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Dec 24 2009
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Sven Tower II - McDowells, AZ 
Sven Tower II - McDowells, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Dec 24 2009
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Eric and I headed to the McDowell's to squeeze in a little birthday climb. Sven Tower II was selected by Eric because the lead climber decides these things. I couldn't find much info to read up on prior to the climb so that doesn't help me much mentally going into the climb. The signing project in the area has recently been completed so we enjoyed finding and reading all of them along the way.

We dropped our packs at the end of the climb near the doorway, geared up and made our way around to the front of the tower and began the scramble to the start of the climb. I'm not really sure how you would know where to start this one without a person that has done it before...it seems well hidden but is partially bolted. I believe there is a new map for the area in process.

I was a little nervous about getting up and over the roof on this one but ended up doing just fine. I think I'm still learning to relax and enjoy the journey while on a climb. I know I certainly love it when it's over... :sweat:

It was an awesome way to start my birthday week!! :y:
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Dec 20 2009
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Queen Creek - Magma Gardens, AZ 
Queen Creek - Magma Gardens, AZ
 
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Eric had I been wanting to take Sheryl out to experience a climb. We settled on this un-named crack in Magma Gardens that I remembered from a previous trip. Sheryl is disabled in that she is missing three fingers on her right hand from a work related injury, complicating the challenge of climbing. She had not been to the climbing gym prior to our trip so this day turned out to be truly a magnificent experience for all of us and quite the accomplishment for her. Looking forward to more climbs in the future!
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Nov 29 2009
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Sierra Canyon - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 29 2009
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Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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:y: :D :GB: :D :y:

How long can a canyon remain "unnamed" before it gets a name? It was as much fun hiking this canyon as it was participating in naming it. Sierra Canyon it is! This is probably the best of all the Fish Creek tributary canyons, IMHO.

7 raps, 3 of those with the added bonus of water and an amazing slick rock section leading to an 85 foot drop all of these things contribute to the value of this canyon. I was happy to get "tricked" into doing this unknown gem.

There were no cairns on this route at all and we suspect it has only been descended a few times prior to our visit. It takes some solid route finding skills to simply get to the start of this canyon and thankfully Nonot has those. (not sure I could find it again ;) )The first hour of this trip is my least favorite but is worth it for what is to follow.

I love canyons for many reasons. In this one I enjoyed walking on the flat desert floor and watching the walls emerge while it began to narrow, twist and turn. I have grown to enjoy the challenges and obstacles that come with canyons although I'm still just tagging along with others. I loved the textures and colors in this canyon. It is an amazing desert jewel....and so close to home.

The anchors were in obvious places for the most part. The webbing was fading on some anchors. (2 stand out in my mind)It probably won't be long before crunchiness sets in so take lots of replacement webbing with you if you go. One anchor was a little trickier to find but seemed to be marked by a cut and knotted piece of webbing on a lower boulder just like a cairn only made out of webbing instead of rocks.....interesting way to mark the location. I've never seen that done before but it worked.

The 3rd rap was a bit challenging for me due mostly to my inexperience but complicated by the position of the anchor underneath an overhang. I'm thinking I was only inverted with a foot tangled in the webbing for short period of time before nonot jumped in to assist. I have a few colorful reminders of this rappel on my elbow and ankle but all appear to be superficial and will heal quickly. I'm sure I could get this rap right if I did it again. :sweat:

The 6th rappel was in the most amazing part of the canyon. It would certainly be a great place for a break while taking in the views.

The day went by quickly and seemed to end too soon. We spotted a few big horns sheep on the way out and bumped into a few people I knew that were climbing near the bridge.

I'm sooooo hooked!
Here is a link to the video I made from this canyon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY5muBpw8z4
----The Happy Canyonette!
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Nov 22 2009
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Minnow CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering2.50 Miles 400 AEG
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Ultra sweet & short canyon, close to home!

It was so great to stay on route all day --> thanks to the expert route finding skills of Nonot and his friends! We climbed up boulders and under boulders. We walked through tunnels and did a 127.2 foot rappel. I enjoyed the entire trip, well minus the nasty thorny bushes. (I wonder if there is any lasting social value in that stuff?) I did manage to tear the pockets off the seat of my pants from slipping and sliding down boulders. The canyon was pretty much shaded the entire time so the low light wasn't so great for photos....but perfect for MY liking. :D

We set up a shuttle starting at the Tortilla TH and left a second car at the bridge for the return.

