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Jan 01 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
8th Annual New Year's Day Peak Bag, AZ 
8th Annual New Year's Day Peak Bag, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2019
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Hiking3.64 Miles 1,085 AEG
Hiking3.64 Miles
1,085 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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HAZ - Event
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And another Successful Event in the Books... The Weather Gods smiled on us once again. I recall a few Storms just before this Event in the Past, but the Weather always broke, if at least for a little while. A little leftover Snow at the top of the Peak and a Wonderful Dusting of Snow on the Bradshaws and Mazzies provided some Wonderful Views. It was Bone Chilly at the Vehicles at 9:00, but the Sun rose higher and stronger and it turned into a Perfect Day for a Hike.

We had a great Turnout of 14 for the Celebration. 13 at the TH and Bob decided to take a more direct Route and meet us at the Top. It was nice to see him and have him Bartend for Old Times Sake. :y: It's always Sweet to see Old Faces and meet some New Ones... After finally meeting Todd for the first time, we actually chatted Canyoneering for a bit on the way up, which was nice, due to his vast amount of Experience in the Sport. I know he loves it like I do... :)

I picked a Perfect Hike considering that I'm Overweight and completely Out of Shape, not having done anything remotely related to Exercise in quite awhile. There was some Anxiety, wondering if I would have Heart Failure on the way up, but I actually felt pretty good. My Knees did remind me however, how bad off I am and how cold it was, by the time I got back to the Vehicle. :sweat: The Trail up was really good and I'm Amazed that it was Hand Built by an Individual who is on this Site. Hats off to him, that could not have been easy due to the Rocky Terrain! A few Tips for those who may follow us in the Future. The Trail starts right at the Southern Tip of the Guardrail and if you follow it correctly, you will go under the Fence, and you end up on a Primitive Road. Do not take the Road, but look for the Trail straight across from where you went under the Fence.

The Celebration commenced at the Big Cairn up top. There was also a Memorial Plaque there as well for Francis Rogers. I don't think anyone found a Benchmark up there, so not sure if it exists. There was a Summit Register in the Rock Cairn, but the Lid had rotted off the Can, and the Papers were in Bad Shape. I happened to have a small Notebook and donated one of my Cookie Containers for a new Register, with one of Todd's Friends donating a Pen. So the Register and Box is now Brand New, with 14 Names to get it started. :D

After some Imbibing and Munching and Visiting, it was Time to head down. A few decided on the Loop, but I decided not to push my Luck and went down with others the way we came. I am very pleased and grateful for everyone that came this Year and I'm glad it all went down without a Hitch. This Event almost didn't happen this Year, but I'm glad I was able to work things out and pull it off. Thank You Everyone, it was a real Pleasure!

If you haven't done this Hike before, the Effort to Reward Ratio is Fantastic and I highly recommend it. The Views really are Spectacular. Happy New Year Everyone and I hope 2019 brings you all Peace, Happiness and Amazing Adventures... :)

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Amazingly, some Brittlebush Blooms and a random Poppy...
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May 08 2018
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Wire Pass to Lee's Ferry, UT 
Wire Pass to Lee's Ferry, UT
 
Backpack avatar May 08 2018
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Backpack52.40 Miles 750 AEG
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1st trip
A Trip that has been on my List for a long Time. I felt like I was finally in good enough shape to do it and was able to score a Permit earlier this Spring to do it now....I had never done anything in this Area before and this was quite the Introduction to an Amazing Group of Canyons... :y:

Having some Wonderful Routes and Waypoints from Previous Hikers including ddgrunning and chumley really helped a lot. I went ahead and used chumley's AEG Stat because somehow, my Track AEG of 13,000 feet of Gain didn't seem quite Right.... :lol: I guess a Point every 100 Feet has you going up to the Top of the Canyons and back down a lot. My Legs thought I'd done that kind of AEG though.... :sweat:

Even as decent as I am and feel, this Trip still took it's toll. I tweaked my Right Ankle really good a couple of weeks before this in a Technical Canyon. I came down Hard, Fast and Awkward on a Rock while Downclimbing and it hurt. I was able to walk it off after about 20 Steps and didn't really give it another thought and it didn't bother me after that. Until Day 3 of this Trip. With 28 Miles behind me, carrying a Heavy Pack, it told me in no small Pangs that it apparently wasn't 100% and I struggled most of that Day with it. I'm now on RICE for a few days with a bit of Swelling.... ](*,) I had to dig deep a few Times to stay close to the others on that Day. By the last and Final Day 4, I think I was just flat out Numb and actually did pretty well... :sweat:

The Weather Semi-Cooperated in that there was no Threat of Rain. Just a Heat Wave... :sweat: I was almost thankful it was warmer, otherwise we might have gotten pretty chilled on the first Day....Day 3 and 4 were pretty hot, but we found ways to cope and it was fine.... Just a few Notes from our Trip by Day.

Day 1: Wire Pass to Buckskin/Paria Confluence
If you are used to Downclimbs, the Chock Stone in Wire Pass is fine, although much easier with Pack Removal. Only a couple of Pools in Buckskin were up to your Chest, most were Knee to Thigh Deep, with a couple of Crotch to Waist Deeps thrown in for good Measure. Lots of Mud still, they had some good Rain the Week before, and there was some Quicksand. The Cesspool is still a Cesspool and the Log Jam in the End kept it interesting in terms of Exiting the Pool. It was Best to force the Logs down under the Water and step on them, instead of pushing through them, they were just too thick and tight. Although the Ranger told us it wasn't, the Rabbit Hole was Open. It was hard to pass a couple of the Packs through it, but we fixed that by lowering them from another spot along the Top using the 25' of Webbing that I had brought with. The Downclimb through the Hole was fine. One Rattlesnake Encounter before the Confluence and he was not a Happy Camper, but ultimately yielded for us to get by...

Day 2: Buckskin/Paria Confluence to just beyond the Judd Hollow Pump
There were 4 of us in the Group. Two of the Photographers had already seen Slide Rock Arch upriver since they had done White House to Confluence before. I had not, so while the others chilled a little longer at Camp, I started a bit earlier, dropped my Pack at the Confluence and Hiked up the Paria to see it. Not really a "True" Arch, more like a Collapsed, Leaning Pillar, but the River flows underneath it and it was pretty cool. I was Amazed at the Mint Green Hue of the Water and Mud of the Paria as well. Met the others back at the Confluence and continued Downstream. I added the Springs and Seeps to the Water Report Data Base and have Attached Reports to this Log as well. The Walls of the Paria Canyon were just as Amazing as those of Buckskin and it was a Great Day.

