Saturday, August 31, 2013

Muggy Saturday Morning

Weather:  84°, sun, very humid

Time to summit:  26.5 minutes

About this hike:  Sure didn't set any records today. Was very muggy and rain sprinkled on the drive up to Phoenix Mountains Preserve, but it stopped before I embarked on my hike.  A little crowded today, but otherwise a good, uneventful hike.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cooler Temps & a New Record!

Weather:  84°, sun, breezy, dark clouds to the west

Time to summit:  25.5 minutes

About this hike:  Another new record!  Overnight rain left the Valley cooler, but also muggy.  CenPho didn't seem to get much, and the trails were dry.  An uneventful hike, other than establishing a new record to try and beat.

Storms over the West Valley while downtown was dry & sunny

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Heatin Up Again at Squaw Peak

Weather:  98°, sun, slight breeze

Time to summit:  27 minutes

About this hike:  Considering the heat is back, I'd say my time wasn't too bad this morning.  Uncrowded, and utterly uneventful was this hike.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dry & Clear with a Little Water on Piestewa Peak

Weather:  91°, sun, low humidity, slight breeze

Time to summit:  26.5 minutes

About this hike:  Again the stopwatch app read just over 27 minutes.  I took a few breaks and there was at least one traffic/congestion stop on the trail.  Saying it was a sub-27 minute time is pushin' it, but I'll claim it.  Weather was beautiful, surprisingly not too hot, low humidity, and pollution seemed relatively low...definitely a rare August day in PHX.

Memorable today, this little kid—I'd say about 6-7 years old—loudly announced he had to pee.  After making everyone on the summit turn around, he proceeded to water the north side of the mountain, then announced, "OK, you all can look again...where's the soap so i can wash my hands?!"  I should've offered him my hand sanitizer that's religiously strapped to my hiking pack.  Anyone who knows me knows I don't leave home without a bottle.  Regardless, this kid and his comments were quite entertaining.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Boring in a Good Way - Piestewa Peak

Weather:  92° & sun

Time to summit:  26 minutes

About this hike:  Did it in just under 27 minutes again today, although the stopwatch read 27:09, but hey, I can't help it when there's a traffic jam on the trail.  Wasn't very humid or hot, and while a breeze would've been nice, it was almost a perfect morning to hike (considering it's August in PHX).  Otherwise uneventful.