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Aug 13 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,637 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   2.19 mph
1,637 ft AEG
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Had to get back home early this morning, so the mileage is from the gate at the edge of the park and not from from where I normally park on the other side of Sanctuary Cove. Low 70's but muggy this morning.

Really wish there was an occasional ranger or two around here on the weekends. There was fresh dog poop on two parts of the trail and a couple of women scooping up as many rocks as they could hold and bringing them back to the car. When I gently reminded them that they were in a National Park they had the audacity to claim that a ranger had already been around and given them permission to remove them.
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Aug 10 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   2.42 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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The first 100 yards of the trail are currently sitting in the parking lot and beyond that it is getting quite overgrown. Especially from the turn off up to the Flatiron. In some spots the trail can't be seen under all the weeds. Plus it covers up all the poky plants quite nicely and I drew blood about three times.

The upshot is the loose scree and rocks are firmly in place and easier to climb up and down right now.

Did see a double rainbow from the Flatiron, that was a nice perk this morning.
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Aug 06 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.66 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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With all of the rain, it is swampy and almost tropical back here. About the greenest I've ever seen the lower portions of the Catalina's. Just went to the dam and back and the water was flowing. Had to do about a half dozen or so stream crossings.
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Jul 30 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,637 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.29 mph
1,637 ft AEG
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Quick swampy hike up Sombrero. Uneventful and chatted with a group up on the top for a few minutes.

Did notice a series of freshly painted blue rectangles leading from the saddle all the way up to the top of the peak. They were too well done to be the work of an amateur. Does anyone know if the NPS does this on potentially sketchy trails?
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Jul 23 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.49 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Hot and muggy and feeling tired on this one. We got the edge of the big storm that hammered the other side of town. Woke up at 3 AM with howling wind and half my backyard moving from one end of the yard to the other. Luckily nothing ended up in my neighbor's yard. Kept an eye on the radar it said everything should subside at 5:15 AM, so I got ready to head out the door then and was at the trail by 5:25.

Uneventful hike, just not used to seeing this hike turn into a mini-Piestewa for Oro Valley. Trail was fairly crowded and bumped into one guy that had a dog off leash despite three signs at the parking lot telling you that dogs are banned. Said he didn't care and that it's a free country, nothing will happen to him.
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Jul 16 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.49 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Coming off the busiest 6 month period of my adult life, along with post-hiking blues after my Grand Canyon R3 I simply haven't been motivated to do much. Came close to getting back out there in June and then caught Covid. Finally motivated myself to kick me out the door to at least get in an hour long hike.

Arrived early for Tucson at 5:30 AM and snagged the final parking spot in the primary lot. Pusch Peak is now a lot more popular than it was four years ago when the place would be empty at this time. Got out of the car and caught and passed all the parties that had left 5-10 minutes before me, so nice to see I still had some fitness left over.

Trail is in pretty decent shape, the summer rains have washed the thin veneer of dust off the rocks so footing up and downhill is a little more confident. Felt good to get out, even if only for an hour.
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Jun 04 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ 
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Jun 04 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Run/Jog2.50 Miles 130 AEG
Run/Jog2.50 Miles      30 Mns   5.00 mph
130 ft AEG
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On a high dose of antibiotics for a tooth infection, but still wanted to stretch my legs. Easy run on the trails around my house.
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May 25 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ 
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar May 25 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Run/Jog4.50 Miles 310 AEG
Run/Jog4.50 Miles      49 Mns   5.51 mph
310 ft AEG
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Legs still a little dead after my GC hike. Easy run on the trails around Naranja Park.

Brand new restrooms that are sparkling clean next to the archery range and 10 yards from the trail were a welcome sight about 15 minutes in.
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May 21 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Wild Burro Trail - Tortolita MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 21 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Run/Jog5.60 Miles 940 AEG
Run/Jog5.60 Miles
940 ft AEG
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Easy lollipop loop up Wild Burro and swung around to Alamo Springs for nice stretch of the legs.

Super windy and dusty this morning, getting pretty tired of inhaling dust everywhere I go.
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May 18 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 18 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Run/Jog2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Run/Jog2.70 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.49 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Trying to get motivated to do more than walk my dog since my GC trip. Figured this would be a good way to stretch the legs.

Pretty uneventful, appears that the bees have decided for another year to not set up shop next to the trail. Trail is seeing a lot more traffic, starting to inch a tad bit wider now in spots. Plus I've noticed that what was normal Saturday morning parking at the trailhead is now mid-week parking. Even the FS is noticing and had signs encouraging people to help them with a parking survey.

Coming down off the trail, it is dusty. The kind of dust that makes your feet slip on everything. Took me 5 minutes longer to get down than it did to get up.
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May 05 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles   16 Hrs   30 Mns   3.10 mph
11,000 ft AEG   2 Hrs   10 Mns Break
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Swore I'd never do this again, but my companion for most of my other GC hikes from Idaho called me about 6 months ago to let me know that we were going back. Group of us were all hitting monumental birthdays this year and no better way to beat Father Time than doing another R3. Unlike the last time when we did it on a whim for my 50th birthday, I now had time to train. We wrote up a list of everywhere where we screwed up the last time we did a R3 and prepped.

Despite a lot of curveballs among our group of six including bad backs, bum knees, a bout of Covid and other bumps and bruises we all showed up generally healthy and ready to roll. I've become an expert in logistics and corralled five other guys from around the country to fly into Sky Harbor early on Wednesday morning and get them to Tusayan by dinnertime. Hit the hay at 7 PM in anticipation of the alarm going off at 1:30 AM. Rolled out of bed, got everyone into our cars and were awaiting the taxi in front of Bright Angel Lodge by 2:45 AM. Quick taxi ride out to South Kaibab and after last minute prep hit the trail at 3:20 in the morning.

