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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
To become a 53er is very challenging. You have to climb all 52 Peaks, which involves gaining 120,000 feet in elevation and hiking 300 miles.
To become a Double 53er means you have done the above twice! Only four other hikers have accomplished this feat!
On 3/26/2017, Jason Lillebo became a Double 53er.
Video of Jason Becoming a Double 53er on Hidden Peak in Red Rock Canyon
If you are passionate about outdoor activities like hiking and planning on one, there is nothing better than that. It is an ultimately amazing way to strengthen your muscles, push your limits, and breathe in the fresh air of the natural world. However, keep in mind that just like any other outdoor sport, hiking brings some dangers with itself that you need to be aware of, such as rough weather, poisonous snakes and plants, wild animals etc. Therefore, if you are planning a hiking trip, you need to learn how to make it a safe one before you blindly head out for it.
Here are a few safety tips following which you can make it home safely after a great hiking experience:
2. Inform Your Family About the Exact Location:
Make sure some of your family members or friends know exactly where you are going to hike and when you are going to be home. Therefore, planning the whole trip in advance is recommended to avoid any mishaps.
3. Don’t Panic on Getting Lost:
You must have your nerves under control in case of feeling or actually getting lost. It is recommended to pause and not go further if you are lost, so that you do not get too out of reach for those who come in search for you. Therefore, stay right where you are, set a camp, and light some signal flames in case you feel like you are deviated from the route. Moreover, to avoid such a situation, keep a map and learn exactly how to read it.
4. First Aid Essentials:
Keeping the first aid essentials with you can help you aid any minor injuries instantly. Never forget your bug spray when you are heading for an outdoor activity.
If one of the members of the hiking group is on medication, it is better to keep some extra medication in case you get lost so the person does not have to miss their regular dose. Being prepared for everything in advance is the key to survival.
5. Stay Hydrated:
Make sure you have at least one liter water available for every two hours on the hike. Keeping yourself hydrated is necessary, especially if the trail is too inclined and needs a lot of force to push yourself up or you are overweight. It is also recommended to carry something to treat the water. You must also be aware of the possible water sources around your hiking location.
6. Pick the Location Prudently:
It is not necessary to make your hiking experience a test of your skills to survive in a desert. Analyse yourself as a hiker and your strength before you a pick your hiking trail. After all, hiking is about cherishing the natural beauty and strengthening your physical and mental capacity.
Shawn Michaels is a blogger who loves to write about his outdoor experiences. He is also a passionate rock climber and loves travelling. He is currently studying and spends his free time reading reviews and gear shopping! He regularly blogs at Thesmartlad.com. Check out the three top-rated climbing sticks that can be a life-saver for the outdoor sport enthusiasts.
On March 12, 2017, Mya Jane became the 137th 53er.
What's a 53er, you ask? A hiker who has climbed all 52 Peaks with the 52 Peak Club, which is the premiere hiking and self-confidence organization in Las Vegas, NV.
To climb all 52 Peaks involves hiking around 300 miles and gaining 120,000 feet (8,000 flights of stairs) in elevation! It's not an easy task to complete and it's not meant to be.
It took Mya over a year to climb all 52 Peaks, since she does not live in Las Vegas!
She flew in from Madison, WI, to climb her final peak, which was Rainbow Peak.
What is the 52 Peak Club?
Each time you hike to a peak with the group you earn a card. Your goal: earn all 52 cards by hiking the 52 Peaks.
During your journey you will overcome your fears, push yourself more than you thought possible, and have the time of your life.
137 hikers have climbed all 52 Peaks, including Mya. Almost 1,000 other hikers are working toward that goal.
The 52 Peak Club is like 52 Tough Mudders and Cross-Fit in the great outdoors.
We are accepting applications now to join the 52 Peak Club.
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On March 12th Daylight Savings Time begins. This marks the prime-time to hike in Red Rock Canyon. It will not get dark until 7 pm, the same time the Scenic Loop Road closes.
The snow has melted and the ice is gone! However, the washes still have water in them, making for a scenic hike.
All of the above factors make this the prime-time to hike in Red Rock. This is your best bet to do the longest and toughest hikes in Red Rock.
Here's my list of some of the toughest hikes in Red Rock:
1. Rainbow Peak - no easy route to the summit. The shortest route is: Rainbow Peak Without the Ledge. This route has lots of Class 4 sections and ropes.
STATS: Distance 7 miles; Elevation gain: 3,072 feet
2. Mt. Wilson - highest sandstone peak in Red Rock. The elevation gain is over 3,000 feet. The shortest route is Cleaver Crack, but there are plenty of very steep sections, since the distance is shorter than other routes, but the elevation gain is the same. Video of the hike.
STATS: Distance 8 miles; Elevation gain: 3,014 feet
3. Pine Creek Peak - A cool peak located at the back of Pine Creek Canyon. Lots of scrambling and exposure on this awesome route. Video of the hike.
STATS: Distance 7.5 miles; Elevation gain: 2,845 feet
Remember a mile of scrambling equals two miles for trail hiking!
Did you know the 52 Peak Club leads all of these hikes? Check them out here.
Do you agree my picks? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading,
Magic Mtn. is a local favorite hike in Red Rock Canyon. It's one of the best, short scrambling hikes in Red Rock. It's also a round-trip hike!
Below is my video review of the hike. It's a moderate hike that starts on a trail before scrambling to the summit. Hikers who can handle class 3 climbing and are in moderate shape can do this hike.
The 52 Peak Club offers this hike frequently to members.
I give this hike 5 stars!
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV