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Apr 24 2010
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McDowell Mountains / Tom's ThumbPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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•• West Crack 5.12 Pitches110 ft
Climb a right leaning ramp for 20 feet past a tree. Cut left up a double set of cracks to a big ledge. Step around the right side of a headwall above and step up to the big cracks to the summit. Bring a small rack up to a #4 camalot.
I coordinated my first "big" event from the AMC with 40+ participants. We celebrated the 46th Birthday of the Arizona Mountaineering Club with an event on Tom's Thumb. I secured our permit from the City of Scottsdale, coordinated a fly-by with the Sheriff's Posse, gathered a few climbers, brought along my favorite photographer friend, reserved some tables at Greasewood Flats and off we went. The technical part of the set up was left to the outing leaders, who are much more knowledgeable than I am. It was a big job to get all of those climbers up on top and get all the routes working.

On Tom's Thumb we set up
Treiber's Deception (5.7)
Sacred Datura Direct (5.9)
Garbanzo Bean (5.7), Garbanzo Bean Direct (5.10+)
Kreuser's Route (5.5)
The Settlement (5.7)
West Corner (5.1)

off to the side in a boulder pile:
Wag your Tail (5.10)
Water Drawn From an Ancient Well (5.8 )

I spent most of the day doing group management on the ground and then watching over a rap station.

Scrambled up The West Crack route in a hurry for the group photo & fly-by photos. This is the typical/easiest route for folks to lead up in order to reach the summit and then set up other top rope climbs. It was a beautiful day, with perfect weather and a pile of happy climbers.


Joe can you delete Bronx's Crack (see note on nonot's trip log)
I know the climb ratings are so subjective....but when we get them directly from the old school guys I think we can use them,
Garbanzo Bean is a 5.7 not 5.10(that's Garbanzo Bean Direct).......met Chuck Graf the FA of that route this weekend...if you're doing the 5.10 you're not on the route he set and named....that would be Garbanzo Bean Direct.
Kreuser's Route is 5.5 according to the FA Tom Kreuser.
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Apr 10 2010
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Courthouse Rock / East FaceSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Climbing avatar Apr 10 2010
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This was a beautiful day near the Tonopah desert in the Eagletail Mountain Area. The Eagletail Mountains are named for the bare granite pinnacles that resemble bird's feathers. And on the near side of this range a stark monolith of rock, huge and sheer-sided, rises majestically out of the desert floor and demands your attention. This is Courthouse Rock, a 2874ft guardian that is an irresistable magnet for climbers during the winter when the temperatures are moderate. This adventure tackles a 1300ft climbing challenge.

This trip has been in the planning process for awhile and was rescheduled once because of rain. I loved this climb. I might be making the shift from hiker to climber because I find myself becoming a fan of short approaches. This approach was 20-30 mins max. The climb had just the right mix of adventure, challenge and views. (honestly I'm not fond of ultra difficult routes) I thought it was a fun multi-pitch climb. I suspect it would be difficult to route find here without someone that had climbed it previously. Some of the anchor stations or belay points along the standard route are easy to find but others are not. We lost lots of time on a couple of pitches while looking for anchor stations. It was a lot of work to move a lot of people up a lot of pitches with a lot of rope. I learned lots.

We did the Mountaineer Route on the East Face. The route has approximately 7 pitches for the 1300 feet of rock climbing to get to the top. We completed 5 of those pitches and opted to bail after the first five pitches due to time concerns. I left my house at 3am and returned at 11:45pm, it was a full day....240 mile drive for me. (6 hours of driving and 15 hours of climbing) Planning another attempt for the Fall because it was already heating up.

The rock here has been lovingly referred to as crappy rock... meaning it breaks apart easily. I kind of like it because there are lots of little shelves to hold and/or step on....just gotta make sure they are solid before you fully weight them. I think there were only 2 bolts on the entire route (those were on pitch 3, I believe) and very few places to actually place gear. I only had a 5-6 holds flake away throughout the day. Certainly lots of loose rocks flying around. Helmets are a must on this route.

(still need to double check this with the other climbers and match it up to photos) Seems like it would be a lovely idea to GPS the anchor points....but nobody in the climbing world does that.
The approach--This was a straight walk to the base of the rock with no obvious route markings. We were near a wash as we got a little closer and did catch a foot path for the last part of the approach. We headed towards the shadowed gully/large crack in the rock. 33o27.72'N 113o21.46'W and elevation 1910ft is where the climbing begins.

