, I was doing just fine, about 3 minutes up by 2-3/4 mile mark. Then, just as the trail turns east and flattens out, came the ice patches and they stayed with me all the way to the Pima Canyon junction. Within that 2ish mile section, I went from 3 minutes up, to 5 minutes down. At that point, I gave up on the race, figuring I did just fine anyway.

Sadly, there were no chipmunks to be found. They were probably either hiding from the hoard of visitors, or have already gone into hibernation. This worked out okay, as I had not had breakfast and the bag of raw, unsalted almonds that I brought for the chipmunks was all I had with me. I know that sounds disgusting, and it is. This lunch of mine rated about 3 points below an unseasoned, microwaved rice cake, but it shut my growling stomach up til I could get back down to some human food.

There were 11 people above Linda Vista today. That's more people than I have seen all year up that high. Most were college kids, some with parents in tow. Nice to see that there's a younger generation that isn't welded to a couch, with a remote sutured to their hand.

:)
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Dec 26 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Thunderbird Trail Tucson Mountains, AZ 
Thunderbird Trail Tucson Mountains, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Dec 26 2016
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Run/Jog4.05 Miles 439 AEG
Run/Jog4.05 Miles      58 Mns   35 Secs4.15 mph
439 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Half-hearted run/walk:

I drove around for more than an hour just looking for a trailhead that had an open parking space. Finally found one at 'option # 12', only to find the world's record conga line heading up trail. Then I remembered that the trail split northish toward Picture Rocks.

Having no clue where I would end up, I just went anyway. The trail seemed that it could be a nice go if it were for solitude, but that was not the case today. There were people eeeveryywhere!

By the 2 mile mark that 'little me' that sits on my left shoulder (the one that carries a pitchfork, and always tells me to add extra bacon and cheese to everything) had enough of this crap and yelled "STOP!!!" And that I did. He then instructed me to blow it off for the today, go home and eat a bunch of smoked pork, and try again tomorrow when everyone's done playing with their new toys in the middle of the trail.

That guy can be pretty smart sometimes. :)
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Dec 23 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 23 2016
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Run/Jog10.01 Miles 725 AEG
Run/Jog10.01 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   56 Secs4.73 mph
725 ft AEG      3 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Instead of 5 miles with 35 lbs, I opted for 10 miles with 15 lbs in hopes of a little better speed.

While I did come in a bit faster today, it could have been several minutes better had I not been running on a full blown BMX track. I can't begin to count the number of bikes that I stepped aside for in 2 hours (I stopped counting at about 18 within the first 3 miles of my run), I'd guess 50ish all total.

I love this trail, but it's becoming nonfunctional for foot or equestrian use. Gonna have to find another spot pretty soon. :(

Came home and scarfed down. Now I have to start cooking for Christmas.
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Dec 20 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2016
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.05 Miles 2,263 AEG
Hiking9.05 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   3.25 mph
2,263 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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Recovery hike:

Excellent weather.
67 deg avg.
Lighter pack.
Made decent time, running about 20% and slogging the rest.
Was shooting for 3.5mph. Not today, maybe tomorrow...
:)
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Dec 19 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve Ruck, AZ 
Sweetwater Preserve Ruck, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Dec 19 2016
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Run/Jog4.61 Miles 297 AEG
Run/Jog4.61 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   15 Secs4.52 mph
297 ft AEG33 LBS Pack
 
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Wow!!!
I recently decided to get back to my Marine Corps ways of training. Around the first part of November, I began looking into the latest and greatest in Marine PT, just to find that it all still centers around humping (as Jarheads refer to rucking). Within a month I had a plan to improve my physical condition, and to be both equipped for and capable of a 5 mile hump with a 35 pound pack by the first of the new year.

I woke up feeling pretty good this morning and anxious to get out and do something. Without any real plan, I started going over my todo list and this one jumped out at me. Not sure if I was really ready for it, I opted to try. I had chosen Sweetwater Preserve as it's mild on the elevation and offers a lot of options to change your plan at any point along the way.

I started out positive and pushed through as if someone was chewing my ass the whole way, and I'm impressed with my performance, though I did come up a bit short. First off, I only made 4.65 miles were I should have done 5. Second, my pack only ended up weighing 33 of the required 35 pounds. And finally, the guidelines call for this to be done in an hour or less, were I took 1:01:15. I say 'Fine!' dock me a few points for those, but I'm still a couple of weeks ahead of my goal, so...

