"Straight up and over." That was the answer to my friends yesterday when they asked what "trail" we were hiking. It's not a trail, actually. It's a mountain in Red Rock that I love.
It's technical. It's challenging (especially when you are carrying a dog with one arm!). It's high. It's steep. And it's HARD.
Why? Because it's straight up. No easing into a nice hiking rhythm. Just shuffle and shimmy your way to the top, and try not to fall and slide down in the process.