Blacketts Ridge (Bragging Rights) under the Full moon
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BLACKETTS RIDGE TRAIL: Sabino Canyon recreation Centre. This is the one hike that literally took my breath away. I did gain bragging rights though!
I went on yet another awesome hike at Sabino Canyon. The full moon hike at Blacketts Ridge trail was one of the most challenging hikes I have done. The hike took 4 hours and we ascended about 2000 feet high. Blacketts is considered a difficult hike and I will confess I found it more than difficult. I did complete the hike with much struggle but I'm glad I did it, as Steve (Mr. X) said, I now have bragging rights, ha-ha! This is the toughest hike I have been on so far: after seven years of not climbing mountains or hills taller than 500 feet, rising almost 2000 feet at an almost 60 degree angle was as tough as tough gets.
Blacketts ridge is elevated at a little over 4400 feet with the lowest peak at 2600 feet, it rises about 1,800 feet for a distance of a little over 6 miles. It is rated as an intermediate to advanced (level C) which means hiking three to eight miles at an elevation of between 500 to 2000 feet of elevation change. Elevation change means climbing in the same direction with no east or west tendency. This is tough on the heart (breathing) and body (muscle). For a first time, I could not have seen it coming - the steep climb being made to seem easy by the more seasoned hikers that were part of my hiking party this night.
Steve (Mr. X) gave me the walky-talky radio and with simple operating instructions asked if I was okay? 'Okay' was of course an understatement given the condition I was in (literally breathless). Nonetheless I told him I was okay all the while hoping he would decline to leave me behind. I was too out of breath to say anything but "I'm fine go ahead, you will find me right here on your way back" I said. In my mind I kept seeing that yellow sign at the beginning of the trail with the notice of DANGER of Mountain lions, thinking what happens if one jumps out of no where and I'm all by myself.