Thanks Nonot for inviting me to tag along. ;)
Editing to add this video link (less than 2 minutes)from our trip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQSYdFgE-bo
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Nov 11 2009
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Queen Creek Cyn / Looner Land - LowerGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Climbing avatar Nov 11 2009
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Climbing0.50 Miles
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A day off work meant an extra day to play!
We headed out for a full day in Lower Looner Land with a borrowed a copy (out of print)of Marty K.'s guide book for the area. http://www.amazon.com/Jocks-Guide-Canyo ... ikearizona

Very tough to manage picture taking when it's just 2 people.....all hands are busy!

We moved around between
Snorkeling the Rhyolite 5.5
Strawberry Razzle Tea 5.8
Off like a Prom Dress 5.6
and finished in the dark with some sort of variation between
Shiver Me Timbers 5.3 over to Ride the Wild 5.9 and down.
Here's a good look at Ride the Wild
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmc6bedNLLw
It would have been really dark on the walk out except we had the light of the mine to guide us.

All ligaments intact :D
Sadly, this area is likely to be subject to Copper Mine consumption in the future.
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Oct 24 2009
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Fish Creek - Micro Canyon, AZ 
Fish Creek - Micro Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2009
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Hiking10.00 Miles
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Canyoneering in the dark!
What a great way to spend a Saturday night :D

Hiked with a few new friends from SSAR. The ultimate in hiking partners!! Seriously they had gear, food, clothes, topos and stories to share out the wazoo! These guys were some of the most polite, well mannered people I have ever hiked with. (I hope none of my other hiking friends take that the wrong way)

We set out on an early morning hike in search of a canyon with a 70ft rap. We ended up on a slightly different adventure that gave us a bonus 5 miles for 10 total miles as logged by the GPS. This terrain is really the ultimate bushwhacking experience with catclaw, house-sized boulders, thick brushy yuck, little shade, lots of elevation, bees and rattlesnakes...what more could a gal ask for??? LOL We returned to the car at 11:05pm...just a smidge later than we anticipated. It was a total of about 14 hours in the lovely outdoors and it was by far the stinkiest I have been after a hike...totally embarrassing. The dog just barked at me when I got home. ;) The guys had been on a grueling rescue 2 days before so I think they were slightly entertained by my stink-ish self probably because they were too tired to know better.

Our route started in Fish Creek. We walked for about 10 minutes in the creek bed and headed up an un-named canyon on the right. From there we looped up and around a few cliff faces and over a saddle or two...mmmm maybe even three. Although we were prepared with topos, a GPS and other important beta we missed our intended route and then headed down the "never ending canyon" filled with mylar balloons and Green Mojave Rattlesnakes. Once we realized we were in the wrong canyon it was really too late to turn around so we just pressed on with anticipation of what this "new" canyon would bring. I remember saying "OMH........it's turning again......ahhhh!" I was hydrated, well fed and feeling good....and felt even better once the sun actually set.

After dark set in we hit a nice little set of narrows that was tight enough to touch both sides with my arm stretched out. This was probably the highlight of the trip for me. Woohoo! I had never canyoneered in the dark. I've backpacked and climbed well into the night hours but to build an anchor, swim and negotiate the canyon in the dark was pure fun. We had the opportunity to swim through deep, cold, green slime-filled pools. (always a treat when I get to swim & play on the rope...then add the pitch dark blackness of the night and it was an extra fun new experience--sometimes I wonder if there is hope for me??) First, I called back an "UH Oh....we've got waaaaater!" The guys asked me if it was passable without getting wet.......I replied with a "NOPE"! I don't remember exactly what their response was because I was busy getting ready to swim. I dipped my toes in to check the temperature and decided that it felt doable. I called back to the guys..."it's not bad! I think we can do this". Then I tossed a rock to see how deep it was. It was one of those deep plunging sounds....ooops, that's not good. :scared: I called back, " It's a swimmer!" We fussed a bit with a few tree branches that were in the pool to see if we could use them as a bridge but had no luck...too deep and too slippery! (too fun!) After a few minutes of fussing I wrapped my head around the idea that this WOULD be "fun" and just jumped in the water and swam across,(it was cold and I made a few noises) pushing the leaches(icky-ucky) to the side. I think I was across a few pools before the guys even started to approach the first pool. They were busy working to rearrange things in their packs and maneuver the slick walls to avoid getting wet....some with success other weren't so successful in their attempts to stay dry. (people with longer bodies can stem across a greater distance than us short people) There were probably a half dozen pools or so before we reached a decent down climb followed by a short rap. We were really excited to come to this technical section since we had carried ALL the gear so far. We were also a little anxious, not knowing exactly what we were in for. The challenging part was assessing each next twist and turn in the canyon die to the darkness with only the light from our headlamps...black walls, black night, black water. Eventually we made our way through the pools, down the rap and out of the slot, down the rest of the canyon and out to Fish Creek for about 3 miles back to the car. The technical section made me ponder a few things....what would we have done if we needed to rap and there were no reachable anchor points?? (I might need to learn about bolt kits!) Since this is the ultimate in adventure for me (today) I probably need to put a bolt kit on my Christmas list)

