Friday, March 26, 2010
Does Water Freeze Due to Wind Chill - Day 3 of Backpacking in the Superstitions
Laying in my cozy sleeping bag with my head covered, I heard the dog bark and a murmur of voices. I poked my head out and even with my eyes still closed, I was blinded by the brightness. I climbed out of the tent to start the conversation with the others about how cold it was and the frozen water. In case your wondering, water freezes only based on the outside temperature, which is measured 4 feet off the ground; the wind chill factor can not freeze water.
Deep in the Superstitions is a waterfall taller than Niagra Falls. Imagine that....in the middle of desert mountains is a tall waterfall that runs only a couple months a year. We were going to drop our packs when we got to the trail and do the ONLY 2 mile hike to the falls. Dropping the packs and hiking is always so wonderful. You feel so light and free. It was a good thing too because it was a steep decline and it was also more than 2 miles in. We made our way down to the creek and started working our way upstream. The boulder hopping we had done the two days before was nothing compared to the scrambling we did to get to the falls. There were points of tiredness where we thought we should turn back but we kept trudging on.
When we finally got there it was spectacular and to me, this was the prettiest place in the Superstitions.
We didn't bring our water pump and we were almost out of water and wouldn't have enough for the steep, warm hike out. Luckily another couple was down there with a water pump and we were able to fill our Camelbaks. The hike out was steep but it is really is easier going uphill, especially without packs on.
Overall it was a great trip and once again I learned to not underestimate a backpacking trip. I also learned that 2 miles is never truly 2 miles and don't go the direction there are no cairns.