Tough Love Crew Hiking Club - Arizona

Tough Love Crew Hiking Club - Arizona

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A Local Advanced Hiking Group designed for longer or tougher hikes typically with altitude gain of at least 2K, as well as weekend long adventures

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Mount Marcy, Highpointer of New York, 5,344 ft

We arrived in Lake Placid in Thursday Night around 8pm. We chose Lake Placid because it's 20 minutes from the Trailhead. Upon checking in to the hotel we were reminded that there is a public facemask mandate, anywhere in public in New York. We were not even allowed to sit in the lobby. There is a different vibe going on here. I would love to spend time in Lake Placid if Covid wasn't destroying our way of life. Looks awesome for a Summer getaway. We had been up since 5am Wednesday morning. What a day. I had to tap into the Wi-Fi and do a couple hours of work and we got the bed at about 11:30 and had to get up at 4:45 a.m.. We studied the weather carefully. It was not supposed to start raining until 9:30am. Lol. We'll, at 6:20am as we were parking the car, it had already started a steady rain. Great 👌☺️. Sloppy, slippery, and parts of the trail under water. 14.4 miles round trip, 3,800 ft in AEG. Me and Jim were the first ones to make Summit. Once we started the final ascent on the bare rock face it had started to snow. We were encased in fog with snow. It was colder than hell at the top. There are some planks in some spots on the trail that take you over swampy areas, well when we stepped on them they went 3 inches under water. I was up and down in just under 6 hours, in crappy conditions.

Once we were done with the hike we were able to grab some lunch and coffee on the lake....inside....staring out at the rain on the lake.... 😆.

We were up early to head to Hanover, PA. Another 7.5 hour drive. We wanted to get back in time to go see the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway. I don't know how many thousands of people that were there but we parked 1/2 mile away from the track. It was so awesome to finally be in the midst of normalcy. Thousands and thousands of people with no masks. Food vendors, beer vendors, merchandise vendors, lawn chairs, people drinking beer and having a grand ole time with no masks. I saw several friends that I haven't seen forever. I also got to spend some time with Mom and Sister. This was one hell of a trip. 1400 miles on the rental car. This puts me at Highpointer #48.

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Mount Mansfield, Highpointer of Vermont, 4,393 ft

So we left Mount Frissell and headed to Mount Mansfield abd ended up being about a 4 1/2 hour drive away, maybe 5 hours with a stop for some delightful fast food on the fly....lol. I have to say that Mansfield is one of my favorite Highpointers. The leaves changing colors probably helped with the pleasant views from top. Because it was late in the afternoon we didn't have an option, we had to take the Gondola ride up to the base. After this we had to drive to Lake Placid, NY, another 2:45 in driving. This hike was about 1.4 miles and about 725 ft in AEG. The views at the top were absolutely gorgeous. We met some really cool people at the top and most of the people on the trail were friendly and were not scared of the coronavirus stuff. With that being said, once we got back down from the Gondola ride we were one of the last people of the day to come down and wee were walking back through the Gondola facility towards the exit and me and my buddy are the only ones in the entire facility other than one worker who seemed to be a boss or supervisor who needed to exercise his authority and scolded me to put my mask up over my nose. Keep in mind I'm 25 ft away from the exit and there's no one else in the facility and my mask was covering my mouth. I didn't say anything because I'm not that kind of person to cause a scene and be posted on FB with some crazy video, but I make mention to it because most people are intrigued as the contrast of how some states and regions view this Pandemic. I would call it a Scamdemic but that seems to upset some folks. If you have traveled across the country you know what I am talking about. Some states seem to still be in lockdown mentality and some are still very much in fear of it, while some states have hardly any fear at all and most are probably somewhere in the middle. Everyone's entitled to their own opinions on this and I've called the Bu****it card since day one and I think we are still entitled to voice our opinion with our freedom of free speech even though that is seemingly impeded now a days, especially regarding this topic. Trust me here, I'm not trying to make this a Mask topic or Pandemic topic, I am just trying to share with people that not every state in this nation views this issue the same way and until you are out traveling to different areas you really don't understand that. Nonetheless the experience certainly didn't ruin my day. I'm sure that guy probably didn't know I already had the Rona and tested positive for anti-bodies. I digress. So, we hop back in the Fore Escape mini car thing/bread box and start driving another 2:45 to Lake Placid, NY. This was my 47th Highpointer. This is a really cool place. I loved it here. I would love to stay here for a vacation some day when some normalcy resides.