Soooooooooo I'm thinking I REALLY like canyoneering under the light of the moon. :GB: Plus it's always fun to hike with new friends!! :DANCE:

Thankfully--I took my cheesy little waterproof/shock proof camera on this hike...some pics to follow....but mostly I was way too busy to take pictures....now that's what a good adventure is all about in my book!

Another unexpected hiking twist resulting in a great new learning experience. :bigth:
Great people, good times!

PS--I don't think I would recommend this hike to anyone....and I highly doubt I would EVER do it again....LOL!
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Oct 10 2009
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Salt Trail Canyon to LCR GorgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 10 2009
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Backpack6.00 Miles 3,187 AEG
Backpack6.00 Miles3 Days         
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Water Color: Blue :GB:
Time from Trailhead to River: 22 hours :oops:
Route Finding Mistakes: 1
Time from River to Trailhead: 8 hours :roll:
Daytime temp at River: 90 degrees
Night temp at River: 60 degrees
Humidity: Low
Mosquitoes: a few
Water Carried in: 232oz
Pack Weight: 40+ pounds (bad idea)
Water conditions: faster and higher than previous trip but as awesome as ever.
:bigth:
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Sep 12 2009
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Shoshone Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2009
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Hiking2.00 Miles 110 AEG
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Shoshone Point was the ending point to a perfect Arizona Mountaineering Club (AMC) outing.

Approximately 70 folks from the Arizona Mountaineering Club, Superstition Search and Rescue, and Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association gathered at the Grand Canyon for the weekend to participate in the the 19th Annual Grand Canyon Over the Rim Clean-up. This was a great opportunity to volunteer time and skills in the National Park in an effort to clean up precariously perched garbage.

Awesome Event, can't wait to help out again next year.
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Aug 03 2009
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Christopher Creek GorgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 03 2009
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Canyoneering1.60 Miles 200 AEG
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Spent another weekend at Kohl's Ranch with friends. This time I managed to get my "non-hiking" friends out for some water fun. We got down to the creek before anyone else arrived, hiked up stream a bit to see how my knee was doing from the torn ligaments and 3 months of physical therapy....it felt good (although I'm still a bit of a nervous nellie with it). We headed back to the pools and played for a couple of hours. I think my friends might be Hooked on Hiking!
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Jun 27 2009
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Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2009
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Hiking9.00 Miles 520 AEG
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It was good to finally get on trail after 56 days of recovery and therapy from my torn ACL/MCL! It was probably a little sooner than my body, therapist and doctor would have liked, I had to consciously and carefully plan every step. My neuro-receptors were a little outta whack and that foot didn't always lift as high as I thought it would. It was like hiking with a low-rider leg. The knee held up pretty well considering I've only walked on flat ground up until this hike. I think the puncture wound in my shin and prickly pear in the hand made for fine distractions from any wear and tear I might have felt in my knee.

Hiking back through a handful of pools was great! I didn't know if I was going to be able to handle the slippery slime and boulder hopping but I did.....slowly.

The hike in wasn't bad but the hike out was HOT. We were hydrated, covered and cooled from the creek so we were fine. I was a little ready to vomit back at the car but managed to pull out of that feeling with some yummy salty pringles. We passed lots of folks that were clearly suffering from the heat and trying to recover in the shade of a twig...their faces were firecracker red. We handed over whatever water we could spare, hopefully they all will plan better next time. It really was too hot for dogs and too hot for most folks hiking in at 2pm when we were coming out. A better plan would be to stay tucked in the coolness of the creek and trees until the sun begins setting.

