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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hike with me on Saturday May 25, 2013

O'Leary Peak on the horizon

Hi Hikers,  As one of 60 hikers selected from across the USA to participate in the 60th anniversary celebration of the first ascent of Mt. Everest, the folks at Post cereals have provided me with FREE SAMPLES of  Grape-Nuts Fit to give out during a commemorative climb up Flagstaff's O'Leary Peak.  Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay ate Grape-Nuts on their historic 1953 trek.  Look for me (or my volunteer sherpas) and claim your goodie.  Hikers who make it to the summit have the option of appearing in photos (or not) with the official summit flag which I'll post here after the event. Hope to see you on the mountain!  Mare

DATE:  Saturday, May 25, 2013. NO RSVP---just show up and start hiking. 
TIME:  we'll be on the mountain from approx. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
LENGTH:  10 miles roundtrip
ELEVATION: 6956' - 8916' 
RATING: moderate-difficult (you are responsible for your own gear and safety, this is not a sponsored hike)

From Phoenix, go north on I17 to the I40 interchange in Flagstaff.  Head east (go right) on I40 to exit 201 for US89 north.  Go roughly 10 miles north on US89 and turn right at the sign for Sunset Crater National Park (FR545).  Follow this road 1.5 miles and turn left at FR545A for O'Leary Campground.  Continue 0.3 mile to a free parking apron at the summit road gate.  Do not park in the campground---unless, of course, you plan to camp there and pay the fee.
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