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Jan 29 2018
jladderud
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29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2018
jladderud
Hiking6.50 Miles 2,717 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   3.10 mph
2,717 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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After work hike. Buschwhacked up to what Peakbagger/LoJ calls "Gorp Peak".
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Jan 11 2018
jladderud
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29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2018
jladderud
Hiking5.10 Miles 2,134 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   3.48 mph
2,134 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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Quick trail run/hike after work. I made it to the Finger Rock cut-off cairn before having to turn around due to darkness.
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Dec 29 2017
air
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 Joined Dec 24 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Upper Finger Rock Canyon, AZ 
Upper Finger Rock Canyon, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Dec 29 2017
air
Canyoneering1.50 Miles 1,250 AEG
Canyoneering1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
1,250 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
I - Short 1-2 hours
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I've always liked to go non-technical canyoneering but lately disappointed at how some of the nicest canyons like Bird and Ventana are no longer possible to really enjoy due to massive amounts of fountain grass. When I was younger I had attempted to go up Finger Rock canyon from the spring and reached the 2nd box before I bailed to the trail in the 100 degree heat. A few months ago I saw some SAHC photos of upper Finger Rock canyon that were amazingly beautiful and so I put it on my list to check out.

NOTE: This off-trail area is part of the Pusch Ridge Bighorn Sheep Management Restricted area and closed from Jan 1st through April 30th.

Was feeling terrible on my way up to Linda Vista Saddle and as I reached the approach trail I thought to myself that I'd just go a bit down the approach trail and sit there for a while and then head back home. Went all the way down to the canyon and it was really nice down there and so I became inspired to do the canyon from the approach crossing all the way up to the trail at 6300 ft.

My exploration of this canyon segment was the most memorable trek I've had in a really long time. Felt like I was in a dream and I didn't want it to ever end but I had an afternoon engagement. I'm sure someone did something more awesome and with more AEG and a tyrolean traverse but for me this was perfect and could have only been better if I saw some animals because surprisingly the canyon was virtually a deadzone that morning.

I never had a chance to meet imike but I think he would have also liked this trek.
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Aug 03 2017
rvcarter
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73 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2017
rvcarter
Hiking6.57 Miles 2,788 AEG
Hiking6.57 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   1.26 mph
2,788 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Mountain_Rat
Matt and I left the Finger Rock TH shortly after 7, but the humidity was heavy. I was totally wet within a half mile. I appreciate Matt not running off and heading up the trail, but we made good time anyway. The trail is in the shade for much of the way up to the the sharp turn to the right. From there, it's a pretty easy finish up to the saddle, which is a short spur off the main trail which continues up to intersect Pima Canyon Trail on the way to Mt. Kimball.

Matt gave me permission to post the Official Track for this hike, which is a great one. Note that my track includes the short scrambles up to the adjoining peaks to the southwest from the saddle. Nice addition to the basic hike, but beware that some class 3 rock scrambling is involved.

Good water in the wash.

Great day of hiking.
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Nice chuparosa.
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May 22 2016
MSimmons
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31 male
 Joined Jan 30 2016
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2016
MSimmons
Hiking6.49 Miles 2,717 AEG
Hiking6.49 Miles   4 Hrs      1.62 mph
2,717 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Perfect sunny/breezy afternoon for a beer with a buddy up at Linda Vista. Hiked with my pack and camping stuff to practice for some overnighters in the coming months, and explored for the first time some of the ridge past the saddle.
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Apr 24 2016
Mountain_Rat
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2016
Mountain_Rat
Hiking12.37 Miles 4,965 AEG
Hiking12.37 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   1.92 mph
4,965 ft AEG      30 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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The hike so nice, I did it twice.

Just out training and acclimating. This has a nice 400 FPM, and it kept me low in the canyon with the heat and sun exposure. Still drinking too much water for some reason (3.5 liters).
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Apr 04 2016
Mountain_Rat
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2016
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   1.42 mph
4,400 ft AEG      52 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Jim_H
Took another trek up with Jim. The weather was warm in the canyon, but perfect in the upper elevations. Saw a few ravens and a couple of hawks, but they weren't talking today. The canyon was overall very quiet this trip. Even the one rattler we saw had nothing to say. Great to be outside. :)

dry Finger Rock Canyon Dry Dry
No water anywhere in the canyon

dry Finger Rock Spring Dry Dry
No water anywhere in the canyon
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Mar 17 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Pontatoc Canyon to FingerRock Loop, AZ 
Pontatoc Canyon to FingerRock Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2016
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking10.05 Miles 5,016 AEG
Hiking10.05 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   1.92 mph
5,016 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
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1st trip
Amy asked me to do the Pontatoc (however you say it?) Canyon hike with her today. I had downloaded the track as well as bknorbys loop from December. Once we were at the end of the Pontatoc trail we decided to make a loop ourselves. We didn't follow her track exactly but we used it as a guide. Once we hit Finger Rock Trail we decided to head up to Mount Kimball. Then on the way down we made a quick trip over to Linda Vista Saddle.

This turned out to be a pretty cool hike although since I am not huge on off trail I doubt I would do it many more times. That being said I really enjoyed it today. Fun catching up with Amy too. It's been about a year since we hit a trail together. Good times!
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Mar 17 2016
uphill_junkie
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Pontatoc Canyon to FingerRock Loop, AZ 
Pontatoc Canyon to FingerRock Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2016
uphill_junkie
Hiking10.90 Miles 5,287 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   6 Hrs   13 Mns   2.01 mph
5,287 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
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1st trip
After doing the ridge hike, I wanted to check out the canyon side of things. John had found a route posted from the queen of bushwhacking, Belinda, and downloaded it onto his gps. Thankfully he had that, and made good guesses as to where we'd run into the Finger Rock trail, because every time we looked around and saw no path, trail or route, we thought 'where the heck are we going?'! :lol: We kept saying 'well, let's go to the top of this high point and we'll get a better view', and then as soon as we got to the top, we'd find it was a false summit. We did that a few more times until we finally figured out where Belinda had tried to go, and we sort of made our own route down through all the brush.

Got to a nice, shady spot toward the bottom of the canyon, and John decided it was a great place to stop for lunch. So he pulled 2 Bits 'O Honey pieces of candy from his pack and said 'ok, here's lunch, let's go!' Not that I expected any differently (well, except I was expecting a Jolly Rancher - the Bits 'O Honey was a pleasant surprise!) So we made our way to right where he guessed the trail would intersect. Bam, there it was! Nice going John!

Then he calculated how much distance we'd have to hit the top of Kimball. Of course, I needed to redeem myself for last year's pathetic attempt at Kimball with John, so I happily agreed to hit the summit. Almost right at the top, I rolled my ankle so hard, I had to curse and limp the rest of the way to the lookout. Of course, then I couldn't stop and sit down, otherwise my ankle would've swollen up, so I just re-applied some sunscreen and we headed on down.

John had mentioned how every time he does that hike, he says 'next time I'll go check out the Linda Vista Lookout'. He almost let it go by again, but I couldn't let that happen. We headed over there to get a look of where we came from earlier. It was cool. A couple was sitting there eating lunch, asking us where we came from. I'm not sure they believed us when we told them, ha! :lol:

Fun day, and thanks to Belinda for the guidance, and to John for the awesome track following!
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Feb 22 2016
Mountain_Rat
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2016
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   51 Mns   1.58 mph
4,400 ft AEG      50 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Jim_H
It's been just over 3 months since I last did this, my favorite hike. I came back today and it put the hurt on me. When I frequent this one, I seem to maintain my best hiking shape, but ignoring it for a quarter of a year makes me soft and wimpy.

I met up with Jim this morning and we headed up trail, and though the trip was rather event-less, the weather was quite nice most of the way. There are already quite a few flowers popping throughout the canyon but, as Jim pointed out, there were no birds, no sounds. Maybe the air just wasn't quite right.