Pitch 1--From the base it's pretty much straight up to a little landing hidden behind a rock wall. The anchors for the first pitch are not easily found unless you start up the right ridge. It is the second longitudinal ridge to the right of the streambed by about 20ft; it is also the ridge that appears easiest to climb. Climb about 50ft up along the left side of the arete and then transition about 6ft right onto the arete itself where there is one slightly awkward move (5.3) just below a bolted belay station in a wall to your left. It is probably best to bypass this station, to proceed up an easy gully and then climb left onto a prominent outcropping where there is a second belay station on a big ledge about 170ft from the start.
Pitch 2--This route starts out as more of a scramble and turns a corner to go up a bit of a gully. The anchor stations is to the right.It is a short pitch proceeds left along a ledge and climbs a short chimney in the streamcourse to a broad, recessed platform in the main streambed of the gully. The belay station is on a ledge above the streambed on the right. This easy (5.2) second pitch is only about 50ft.
Pitch 3--This pitch seemed straight forward until it takes a turn. We added a redirect piece to help swing the rope around the corner. The anchor station is near a small saguaro. The third pitch is also easy (5.2) and climbs about 160ft directly up the watercourse. It begins at about 2020ft and you should reach this point after 1hr of climbing. A jog to the right and a traverse back left take you to the broad recessed ledge at the top of the third pitch where there is a bolted belay station.
Pitch 4--This is a smaller ledge with room for about 3 people. The fourth pitch (5.5) proceeds up the center of the rockwall for about 160ft. There is a partially bolted route to the left of the center; this includes one key bolt (in the middle of a blackened face and visible from the bottom of the pitch) just below the crux in which the move is back to the right and up to the top of the pitch. Some recommend climbing to the key bolt, hooking in, descending about 10ft and then swinging over to the right where there are more features. However, our preferred alternative is to climb straight up the center about 12ft to the right of the bolts. The climbing there is much easier; the problem is in finding a way to install adequate protection over the central part of the climb. Nearing the top there are several ledges and cracks that allow for more comfortable climbing. The top of this 160ft fourth pitch (at 5.5 the most difficult pitch on the ascent) is a bolted anchor station on a small but secure ledge. You should reach this 2230ft elevation about 3hr after the morning start.
Pitch 5--The fifth pitch (5.2) proceeds up a more gently sloping and flat rock face to a bolted belay station just below the shoulder ridge of Courthouse Rock. A nice dihedral crack provides protection for the first 25ft. Beyond this secure anchor points are hard to find but it is easy friction climbing straight up about 120ft to the bolted anchor station at the top of the great gully. You should reach this point after 3.5hr of climbing.This pitch was more of a challenge for the lead climber because it wasn't very protectable.
It's a short scramble to the left of the anchor station and then to the right through a bowl and around a saguaro to top of the ridge.

This as far as we made it due to time concerns so the info from here is only what I have been told or could see....no real experience there.
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After Pitch 5 it is a traverse or walk across the saddle to the rock area that leads up the final tower. This walk is far enough that you will likely want to switch out of your climbing shoes back into hiking shoes. There is a fair amount of scree and cholla bobs all over the place.
Pitch 6-- short climb up what appears to be like a staircase. Drop packs and harness here.
Pitch 7--Scramble to the top.
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Apr 04 2010
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Minnow CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 04 2010
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Canyoneering2.40 Miles 550 AEG
Canyoneering2.40 Miles   4 Hrs      0.60 mph
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We enjoyed a peaceful and safe day of canyoneering. The weather was perfect and there was lots of time for lounging and listening to the trickling water. Fish Creek was packed with people.
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Mar 25 2010
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2010
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   1.48 mph
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40+ pound pack
59 minutes up
30 minutes down

It's going to be a long process for me to shave time off.
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Mar 24 2010
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 24 2010
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   1.48 mph
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Finally got to the fully weighted pack of 40+ pounds (35 pounds + 100oz of water)
My trip up was 56 minutes.
My trip down was 33 minutes.
Total 1 hour 29 minutes...plenty of room for growth.
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Mar 23 2010
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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RRRRRRrrrrr
1 hour 13 minutes. Couldn't even shave a minute off the time. I ate a big sandwich just before the hike and felt a little more sluggish. Also added some weight to my pack...about 1/2 way to the weight goal. Might take a day off from the hike to rest.
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Mar 21 2010
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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43 minutes to the top
0 Rest
30 minutes back down.
Total 1 hour 13 minutes

I believe I shaved 7 minutes off my time from Friday. Still stopped to breathe once and to remove a layer. No layers and no stops next time.

