33.5151 N, 111.9619 W
Start: 80 degrees | End: 100 degrees
Duration: 2 Hours and 13 Minutes
4 AM: BUZZ BUZZ, time to HIKE. the runway! We both described the feeling like waking up for a dance competition. We acted like 7 year old competitive dancers anxious to get dressed up and perform for judges…and that’s just about what we did. After forgetting our $5 Target tripod and turning around to go get it (we didn’t even use it!) we were on our way to the ever so popular, Camelback Mountain. We didn’t think twice about what mountain we would conquer first, I mean it was Wednesday…HUMP DAY! Those humps didn’t seem so fun as we climbed to the top after a record 10 day straight excessive heat warning, not to mention the little breakfast we ate before we hiked (first lesson: eat breakfast.). But as dancers do, we continued on with encouragement and the few almonds J came prepared with.
When we got to the top, it felt like winning 1st place! A little strapped for time, we found a big rock where not many people were in sight and began the WARDROBE. change. There is no secret way of changing at the top of a mountain… you just do it. After moving away from the rock and being in sight of other hikers the comments started. Just so you know, when you are 2,707 feet above ground sound travels…well. Despite the confusion of others, we POSED. on. (lesson two: stilettos and mountains don’t mix)
Meet our friend, Carmen. She approached us shortly after A started snapping photos of J and asked us if she could takeour picture. “Do you want me to take your picture?” – Carmen
Little did we know we had come across a personal photographer. Carmen directed the photo shoot from there – told us how to pose, where to move our heads and body, and how to position our feet. Well, as you can see, she had an eye for photography! Thank you, Carmen!
We quickly changed back, packed up all our things, and began the hike down. The mountain was busy despite the temperature, and we encountered a lovely lady who had taken a spill and A gave her some band aids. We were fortunate to stay on our feet the whole way down and we can’t wait to REPEAT!
Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoyed our first HTR experience as much as we did! Please comment below with suggestions on where we should hike/what types of outfits you would like to see. We can’t wait to hear from you!
– See you at the top!
J | A