At any rate, I finally got back to Kimball and though I'm a bit tired, the trail was good to me today.

Thanks for coming down Jim. Till next time.

dry Finger Rock Canyon Dry Dry
No water anywhere in the canyon

dry Finger Rock Spring Dry Dry
No water anywhere in the canyon
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Nov 19 2015
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,240 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   1.70 mph
4,240 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Headed out to pay my respect to both the Finger Rock Trail and Old Man Kimball. It was actually just a bit warm for my long sleeves in 5he first half mile, but was pretty much perfect from then on. As I started up the trail, I immediately noticed semi-transparent splotches of blue, then once I started passing through more sandy areas, I saw pony tracks. Fully confused, I eventually round a corner to find a huge, unattended and horrible smelling, herbicide stock pile just sitting of the side of the trail. I continued on, baffled. I made good time on the way up at 2:58. I hung around top for about a half hour, then started back. It took my an exceptionally long time on the return due to the unusually high number of afternoon hikers that I stopped to chat with, but I had a lot of good conversation, including the resolving of the chemical mystery. It would seem that a private company has been contracted to fight the bufflegrass in the canyon, and had mules pack 5 gallon containers of some chemical that they apparently mix right there on the trail, then leave behind each afternoon. Weird!

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Finger Rock Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Water in the upper half of the canyon, probably melt off of recent snow.

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Nov 11 2015
Mountain_Rat
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking10.03 Miles 4,290 AEG
Hiking10.03 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.87 mph
4,290 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Quick trip to my favorite place. Had afternoon obligations, so this was the perfect length of time for me today. Weather was perfect. Nobody ahead of me, but passed 2 pairs and 2 singles on they're way to the peak as I headed down. There were tons of people in the lower canyon just puttering around for the most part. Looks like I'm going from 3 days per month, to 2 days per week of hiking :y: :D

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Finger Rock Canyon Light flow Light flow
Pretty light, but you can hear it up around Linda Vista and see it at the final upper crossing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Finger Rock Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Still decent flow near the spring. 3ish gallons.
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Oct 25 2015
MikeC
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45 male
 Joined Oct 24 2011
 Tucson
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2015
MikeC
Hiking6.49 Miles 2,717 AEG
Hiking6.49 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.77 mph
2,717 ft AEG
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1st trip
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Finger Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
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Jun 02 2015
Mountain_Rat
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking10.07 Miles 4,236 AEG
Hiking10.07 Miles   6 Hrs   56 Mns   2.08 mph
4,236 ft AEG   2 Hrs   5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
The original plan was to do Finger to Window Peak, but a late start, the heat and a subsequent water shortage shortened my trip to Kimball. A lot of shade breaks made for slow going, but it was great to get out after 3 weeks. Hope I can get a better start tomorrow.

3:44 up
1:59 down
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May 06 2015
Mountain_Rat
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.95 Miles 4,275 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   7 Hrs   35 Mns   1.68 mph
4,275 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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I've been disturbed at gaining 7 lb this past month, and decide to put the hurt on my 'food reserves'. This morning I dawned a pack, loaded with my basic outdoor gear, lunch and about 8 quarts of water. The trip up was absolutely agonizing, taking 4:15 less a 25 minute break at the 4 mile mark. I was pretty wiped, so I took a long lunch followed by a short nap at the peak, waking good as new (almost, anyway). I lightened my load by dumping all but a liter of water for the trip home. I watched the clock till 13:30, and GO!!! I ran as much of the trail as I could for my return, arriving at the Exploder at 15:31. I'm back to daily weigh in again. I hope tomorrow's is kind to me.
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Apr 03 2015
Mountain_Rat
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Kimball - Window Peak - Cathedral Trifecta, AZ 
Kimball - Window Peak - Cathedral Trifecta, AZ
 