Day 3: Judd Hollow Pump Area to Camp 3 between the Last Reliable Spring and Bush Head Canyon
I struggled a lot on this Day. The Legs were Guitar String Tight and the Ankle flared up and became pretty painful even with Advil on board. I was slow and had to take Break every couple of Miles to get the Weight off. We did the Side Trip up to Wrather Arch and it was well worth the Trip. Even before you make the Final Climb to the Arch, the Trail led you through a wonderful Riparian Environment and in one spot, I'm betting the Temp dropped 15 Degrees... It was Sweet. My Legs and Ankle did fine on the Side Trip with the Weight of the Backpack gone for a bit. But the Pain returned once the Pack was back on, as we headed for our next Stop.... We finally made the Last Reliable Spring and we already had a Plan to take a very long Break there and eat Dinner. We stayed in the Shade there for almost 3 Hours, ate Dinner, drank a lot of Water and just Chilled. It was a great Plan and it worked out well. I was able to get off the Ankle for an Extended Period of Time and when we got going again to do the last 2 or so Miles, it was almost 6:00 P.M. and the Temps had cooled significantly. The last Miles were pleasant and almost Pain Free...

Day 4: Camp 3 to Lee's Ferry
I hadn't slept well all Week due to Night Leg Pain and the last Night was no Exception. When I got started, I felt like I hadn't had any Rest at all. We started an Hour earlier to try to beat most of the Heat, as we knew it would be mostly Exposed with little Shade. Another Good Plan on our Part. Somehow, after about 2 Hours of struggling on what really was easy Trail, my Body found a 2nd Wind. Perhaps due to the Doubling of Advil, and an early start downing a 5 Hour Energy Shot. I think those contributed along with my Brain realizing that Pain signals weren't making me stop what I was doing, so it just made everything sorta Numb... :sweat: Maybe a little "Horse Back to the Barn" Mentality as well... All I know, is that the Ankle didn't hurt nearly as bad, and after awhile, the Stiffness and Tightness eased up some and I was able to start Cruising. We took a short Break at Wilson Ranch and then a longer Break in the Shade just before the Cemetery, knowing we were VERY close to the Finish Line. We finished in good Time. Even with the Breaks, we managed 11 Miles in 5.5 Hours... After my Performance the Day before, I was really happy about that. And we were out of the Heat and probably beat the worst Heat of the Day.... :y:

We decided to take a Dip in the Colorado before departing for the Drive back to Wire Pass. Two of our Party had never been to Lee's Ferry before and had no Idea about the River and the Water Temp. We told them it would be Cold, but we didn't elaborate too much... :sl: I knew how cold it would be, but I also knew that it might feel damn good on my Legs and Ankle. I was right and I literally soaked for a while in that River. If I was Numb before, I was totally senseless when I crawled out of that Water.... :sl: We had an Amazing Meal at Strombolis in Page before getting back to our Vehicles at Wire Pass.

We had thought about doing a Paid Shuttle, but there were only 2 of us coming from AZ, the other two were coming from Salt Lake City, so it didn't make Sense for them to drive all the way around to do the Shuttle. So we left one Vehicle at Lee's and I drove us around for the start the next day. I had to pick up the Permit anyway at the Contact Station so it worked just fine and the Utah Couple met us at Wire Pass that Night.

What a Trip... I was long Overdue to do this one and I'm so glad I'm at the Point where Trips like this are Possible because there's just too much good stuff out there that I don't want to miss... And even with some Pain, this one was certainly worth it and I could actually see doing it again sometime... :D

Photos possible at some Point... I'm about a month behind on Photos from Trips, so it may be awhile yet.... I've been playing hard lately. Only been Home 16 Days of the last 45... I'm all about Canyons this Spring... :sweat:

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Wildflowers Observation Light
Spotty Blooms in the Narrows of all the Canyons. Once Paria opened up, the Hedgehogs were Blooming nicely...

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Pools and Flow good enough to Filter from....

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Feb 19 2018
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 Scottsdale, AZ
LaBarge Box Shuttle, AZ 
LaBarge Box Shuttle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2018
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Hiking10.80 Miles 1,858 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles
1,858 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
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A Little Backstory if you're Interested... Otherwise just skip it for the Bones of the Triplog....

A woman sent me a Friend Request on Social Media and our only Mutual Friend was my First Cousin who recently moved to Arkansas. The Woman's first Name sounded a bit familiar and I had a Hunch and checked her Page. I realized that the Woman is my 2nd Cousin and I hadn't heard her name or her Father's Name in over 20 Years, and I've never met either one of them. I didn't recognize her last name, because she recently got married. :sweat: Turns out, she just moved to AZ, she's a Outdoor Addict like me and so is her Father. My First Cousin encouraged her to Contact me. Naturally, I friended her and we started Chatting. Just after that, her Father actually Posted on a Canyoneering Group. I never would have made the Connection if I hadn't seen her Page first. So I started chatting with her Father too. Apparently both my Cousin and himself have done some Canyoneering as well... :lol: And then he mentioned that he was coming to AZ to visit his Daughter and they wanted to do some Hiking. His Daughter has only done one Hike in the Superstitions and her first Hike in the Superstitions??? The Ridgeline.... :sweat: That's one hell of an Intro if you ask me! It also told me that she would be most likely to leave me in the Dust although I suspected that anyway since she's several Decades younger than me... Luckily, her Dad is slightly older than me, so I felt like that might slow her down a bit, so I invited her and her Dad to join me on this Favorite of mine... We met for Lunch the day before and then they came over to see my Mom and Sister... Strange Times, but we all Clicked really well and I had a Feeling this Hike would be with Good Company....

