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May 12 2013
imike
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 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Alamo NarrowsSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar May 12 2013
imike
Canyoneering16.00 Miles 3,111 AEG
Canyoneering16.00 Miles   9 Hrs      2.09 mph
3,111 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Scheduled to just knock off the slightly more difficult Alamo Peak hike, but once up to West Side Road my mindset was drifting over to hit places I had yet to be... and I remembered that I still needed to finish peaking out on Stark Peak... so, right hand turn and I was off.

The peak offered little new, but it was interesting in the potential for dropping off trail on the south side, hitting yet another unexplored area: the upper canyon in the Alamo drainage. On the way down I became sidetracked with some game trails that looked to offer access out to the far end of the Stark Peak ridgeline. That failed to work out... I backtracked and descended to the huge upper meadow area and began looking for a good drop in point to the gully.

The canyon drainage in that area is a narrow, deep slit. 12' deep... dirt. Walking down in the gully there was a transition to rock walls... very odd rock walls... then waterfall drops! It stayed very interesting all the way down to where the official trail crossed the canyon bottom... by then, the narrow defile was over, along with all of the neat downclimbs. It switched over to a narrow stream section which continued all the way down to where the official trail connected with the canyon at the old mine site.

So, it was a few thousand feet less elevation gain than planned for the day... and a lot more off trail, full body workout. It was more fun.

For some reason, this year I seem to need that extra push that comes with exploratory hikes. They energize and motivate.

I knew my Monday hike would be well above the level of a resting day hike, so less today was just fine.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Good Canyon Light flow Light flow
nice amount of pooling...
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Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
average hiking speed 2.09 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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