|Hiking||4.80 Miles|| || |
|1,957 ft AEG|| || || |
2nd ascent of Browns Peak. This hike is a sure testament to the human mind's ability to block out past trauma, let me tell ya.
Left the valley at sunrise- what is that? Is that rain off to the southwest?? Continued overcast skies and the threat of a shower as we climbed to the saddle. The clouds were dipping in that well known rain formation over Superstition Mountain, with the whole valley bathed in an ominous haze. The thought of a wet descent was still there in those dark recesses of the brain (most likely were such concepts as "good sense" and "sanity" reside), however by the time we reached the narrow crevice we remembered that, hey, this is Arizona. Not a chance of rain.
I do know for sure, but I don't remember climbing OVER the crevice, so either I blocked that out, or rocks have fallen into it, making a nice little beginning wall to scale. The scree chute awaited, so dropped over the former "squeeze" and then began to climb. We climbed, and climbed , and climbed, and topped out to sudden temperature drop and a nice constant blasting wind to spread the wealth. The wind was so strong we had to enjoy lunch in one of the narrow cracks just below the peak. Oh, the ammo box is gone (at least I couldn't find it).
Now the descent- oh the treachery of it. Last climb up Browns I missed the scree chute altogther coming down, and found myself bushwacking down a ravine somewhere beyond the ridge south of the chute. So this was new territory, and it was blast!! And I thought bushwacking down to the Amethyst was rough.
I do NOT remember the scree chute verticals being that difficult or there being so much actual exposure, so either the whole mountain has tilted straight up, or I blocked it out. I do know now that there is at least three walls in the chute which require quite a bit of agility and nerve. Perhaps others skimmy up those like ringtails, but for me- coming down (especially) put me into adrenaline overload.
Browns Peak is the MOST kick A$$ non-tech hike in the area, IMHO. Course, I haven't climbed Battleship yet. Thats next.
|A true outdoorsman, when treed by a bear, sits back and enjoys the view.
Lost? Hell, I ain't never been lost. But I have been a mite confused for a week or two.
-The Mountain Men