I set up a Track to follow even though I really didn't need one. Just Practicing with RS I guess, but it made me realize, that even though I Love this Area, I hadn't been out to either the Box or Battleship since 2013. That's got to be some sort of Crime in my Book....The Weather Forecast looked terrible, but apparently being Stubborn is a Family Trait, so we packed the Rain Gear and went for it. I love doing this Hike as a Shuttle, especially with someone who hasn't seen much of the Supes, so we set up the Shuttle. I was encouraged that it hadn't started Raining yet nor had it rained the Night before, so apparently the Weather Forecast had been delayed by a few hours. But it looked pretty formidable by the Time we got to 1st Water. I gave the others a chance to do Black Mesa Loop instead when we got to the Junction, but both of them wanted to go for it, so we headed for the Box... We made pretty good Time to the Box and even got Lunch in there, without so much as a Drop of Rain... We had a pretty Sweet little Visitor in the Box, as a Female Anna's Hummingbird decided to Bathe in the Flow of Water, within 10 Feet of my Cousin and her Dad... :)

We hadn't been out of the Box for 2 Minutes and the first Raindrops hit. 2 Minutes of Raindrops and it quit. 10 Minutes later, it began again, only in more Earnest, so her Dad put on a Cheap Poncho I had lent him. Within 1 Minute, the Raindrops stopped. 20 Minutes later, the Dad was peeling off the Poncho. 1 minute later it started to Rain even more in Earnest. After 5 Minutes it didn't look like it was going to quit, so her Dad and I put Ponchos on. The Rain quit within a minute... I took mine off right away but her Dad waited another 10 minutes. Within 2 Minutes of him taking his off, the Rain started again... It literally became a Joke, but it was almost uncanny. He put his Poncho back on and the Rain quit again. His Daughter and I encouraged him to keep it on so the Rain wouldn't start up again... :sl: The Rain stayed away for the next 30 minutes. All of the Sudden it started up again and we were so close to being down to Canyon Lake. I joked with my Cousin that it wasn't normal since her Dad still had his Poncho on last time I saw him. She said he had taken it off 2 minutes ago.... :sl: :sl: We finally got down to the Escape at Canyon Lake and although I was happy about not slogging that Trip in some Torrential Rains, in a way I was pretty disappointed to see that the Desert didn't get more out of this Storm. The Escape, having sat there all day, had gotten just enough Raindrops to where I couldn't see out of the Windshield... ](*,)

I will always love this Hike especially doing it with the Shuttle. I was wondering just how well I'd do since I've been busy with Home Projects for over a Month and haven't been out. And although I'd done a fair share of shorter Hikes before that, that had some Punch to them, I hadn't done anything resembling 10 Miles since November. I felt really good still when we hit the Box, but by the Time the Rock Hopping was done in LaBarge Creek and we hit the Exit Trail of Boulder, I was starting to feel a bit low on Gas... :sweat: I slowed a bit on the Ascent out and I was definitely ready to be done when we hit the Escape. But albeit a bit stiff this morning, recovery has been good today so I must not have slid backwards too far...

My Cousin and her Dad loved the Hike. She's had a pretty good Intro to the Supes I'd say and I think she's now Addicted to them... Talks of Battleship have already surfaced... :lol: Her Father went back to California today, but I think he's wanting to return too...

Another Good Day in the Supes, with New Friends and Family.... :D

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Only saw two very small Pools going upstream from Second Water Trail. Boulder "Lake" was completely Dry..

dry Boulder Creek at #103 / #236 Jct Dry Dry
Only saw two very small Pools going upstream from Second Water Trail. Boulder "Lake" was completely Dry....



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Jan 14 2018
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Haystack Butte - 5741feetGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2018
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Hiking2.19 Miles 1,429 AEG
Hiking2.19 Miles
1,429 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Birthday Butte, since I didn't get a Hike in on Friday and I wanted to Bag something. I was in the Area and this one has been on my List, so it was Time. I made a couple of Mistakes on this one, but nothing terrible.

I think I stayed on Hank's Track for a total of 200 feet (including the Road Walk :lol: ) and then I Brainfarted and started up the wrong Drainage. :sweat: I skirted it for a while on the Right, but the Brush started getting thicker above the Drainage, so I went in. Mistake #2. That wasn't working so well either so then I started up the Slope to the Left of it. Mistake #3. That turned into a Nightmare quickly. Scree... And not the Nuisance kind. It was that Flat, Slate Crap and Deep. For every Step up, sometimes I'd lose at least two. It was about then that I realized that I should have worn my Hiking Shoes instead of my balding Trail Runners. Mistake #1 ](*,) That almost made me turn around and quit. But there was a Mentality that kept me moving forward, even at a Snail Pace. Similar to "just around the next Bend, or over the next Hill", I kept looking up and thinking I was seeing an End to the Scree... Just a little Farther... 50 more Feet.... :sweat: In Hindsight, if I had climbed up to the Ridge on the Right of that Drainage, it would have been way better. I got a good Look at it once I was above it. If I ever do this one again, that will be my Route next Time. I wouldn't Recommend anyone use my Route Up except as "what not to do".... :sweat: At least I didn't Cliff out anywhere, so I guess that's a Plus... :D

I finally topped out on that Ridge and Intercepted Hank's Track for a bit. By the Time I did, I was already past the Saddle. Followed Game Trails for awhile while continuing to climb in Elevation. It was Steep and there was Scree, but not the Slate Garbage I was in earlier. Also Areas of Rock Slides and a Boulder Field or two... Thanks to a very Gnarly and Brutal Exit to a Canyon a couple of Weeks ago, this Ascent almost felt easy. Very little in a Matter of a Bushwack comparatively... When I felt like I was getting fairly close to the Top, I picked a Boulder Field and finished the Scramble up. Great Views up there.. Had some Lunch at the High Point, took some Photos and Signed the Register.

When it was Time to leave, I decided that rather than doing the Roller Coaster back across the Ridge to where I came up, I would just start down and Traverse as I went. It actually wasn't too bad although I did spend some Time on my Ass voluntarily and just a couple of Times involuntarily. The Descent took about as long as the Ascent did though. About 3/4 of the way down, I ran into a nice Surprise. Dirt... Just Plain old Dirt. A very large Slope of it, with no Rocks or Vegetation. It looked Volcanic actually, but it wasn't coarse or grainy. It was very Soft and Deep. It was like Finding an Unexpected Hot Tub at the End of a Cold 30 Mile Hike... :lol: If a Body could Experience a type of Nirvana after all the Scree and Rocks this was it. I did what amounts to a Combination of Plunge Stepping, Glissading and Slalom Skiing to go down it and it felt Amazing, almost Euphoric. I Descended about 300 Feet in less than 90 Seconds.... :D

That Slope continued down to a Drainage, but I opted to do a short Ascent up the next Ridge and Voila, I top out and 100 Feet away was the Fence and the Road. I was Down. :y: Crawled under the Fence and hit the Road for about 1/3 Mile Hike back to the Vehicle...

