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Nov 05 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
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42 male
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 Phoenix
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
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Hiking11.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   7 Hrs      1.69 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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Fun times on the trail.
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Oct 28 2016
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42 male
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 Phoenix
Deer Creek Trail - GCNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 28 2016
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Backpack25.00 Miles 6,175 AEG
Backpack25.00 Miles3 Days         
6,175 ft AEG
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Oct 22 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,064 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   4 Hrs      1.30 mph
2,064 ft AEG
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Oct 09 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking5.80 Miles 2,942 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   5 Hrs      1.16 mph
2,942 ft AEG
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Oct 01 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.67 mph
2,900 ft AEG
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Sep 10 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,050 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   6 Hrs      2.33 mph
3,050 ft AEG
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Aug 20 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking15.80 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   8 Hrs      1.98 mph
4,400 ft AEG
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Aug 20 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Supai Falls of WCC, AZ 
Supai Falls of WCC, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Aug 20 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Backpack10.00 Miles 3,575 AEG
Backpack10.00 Miles2 Days         
3,575 ft AEG
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Aug 06 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Grand FallsNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking1.35 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking1.35 Miles
210 ft AEG
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Jul 23 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking8.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.00 mph
600 ft AEG
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Jul 09 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 09 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Canyoneering6.10 Miles 986 AEG
Canyoneering6.10 Miles   6 Hrs      1.02 mph
986 ft AEG
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It is great to finally get this area of WCC off the bucket list. Getting to the start of the hike was arguably the hardest part of this whole adventure, taking over an hour each way to get through the rough terrain. Once we arrived at the start of the hike there were several cars parked there, definitely more than i would have thought.
This past saturday we got perfect weather, not a cloud in the sky, a bit warm but not terribly hot either. The water temperature was PERFECT!!! In no way any of us felt cold at all, even while swimming in the shaded areas. This entire area was paradise on earth, definitely of of Arizona's hidden gems.....although the road to get there is super shitty, i do think its better that way just to keep the "fossil creek types" away from there.
This is one of those "yearly" trip type places. Cant wait to go back there next year.
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Jun 25 2016
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42 male
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 Phoenix
Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking15.80 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.86 mph
4,400 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Great times on the trail.....tons of people on the normal route. Only a handful on the Inner Basin.
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Jun 18 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Crest Trail #270B - Jct Sdl to Monte Vista PkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 18 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Backpack8.40 Miles 1,100 AEG
Backpack8.40 Miles2 Days         
1,100 ft AEG
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Just needed a place to escape the heat for the weekend.....The road to the TH was fun!
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Jun 10 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Bob Bear Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking8.75 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles   6 Hrs      1.46 mph
1,785 ft AEG
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Jun 04 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Bullet Canyon - Grand Gulch LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Backpack avatar Jun 04 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Backpack26.00 Miles 1,675 AEG
Backpack26.00 Miles2 Days         
1,675 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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Oddly enough this is only my second overall trip into the state of Utah. I do have to admit that I need to spend more time exploring this natural wonder a whole lot more.
I have always had a soft spot for anything historical in nature ever since i was little. Often i always pictured myself discovering something amazing within arqueological sites and i guess the reason ruin sites have always been a favorite of mine is that they allow our imaginations run wild.....how did people live here? where they successful at this site? How did they get here? Am i standing on top of an ancient burial site?......I guess all this allows us to be kids once again.
The amount of ruins in this area is mind blowing, I was really amazed at all the rock art still on those walls.
On Saturday morning we took off planning a 119-20 mile day until we got to Jailhouse Canyon. IT WAS HOT!! Normally one can hike this many flat miles in a decent amount of time but the amount of ruins to explore and the heat made it a long day on the trail. Either way it was a fun hike, our only challenge was staying hydrated.
At the end of the day, when we finally got to our camp spot i was exhausted, and wasnt feeling terribly hungry but i still ate my dinner......i didnt want to carry that extra weight after all but i did drink most of my wine (had to keep hydrated right?)