Made decent time in the dark and were at Phantom Ranch in a little over two and a half hours. Didn't stop and kept pushing on to Cottonwood to take advantage of the cool weather. Ended up bumping into a guy from my neighborhood that I see a few times a week walking his dog who was heading to Cottonwood for a few nights of camping. Got to Cottonwood and the water had not been turned on yet, so headed quickly up to Manzanita for our first break of the hike. At Manzanita we all rearranged our packs, filled up with water and prepped for the first big hurdle of the day. The climb up to the North Rim was toasty and entirely in the sun. But the bonus for sweating up that big climb was that the water at the North Rim had been turned on early and it was cold.

Hung out on top for about 20 minutes while we shared the faucets with two other groups of hikers and runners and then hit the trail back down. Still warm when we got back to Manzanita, so we all made sure to top off our water because we knew we had about an 8 mile stretch to Phantom Ranch without any place to get water. All of us nervous about hitting the Box at 2 PM in the afternoon. But to our surprise, most of the Box was in the shade. Still warm, but not as bad as my last time hiking through it. Finally made it to Phantom Ranch to discover we missed the canteen's open to the public hours by 20 minutes. Had been anticipating an ice cold lemonade and instead settled for lukewarm tap water and a 5 Hour Energy.

So buzzing with a boost from my energy drink we headed out for the final climb up Bright Angel. Kept a nice steady pace up until Indian Gardens when sunset approached. Pulled out our headlamps and got ready for the final push. This was the worst part of the day for me. First time ever to get blisters from while wearing Darn Tough socks and a first time for having them on the ball of my feet under my big toe. Every step up hurt and around the Devil's Corkscrew I could feel the last remaining effects of my Valley Fever from three years ago. Huffed and puffed up the last few miles and topped out after 10 PM.

For the most part, this was much more enjoyable than my last R3 due to actually prepping for it, sleeping in Tusayan for a few hours before we started and having a much better handle on my food choices. Kept a steady 200-250 calories an hour split between gels or candy bars then washing it down with Tailwind or Liquid IV. Looking at my splits averaged about 20 minute miles going down or across and 30 minute miles going up. Not a negative, but having a group of 6 instead of 2-4 people seemed to slow us down a bit. We'd get bunched up on the descents and it added an extra 10 minutes at every stop while all six of us got water. Overall a good day, happy that my moving time was under 17 hours. If it was cooler, we could have shaved off another hour I'd guess.
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Apr 30 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Wild Mustang TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,545 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   3.09 mph
1,545 ft AEG
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Lollipop loop on Wild Mustang bright and early this morning. Completely uneventful, which is what I was looking for. Easy stroll to loosen up my legs.

Lots of new trail work, it's a super freeway in spots. Almost looks they were out with a rake on the entire trail it's so clean.
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Apr 27 2022
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56 male
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ 
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Apr 27 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Run/Jog4.50 Miles 310 AEG
Run/Jog4.50 Miles      47 Mns   5.74 mph
310 ft AEG
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Obviously the pollen count apps don't measure Palo Verde blossoms. Got the all clear on my app that pollen was low and then stepped out the door. Spent most of the run blowing snot rockets and teary eyed. Can't wait for the blooms to disappear.
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Apr 16 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking15.10 Miles 6,100 AEG
Hiking15.10 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.38 mph
6,100 ft AEG
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Stringing together my two favorite tough training hikes together to get some time on my feet to prep for next month.

Doing a lot of trail work on Old Baldy below Josephine Saddle and it's like a super freeway in spots. Made for a quick ascent to the saddle.

No wildflowers to speak of. Did hear a pair of Elegant Trogons chatting with each other.

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Apr 09 2022
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Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,798 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   3 Hrs      2.63 mph
1,798 ft AEG
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Nursing a sore back and wanted something mellow, yet not boring. Recent trail work and the trail up to the dam is a super freeway. But past the dam it's pretty overgrown and choked with stinging nettles in spots.

Trickles of water, the dam waterfall was a disappointment.
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Apr 02 2022
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56 male
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 02 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Run/Jog2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Run/Jog2.70 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.53 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Appears Snowbird season is coming to a close. At 7 AM the parking lot was half full and everybody had Arizona plates. April is about my favorite month out here, great weather and the lack of winter visitors.
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Mar 27 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ 
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Mar 27 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Run/Jog7.85 Miles 425 AEG
Run/Jog7.85 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   4.96 mph
425 ft AEG
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Easy run on dead legs around my neighborhood trail loop.
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Mar 26 2022
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56 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Kings Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking14.20 Miles 4,064 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   3.16 mph
4,064 ft AEG
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Field testing some new gear and prepping for a big trip in May. Did a double Wasson to dial things in. One of the few hikes in Tucson that you can just put your head down and grind it out without any route finding or rock hopping every 5 feet. Nice clean trail to follow.
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Mar 13 2022
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56 male
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Hiking9.70 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.04 mph
4,400 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Prepping for a big hike in May. Wanted to see how fast I could scoot up Finger Rock after running 8 miles yesterday.

Almost perfect temps today, good day up in the mountains.
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Mar 12 2022
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56 male
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ 
Copper Creek - Naranaja Loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Mar 12 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 791
Run/Jog7.85 Miles 425 AEG
Run/Jog7.85 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   4.86 mph
425 ft AEG
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Slow hike/jog around the 'hood. Walked anything paved or uphill.
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