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Feb 20 2010
Davis2001r6
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38 male
 Joined Dec 06 2003
 Suffolk, UK
Frenchman Mountain, NV 
Frenchman Mountain, NV
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2010
Davis2001r6
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.00 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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Had plans on climbing Moapa Peak about an hour north of vegas, but the forecast was calling for rain, snow and thunderstorms for the area today. Didn't want to make the drive and get stuck on a ridge in a storm so we called off the hike. Went back to bed and when it still wasn't raining decided to hit up Frenchman Mountain again. It's only 10 minutes from base and is a service road to towers but one of the steepest roads or trails I've hiked on. Pushed had and made it up in an hour and 8 minutes. Enjoyed the views of Lake Mead on one side and Vegas on the other and hiked back down. If I lived here I think this could be a regular for me.
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Feb 18 2010
Davis2001r6
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 Joined Dec 06 2003
 Suffolk, UK
Sunrise Mountain, NV 
Sunrise Mountain, NV
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2010
Davis2001r6
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,750 AEG
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I finally got off of work early enough to give another go at Sunrise Mountain. It's the mountain that sits right behind Nellis AFB and looks down on it. It called my name when I was stationed here before and did once again.

It's all off trail and doesn't see many people. I made it up top to the actual summit this time and got to see the sunset as well as some planes take off and land. I was hoping to see AF One on the ramp but the Pres landed at McCarran instead today.

Had to get down quick as it was rougt terrain and wanted to be out of the steep stuff before I needed to use the headlamp. I managed to do just that and used my new headlamp for the mile back to the car. I miss desert hiking!
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Feb 16 2010
Davis2001r6
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 Suffolk, UK
Gass Peak, NV 
Gass Peak, NV
 
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2010
Davis2001r6
Hiking6.30 Miles 2,293 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.80 mph
2,293 ft AEG
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Gass Peak is 6,943' tall and is just to the North of the Vegas Valley. To get to you you must come around from the NW passed the Mt. Charleston turn off. Then you have about 15 miles of gravel roads suitable for a high clearance vehicle but 4wd is not typically needed. I had a rental 2wd Jeep Patriot and it made it there just fine.

The hike starts along a service road but quickly hits the N. ridge of the mountain, then it climbs to the main ridgeline. The trail is pretty easy to follow, the top 1000' were covered in snow for me since it's a North facing slope, but it was pretty easy to tell where I was going. One person had climbed it that week since the last snow so I just had a follow the footprints as well. The peak has some communication towers as well as solar panels on top but is serviced by chopper only as no road goes to the top. The views are great looking down on Vegas or to the west at Mt. Charleston.
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Feb 15 2010
Davis2001r6
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Turtlehead Peak, NV 
Turtlehead Peak, NV
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2010
Davis2001r6
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.43 mph
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Climbed Turtlehead Peak at Red Rock today. Pretty similar to Flat Iron but maybe not quite as steep. It's summit is around 6,400' and the last 500' or so had a good amount of snow. Knee deep in places. Shorts and a T-shirt, 70 degree weather and having a snowball fight with random hikers. Man I miss desert hiking!
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Feb 15 2010
Davis2001r6
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 Joined Dec 06 2003
 Suffolk, UK
Frenchman Mountain, NV 
Frenchman Mountain, NV
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2010
Davis2001r6
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.80 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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Frenchman mountain is on the east end of las vegas, it's a service gravel road but is plenty steep to qualify as hiking. Went up just a little early to see the sunset but did catch it on the way down, along with the full moon rising as well.
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Feb 15 2010
Davis2001r6
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 Suffolk, UK
Sunrise Mountain, NV 
Sunrise Mountain, NV
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2010
Davis2001r6
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Went to climb Sunrise mountain after work one day. There is no trail for it and not that many people go back there judging from the minimal amount of tracks. Surprising since it's 10 minutes from Vegas. I had looked up at it from Nellis AFB for the years I was stationed there, back here for a TDY for a few weeks so I figured I would give it a shot.