One thing to love about summer camping is the possibility of sleeping under the stars, which most of us (8) did. I picked a nice spot above the trees with a comfortable slant and marveled at the huge amount of stars glowing right above me.
It is the simple things that make me happy!
The following morning we hit up Jailhouse ruins on our way out. Sunday we had an easy day having to hike only about 6 miles before reaching the car at Bullet Canyon TH......but not before following the wrong set of cairs on the last quarter mile and end up having to rock climb our way out to get to the TH.
Cant wait to explore more of Utah in the near future!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Jailhouse Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
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May 30 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.44 mph
1,205 ft AEG
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May 20 2016
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Mount Elbrus Russia, WW 
Mount Elbrus Russia, WW
 
Hike & Climb avatar May 20 2016
VolcanoCLMBR
Hike & Climb18.42 Miles 8,768 AEG
Hike & Climb18.42 Miles5 Days         
8,768 ft AEG41 LBS Pack
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It was a long way getting all the way to the foot of Mount Elbrus. The road took from PHX to SLC and onto Paris, France May 11-12. On the following day making the hop to Moscow, Russia. Spent two days walking the city and accumulated quite a bit of miles.
On Sunday morning we flew down to Mineralnye Vody in the caucasus region, at the airport we hopped on a cab that charged us 3000ru for the 3 hour ride......it was a great price! We arrived at the town of Cheguet under cold and rainy weather. Spent 1000ru a night at Hotel Cemerka for a very nice room. The following day was just as rainy and cold as the day before, kept a close eye on the weather forecast and came up to the conclusion that friday AM was going to be our summit day being the best weather. On this day we also took care of some last minute registrations and gear rental.
Around mid day on tuesday we started making our about 5 mile hike up to the village of Asau at the end of the road and where the ski lift taking us to Mir Station is located. I guess we left a bit too late and we werent able to take the ski lift that evening and were forced to camp next to town, where we met a Russian hiker named Nikolai. He spoke a bit of english which helped greatly the next couple days since everything and everyone only spoke Russian.......even ordering food became quite the adventure, which i welcomed very much.
The following morning under semi cloudy skies Ayden the third person on our team finally joined us from NYC and the four of us took the ski lift together and after getting dropped off at Mir Station i was picked for an interview for Russia TV where i was asked a handful of questions including my name, where i was from and what had brought me all the way there. After finishing the interview we started making our way up to Garabashi, about an hour's walk up the slope where we intended making our base camp, from there the flexibility of our plans started to open up based on weather and mountain conditions since it had been snowing on the mountain pretty much non stop the two weeks leading up to our arrival.
After setting up camp and starting the process of melting enough water for food and drinking started right away. About mid afternoon we decided it was time to start making our way up for our first acclimatization hike, where we made it to 4000 meters, hung out on a rocky outcrop for a while until winds and clouds started making their way in and we started walking back to camp.
In the middle of the night and according to the weather forecast we were supposed to be hit with heavy snowfall, strong winds and whiteout conditions hit the entire area dumping at least a foot of snow at camp, my four season tent performed admirably keeping Matt and I warm and dry. The following morning under windy conditions still we tried to dig our way out of our tent and some of our gear left outside overnight had to be dug out from all the snow. More melting snow was on our plans but because of the weather we were stuck at camp for longer than we wanted to. The plan for that day was to make it up to Pashtukova Rocks at 4800 mts that morning, we did ended up making it almost all the way there later that afternoon before 40-50 MPH winds and drifting snow turned back almost everyone climbing up to the area around.
After getting back to base camp we got together with our guide and decided that in order to expedite getting ready by 4AM the following morning for our summit push it was better for us to get a decent bed at the old barrels at Garabashi, they were super cheap, costing only 500ru per person.