Added some weight to my pack.....still need more weight and need to go faster!
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Mar 21 2010
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   1.81 mph
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43 minutes to the top
0 Rest
30 minutes back down.
Total 1 hour 13 minutes

I believe I shaved 7 minutes off my time from Friday. Still stopped to breathe once and to remove a layer. No layers and no stops next time.

Added some weight to my pack.....still need more weight and need to go faster!
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Mar 20 2010
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McDowell Mountains / Sven Tower IIIPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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This was the AMC Grad Climb for 5 new students: Todd, Tom, Cheryl, Helmi and Brian. It was my first time on Sven Tower III and I really loved it. This tower has a short 15 minute approach so that is always nice. I believe there are 3 partially bolted routes on this Tower so the routes are mixed. We set up 2 of the routes (5.7 and 5.6), one of them being 3 pitches. I think we had 6 ropes and 2 full racks of pro with us. It was a big project logistically to move 12 people up and down the routes. The weather was perfect and the climb was pure fun.

Here is the short video I made:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoQ0n4PYEH0
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Mar 19 2010
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.65 mph
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Did this for the first time. ( I think) I finished in 1 hour AND 20 minutes. I need to shave 20 minutes off that time and add 35 pounds to my pack by next week! Sounds pert near impossible but it's going to be a project!
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Mar 17 2010
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McDowell Mountains / Tom's ThumbPhoenix, AZ
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Climbing avatar Mar 17 2010
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Climbing3.85 Miles 1,315 AEG
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! :GB:

Climbed Tom's Thumb and got a nice view of the Green fountain from Fountain Hills. The trail system and parking has all changed out in the McDowells so just a heads up that the info in the descriptions for this area might not be accurate until they are updated.

We started on West Corner (CL4), jumped onto Fat Man's Delight(5.7) and then we mysteriously ended up on a crack climb(unknown rating) between route #56 and #60. Once we realized it was ultra difficult it was too late to bail, Eric was committed to the route at that point and it would be more risky to turn back than finish the route....so he continued up. It was very difficult for me to stem up the wider section of the crack that was overhung and remove pro at the same time with my pack dangling between by legs. I literally had to move up one tiny little inch at a time while Eric kept me on an super tight belay.

The hike is now 2.1 miles to the base of Tom's Thumb or more, about a mile longer than before but not bad unless you're sporting a 50lb pack filled with camera and climbing gear. The trail seems a bit slick for the trip down with all the loose gravel out there.

It was a really beautiful day and the McDowells are looking gorgeous. Thinking I'll climb some more out there this weekend...but it's getting hot!
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Feb 21 2010
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Parallel Play Canyon, AZ 
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This was canyoneering trip to a secret canyon in a secret place with a secret name that was all kept a secret from me and came pretty darn close to being a secret disaster! I'm thinking I could go the rest of my life without another secret.

Massive water flow and a few other freakish events led us to abort the trip after the 2nd rappel and ended in a 16 hour day.(trail+canyon+drive) It was probably the longest 4 miles of my life. The tedious and challenging climb 75 feet back UP the rope left my hands bruised, blistered, torn up and bleeding from the rope and/or smashing into the rock. When my hands could handle no more I figured out how to wrap my arm around the rope. The inside of my arm was decently bruised from wrist to elbow through my wetsuit but I did get up the rope!! Good news is the physical damage from the rope climb was minimal and everything will heal. I was thrilled and thankful that I could use the trusty prusik cords that I have been carrying around on my harness forever. Woohoo for the chicken hitch! To all my climbing friends--> please remember that at any point in time your rope could get stuck and your ability to climb back up the rope could be lifesaving. It's a good idea to practice this self-rescue technique before the situation arises or becomes complicated while on rappel in the middle of a waterfall. The GPS and it's user pulled through to get us back on the trail in the pitch black darkness of a cold, windy and rainy day. Made it home by midnight and didn't lose my job by secretly being stranded on a shelf in a secret canyon.

