|3rd Annual Music Fest|
Monday, September 26, 2011
|A beautiful DeArmond Guitar|
Alex: Dave, when do you go back to Phoenix?
Me: Tomorrow morning.
Alex: Can you do me a huge favor?
Alex: Shannon McNally left last night and forgot a $2,000 guitar. She needs it for a show in Tempe tomorrow night. Can you get it to her?
Me: You got it.
Her band was playing at the Sail Inn in Tempe at 8:30, near ASU, and I delivered the guitar at 4:00 p.m. Mission accomplished. (Do NOT say like GW)
|Crossing the Virgin River at the Grotto Trailhead|
Roundtrip distance: 3.9 miles
Elevation change: 1070 feet
Ascent time: 38 minutes
Ascent pace: 3.08 mph
Descent time: 34 minutes
Descent pace: 3.44 mph
Footwear: Vibram Five Fingers
Water consumed: 24 ounces
While this is a spectacular hike and I've done it numerous times, I've always dreaded it, because it would beat me up. I have to admit that I destroyed this hike this time and I'll tell you why. First, I didn't take my first water break until the base of Walter's Wiggles. Usually, I've had 3 or 4 by this time. My second water break was at the top of Walter's Wiggles and a third at Scout's Lookout. I didn't have any more water until I got back to the trailhead. I got through the entire hike on only 24 ounces of water. Second, I was easily passing other hikers on the ascent when it's usually me giving way to let someone pass. Third, my ascent time was very close to my descent time and I was not lollygaggin' on the way down. Fourth, I buzzed up Walter's Wiggles in virtually no time, a first for me. All in all, very happy with my current level of fitness.
The trail surface varies between sand, gravel, rough-textured concrete and rock. My Vibrams performed like a champ. At the end of the hike, I had one hot spot on my left heel from the descent. Can't ask for more than that.
|I love the "falling to your gruesome death" icon|
|Mid-morning in the canyon|
|Sandbar in the Virgin River|
|Looking down canyon just before entering Refrigerator Canyon|
|Base of Walter's Wiggles, a series of 21 switchbacks|
|At the top of Walter's Wiggles, taunting the namesake for his feeble attempt at slowing my ascent|
|Looking down from Scout's Lookout|
|Hikers continuing to Angels Landing|
|Angels Landing to the right, viewed from Scout's Lookout|
|Exiting Refrigerator Canyon on the descent|
|Back at the trailhead|
|Post-hike, post-fast lunch - rice bowl with teriyaki chicken and veggies|
|Taking a shortcut|
|About 7 miles across the butte|
|The West Temple|
|East Temple at the far left|
|A rocky, sandy gulch|
|Descent of the butte towards Rockville|
|Almost to Rt. 9|
|Crossing the Virgin River in Rockville|