Finally the morning of friday May 20 had arrived, we had set up our alarms for 3AM, I made myself a big bowl of oatmeal with extra sugar and whole powder milk for breakfast along a two serving up of hot chocolate. At the start of the climb we had been joined by a team of French ski-mountaineers. We got lucky and had virtually a wind-free morning and the clearest of skies, as we made our way up the volcano we witnessed a bright glowing organge moon setting at the same time the sun rose from the east creating these magical shadows all over the Caucasus mountain range.
At the start of the climb we also saw a line of head lamps of climbers ahead of us by a good hour or two higher up the mountain. As we made our way up we caught up with our dorm mate Roman, one of the Chinese expedition's guides. (Cool side story, we had the privilege of meeting the leader of the Chinese team who had already completed the 7 summit challenge and was also one of the Chinese Olympic torch bearers that carried the torch up to the summit of Everest for the 2008 Beijing Olympics)
As we continued our ascent our third teammate Ayden started suffering from a mild case of altitude sickness and threw up at least 4 times on the way up. After reaching the saddle of Elbrus I started getting the feeling that I was going to make the summit and two hours later at 10:49AM local time i reached the highest point in Europe followed by my two team mates and our guide. For 20 minutes we celebrated and took plenty of photos before starting our descent. Unfortunately Ayden's sickness continued and started getting dizzy and light headed to the point that our guide roped Ayden to him. Approaching the steepest slope just above the saddle Ayden almost took a fall but the guide kept both of them safe.
I was deeply concerned about Ayden but I was also feeling very energized to have been to the top of Elbrus and that adrenaline carried me back down issue free all the way down to the Garabashi barrels.
After having made it back to base camp all i craved was a Coke (which is weird since i dont drink soda) but the Cafe nearby didnt have any on hand. Both Matt and Ayden quickly fell asleep on their bunks while i ate through the rest of my food supplies and water. At this point my face was feeling super hot despite the sunblock and chapstick i put on my face throughout the day. My face burns were slight compared to other people's burns. For a while i layed on my bed inside my sleeping bag unable to fall asleep and constantly looking out the window with a clear view of the majestic Elbrus. What a climb that was!! I dont know if i'll ever make it down there again but i would love to climb Elbrus from the north if i ever get the chance again.
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May 08 2016
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2016
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Hiking8.25 Miles 2,513 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.36 mph
2,513 ft AEG
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I had originally planned on backpacking solo to the Fremont Saddle but the FS put an end to that idea by thinning the forest at the Weatherford Trailhead. Determined to still get in some miles/adventures i decided to go explore the volcanic craters outside of Flag including Colton and SP craters. On sunday morning I drove to the Snowbowl and day hike under snowy conditions. As i made my way up so did the dark cummmulous clouds bringing light snow and winds. The goal for the day was to make it to the saddle and make an on the spot decision to go higher there. I made it up in 2:15, hung out there for about 15 minutes before deciding to head back down after hearing some thunder up above. Had a fun time coming back down the trail during some heavy snowfall, came across a Dusky Grouse and made it back in just about an hour later.
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May 07 2016
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SP Crater HikeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
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Hiking2.10 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   1.48 mph
800 ft AEG
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After my original plan failed to materialize i decided to head over to SP crater and cross another bucket list item off the list. The weather in the area was fantastic with just a light breeze. I left the Xterra at the base of the crater and started making my way up....along the way i was greeted by a Hopi rattlesnake hiding under a rock, took a couple photos and continued my ascent. The view from this point was just fantastic, like almost walking back in time. The lava flow added to the mystic feeling of this place. I went around the rim being fascinated by the geology of this ancient volcanic cone. After about 30 minutes i had made my way around SP and headed back down thinking i have to come back and xplore more of these volcanic craters.
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May 03 2016
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 Phoenix
Bike to Work, AZ 
Bike to Work, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar May 03 2016
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Mtn Biking7.00 Miles
Mtn Biking7.00 Miles      35 Mns   12.00 mph
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