Posts Tagged ‘Ben’

Mount Eden Loop

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Part of an ongoing series of behind-the-hike descriptions for 5 Star Trails Flagstaff and Sedona. This is Hike #3.

Big Elden Loop

DATE: 9/18/10

COMPANIONS: Ben

START TIME: 1:42p

END TIME: 6:21p

ACTUAL MILES: 7.77

OFFICIAL MILES: 7.5

NEED TO KNOW:

Up the Upper Oldham Trail, West across the Sunset Trail, Back down the Brookbank Trail. Start at TH on Lookout Rd.

This was our second attempt at finding a worthwhile loop hike up and down Mt Elden outside of Flagstaff. Our first effort was done in by fire closures from the Schultz Fire. Some of that first hike was salvaged into Little Elden Springs. Some of it I can never describe in detail in writing.

This one went much better. Good start, good weather, good hike. We did not actually take the spur to the look-out tower. I used the GPS data from our first attempt.

There are several good geo-caches along Sunset Trail.

The road up to the peak is strictly 4WD. That would be why there’s always plenty of parking.

The You Tube video for this hike was actually put together by Ben.

Mt Elden Loop You Tube video

“Shore is perty up here…”

Ben’s Hiking essentials

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
Today's Guest Blogger

Today

My son, Ben, has prepared a list of hiking essentials (reprinted here with his permission).

LET US BEGIN WITH THE TEN ESSENTIALS. (LISTED BELOW)
1.FIRST AID KIT
2.JACKET
3.LUNCH
4.RAIN PONCHO
5.FLASHLIGHT
6.MAP OR G.P.S. (GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM)
FIRST AID ESSENTIALS
7.BANDAIDS
8.TWEEZERS
9.PAIN PADS
10.SPIRIT
IF YOU HAVE THESE YOU ARE PREPARED.

FIRST AND FOREMOST BE CAREFUL WHO YOU BRING! THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS A RUINED TRIP BECAUSE OF SOMEONE YOU BRING! SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER EXCLUDING MEAN OLD UNCLE JOE WHO HATES SUNSHINE AND BUGS.

Now, for some adult guidance in correlation with the above.
By “pain pads” he means molefoam padding, which is how we got him and his bruised foot out of Cave Creek.
Obviously, a lot of those items could be assumed to be in a good first aid kit.

The line about mean old Uncle Joe came more-or-less from the Tonto guidebook camping tips. That, in turn, was adapted from a template based on Kim Lipker’s Day and Overnight Hikes in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Add water to your list. If you’re out in the desert – add more water than you think necessary.
I have humped up hills with more water than I really needed, and I have run out of water with miles left to go and the afternoon only getting hotter. There is no question in my mind which I prefer.

These are the adult 10 essentials:
1) water
2) food
3) first aid kit ( band-aids
4) flashlight
5) jacket/rain poncho (or at least one extra layer)
6) knife or multi-tool
7) map/compass and/or GPS
8) bandana
9) sunscreen (I always forget this)

10) Spirit!

(Or, alternately, a signal device such as a mirror or a whistle).