Didn't have a map and wasn't sure which peak was the summit so I ended up climbing 2 other summits and was running out of light so headed back.

I'll get back there one day after work hopefully this week.
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May 02 2009
Davis2001r6
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Luke AFB 1/2 Marathon, AZ 
Luke AFB 1/2 Marathon, AZ
 
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Davis2001r6
Run/Jog13.10 Miles 50 AEG
Run/Jog13.10 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   6.00 mph
50 ft AEG
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Ran another 1/2 Marathon today, it was a free one on base you get a day off if you finished in under 2 1/2 hours. Convinced 3 other coworkers to do it as well. Probably could have shaved a few minutes off of it, but my partner got cramps for the last 3 miles. Wasn't going to let him stop though or leave him though. Glad it's only 80 degrees today and not 100.
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Apr 26 2009
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Mount Ajo PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2009
Davis2001r6
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,560 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
3,560 ft AEG
 
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We climbed Ajo on Sunday after camping at Organ Pipe National Monument Saturday night. We were a bit concered with temps so we broke camp by 7am. The hike was nice and the views were even better. The Octillo, prickley pear and even some saguaro's were blooming. There is a small arch in which you can climb into thats about 1/2 way up. There is a false peak on the way up so remember that.
Flora
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Buckhorn cholla
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Apr 25 2009
Davis2001r6
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Kitt PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2009
Davis2001r6
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,513 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.22 mph
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Nice little hike, lots of cacti blooming. Good views around. Spent an hour on the summit relaxing.
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Apr 18 2009
Davis2001r6
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 18 2009
Davis2001r6
Backpack2.00 Miles 200 AEG
Backpack2.00 Miles1 Day         
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Just did an easy overnighter next to the creek with some friends. Emma had a blast as well.
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Apr 06 2009
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Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2009
Davis2001r6
Hiking8.40 Miles 2,013 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
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We wanted a little warm up hiking before climbing Babo and this was one of the choices. It's a nice little road walk, steep in places so it's still a workout. Nice views along the way. There is a nice little cabin about halfway up that would be a cool place to camp, had a BBQ and everything, probably need land owners permission though? We had a little fun on the mountain given that the peak is named Keystone, we split a 12 pack of Keystone Light for the hike :)

Saw a gardener snake on the way down and a bull as well. The moved the bull along for a 1/4 mile until there was an opening he could pull off the road. At that point he squared up to us so we backed off. Brian and I still walked along the side of the road, Scott went over the ridge ready to take pictures when he charged us. Didn't happen though.
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Apr 05 2009
Davis2001r6
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Baboquivari - Western ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Climbing avatar Apr 05 2009
Davis2001r6
Climbing8.00 Miles 4,259 AEG
Climbing8.00 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   0.76 mph
4,259 ft AEG
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Well Baboquivari has been one of the mountains on my wish list for a long time. I figured I would never learn the skills for a technical climb like this, so I wrote it off as a long off wish list hike. Some friends took the AMC rock climbing class last fall and then they started climbing things I've always wanted to do. Two other friends (Scott and Brian) convinced me to take the AMC class in the spring so I signed up and we all learned the basics.

Feeling confident that we could hands some climbing now I contacted Suz to find us a lead climbing for Babo. Within 24 hours She replied back and had a friend (Nestor) who would lead for us. The planning began and two weeks out of the AMC class we had a date with Babo. Saturday we hiked some stuff in the area and we met up near the Eastside TH to drop a car off and all pile in Nestors FJ for the 8 mile ride to camp. There were some Border Patrol vehicles parked at the dirt road turnoff so we talked to them and got an update on the conditions/situation in the area.

The road in was pretty good but not something for a car, a Subaru Forester did make it though. We set up camp at the sign that said no camping beyond this point. There was a fire ring and enough room for the 5 of us. We found some stuff to burn and had a retired early for an early start the next day. We hit the trail at 7am and just walked from our campsite adding 3/4mile to the trip, but it's an easy road so it didn't matter. The hike is on private land but it's posted that hiking is allowed but can be rovoked at any time. We pass by the McGee ranch house and continue up the 4 mile hike to the saddle. It gains about 2500 feet so there are some steep and scree filled sections. The trail is a little overgrown in spots but you should have no problem following it.