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Mount Frissell, Highpointer of Connecticut, 2,380 ft

I flew into Baltimore Washing International Airport and got picked up by my buddy James Groft in a less than desirable rental car....lol..... which ended up being an ongoing weekend joke between us. They lost his reservation and we had to settle for this Ford breadbox thing. I landed at 10:05pm on Wednesday night, and we drove through the night to the trailhead at Mount Frissell in Connecticut. We got in about 90 minutes prior to sunrise and tried to take a nap...... that ended up in about a 20 minute nap....lol. The thing that was really impressive was the amount of wildlife that we had seen. I'm sure being on those back roads in the wee hours of the night helped. We saw many herds of deer. We also saw, opossum, groundhog, coyote, porcupine and turkey. Thursday ended up being a beautiful day but everything was wrt from the rain the day prior, so hiking up those steep rocky portions was unattractive...lol. The hike itself was somewhat anti-climatic because you basically have to hike down onto a slope to get to the highest point of CT., kind of reminded me of the Gila County highpointer in AZ which sits down off of a ledge on the Mogollon Rim.

On our way here we got pulled over by NY State Troopers. It was 3am and we were on that scenic bi-way and I guess they had seen the out of state tags from IL. That was the rental car. As soon as Jim showed him his license from PA they had let us go, with a verbal warning, but they never told us what the warning was for. I thought that was kind of a shady stop, because we were doing nothing wrong. I totally support our First Responders and the best thing to do in this is NOT act like an ass. Yes, 2 white guys got pulled over for nothing and we were just pleasant and calm and 7 minutes later we were on our way.

The hike itself is about 2.6 miles Round Trip and about 1,100 ft in AEG. This was # 46 for me. We had to hurry as we were headed to Mount Mansfield to try and bag that one later in the day on Thursday. We needed to catch the Gondola ride up to make our hike shorter or we were not going to get it done. Weather was also coming in.

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[04/07/20]   START EARLY: Before Sunrise! Why, let me tell you the reasons:

1. Sunrise is way better then a Sunset. Everybody does Sunsets. So overplayed and cliche. Do a Sunrise and now you have some real respect.

2. When you start early you avoid the crowds. Sorry, I do like people, but I don't like over crowding, and even before the COVID 19 things took place, I get irritated at the "tourist hikers" who flood the trails around 8-9 am. So, plan to start your adventure early so you may only see these crowds on your way back in.

3. Because you won't have to worry about a parking spot.

4. Because if you start early, you end early. If you are doing something very long and difficult, a big rule is you do NOT want to finish in the dark. You start in the dark, but do NOT finish in the dark. Why? Because you are tired and more likely to have an injury near the end, opposed at the beginning. "Sleepy legs". Also, in the heat, would you prefer to hike in 80 degree weather or 100 degree weather?

5. When you end early, you still have the day to yourself. Get a lunch with friends. Or, in this COVID 19 thing, go home for a nap and Netflix....lol.

6. Alpine Starts. Once you start advancing your hiking into higher peaks you should start to understand the importance of an Alpine Start. It's all about timing it so you can be at Summit by no later than 10am. Why? This is when Thunderstorms are more likely to start coming in on the big mountains.

7. Rattlers/Snakes: It has been my own personal experience that I only seem to see most snakes in the later part of the day, or the closer we get to the Noon hour. Yes, I have seen some snakes in the morning hours. The snakes seem to be more active and prominent the hotter it gets in the day. I know some people may want to argue about this, but I am going off of 15 years experience of hiking in the desert and formulating from my own personal experience here.

Starting a hike at 8am is not early and actually starting at 7am is not early. It just isn't. Starting a hike where you need a headlamp for the first 15 minutes or so is ideal. Now look, I understand that can be difficult when taking your kids or leading a hike for others and all the complaints start to seep in about being so early. LOL. So compromise. I want to start at 6am or 5:30am, you would start at 10am if I let you. We need to start by 7am or it will be a s**t show any later than that.

I look at it differently. I have a date with the mountain or trail. I am excited and looking forward to being on that trail and mountain. Your body and soul will appreciate it. Now, get off the damn couch........lol.

[03/31/20]   PSA: What does Stay at Home Order mean? This is where I encourage adults to read the instructions all the way through....lol. I think most adults are guilty of this anymore, they read a meme or a headline and they take that and run down the field with it. Now you are shouting from the rooftops inaccurate information, and you believe your inaccurate information. SMH. Running, jogging, walking, biking, and hiking are all encouraged but to do so with Social Distancing in mind. Yes, there are some trail-heads and locations where the tourist hikers are congregating and are not keeping the social distance, at least that is what some of the media photos will tell you. And yes, I did witness it myself in Pima Canyon 2 Saturday's ago. Guess what? I'm not going back to that melee of quarantine tourist hikers. BUT, there are so many trails in our parks that are NOT packed and not many people on them at all. Last weekend, both of our hikes that we did, we did not see many people on the trails and everyone we did see when we would pass each other we would get off the trail a good ways to get that 6 ft distance between us. So, yes, I am experiencing other people that are being mindful of the social distancing. But the first thing you have to understand is that Stay-At-Home, doesn't mean you can't hike, bike, walk or run. Look, I love to workout, run and hike. If I have to drive 25 minutes to a trail head to hike, then so be it. Also, stay with me here. The earlier you go on the trail the less likely you are to see many people. AND, as we continue to warm up here in AZ, over 80 degrees starting today, the virus can't live as well in 80 degree plus heat and has a harder time proliferating. So, the reason our State Health Dept has encouraged us to be out is because they know the heat will temper the spread of this disease making it less likely to get it if you are on a mountain and it is 88 degrees. The more it heats up, the less people will be on the trail. They also know the body acquiring natural Vitamin D is a great immune booster and of course if you are going to pay attention to your health and fitness, that is also a plus.

