Since moving up Big Cottonwood, I've had a fair amount of time to explore Cardiff Fork. About a month ago Noah and I ran up to Pole Line Pass, over to Flagstaff and out Day's Fork. Mid run we looked up at the Reed Benson Ridge and then at Cardiac Ridge and had an epiphany. They had to be linked. We figured it'd be a miniature, less classic WURL. We made plans a few times over the past month but never started due to the crazy August rains. Last Saturday, weather was on our side.
We left from my front porch at 6 AM without headlamps figuring the sun would come up soon. It did, but not until we had bushwhacked half way up the north end of the Reed Benson Ridge by phone light. Luckily it wasn't too bad.
|Not too bad|
|The start of the rock|
|Bristlecone Pines grow in some unlikely places|
|Noah nearing Flagstaff|
|Roni from either Jennilyn Eaton's or Spencer Weiler's WURL cache|
|The start of Cardiac Ridge|
|The crux crumbling tower|
|Noah scared the whole thing might fall|
|Finally on solid rock|
|Amanda had peach smoothies in frosty mugs, banana bread, and black bean burgers waiting for us!|