PHOENIX, ARIZONA – CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN

A few weeks ago Ydalia & I hiked Camelback Mountain here in Phoenix. Ydalia is my best friend who has been in my life since the beginning of high school. I am so thankful that I have her and my other best friend, Destiny, here in Phoenix with me. College is rough as it is and I can’t imagine not having them here.

Hiking is really popular throughout the state of Arizona. Phoenix has a few mountains of its’ own and as new residents it felt right to try every mountain at least once. Ydalia & I had hiked Piestewa Peak before and this was our first time hiking Camelback. Living in Phoenix you’ll always hear people argue about which hike is harder — Piestewa or Camelback. Piestewa wasn’t too bad. It was challenging but the most difficult part was right before the very top of the mountain. Camelback… a whole different story. This is me, telling you, that Piestewa is nothing compared to Camelback.

As far as fitness goes, I’m really bad at it. I workout not necessarily when I can but when I want to and it’s very rare that I really ever “want” to workout. So yeah, I’m very average in the fitness department. Ydalia on the other hand is buff and works at a gym. She definitely is working out every chance she can. Same with Destiny, she’s super buff and works at a gym as well. Destiny’s husband is also a personal trainer, ninja, and professional body builder. Not really sure how our friendships work but they do.

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Anyways, we started the hike and it was cool at first. Lots of “oohs & ahhs”, whatever. We get to the first turn around  the mountain and it’s like a straight wall up, not kidding. I knew I was going hiking but what I did not know is that we would be rock climbing. I’m very serious when I say you’re gonna be on your hands and feet for this hike. From that point on things continued to escalate, literally. It was a full-on, intense climb up. I died like once if not twice, ask Ydalia for verification if you think I’m being dramatic.

In the end, I did make it up the mountain. Ydalia made it up like 10-15 minutes before me but I’m just really thankful that I got to the top to be honest. If it wasn’t for the fact that I knew I could take cool pictures at the top of the mountain, I don’t know how I would’ve done it. It was very hot and I wanted more water. Hiking Sucks (-:

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3 thoughts on “PHOENIX, ARIZONA – CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN

  1. I’ve done Piestewa a handful of times, and while it has spots of decent incline it’s a quick hike overall. The first time I hiked Camelback (not sure which of the two sides it was, but I’ve done both) I puked…twice. I will say I hadn’t eaten and I’m from Washington so I wasn’t acclimated to the heat, but STILL. It was tough. Great job!

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    1. To be completely honest,,, I puked twice too! I was just too ashamed to admit that in my post hahaha. I also hiked on an empty stomach as well though so I say we blame it on that 😉 Thanks for feedback! xo

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