Monthly Archives: November 2015

El Tour de Tucson 2015

On November 21st Linda and I rode in the El Tour de Tucson 2015 event. There were four event routes of 104, 75, 55, and 40 miles. We had last participated in El Tour de Tucson ten years earlier but this time we were spending the winter in Tucson and wanted to ride the longer 104-mile route. It had been 6.5 years since I last rode 100+ miles in a day, so I expected a challenging day. Of the 5365 riders finishing a route 2431 riders completed the 104-mile route, including Linda and me. Continue reading

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Mount Ballard and Fissure Peak, Mule Mountains, Arizona

On November 10 I hiked Mount Ballard and Fissure Peak in the Mule Mountains above Bisbee, Arizona. The consensus is that Fissure Peak with an elevation about 7375 feet is a few feet higher than Mount Ballard, so it is credited with approximately 2675 feet of prominence, making it one of the 73 Arizona peaks with at least 2000 feet of prominence, and thereby a target of people who care about such things. Continue reading

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Carr and Miller Peaks, Huachuca Mountains, Arizona

On November 9 I hiked Carr Peak and Miller Peak in the Huachuca Mountains above Sierra Vista Arizona. Miller Peak at 9466 feet is the third highest peak in Southern Arizona and is an “ultra prominence” peak with 5006 feet of prominence. Carr Peak is the second highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains and both peaks were accessible from the Carr Peak Trailhead at the Ramsay Vista Campground at the end of Carr Canyon Road. Continue reading

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