Now, to drop the pack and run it again, clean.
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Dec 19 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve Run, AZ 
Sweetwater Preserve Run, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Dec 19 2016
Mountain_Rat
Run/Jog4.65 Miles 313 AEG
Run/Jog4.65 Miles      59 Mns   50 Secs4.66 mph
313 ft AEG
 
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Part 2 of todays event.

I ran the same loop as an hour earlier, but this time without all the weight. Shockingly, I didn't move much quicker. I was pretty beat from the previous run, and spent a pretty big percentage of this lap walking.

Great to get out to the hills.
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Nov 30 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Tucson Mountain Tour, AZ 
Tucson Mountain Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2016
Mountain_Rat
Hiking20.27 Miles 4,979 AEG
Hiking20.27 Miles   6 Hrs   56 Mns   2.94 mph
4,979 ft AEG      2 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Thanks to old machinery breaking, I managed a couple of days off again. Though much of my time will be spent in personal biz, I needed a long beater to burn today away. As I did last week in a similar situation, I hit the Tucson Mountains. With the weather like it is in Tucson right now, the time is perfect to hit these hills. I figured I had time for about 20 miles, so that's what I did. These lower altitude hikes are probably gonna remain on the menu for the next several months, or until I get used to wearing warmer clothes.
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Nov 25 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Buster Canyon Loop - TucsonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2016
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Hiking5.58 Miles 2,083 AEG
Hiking5.58 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.78 mph
2,083 ft AEG      14 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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So, I finally got the opportunity to hike with the iconic Doctor Frick on Thanksgiving. He had picked this one out, and I asked if I could tag along. The weather could not have been better for Buster. In fact, I think that this was my first time at the peak without a pounding wind. It was a mellow ascent resulting in itchy feet and ankles, followed by an eventless descent. That's right! I know you all were thinking that this could only end up in a royal bloodbath, but there were no notable injuries between us. It's like a Thanksgiving miracle or something.

Anywho, it was good to finally meet Frick and get a hike in with him. Hopefully we can hammer out a few more trails in the area.
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Nov 22 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2016
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Hiking14.61 Miles 3,198 AEG
Hiking14.61 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   3.07 mph
3,198 ft AEG      8 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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:y:
Got a fews, surprise days off!

Plan for day one:
1) Plan days 2 and 3 while hiking in the Tucson Mountains
2) Go home and eat chicken wings till I barf.
Mission accomplished...

On a very low note, a passing hiker today, told me that they killed a bear somewhere around the Josephine Saddle for approaching some hikers there. It seems that G & F did all they could to avoid killing it over the past few months, but had to finally shoot it. Right or wrong, it still sucks to see a mother bear being killed for trying to feed herself and/or her kids. :(
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Nov 17 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
River Park Run, AZ 
River Park Run, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Nov 17 2016
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Run/Jog5.00 Miles 75 AEG
Run/Jog5.00 Miles      54 Mns   10 Secs5.54 mph
75 ft AEG
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Needed to push some energy
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Nov 03 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Florida Canyon Trail #145Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2016
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Hiking8.53 Miles 3,306 AEG
Hiking8.53 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.38 mph
3,306 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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WOW! Where do I start? Of all the times we had slated, then canceled this one in the last couple of months, we reeeeally should have today. After a night of rain and hail in Tucson, and the forecast calling for 50% chance of more today, we set out to do our best at stomping out the Crest Trail. Once at the trailhead, the unravelling began; One could almost hear the ginormous storm push its way around Wrightson, just kissing the top of McCleary :scared: . Then, we saw that a newly updated "closure" notice had been posted, now bounding at Florida Saddle due to killer grizzlies in the area :scared: :scared: or somethin (about 4-1/2 miles up canyon), AAAaand... my feet were really hurting :( . ...so, with no real rain gear or means of fighting off the ravenous gang of killer bears, we said "pfftt" and went on.

Most of the trip up was a blur, but I recall the scenery being nice. I do know that JJ disappeared much more quickly than normal, due to my going at half speed. At some point, whilst waiting around for me at the saddle, I think JJ figured I had been eaten by bears and he doubled back to find my remains. Well, let me tell ya, that worked out nicely for me, as my feet were done. I had no issue stopping a 1/4 mile short of my goal and heading home today.

