Monday, June 04, 2007

Piestewa Peak


Before you get confused, the picture is of Camelback from the top of Piestewa Peak. The reason you can't see the shape of the camel's head is because you're looking right up its nostrils.
I hiked up Piestewa Peak today. It used to be called Squaw Peak but I've been told (and I have no idea how true this is) that it was renamed in honor of a Native American called Piestewa who died in the Iraq War.
It's a 1.2 mile trail with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet and it took me 36 minutes to get to the top which I know is slow because plenty of people overtook me on the way up. I took a very leisurely stroll down because my wife had caught up with me by then and it was getting dark so we couldn't see the path that well.

4 comments:

LaMont said...

Oh that is very true. Caused a bit of a stir at the capital as the Gov. more or less ramroded the name change through with rules and regulations being cast to the wayside. Personally, I'm with the Gov.

Lori Piestewa was KIA Iraq. She was attached to the same Platoon as Jessica Lynch, who I know you've read about.

Lori is the first Native American KIA in a foreign war fighting for the United States.

Guy said...

Thanks Lamont! I was hoping that a resident expert like you would confirm that. I just watched the film Flags of our Fathers and felt pretty sorry for the plight of Ira Hayes from the Gila River Reservation. I also discovered that there's a peak named after him in the Sierra Estrellas and I've been searching Google Earth to try and find the peak so that I can hike that one too but no luck in locating it so far.

vern said...

Monty is mostly correct; she was the first American Indian WOMAN to die in combat while serving the U.S. Military...

Guy said...

Well that begs the question, who was the first Native American man to die in combat while serving the U.S. Military? Now I'm guessing that the answer is going to go way back to a scout or someone serving the U.S. Military at least a hundred (if not more) years ago.