Nice Hike with some Sweet Views... You definitely get a Workout and I was glad for the Slopes I've already tackled this Year to help prepare me for this one! When I first saw this Butte from the Road, I was thinking "Hmmm" wondering if I had enough in the Tank to do it after doing a Canyon the Day before. Stubborness always wins. :D
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Jan 13 2018
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Timber Camp Canyon, AZ 
Timber Camp Canyon, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Jan 13 2018
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Canyoneering5.13 Miles 1,270 AEG
Canyoneering5.13 Miles
1,270 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
 
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Canyon Exploring... Most Likely a First Descent. Lots of Boulder Hopping to get to a very short Technical Section that lasts maybe 200 Yards. A couple of Pretty Areas in this Canyon including the Technical Section, but most likely won't be High on a Technical Canyoneer's List due to the Length and Effort of the Approach and Exit just for that Short Tech Section... The Exit was Tedious and quite the Bushwack and Route Finding Extravaganza.... Most of the Canyon is typical Creekbed but with the Recent Rain and a Spring there was a little Water which made for nice Scenery in Spots. However, due to the Elevation of this Canyon and Time of Year, we made an Effort to stay Dry and were Successful, although a couple of the Guys risked a Soaking to Play a bit... Took Wetsuits, but never put them on. There was Ice covering some of the Puddles. We named this Canyon just due to the close Proximity to Timber Camp. It's actually Ash Creek from what I can see... Yes, another Ash Creek in Arizona... :lol: Lots of Cow Poop in this Canyon in the Upper Section. Looks like Ranchers built a Dam in the Lower Section to keep Cows from going Upstream and possibly to Pipe Water... Ran into a what appeared to be a Pot Operation in the Exit Canyon. There had to have been 2 Dozen Sleeping Bags strewn all over, a Camp Stove and a Huge Bag of Ferilizer along with about 1/4 Mile of Piping... Never did see any Plants though so was probably abandoned, although the Piping was all in excellent Shape...

A couple of the Guys playing around... The Rest of us just walked around the other way.... :lol: The Name of the Song is "Dat Step"... Seemed fitting. Trying to find a Handhold to go with that Step proved difficult and I can relate from Previous Experiences... [ youtube video ]
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Jan 01 2018
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7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ 
7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2018
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,981 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,981 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Another Good One in the Books... Great Way to Kickstart a New Year. Joined by our Fearless Leader, (so good to see you Joe!) and some 4 Legged Friends as well... Awesome to Reconnect with Old Friends and meet a couple of New Ones... :DANCE: Always a Good Time Partying at the Peak.

I had a little Trepidation about the Steepness of this Hike. It's a way's up in a very short Time. I was pleasantly surprised at how good I felt going both Up and Down. Going Up, I was thinking, ok this isn't so bad, but I was also thinking, crap, we gotta come down this.... :sweat: Turns out, going down wasn't bad either really, although you certainly didn't want to screw up or you'd be all the way down to the Bottom much sooner, rather than later... Running down like one of the Bighorns we encountered, just didn't seem like an Appealing Option. :sweat: The only Reason that single Bighorn was Running was because it was on the Ridgline with us and our Lead Hikers were headed right for it. That Particular Solo Sheep decided to beat them to the Punch and just kept going down the Ravine at a Run... The Rest of the Bighorns we encountered, on the way up and on the way down, just hung out and Posed for all of us... It was a really Sweet Bonus to an already great Hike.

I was absolutely Flabbergasted at the Air Quality in Town... As an Arizona Native and having lived here for 41 Years, it's the Worst I have ever, ever seen and so disheartening... I was sooo Relieved that it was clear around the Mountain, although everything in the Distance was a Haze of what appeared to be a combo of Smoke, Smog and Dust... No Trouble Breathing on our Hike which I knew was a Relief for at least one Member, if not more... I'm glad I picked one so far out this Year.... I have Joe to thank for confirming that this would be a good one for my Annual Event.

It wasn't too bad of a Drive, although Google would have had us in a Drainage. Thank Goodness for Route Scout, and Joe's Navigation, we only Overshot the TH by 100 feet. Joe also helped me learn Route Scout a bit, although I still think he did something that was making my Phone fart at me... :sl:

Thanks to Larry for being my Sweeper on this Hike, he did a Great Job! :D Thank You Everyone for joining me to Ring in the New Year in Style...

Good Times... :y:
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Dec 16 2017
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Black Cross Butte 3351Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
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Hiking6.90 Miles 2,442 AEG
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Big Plans that Changed... But it still ended up being a Big Hike albeit not Intentional... :sweat: The Original Plan was to hit BCB and then Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042... BCB was pretty Sweet, first Time Up that one, although it's been on my List for Years.... A triple of Interesting Scrambles, two or which made me Pause for a minute or two, but with that Sticky Rock and Good Soles, I built Confidence...

After a pretty Delightful Use Trail petered out on the way to 3042, we kept thinking we were Off-Route. At one Point though, the Geology became an Overwhelming Distraction as we started running into Geodes and some Amazing Quartz in one Area.... When we finally got to above the Final Wash Crossing, before ascending 3042, we looked at our Watches and decided on Nope! Not Today.... :sweat: It was almost 11:30 by then and we just didn't think we could swing it in a reasonable amount of Time... It was a very Good Decision especially since we were thinking on making this a Loop... :lol:

I had suggested we make the Loop of this Hike. as the Description subtly suggested, and take the Wash down and back to the Vehicles. We decided to follow thru with that, but after looking at the Topo, we believed that the Wash we were looking at between us and Peak 3042 would Cliff Out. We were Correct. (We Verified that from the Bottom... :sweat: ) So we found a "Cut" in the Cliff Band on the Topo that looked "Doable" and went for it... We came very very close to Cliffing out on that one about halfway down after trying a couple of other Routes along that Section first. In fact, if I had been Solo, I would not have tried that Downclimb at all and as it was, I took my Pack off and lowered it first. But Andy did it, so I wasn't going to be the Reason we went all the way back up that Cut, and it looked to be more "Doable" the Rest of the way down after some more Route Finding.... It wasn't as bad as it looked, especially with no Pack and Camera Bag to deal with.... I just had to make sure not to kill Andy with Rockfall from above... :sweat: And the Bonus to that particular Route was the Guano Cave... I barely went in, took a couple of Photos and got out... Didn't see any Bats, they are probably gone for the Season, but there's a Part of that Cave, Up High, that goes back into utter Blackness. Hard to know, unless you sat there until Sunset....

We finally got down to the Bottom of Crucifix and took a well Deserved Break. We headed down Crucifix for just a bit to see if we were correct on the Topo Reading on Top. And then we headed back towards the Vehicles via the Bottom of Crucifix. It seemed like an Endless, Boulder Hopping, Scrambling, Route Finding Stretch with some Wonderful Catclaw thrown in the Mix on Occasion. But the Views were Splendid and the Amazing Rock Formations kept our Cameras from feeling Neglected. With a Final Turn of the Creekbed, we saw a Cairn up above the Creekbed but were unsure what it was meant for... With the Creek getting way worse at that Turn, we decided to go up the Hill and ultimately climbed up to a small Saddle. On the other Side of the Saddle was the Road and the next Ridge would be where our Vehicles were... Relief and Adrenaline kicked in, and our Pace picked up. But then, it's really not over until it's over, as there was Gunfire and Andy heard a Bullet whiz over his Head. :sweat: So we had to slow down and I started yelling, so whoever was Shooting would stop. It was coming from the other side of a Rise to our Right. I heard a Ricochet at one Point and it was pretty intimidating.... I think they finally heard me and the Shooting stopped until we were almost topped out on the next Ridge where we Parked... The Cars were a Relief by then for sure... I felt bad for Andy as he was going to a Mandatory Christmas Party as soon as he got home and cleaned up.... :sweat: I, on the other hand, had Partied the Night before, so I went Home and just crawled into the House for my Final Act of the Day.... :sweat: :zzz:

Thanks for the Invite Andy, it was a Pleasure to finally Meet You! It was a Good Day! Hard, but the Good Kind of Hard, where you know you did something by the End... Or sooner.... :sweat:
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dry Mesquite Creek Dry Dry
At Highway 88

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At Highway 88
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Nov 11 2017
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Ash Creek CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2017
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Checking Out the Creek after the Fire... First Time in this Area and it was good to catch up with Chad again... My Vehicle did pretty well going up. The Crossing that gave everyone trouble before is a Piece of Cake now. But the Hill afterwards gave my POS Aging AT's a run for their Money... But then, even the best 4x4 wasn't going to go any farther as the Upper Creek Crossing is about 15 Feet below the Road and straight down... They would pretty much need to build a Span to cross that now... Amazing Country even with the Burn... Sad to see the Aftermath with a Dead Bear though... Cluff Ranch is a nice little Gem as long as you don't yell at the Locals for Littering.... A******s!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cluff Reservoir Number One 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cluff Reservoir Number Three 76-100% full 76-100% full

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Nov 10 2017
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Gila Box RNCATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2017
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Driving, Camping, Hiking, and Photographing in the Box... Tons of Wildlife and the Trees were just starting to turn. Got a Hat Trick of the Ring Tailers driving back to Camp the 2nd Night. It was Dark, of course... First a Raccoon running down the Road, then a Ring-tailed Cat crossing the Road and scaling a Vertical Cliff on the other Side, then a Lone Coatimundi.... Wouldn't see any of them while it was Light, but I spent several Hours watching a Herd of Bighorn Sheep with two Rams that were just starting to become Adversaries.... So Cool to watch those slight Interactions and the Leader's Angst about the Contender...

Chad joined me for some of it and we finished Catching Up on Life and News until the wee hours of the Morning on my last Night.

Photoset to come, probably next Year... :sweat:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

dry Baker Canyon Dry Dry
At Road Crossing

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dry Dry Canyon Dry Dry
At Road Crossing

dry Spring Canyon Dry Dry
At Road Crossing
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Sep 01 2017
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Canyon Creek - Tonto NFPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 01 2017
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Now that the Ankle is Healed up and the Toes fixed so I can wear Shoes again, I've been busy trying to get back in Shape...After losing a little Weight, hitting the Gym, getting quite a bit of Hiking in and some Canyoneering too, it was time to think about Backpacking once more. It's been about 3 Years since I've been and I want to get back into it...

This one has been on my List for a long Time, and it seemed to be a Perfect Fit to get started... Steve mentioned he hadn't been out with a Pack in awhile, so I invited him along... :)

The first Day, going in, I was pretty rough around the Edges. We decided to try to keep our Feet Dry going in, and between trying to do that, adjusting to the Pack Weight, and not being totally prepared to keep my Camera dry if I slipped, I was having a hard Time through the first few Creek Crossings. It didn't help that my Confidence is just up from Basement Level after being pretty much off with Injury for over the last Year... But, I had the Foresight to bring Hiking Poles. (A Lesson learned from a Backpack with Alex, when I had to use his for Crutches a few Years ago, due to an IT Band Issue) After I broke out the Poles and figured out a way to Protect the Camera if I went in, I was doing much better, although I just felt a bit Rough and Discombobulated that First Day. Ended up getting my Feet Wet anyway just before we settled in on a Location for Camp... :sweat:

Found a nice Spot to Camp next to the Creek and Steve got a small Fire going, and I was able to get my Shoes mostly Dry... Got up the next Morning and Explored Down the Creek some more... There had to have been a Thousand Butterflies around the Water and the Flowers. Most of them were Blues, but there were several other Species as well, just not in the same Numbers... The Blues were in Clusters near Water, Mud and even on the Flowers... If you stepped anywhere near a Cluster, you were immediately Enveloped in Blue as they all took Flight... Between the Water, the Wildflowers and the Wildlife, my Camera stayed extremely busy for the 3 Days. It didn't help that the Area was all New to me either... Steve was a Saint about it, but I probably wouldn't have been Offended if he had Bitch Slapped me a few Times to snap me out of Tibber Mode... :lol:

After a couple of Hours, I decided to Stop in a small Meadow as I wanted to go into Full On Tibber Mode for a while. Steve decided to keep going for a ways and we set a Meet-Up Time to be back at the Meadow for the Return to Camp. After Steve got back from what I will describe as a "glad I didn't go any farther trip", we headed back to Camp, gradually getting there, as I kept running the Camera... Once back in Camp, we decided to take a Swim and although the Water felt great, there were some Blood Thirsty Suckers in that Pool, much to our Surprise... After Stripping down even more and picking a ton of tiny Leeches off of ourselves and each other, we settled back in at Camp with another nice Fire... Not quite the HAZfest Standard Fire, but it was Perfect for getting the Clothes dry...

