|source: Hiking Las Vegas Meetup Group|
Here I want to say a big congrats on becoming an Organizer to my friend Chris!! This is somewhat belated, I think he's been leading hikes for the group for more than a month now, but this was the first hike I've been since he graduated from the ranks of the lowly hiking participants to an esteemed Organizer.
The first part of the hike was an easy hike along a trail, eventually this trail started becoming more and more steep until we encountered the sandstone at the base of the mountain. That's when the fun began!!
Here's where I should probably admit how much I was still hurting and experiencing general exhaustion and dehydration from Ragnar. Fortunately, I had over 2L of water and a big bottle of strawberry lemonade Nuun to get me through.
After a bit more scrambling, we got to the REALLY fun part - a 20-foot, class 4 chimney that required the use of a rope. I'll admit, I was pretty nervous at this point because it had been awhile since I had done any serious hiking, especially anything class 4. Seriously, the last time I did anything class 4 was probably White Pinnacle Peak in May.
After quite a few moments of self doubt and thoughts of just staying wedged in the chimney forever, I finally neared the top and climbed out.From there, it was a five second scramble to the summit, the sign-in book, and the 5 of Clubs.
We had such a great group on the hike to Magic Mountain. There was great conversation everywhere with everyone and my fellow hikers were super patient with my cautious movements as my body reacquainted to hiking and scrambling (of course, I was even more awkward given how exhausted I still was from Ragnar).
|I love Jack's lounging pose. I think he must be from the hiking equivalent of the planet Krypton.|
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