Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mummy's Tummy - 6/25/15

Chris Strolls along to the Summit of Mummy's Tummy

Lela Leads a Few Hikers up the Chute

The Scree Field Begins Here

 Mummy's Tummy is that long flattish mountain in the Spring Mountains NRA. The route to get to the summit usually begins at the Trail Canyon Trailhead, as it did today. One week ago, a hike was made to "Mummy Junction." There is an entry for this hike that describes the first part of today's hike. The blog entry today, starts where the Mummy Junction hike leaves off; the large tree next to the North Loop Trail with the big "M" on it. This tree indicates the right turn up the scree field. The photo above shows three hikers beginning the scree field climb and one hiker that is still on the North Loop Trail below.

Lucky Ducks up There
 The photo above show the chute from below. Smoke from a large wildfire in California covered the Spring Mountains today and made the photos of the gray limestone appear yellow.

 The photo above shows hikers arriving at the summit of Mummy's Tummy. Smoke hanging in the air can be seen beyond. Mike OC offered a few words about the hike as written below:

Yeah! We bad!

 On a scorcher of a day when valley temps would top 110 degrees, a cadre of 17 hikers set their sights on the second highest peak in the Spring Mountains. That would be Mummy’s Tummy at a lofty 11,528 feet above sea level. Only Mt. Charleston stands taller.

With apologies to author Irving Stone and Michelangelo, it was an “Agony and Ecstasy” kind of day.  The Agony was the vertiginous 550-foot scree field that had to be negotiated.  The Ecstasy was a high altitude lunch on the summit. All 17 hikers summitted. ~ MOC

Vitals: 9.3 miles; 3700 vertical feet; 5.5 hours

Down is another story.

Scree Field Down Escalator

Almost back to the North Loop

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