Got up the next Morning, packed up, and started Heading for the Escape. As we got closer, the people started to be Noticeable, so we decided to take a different Route on the other side of the Creek. That worked out extremely well and we avoided most of the Masses where the Creek was more Accessible. Back to the Vehicle and a late Lunch in Payson before heading to the Barn...

Perfect Choice for a Rusty Backpacker with Confidence Issues. Got things Ironed Out, figured out what to do different next Time and even though there wasn't always a Trail of some kind or another, it was an Easy Trip all around... Thanks for joining me Steve! :y:

I did a Short Video of some the Blue Butterflies along the Water, so here you go.... [ youtube video ]
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The Poison Ivy is starting to turn...
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All kinds of different Wildflowers going right now...

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Aug 10 2017
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Summer HAZFest 2017, AZ 
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Better Late than Never I guess... :sweat:

I did 9 Hikes on this Trip, but I decided to just do the one Photoset with the Camping, Driving and Highlights from 8 Short Hikes and a longer one, that turned just a Tad Epic in the last 4 Miles... I went up on Thursday, and hit a couple of Areas in Flag before getting to Camp after Dark.... I headed for the Barn on Sunday, although from Camp, I think it took me about 3 1/2 Hours to get to Flag because of some pretty Sweet Storm and Sunset Action along the Way....

Chumley always puts on a Great Event and his Attention to Detail is Unrivaled. Nonot's Fires with Chumley's Wood Contributions did not Disappoint. It was Great to see Old Friends again and Meet some of the Newer HAZ Faces out there... Thanks for Organizing this Todd...

Awesome Weekend with Good People and Sweet Hikes and some Amazing Wildlife along the Way... What did the Fox say? "Na Na, Nana Na! You didn't get a Photo of me!" ](*,)
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Jan 01 2017
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Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2017
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Hiking3.20 Miles 750 AEG
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I've gotten to Listening to my Gut a lot more and my Stubborness has not gotten any better, so with my two Strongest Virtues, I pulled out of the Driveway into the Pouring Rain yesterday Morning. It wasn't even Light yet. And yet, I remained Optimistic even as I plowed through the Flooding across Brown Street and the Apache Trail. As I neared Canyon Lake, there was Lightning and my Heart started to Sink. If anything is going to Pound the Coffin Nails into this Hike, it would be Lightning... I continued on, passing a Waterfall next to the Road as it wound around Canyon Lake. It was still Raining pretty hard. I reached Tortilla Flat and my Heart lightened. It wasn't even Flowing across the Road yet, just Pools. The next Crossing was Flowing, but it was still extremely Shallow... I wondered with it still Raining, what it would be like in a few hours...No Matter, I had enough Cookies and Champagne to sustain the Few of Us still left in the Committed Column, for a couple of Days... :lol: By the Time I reached the "TH" at 8:30, the Rain had lessened to a Sprinkle. There was already a Vehicle there, but it was not with us. I think someone tried to Camp there and ended up sleeping in the Car... :sweat:

Before long, Preston showed with his Wife, Bernie. I thought that might be it, but then, here came Ray...There would be 3 of us to tempt the Weather Gods. :y: It was still trying to Spit and it was Chilly, but we could see Clearing Skies to our South, so away we went. We took our Time and I wasn't the only one keeping the Camera busy. The Weather was creating some Amazing Photo Ops. This Hike Promised and Delivered on the Views and the Light provided by Mother Nature was the Icing on the Cake. After a 5 minute Heavy Drizzle of Rain, (all we got on the whole Hike) there was a Toast overlooking Fish Creek and a Sweet Waterfall, followed by Goodies and more Photos... Celebrating Hiking, Friends and a New Year...The Sun started to break through and I started shedding Layers, and then it was Time to head back from whence we came....We got back to the Cars about the Time Mother Nature started wrapping the Clouds around us and Enveloping the Mountains again. By the Time Ray and I hit the Overlook near Fish Creek Hill, the Rains had started again in Earnest... On the way back to Tortilla Flat, the Wash was running much Stronger, but was narrow and still Doable... The Crossing at Tortilla Flat itself was also running but Doable as well...We met Preston and Bernie for a Late Lunch at the Restaurant there and had a nice Visit. Thanks so much for picking up the Tab Ray! :y: We all then Parted Ways until next Time which hopefully won't be another Year... Great to see you all again!

We hit an Amazing Weather Window and I was Extremely Grateful... I needed this Hike, and the Weather and the Hike Delivered everything I could Hope for... I have not been able to do a Real Hike since I Smashed and Trashed my Ankle last April, and 2016 was not a good Year. I needed to start Fresh on this Day and although the Ankle and I need more work to be 100%, this is a Start and it was a Perfect Choice. It Taxed me without Hurting me and gave me all the Information I needed to keep moving forward and gaining a Full Recovery...And I am Grateful to have Friends that Embraced a rather Tame Hike and Joined me, even with the Threat of Bad Weather... Thanks Guys... :app:
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The Blooms are already trying....

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We could see Rapids down there!

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At the Apache Trail Crossing 1 Mile East of Tortilla Flat.

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Tortilla Creek at Tortilla Flat Crossing
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Apr 24 2016
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Tonto National Monument - Upper DwellingsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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1st Time to the Monument. A Tour was getting ready to go so I jumped on the Opportunity against my Better Judgement...Nothing New there, I've been stupid most of the last 10 Days actually.... ;) Pretty Slow on the Downhill, tweaking things a few times... :? Nothing new there either... :sweat: The Upper Ruin is pretty Cool... Next Weekend is their last Tour of the Season. Still haven't seen the Lower Ruin as I had to book it back to Phoenix to return a bunch of Rental PFDs....

Surprised that we don't show the Spring in there, it's a Perennial One with Year-Round Flow in Cave Canyon. They have a Spigot at the TH where you can fill your Bottles with the Spring Water...Tasted Fine and it was Cold.... :)

Home now for awhile I think.... ;)
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of Wildflower Variety in there right now, even some small Poppies....
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Apr 08 2016
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Crystal CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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When I did an Ankle Test in Pinto, apparently I didn't Test it enough... I needed to Ricochet around in some Rocks and Bash the Ankle against a Boulder or two to see if it would hold up.... ](*,) I was also reminded of something on this Crystal Trip. It's never over, until it's over... :?