Perhaps it is a result of all of my recent couch sitting but this creek seemed to be more beautiful than ever. It was fun to hike with lots of new folks and to finally meet Angela.
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May 30 2009
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Grand Canyon Rim Walks, AZ 
Grand Canyon Rim Walks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 30 2009
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Still sticking to flat surfaces so that pretty much grounded me to the Rim while friends went on an adventure. :-({|= It's been a long time since I simply strolled the Rim like a tourist. It was okay for a couple of hours. The day started out nice and sunny but had turned into a decent thunderstorm a bit before noon with rain and hail!.....eventually there were even snow flurries.

During the storm we found a set of rental car keys and managed to connect them with the owner.

Later in the day I was treated to another of the awesome Grand Canyon Scenic Tours.
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May 27 2009
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Boyce ThompsonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2009
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Hiking2.25 Miles 100 AEG
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I know it's not much of a hike but it will have to do for awhile since I'm grounded to flat surfaces for a bit.
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Apr 19 2009
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2009
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Hiking6.70 Miles 1,183 AEG
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:lone: This was a Farwell Hike for Tim Davis done as a 2 day backpack trip with 16 people and 2 dogs. We camped creekside just about 20 minutes in from the parking lot and didn't stray far from camp.

It's tough to say goodbye to friends. Thanks for all the great adventures. :thanx:
Happy Italian Trails to you! :bigth:
;)

My D40 continues to die a slow death. It will only "work" in the most automatic settings for a decent exposure....and allows me no control of the anything.
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Apr 12 2009
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Tortilla Creek - Lower LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering8.00 Miles 700 AEG
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This was an Easter Sunday hike. I thought we might have some Bunny sightings with Peter's Canyon, Peter's Creek, Peter's Cave and Peter's Mesa all so close by....I was nearly certain this must be the place that Peter Cottontail resides.
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Apr 05 2009
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Baboquivari - Western ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2009
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Hiking8.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
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Great trip, not sure how to even begin a log on this one.
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Apr 04 2009
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Sycamore Canyon Trail #40Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Canyoneering5.80 Miles 500 AEG
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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I love canyons and this one was pretty sweet!

We left the valley around 7:30, drove to Sycamore Canyon Trail #40, hiked for a few hours, met up with Tim, Scott, and Brian at the Cow Palace in Arivaca for a 4:30 dinner and drove to our campsite to get a little sleep before our big Babo climb. This was sort of just a last minute filler hike because I didn't want to do Keystone Peak with the young guys. It turned out to be a great hike selection. Thanks Letty for the photos and the info.

It was a great day in another beautiful Arizona canyon. This was my first hike with Nestor, a friend from the AMC climbing classes. It was a lot of fun exploring this canyon with him. He enjoyed doing a little free climbing up some of the tall rock towers along our route, in fact, every time I stopped to take a picture he was off climbing something, I'd have to look around the canyon walls to find him. I've never really seen anyone quite so comfortable on the rocks.

The springs were flowing and everything was really starting to green up. The pools of water were plentiful and refreshing although probably a little to cool to enjoy. I had the brilliant idea of swimming through one gorgeous pool that was really inviting......unfortunately it turned out to be a really bad idea. Water temperature that is tolerable to the foot feels a lot different when your whole body is in it! As soon as I was in up to my neck I was so cold I almost couldn't move....it certainly took my breath away. I managed to get to the edge of the pool and pulled myself out before I turned blue. The canyon was so sweet it was hard to turn around and head out but we did after a few miles.

We had some surprising encounters with Border Patrol and 8 individuals carrying large packs covered in burlap sacks while on the hike and in the canyon. Apparently this canyon gets "a lot of traffic" and has an activation sensor a couple of miles in....and I can see why!

This canyon was a relaxing stroll that made for a great pre-Babo trip and one I'd like to do again if I'm in the area.
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Mar 01 2009
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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2009
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Hiking3.60 Miles 1,102 AEG
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It was another beautiful day in Superstitions! :bigth: (until I accidently ran over a snake) :cry:

Karl and I set out with hopes of finding water flowing at the Falls and a few :budrose:. We found both! I suspect we were about a week late for the good water flow and a week early on the flowers. It looks like there will be a decent show of wildflowers on this trail soon. We ran into some folks on the trail that told us there was no water at the falls so they didn't go that way......we decided to press on because we thought we could see and hear them when the wind picked up. Although the water at the falls was just a trickle it was still nice to be hit by the mist while enjoying a a short break. We were headed out just as the temps began to warm up and passed many folks that were headed in. This was a new hike for me and an enjoyable one.

Still having a little camera trouble after the recent dunk/fall at Garfias Wash---the lens will not allow me to use it or move it in the manual focus setting so I need to get that checked out. Also lost my Olympus on the trail but found it on the way back. Geez I'm having some camera troubles lately.