At the saddle we take a quick break to recharge the batteries and then a steeper climb begins before the technical portion, this 1/2 mile stretch was overgrown and just a bit of a pain, still no problems staying on path. We climb a gully and reach the base of the first pitch. We throw on our harness, climbing shoes and helmets and Nestor climbs right up it with no problem. He sets up a rope and belays us up. You have to squeeze between a chokestone about 20' up, it's no problem but with a heavy pack (I still had the second rope in my pack) I was glad to be roped. A short scramble from there and that takes us to the great ramp. We all just start climbing it up roped as it's mostly a scramble but does get steeper at the top. It was definitely at the upper edge of what I would like to do unroped. Another scramble around the corned and were at the base of the 3rd pitch, called the ladder pitch. There used to be a medal ladder there that was put in around the 30's I believe. Just some hangers and brackets remain. This pitch is probably about 100-120', an easy climb though. Again Nestor just scrambles right up it, at the top there are two bolts and a small chain to clip into. The rest climb it roped with no problems.

Some more scrambling and few 4th class mini pitches and we traverse our way to the summit. I think we made it there about 12:30. We take about an hour up top and enjoy the views. Kitt peak to the North, Lemmon & Wrightson & Miller to the East and Mexico to the South. It was a great day for climbing, warm in the sun and cool in the shade with breeze. We head back down the mountain and setup rappels for all 3 pitches. They were climbed up with ease but I wouldn't want to down climb any of them unroped. The first two are double rope rappels but the third is a short one.

We take another break at the saddle and begin our hike back down. It was nice to have shoes on again, but I wished I could just rappel back to the car. Nestor goes ahead and pulls the FJ up the closest gate saving us the last 3/4 mile, what a guy. We have a celebratory beer and head back to the car getting a little air along the way. Yes a FJ can get airborn on a dirt road. Back at the car it is in 1 piece and the border partol has a greyhound type bus pulled over with 8-10 people corraled up sitting down. It was only 100 yards from the car. There was some obvious signs of crossings along the trail with empty gallon jugs and canned goods. Some that was there on the way down but not on the way up, but we never saw anybody. It's not neally as bad as the area around Miller Peak.

Back at the car we had a nice sunset of Babo on the way back to Tucson. It was an amazing day and I was glad to have some good friends along for it.

-TIM-
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Mar 16 2009
Davis2001r6
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Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2009
Davis2001r6
Hiking1.00 Miles 300 AEG
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I was scouting around for the climbing routes on the mountain. I climbed up a steep screw slope to the west and checked out the routes from the base, then I found a good use trail to get back down and around to the saddle and climbed the smaller peak. Checked out the bolted area where we would need to toprope from, some nice exposure on the side. Hopefully I can a change to check it out one day.

Had an Owl dive down on Emma and I on the way down from the climbing area. Took 2 runs at us, not sure if we were near it's nest or not. Thought it was coming for us though. Couldn't get a picture of it in flight but did get two with my P&S while it was on an outcropping.
Fauna
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Great Horned Owl
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Feb 22 2009
Davis2001r6
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Signal Peak 4877 - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2009
Davis2001r6
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   0.97 mph
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We took the "scenic" route up, and down, and up again. Finally making it to the correct ridge to climb up and once we found the trail it was a piece of cake. Ok, it's steep and we were working out butt off, but it's a trail most of the way. We hit all 4 peaks up there, some of the best views I've seen in AZ. I got a good GPS reading on the way down and inverted it, so there is an accurate route now. Just remember to stay to the left in the initial wash and climb up the ridge on the left, you should see plenty of cairns. If you go right at the start you'll never see a cairn or the right way.