Hike & Climb avatar Apr 03 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hike & Climb22.26 Miles 9,799 AEG
Hike & Climb22.26 Miles   15 Hrs   15 Mns   1.65 mph
9,799 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Let me start by saying that I fell short of the title, but have listed it as such for comparative. That said, I set out as prepared and confident as I could be; I was well rested, the weather was perfect, I had a full moon to assist in the predawn and evening ends of the hike, I even had a massive water cache 2/3 of the way in. I had it all covered. To put icing on the cake, I hit the TH 5 minutes early instead of my usual 15 minutes late. Topping that by bagging Kimball 1/2 hour ahead of Schedule, I had 35 minutes in reserve. The details of what happened between Kimball and Cathedral are but a haze. I was so focused on the final acquisition that I turned off all that was happening along the way. Imagine my dismay as wandered the base of that massive rock pile, after all those hours, after all those miles, after all that sweat, just to run out the clock without reaching my goal :(

The return trip had now begun under an aire of defeat. Every mile seemed to last for hours. I crawled into my car at about 8:45 p.m. and reclined the seat, where I napped for about an hour. From there, I took myself home to sleep on the carpet (I didn't even have the energy to shower). My last thoughts as I faded into slumber were of how greatly I had failed. Somewhere in my sleep, that turned around and I awoke this morning feeling a great self-worth. I fell short of my goal today, but had made huge accomplishments, the mountain may have beat me today, but I fought it every inch of the way, and I'll be back.

Just on the side, maybe someone can enlighten me, but aren't tooooo many cairns just not helpful? I thought that hikers built cairns to help other hikers find their way. Have you ever been to the base of Cathedral Rock? It's like a cairn farm. It's like "guess how many cairns there are per square foot and win a prize". You need a track just to get you around the cairns, or you could use the 'odd-even' cairns as your guide. I have never seen sooo many cairns on every point of the compass... end rant. Goodnight. :D
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Apr 01 2015
Mountain_Rat
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Window Peak via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking15.65 Miles 7,044 AEG
Hiking15.65 Miles   10 Hrs   35 Mns   1.76 mph
7,044 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break23 LBS Pack
 
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Packed up with water and took a stroll. My primary mission is always to burn the day away hiking. Mission 1 accomplished. My secondary goal was to drop a stash of water near Window Peak to facilitate an upcoming run to Cathedral Rock. Great hike on my favorite trails. I hope my stash is still there Friday.
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Mar 31 2015
Mountain_Rat
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking7.48 Miles 2,782 AEG
Hiking7.48 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   2.39 mph
2,782 ft AEG      45 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
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I had a half day and was thinking of a jaunt up to Kimball, but about 20 minutes into it, it was just too hot to even entertain that thought. I wasn't about to turn around, so I decided to go see Linda Vista. Along with that I poked around here and there along the way.
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Mar 11 2015
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56 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking10.25 Miles 4,703 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   1.82 mph
4,703 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I drug myself out of bed early, so as to be on time at the TH. I had planned to meet JJ for a death march from Finger Rock to the Window. I hiked Rincon Peak yesterday and was feelin a bit beat up, but I don't get to hike enough, so I was on deck. As I sat waiting, I perused my emails and such, discovering that my hike with JJ was not until tomorrow. I know better than to reschedule events during cocktail hour, but indeed I had. Now feeling less than perfect, with a chance to go back home and get some rest for tomorrows event, what do ya think I did? That's right! I hiked up to Mt. Kimball :y:
With some attached regret, I think I made the right decision. Any hiking in this weather is awesome. I'll deal with the repercussions later. Now I'm ready for tomorrow :)
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Pusch Ridge

dry Finger Rock Canyon Dry Dry
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dry Finger Rock Spring Dry Dry
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Feb 10 2015
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,613 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   1.83 mph
4,613 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Beautiful day on the trail. I had short warning on a three day weekend, and decided to hit Kimball. Took an hour at the top to watch the ravens and hawks do their air show as they do this time of year. Great time, weather and warm-up for for the next two days. :)

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Finger Rock Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
Excellent flow from the bottom to the top of the canyon. At the top, it was clear and cold enough to drink right from the stream.
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