The moral to the story is this:

1. Don't shame people because they are out running or biking or hiking. Perhaps you should read the entire instruction manual.

2. Perhaps driving to another trail-head and experiencing something new may be in the best interest for you and everyone else as well. You live in Phoenix and can drive 30 minutes or less and be at SO MANY trail heads. What else are you doing in this jacked up time? You don't have the time to drive to another trail-head because you are busy with what?

3. Alter your start times on hikes. Go earlier in the morning or later in the day. Seriously. If you start at 6am you will likely see few to no one, but you may have to get up early during this shut down and I know just how many people loathe getting up early. The more it heats up, go in the middle of the day, the hottest times, because no one else will be out there.

4. We are lucky to live in Phoenix in this heat right now. Take advantage of it. When it's 100, go hiking. It's probably the safest place to be, given you don't have a heat stroke...... lol. I think you get the point, right? I hope.

5. I sure as hell would rather be on a hiking trail versus Walmart or any grocery store. Holy hell, those people are not practicing social distancing. Yes, the lines you stand in have tape where you stand, but when you are strolling down those aisles, it's no difference than being on a packed trail. It's disgusting. The same with going in for pick up food. Grabbing door handles, passing people as they leave. The hypocrisy with this subject is so profound it becomes irritating.

I feel like Paul Harvey. People of my age will get that one. LOL. Hike onward my friends.

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Victory Steps at Verrado

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Video 1 from the Victory Stairs in Verrado

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This new trail that opened up within the last year has garnered some popularity. When I did some scouting for it I made sure that I was going to hit the Peak , the actual Peak where these steps are located, which sits about a 1/2 mile away. The Peak sits behind this and is NOT the plateau area. It is crowded on the stairs, so be prepared, but when you leave the stairs and continue onward the crowd dissipates quite quickly. And then after the false Peak plateau area the numbers get even thinner. The trail to the actual Peak is easy to miss. Follow the steep faint use-trail to the top. There is some scrambling to be done to get to the top, fun stuff. The views of Verrado are amazing. This community is very pretty. I am happy I have finally been able to come out and explore Verrado. So on the way down I did make sure I got a good 5 trips up and down the stairs without stopping. This made for a great workout. I completely under-estimated the workout it gave me and now the day after my calves are sore and tight. If you know me, you know that I really love hiking all over this State and I am not afraid of a drive to explore a new area or trail. I highly recommend this trail. I would go back as this is a great workout routine.

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Oatman, Arizona

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Ice Box Canyon, Las Vegas, NV

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TurtleHead Peak, Las Vegas, NV

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Oatman, AZ Video 9

Oatman, AZ Video 9

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Oatman, AZ Video 1

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On our way home from Las Vegas we made a detour to this town I have wanted to stop in for a long time now. Oatman, AZ. Where they have burros that roam wild in the streets. It is truly something a bit different. I'm really glad we stopped here to have lunch and grab some photo ops with the burros.....lol...... and we caught a gunfight as well.

On our way home from Las Vegas we made a detour to this town I have wanted to stop in for a long time now. Oatman, AZ. Where they have burros that roam wild in the streets. It is truly something a bit different. I'm really glad we stopped here to have lunch and grab some photo ops with the burros.....lol...... and we caught a gunfight as well.

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Ice Box Canyon, Las Vegas, NV, Video 6

Ice Box Canyon, Las Vegas, NV, Video 6

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Ice Box Canyon, Las Vegas, NV, Video 5

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Ice Box Canyon, Las Vegas, NV, Video 3

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Ice Box Canyon, Las Vegas, NV, Video 2

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Video 4 from Victory Steps in Verrado
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Video 2 from Victory Steps at Verrado
Video 1 from the Victory Stairs in Verrado
Oatman, AZ Video 9
Oatman, AZ Video 8
Oatman, AZ Video 7
Oatman, AZ Video 6
Oatman, AZ Video 5
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