We saw a tarantula and a king snake along the trail too. The road in isn't too bad, high clearance is necessary but I didn't need 4x4 at all. A little bit of AZ pinstripping but not bad. Some nice camping spots along the way as well.
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Feb 21 2009
Davis2001r6
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Harcuvar PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2009
Davis2001r6
Hiking3.56 Miles 2,333 AEG
Hiking3.56 Miles   3 Hrs      1.19 mph
2,333 ft AEG
 
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A fun off trail peak that is seldom visited. The drive there was half the fun. Need a new tire because of it as well.
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Feb 20 2009
Davis2001r6
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Smith PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2009
Davis2001r6
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,547 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   1.69 mph
2,547 ft AEG
 
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If you have a truck and want something within a few hours of the valley this is a nice little climb.
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Jan 31 2009
Davis2001r6
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Phoenix 7 Summit ChallengePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2009
Davis2001r6
Hiking21.00 Miles 6,100 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   9 Hrs      2.33 mph
6,100 ft AEG
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Hiked the 7 summits with Scott today. Tanya and Liz joined us for the S. Mountain hike.

Order and times below.
Camelback - 1:08
Papago - :40
S. Mountain - 2:52
Lookout Mountain - :45
Shaw Butte - 1:02
North Mountain - 1:02
Squaw Peak - 1:30
Total Hiking Time 9 hours
With Driving, lunch, gas and a pharmacy stop for some killer allergies I was having 13.5 hours. We enjoyed a beer a top out last 4 summits :) Also someone put an AZ Flag and Cardinals Flag a top Squaw Peak today.

-TIM-
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Jan 18 2009
Davis2001r6
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Rock N' Roll 1/2 Marathon, AZ 
Rock N' Roll 1/2 Marathon, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Jan 18 2009
Davis2001r6
Run/Jog13.10 Miles 50 AEG
Run/Jog13.10 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   6.39 mph
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I ran in the PF Changs Rock N' Roll 1/2 Marathon today. I had signed up for the full a few months back, but the others who I thought were going to run as well couldn't make it. So having done the full last year I figured I would try the half.

There are tons more people for the 1/2 marathon which led to weaving in and out of people for the first few miles. Last year it took me 4 minutes to cross the start from the time the gun went off, this year 38 minutes. If I do a half marathon again I'll be sure to get up front or choose a less popular one.

My goal was to beat last years time for the 1/2 which was 2:15. I planned on running at least a 10 minute mile pace, but ended up a bit quicker. Here is my breakdowns (I actually learned to use my watch for laps)
1- 8:50
2- 8:46
3- 8:54
4- 9:30
5= 9:22
6- 9:48
7- 9:06
8- 9:33
9- 9:38
10- 9:16
11- 10:28
12- 9:47
13- 9:19
Overall 2 hours 3 minutes.
I got a cramp after the 10th mile which made me slow down a bit, but I'm pretty happy how I finished overall.

-TIM-
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Jan 17 2009
Davis2001r6
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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Davis2001r6
Hiking1.35 Miles 761 AEG
Hiking1.35 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.01 mph
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Hiked Shaw Butte today with my Dad who's in town. Nice day to get out and clear views.

-TIM-
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2009
Davis2001r6
Hiking3.80 Miles 2,461 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   1.23 mph
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Scott, Tanya, Brian, Ken and I did a double header today. Climbed Newman Peak in the morning then headed over to Picacho Peak for the afternoon.

Half of the fun today was just driving the dirt roads trying to find your way to a good starting spot for the hike. I had some good info to go on and we made our way ok, a few wrong turns here and there and a rancher that put up fence where a road used to drive across as well. I'll upload the edited GPS routes so it should be pretty easy for anyone with a 4x4 and a GPS.

The hike itself was pretty straight forward, head up the wash/canyon and keep going up. Some climbing/scrambling along the way and trying not to step on or kick cactus and avoid some catclaw. We made it the the top in about an hour and a half. Took a nice break up there and headed back down. Took a slightly different route on the way down. Looking at the register on the peak I would say only a few people make it up there per month. Not a hike for summer either.

On the way out we tried some different roads, ended up being faster than the way in but a completely different route for sure.
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