The trip down was nearly as painful, but seemed to go much quicker for some reason, and again the scenery was very nice. As rough as this little 8 miler ended up being on me today, it was still better than hangin around the house. :)

Thanks for driving down JJ. A pleasure hiking with you, as always. Let's shoot for a redo before the snow comes.
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Nov 02 2016
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58 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Charity Walk, AZ 
Charity Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2016
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Hiking20.00 Miles 388 AEG
Hiking20.00 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   3.77 mph
388 ft AEG      10 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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Did a charity walk for a little Catholic school in my old hood. Long story short, I signed up for 20 miles, which on flat land should be cake, but this flat land was paved in asphalt. I've done 30 trail miles, with a heavy pack in recent years and had fewer ill effects than the first 8 miles of this asphalt trek. My feet weren't happy, and I wanted to bomb out, but the thought of that look of disappointment on lil Jimmy's face kept me pushin (...not really, I've never even met lil Jimmy, but I had bragged myself up enough that I had to finish this thing). Anyway... ...On I pushed and finished the 20 miles, and I've learned that asphalt sucks. Hope lil Jimmy's happy :?
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Oct 19 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2016
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Hiking10.97 Miles 6,235 AEG
Hiking10.97 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   1.60 mph
6,235 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Rough day on the mountain. I met up with Roy and Niel to make this crazy march up the Sutherland Ridge. For those who aren't familiar with it, the trail starts out on an old jeep road, which looks more like an 1800s wagon route, then worsens into one of the most relentless climbs ever, turning into a trailless crash through a bunch of brushy stuff and finally, relaxing into an agonizing, uphill home stretch - with outstanding views of Pusch Ridge, The Window, Window Peak, Cathedral Peak, Romero Pass and more.

We had a good day though, doing what most people (more sensible people) wouldn't even think of doing. As with any hike, big or small, easy or brutal, I couldn't imagine a better way to waste my time :)

Thanks guys for the trek. Until next time...

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cargodera Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Small pools
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Oct 18 2016
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2016
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   3.15 mph
2,133 ft AEG      4 Mns Break9 LBS Pack
 
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Almost hit Kimball, but my better judgement kicked in and sent me this direction instead. The weather is as good as it can get down here right now, so I'm trying to spend every minute that I can on the trail. Unfortunately, 3 hours would be my entire allotment for today. Made good time for not really trying. :)
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Oct 13 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2016
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Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   7 Hrs   8 Mns   1.37 mph
4,400 ft AEG      13 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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So I have this client, Mohan, who has taken to hiking. His hikes include some of the quick, down & dirty hikes in the Tucson Mountains, and his 'goto' Pusch Peak. Lately he's been bugging me to go with him on one of his usual trips, but with only one hike this week, I insisted on something a little more substantial. As of yesterday afternoon, the plan was to hit Romero Pass (a good distance hike without horrible elevation gain), but then I saw nikorock28 had done Kimball and I decided to switch gears. Mohan is a pretty tough guy, but I knew this would be a challenge for him. Anywho, The plan was in place.

We started at 06:20, averaging 1/2 mph less than my normal for the first mile-plus. Rough start, but as the climb began, Mohan did a little better. His pace was pretty consistent were mine is variable with elevation changes. All things considered, we were still falling way behind. Quite a bit of site-seeing and picture snapping went on, putting us on the peak in 4 hours, 1 minute :?

I'm not much on the breaks these days, but Mohan wanted one, so we sat at the overlook for 10 or 15 minutes. I threw a bag of raw almonds about the peak in hopes of enticing the chipmunks out of hiding, but not a single one showed. :(

As we headed out, I introduced Mohan to cold-smoked, naturally dried, pork jerky which made him bonkers. He went on and on about it until the subject swung to "hey, it's really getting stuck in my teeth". Now, I can't be the only person who has used bear-grass for a toothpick before? Well Mohan just thinks I'm a genius because I could do such a thing and pass such knowledge on to him and his descendants. Please, don't tell him any different. I'm enjoying the glory.

As per usual, Finger Rock ROCKED. Great weather in the canyon today and only 2 human sightings the whole time. :y:
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