Please, please, please remember to leave trip plans with someone.
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Feb 07 2010
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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.00 Miles 588 AEG
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Ambika, Sadie and I made the 10 minute drive to the trailhead and did the quick hike to catch the setting sun.
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Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
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I did the FULL Dutchman (approx. 18 miles) today from the Peralta TH to First Water with a shuttle and a box of tissue==Sinus infection. My feet HURT bad right now!

Beautiful day in the desert.....practically had to run to keep up with Trish!

(editing to say my feet are fine after a night of rest although they felt like I might not be able to ever walk on them again)
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Jan 24 2010
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Slide Canyon - Fish Creek LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering5.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Canyoneering5.20 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGq_311ERr4
A short video of the trip.

What a day! : rambo :
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Jan 23 2010
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Superior's Waterfalls, AZ 
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I decided to go for a quick drive in search of snow but got distracted by the wonderful waterfalls between Superior's Tunnel and the Oak Flat Campground. My first time seeing these roaring falls after the rains. The roads were being worked by DPS to remove rock slides so there were delays.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgBv3dbylhM
Gotta love the sound of the raging water!
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Barks Canyon - Complete RoutePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 18 2010
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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We did this a little differently than the described route. We went up Peralta, headed over to the Pine Tree, then dropped in at the top of the canyon and headed down. There was some sort of weather in the forecast but it turned out to be a nice day. Enjoyed the company and the lower section of this canyon more than the top.
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Superstition Mtns - NW / HandPhoenix, AZ
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Climbing avatar Jan 16 2010
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Climbing 200 AEG
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This was a great climb. Possibly my favorite so far. The views were awesome, the approach was decent, and the climb was on solid rock. No slips for me this time and only a little freaking in one section. I'm almost liking it up there ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGyx96NL7Hs
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Teddy Bear Wall - South Mountain, AZ 
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Had an interesting day out at the Teddy Bear Wall. We intended to help a friend with her climbing skills and teach her a bit about lead belaying on an easy 5.0 route that I had done before. A friend started on the route, the lead climber placed the first piece of gear (#3 cam) in a crack just a few feet off the ground. The lead climber slowly weighted the rope so she could experience the feeling of that weight, and I was backing her up. Just as the climber got about 50% of his weight on the rope a 1000+ pound "flake" began to shift.(seriously 10ft x 5ft by about 18-20 inches thick) We took a fair amount of time debating what to do, even made a few phone calls to confirm our thoughts. Spent the next couple of hours working to "clean" the route of this hazard. FYI--it's no longer a 5.0 route. I've always loved crack climbing and but this will certainly make me inspect cracks a little differently in the future. Consequently, we didn't get much climbing in but finished the day at Los Dos Molinos :D
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Crying Dinosaur - Superstition Mountains, AZ 
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Climbing avatar Dec 30 2009
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Climbing1 Day   11 Hrs   30 Mns   
Second III R  • Sport, Trad, Aid •  Good • 200 Feet 3 Pitches
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Pro: There were some bolts and a couple of OLD but good pitons. We used nuts, tri-cams and spring loaded cams. We needed (2) 60 meter ropes and anchor building material.
:y: Great Fun! Robert and I started at sunrise and finished in the dark. Half of that time was hiking the approach and the trip down. Our packs were full, we rested, took pictures, ate and laughed as I pleaded my case for smaller routes. I love full day adventures and this one certainly pushed beyond the daylight. Mother Nature treated us to an amazing sunset. (Joel where are your pictures of that one?)We even got a few sprinkles on the way out.

This was a 3 pitch climb on the right side of Siphon Draw. We turned it into a 4 pitch climb because I was a little nervous about getting stranded on the first move....LOL!
This is a link to the little video I made of the climb.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK5tfZ2olEI

The Crying Dinosaur has been on my list for awhile. :wrt:(dang list!) It has been on hold while I've been working my way through a few injuries.....torn costoclavicular ligament(collarbone - Dec 08 to March 09), a torn ACL/MCl (left knee - May to Aug 08) this past year. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed physical therapy I am beyond happy to be pain free, hiking, backpacking and climbing again. :D It was great to check this one off the list before the year came to an end!

Happy New Year to all of my HAZ friends! Your pictures and tales of adventure have been an amazing source of motivation and inspiration.
S :)
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