Weekend On The Mountain
With the summer heat coming on strong, we decided that the first weekend of June would be a good time to escape to the cool mountains of northern Arizona to do some early pre-season scouting, gear testing, and conditioning hikes.
We got a great hike in on Saturday up to the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks. While it was a fairly steep hike, both big kids did great! Kate did well also riding on my back, but fell asleep for a portion of the hike on the way up.
Sunday a.m. I woke up early and Jack and I headed up the mountain to look for elk and deer and check out a couple of spots I've hunted before. We saw both elk and deer on our hike, and were back by 8:30 for breakfast with the family.
Here are some pictures from our weekend.
|Home sweet home for the weekend|
|Kate zonked out in the kid carrier attached to my Mystery Ranch NICE frame|
|Waterline Road leading up to the Inner Basin|
|Kate with her 'wishing flower'|
|The kids and Jack at a rest bench in the inner basin|
|The crew on the way down|
With KUIU coming out with the new Tiburon hot weather line, I wore my Attack pants for the weekend in order to have a good comparison for when I get my Tiburon pants. My attack pants felt great all weekend, in temps ranging from the 40's to the mid-70's.
Loading the Kelty kid carrier on my NICE frame made it much more comfortable to carry. I was glad I took the time to do that as it made my ~40lb load much more manageable.