We did not use the Hiking Route. There is a Canyoneering Route on the other Side of the Canyon that everyone uses. From where you Park the 4x4 Vehicle, it's only .18 Miles before you Drop into the Canyon. You're roughly 1 1/2 Miles Upstream from the Tech Section when you hit the River, but overall, the Route is about 2 Miles shorter. One of the Guys ran a Track, I'll see if I can get more Accurate Mileage and AEG from him. It's still not an easy Approach by any means. The Slope going down is very Steep and once you hit the River, the Route along the River is negotiating through a Boulder Field most of the way... Although I was a little slower than usual (Is that Possible??? :o ) the Ankle held up very well...We got to the Beginning of the Technical Section and started off with a Slide into a Pool, a Swim and then a 25 foot Jump into the next Pool, followed by another Swim. And then we were at the 2 Rappels...

The Water was flowing very well... :sweat: But, it was doable to stay out of the Main Flow if you worked against the Rope's Fall Line and stayed Canyon Right on both Rappels... It is supposed to be 2 Separate Rappels. You Rappel the First Fall and then stay connected to the Rope so you don't get swept over the 2nd Fall. The Anchor for the 2nd Rappel is right at the Edge of the 2nd Fall on Canyon Right and not easy to get to from the Water as it's High on the Wall. You can stand on a Ledge just before it in the Pool, but the Ledge ends before you can reach the Anchor... :sweat:

One of the most Experienced Guys went first. He stayed on Rope in the Pool and finally managed to reach the 2nd Anchor and clip in his Safety Line. He determined that the 2nd Anchor was no longer good enough to Rappel on, it was not safe to use on it's own Merit. But that had been hinted at when Researching this Trip, so we were prepared for that Scenario. We had brought enough Rope to Rappel both Falls off the same Rope. We did thread it through the 2nd Anchor to try to take a bit of the Load off the Top Anchor. 150 Feet of Rope was barely enough for a Single Strand Rappel. If we had needed to "Pull" the Rope, we would have needed 300 Feet. But we didn't need to Pull it since you can go around and get back to the Top Rappel to collect your Gear. We took 300 Feet for Safety Reasons.

As the rest of us went down, we Rappelled the first Fall, got off Rope in the Pool, but clipped our Safety to the Rope when Swimming through the Pool to the 2nd Fall. We had someone "Man" the 2nd Fall Anchor and help people reach the Anchor to clip in...Then, we'd get back On Rope and Rappel the 2nd Fall. If you didn't go against the Fall Line and stay Canyon Right on the 2nd Fall to a Ledge around the Corner near the Bottom, you were going to get absolutely Pounded with Water. One of the Guys who is heavily experienced in Class C Canyons, called the Water Level ok to run, but just shy of Hazardous... :lol:

I was the 3rd one down. The first Guy had made it to the Bottom without getting into the Main Watercourse, so we knew it was doable. The second person stayed at the 2nd Anchor to Assist everyone else. I had a great Rappel down the first Fall, staying right and getting into the Pool. Clipped on the Safety and swam over to the 2nd Anchor and managed to finally get up and get hooked in there. Then I was back On Rope. I was surprised to learn that the 1st Person down, didn't stay at the Bottom, but was instead, on his way back up and around. But I went anyway... It was harder for me to fight the Rope's Fall Line on this one, especially since I was Rappelling Left-handed. There were times where I needed to grab that Right Wall and it was awkward for me to do so. I was right on the Edge of the Main Water and the Edge of the Fall still came up to my Waist, but I made it around the Corner and was standing on the Ledge. I had made it! The Ledge went back more and I decided that I needed to be away from the "Edge" a bit more, so I fed some slack through my Device and took a couple of more Steps to get further into the Ledge. And then it happened... Something happened and I can't even tell you what or why, it happened so fast. One minute I was standing on the Ledge and the next second, I was being Whipped to my Right, right into the Base of the Main Fall. Because I was now entering the Natural Fall Line and I must have still had a little Slack, I was not only being Whipped Right, but I was also Falling DOWN some and I fell off the Ledge. So I'm now almost in a Horizontal Position and then the Water hit me, flipping me the rest of the way Upside Down. Luckily I still had both Hands on the Rope, with one hand above, so I was able to right myself. I didn't quite hit bottom, so the Rope swung forward into a more Vertical Position which allowed me to travel through the Fall and end up BEHIND it, where I grabbed onto a Ledge above me and stuck there. I managed to find Vertical Footholds to help keep me there because I couldn't free up my Brake Hand without Falling the rest of the way... I still had Water coming down on Top of me, but not nearly as much and I could Breathe and I could see... And then the Pain hit...Somewhere in that whole Mess, I trashed the Ankle. I can't even tell you how. I either smashed it up against something or caught it somehow and Torqued it to where even having the Brace on couldn't save it... :(

So now, I'm clinging to a Ledge about 4 Feet off the Deck, using my Brake Hand to keep from Falling the rest of the way and possibly sweeping back out into the Main Flow, and I'm using both my Feet to try to help keep me there as well, with that wonderful Initial Pain coursing through the Brain. To say that there was a Stream of Expletives and Unmentionables streaming forth is an Understatement of the 3rd Degree. And as the Pain starts to ease after about 5 Minutes, I'm wondering how in the Hell I'm going to get out of the Mess I was in. I didn't know how Deep the Pool was below me or whether there was a Hydraulic Situation or not. I couldn't reach my Whistle and even if I could, I didn't think they would hear me above. The Fall was Deafening and the Ledge actually was the Bottom of a large Alcove. So I clung there trying to collect myself and think...I knew that by now, everyone up top was starting to freak since I wasn't Off Rope yet, they couldn't see me and it had already been at least 5 Minutes longer than the Rappel should have taken...I also knew that it might take them awhile to Rig the other Rope and get down to me, and as Time passed, I knew I had to find a way to get out of this myself...I finally had my Wits about me enough that I started looking around more and realized that if I could pull myself up onto the Ledge, the Ledge went all the way to Canyon Left and around the other side of the Fall and I could get out without getting Pounded or risking Deep Water. I didn't want to Tie Off and try to get up, because if I fell, then I was Underwater Tied Off and I wouldn't be able to Move anywhere. So I completely Disconnected and got Off Rope. There wasn't much for Hand Holds and I was looking at the Ledge at Chin Level, so I was going to have to haul myself up a bit. Somehow with about all the Effort I had, I was able to "Beach" myself up onto the Ledge. There was Rock Overhanging the Ledge in places, so I couldn't even sit up, I had to slide on my Stomach all the way around. In one Spot it was a slightly tight Squeeze. But then I was out and beyond the Fall. I went to stand up and take a Step and something in the Ankle Popped and I almost fell again... ](*,) But I got out to the Edge of the Main Pool and was able to see and be seen by the two People at the 2nd Anchor. I gave them the OK Signal so they could relax a bit and then I jumped into the Pool to swim to another Spot so everyone could see me. I think they were relieved. I think I was glad I managed to do it on my Own, but Instant Depression set in, knowing I would have to break the bad News to them about the Ankle and knowing that not only did I ruin their Trip, but that we all had a Long Day ahead of us... :( I felt terrible when it happened before and now, twice in one Month, I was subjecting Friends and Teammates to a long, slow Exit and it was almost too much to bear. But I knew what had to be done, and for the next 5 Hours, with the help and grace of my Friends, I did it...Luckily, I was able to do it again, under my own Power. But instead of 300 Yards this Time, it was going to be almost 2 Miles over some nasty Rocky Terrain. Luckily, it wasn't Downhill this Time. The Rest of the Team divided up my Pack and one guy found me some Poles to help in places and away we went. We made it to the Vehicles just before Dark... : rambo :