:thanx: Karl for a fun day!
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Feb 01 2009
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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Feb 01 2009
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Climbing3.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
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My first climb since healing up from a collarbone injury. (actually my sternoclavicular joint is still under medical supervision) Did an easy route to make sure all ligaments were cooperating. We went up the West Corner of Tom's Thumb which is "mostly" a class IV scramble but roped up to be on the safe side. I think we mixed a couple of routes together making it a 2 pitch climb and a little tougher than a class IV is some spots. It was good practice. We cleaned up the anchor at the top so it's all nice and tidy now. Enjoyed the 140 foot rap off the top. Log books on the top are full---will take a new one on my next trip...unless one of you beats me to it.

It was good to be back on the rock and rope! Still not coordinated enough to lug the big camera while climbing......took it with me for the hike and then chickened out and left it at the bottom.
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Jan 25 2009
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Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.50 Miles 368 AEG
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The desert sure is looking green right now!

I took a walk with the intent of finding something worthy to shoot in order to try out some HDR software. The trip was cut a little short when the dog unexpectedly found cholla. Didn't have much luck with the software---suppose I should try the tutorial instead of just guessing. :D

My first set of pics posted for the new year!---from my new computer!! and finally on high speed!!!---woohoo! (geez, what a difference!) Now I just need to get some sort of photoshop installed and running so I can process my raw photos....soon, I hope.
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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.80 Miles 1,957 AEG
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This was my first time on 4 Peaks/Brown's so that made it extra fun. I've never really been a fan of hiking in the snow but this hike has forever changed my mind. The weather folks had hinted all week that we would be in for "wicked" stuff for this hike so we planned our clothing layers carefully. Temps ranged from 25 - 44 degrees depending on our elevation. We had some decent winds(maybe 30 mph) from the saddle up and got snowed on...perfect day since we were looking for a snow hike. :DANCE:

I started out in the parking lot trying out my yaktrax for the first time. I loved the traction I got from them on the slippery stuff until they popped off somewhere along the trail without warning. Hiking behind Tim was great because for the most part I could use his footprints and conserve tons of physical energy. Mentally it was a bit of a game because I kept wondering why Tim's left stride was longer than his right.....he's left handed duh! I learned about postholing, never heard about that and enjoyed stepping on the ice with my yaktrax rather than avoiding it and being fearful of falling. The yaktrax were cool to use but a bit rinky-dink now that I've used the "big guns"! (crampons)

We had great views in all directions...but especially of Roosevelt Lake. The water looked blue, blue, blue until the muddy rain waters upstream came flowing into the lake. Watching the water change colors reminded of the confluence of the Colorado and the Little Colorado so of course I was loving that. We could see the Rim covered in snow, blue skies, white clouds and everything in between. The wind picked up a tinch at the saddle and it started to snow on us. We scrambled up the next section a bit -- fighting our way up an icy slope until eventually Tim decided we would put on the crampons.......woowee those bad boys are amazing!! Tim gave me a quick little lesson on how to carry and use the ice ax. He did a nice little demo of how to fall and catch yourself. (I failed and will need remedial instruction before I try again) We climbed up a bit more to get a look of a short downclimb and that's where Tim said....."uh oh....I don't think you're going to like this much." It was a thick layer of melting ice all over everything glistening beautifully in the sunlight. I did like it because it was so pretty but I didn't like the idea of slipping down it or trying to get back up it because there was going to be a problem if we lost control and slipped too far. I still hadn't gotten a good feel for the crampons and was concentrating on not injuring myself with them. I looked at the questionable area and thought about my climbing gear and pondered how I could best assist us. I really only had a 20 foot sling with me and a couple of biners. I was pretty sure I could rig something up but wasn't sure how stable it would be with the ice.....I see an AMC Snow Skills class in my future....(dang it Tim! you're a bad influence)

We agreed that this would be a place to turn around but I can't wait to go back and play in that chute again!

I wore the crampons all the way back to the car and we could really haul fast in them because I could walk on the top icier section of the snow bank without going deep into the snow. I had a physical therapy appointment that evening for my sternoclavicular joint (tore my collarbone off my sternum --climbing injury, I think) so we were watching the clock and trying to make it back for that ---

We did stop on the way out so Tim could rescue some stranded motorists that had slid off the road.

Thanks Tim for the b-day hike and an extra special thanks to Ken for sharing his crampons and ice ax with me----you guys are the best. :bigth:
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