Sunday afternoon I drove through Echo Canyon just to see if anybody was crazy enough in 112 degees to tackle one of Phoenix’s most difficult mountain climbs. Camelback Mountain is not just a hike, it’s a strenuous climb in an unforgiving terrain that is not at all for the inexperienced. As you can see, yes, this lady was headed up the mountain at 3 pm in the hottest part of the day – with that teeny hydration pack on her back. AND, it doesn’t look to me like she’s been on any fitness magazine covers lately… or ever.
I took the Camelback Mountain challenge once, only once. It took me about 15 minutes to get myself in a total jam. There I sat, on a ridiculously steep incline that I had no business taking my athletic shortcomings to in the first place. It was easy going up, but getting down, well, that was a whole different story. Luckily, a sure footed bionic woman on her decent from probably the top of the mountain offered me a hand. Never again… I thought. Now I’m quite content taking pictures from the comfort of my air conditioned car. 🙂
SEVERE WEATHER ALERT
Sunny to partly cloudy. High 114F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch