Seven Summits Training Hike: ALL SEVEN!!

  • April 13, 2013 · 6:00 AM
  • South Mountain Park - Main Entrance

Okay, here it is:  all SEVEN of the Seven Summits.   For information on the Seven Summits, go to http://phoenix.gov/recreation/rec/parks/preserves/specials/summit/index.html

This website is for 2012, but we'll use it as a guide for training for 2013.

We plan to complete all seven today; that means we'll keep a brisk pace.  Please understand if we cannot wait for slower hikers.  Not recommended for beginners - you want to be very fit for these.

***If you'd like to join for one of any of these seven legs, please sign up, and let me know where you'll join us.  I've outlined my best guess of our timing at each parking trailhead; text me if you're joining and we'll confirm timing:[masked] 9301. 

6:00 am (ack!) First Leg and Second Leg: Summit #1: Holbert Trail Head to Dobbins Lookout: 1000 ft elevation gain; 4++ miles return.  To find the trailhead, turn left right after the gate and follow the road to just about the end - GO PAST THE EDUCATION CENTER. Near the washrooms - look for my red lexus. Summit #2: Las Lomitas/Ranger/National: 1000 ft elevation gain: 4+ miles return

10:00 am Third & Fourth Legs: Summit #3: Piestawa Peak: 1190 ft elevation gain; 2.5 miles return and Summit #4: Mojave 308 ft elevation gain; 1.2 miles return.

12:00 noon: Fifth Leg: Lookout Mountain:3.2 miles and 475 ft gain

2:00 pm: Sixth and Seventh Legs: North Mountain: 2.3 miles and 614 ft gain and

Shaw Butte: 5.2 miles and 670 ft gain

5:00 pm: Finish!!!  Time for pizza, beer, and cool pool:) 

Total: 22-23 miles

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  • Paul

    wow, congrats to Mike and
    Brenda,, Brenda let me know if you do this again, how come you didnt include camelback?

    April 14, 2013

    • brenda

      Hi Paul, Camelback wasn't part of the challenge last year and I don't think it will be for 2013. Plus it's closed right now. I'm sure we'll attempt these 7 again, but not too soon!

      April 16, 2013

  • brenda

    Thanks everyone of you brave hikers - this was the most grueling physical adventure ever. I must admit it stopped being fun after Shaw Butte (coulda stopped for beer then) and I felt completely spent after Lookout (very ready for beer) and then....I struggled up Piestawa and 200...one heavy foot after another. Thanks Mike for keeping me going - honestly would not have done it without you, thanks for slowing down for me. Remembering that every single one of these summits constitutes a good fitness hike, doing more than one/two/three in a row is cause for celebration. Given that we were too exhausted to celebrate, next hike will be short trail followed by long beer and pizza!

    April 14, 2013

  • David

    Nice........ guys !!!!!

    April 14, 2013

  • Mike

    Current Track 000 4/13/ [masked]:00:28 AM 1:35:13 4.1 mi 3 mph
    Current Track[masked]/13/2013 7:46:53 AM 1:30:16 4.3 mi 3 mph
    Current Track[masked]/13/[masked]:09:24 AM 2:33:56 7.1 mi 3 mph
    Current Track[masked]/13/2013 1:05:53 PM 1:15:55 2.6 mi 2 mph
    Current Track[masked]/13/2013 2:50:09 PM 2:15:20 3.7 mi 2 mph

    Seven Summits

    April 14, 2013

    • Chip

      Congrats to Brenda and mike - great job

      April 14, 2013

  • Mike

    Eleven hours, 22+miles, awesome

    April 13, 2013

  • Naomi

    Had a great time today, guys. Keep it going on the rest of the trails :)

    April 13, 2013

  • brenda

    start hydrating today! Morning will be gorgeous and afternoon will be a trifle toasty. Pack a cooler in your car with plenty of cold water and snacks/lunch. Wear a hat and sunscreen. One foot in front of the other - that's all it takes:)

    April 12, 2013

  • David

    Brenda have fun...

    April 12, 2013

  • Clay

    This might hurt...

    April 8, 2013

    • brenda

      I know...I'm scared already

      April 8, 2013

    • Lynn

      I like it...I hope...

      April 10, 2013

  • Mike

    “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”
    ― John Muir

    Hey, he forgot to say it might hurt

    April 10, 2013

  • Chip

    Glad Sunday is a day of rest!

    April 7, 2013

  • Michael R.

    Wish I could! Good luck everybody!

    April 7, 2013

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