A Severely Disappointing Trip, but I brought it on myself. Beautiful little Canyon that I could only enjoy briefly and got very few Photos of... I did learn a lot on this Trip though and I had some Amazing People with me once again, and for that, I am extremely Grateful. There will be no more Technical Canyons for me until at least June, possibly longer...I will be taking as long as it takes to get back fully this Time...Although I didn't wreck the Ankle quite as bad, it's bad enough and I'm almost starting from Square One again.... :(

This is a Beautiful little Canyon which takes quite a bit of Effort to get to. And I was all about the Effort, plus some and had very little Time to enjoy the Reward.... I will be going back someday and getting it right...
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Round Mountain Park LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2016
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Hiking2.25 Miles 516 AEG
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516 ft AEG
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The Day after my Payson Trip, I had to make a Run out to San Carlos, so I planned a little Hike in Globe on the way back. I've been wanting to see this Park since several have done it and enjoyed it so much. I was limited on Time so I just did the West/East Loop with Side Trips to an Arch and the Flag at the Peak.

Decided to try some Duct Tape on the Foot, to see if that helped out the Trail Runners, but not sure if it helped or not, because I ended up stopping a lot and burning up some Camera Battery on all the Blooms out there. It certainly didn't make anything worse although the existing Blister heated up a couple of Times still....Between the Flowers, the Clouds, and approaching Storm, I stayed plenty busy. I spent more Time than I should have, but it was worth it.... :) No Brace again today, the Trail was very smooth and easy again, so the Ankle did fine... :)

And just FYI, if you haven't driven 60 between Gonzales Pass and the far end of Globe, what a Pain in the Ass. You may as well Double your Drive Time if you go that way. Road Construction for most of the Way including in the Town of Globe for a Water Main...Certainly would not want to do this Drive on a Weekend, although by late Afternoon on Friday, they had a least stopped and opened up the Lanes in a few Places. There is also a lot of Blasting going on, so you might want to call ahead if you make this Drive during the Week...Luckily, I did this on Friday, as the Day before, the Highway would have been completely closed for 4 Hours....

Definitely plan on hitting the Rest of this Park when I get around in that Area again.... :)
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
The Poppies in Claypool (between Miami and Globe) along Highway 60 are Peaked...Explosive Poppy Color through the whole Section. Lots of different Wildflowers going at the Round Mountain Park. I would say just a tad past Peak. The Flowers are starting to look stressed probably due to not enough Rain and a little early Heat....

dry McCormick Wash Dry Dry

dry McMillen Wash Dry Dry

dry Ruiz Canyon Dry Dry
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Boulders Loop Trail - PATSPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2016
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Hiking3.80 Miles 390 AEG
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Had to go to Payson today...Before I did, I made a Purchase based on a Recommendation...I've been wanting to get some Trail Runners for some time. Today was the Day. So the Hike had 3 Purposes... Check out the Shoes, Gauge the Ankle, and just get on a damn Trail again... :sweat: Good Trail to Test the Ankle without Folding it in Half again. I did it without a Brace and was pretty cautious on a couple of Areas. To say that I'm now Paranoid with no Confidence is an Understatement. And I know the Ankle is still Weak. But I need to go Braceless with Low Cut Shoes as much as I can to get some Strength back. I think, all things considered, that it went well today. I might be Pushing it a tad, but I'm trying to be careful about it...

The Shoes...Ultra Comfortable right out of the Store. By Mile 2 I had a Hot Spot going on the Ball of my Right Foot. By the Time I got back to the Car, I was limping on my Right Foot instead of my Left Ankle... :lol: It was a Blister that luckily didn't break...Hmmm...Not sure what to do about that other than try some different Socks??? Not used to having Shoes that give me Blisters, especially on the BOTTOM of my Feet... :o

It threatened to Rain up there all Day. Luckily it never got with it because I was totally unprepared for Rain...
Felt good to get out, even for a Short Hike...Need to get a few more of those in and get the Mental Game back too...I've got too many Plans coming up quick.... :sweat:

For a "City" Trail, it's a Beautiful little Hike...The Rocks and Cliffs and little Peaks were Awesome... :)
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Minnow CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering2.40 Miles 550 AEG
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550 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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Cool little Canyon. Lots of Downclimbing which was really good for me. And then we were 300 Yards from the Car. We could even see it. And then it took us over an Hour to get to the Car. Shit!
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Robbins Meander, AZ 
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Orienteering Game
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Mormon Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
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Chuck was out catching some Rays today....
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Headdress CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering2.50 Miles 723 AEG
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Nice Day in the Supes with Friends...Kinda took a more Scenic Route due to some Route Finding Issues, but we finally dropped in...I Struggled a bit. Still trying to come back from the Ribs and then I was down with a Nasty Bug of some Kind at the Beginning of the Week...Good to get out somewhere besides the Gym, need to hit the Trails more....Even though I knew there would be a Swim and it's February, with the Weather Forecast, I elected to not take a Wetsuit...Good Choice after our slightly more Scenic Approach...Water felt great! :D
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Wildflowers are starting to come on, on the Apache Trail, especially near Canyon Lake...Brittlebush is really just starting, but the Lupine is going pretty good on the Roadsides. Fairy Duster is showing up and there's a few Poppies about too. Globe Mallow is starting to really make a Showing in Spots....
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