Brahma gave me the summit itch. So naturally I was very happy to get an invite from Bob P to knock out another G.C. summit on Sunday.
Coronado is certainly not the most difficult summit to reach in the Grand Canyon, however, its definitely one worthy of visiting. The hike in was pretty straight forward, although, a year ago I would not have described it the same way. Our paths diverged at Gully #1 which offered a pretty standard class three scramble to the top and probably some four after that. Dave and Bob headed up one, while myself, Joe and JJ headed for gully #3 which supposedly offered a 40 foot class four to start your ascent. While we were unsure about the 40 foot part, it certainly did offer a couple of challenging shelves to navigate during the early portions of the ascent. The last shelf did give me a little problems, its funny the things that get to your nerves vs. the things that don't bother you at all. JJ however, said he was 99 percent confident he could do it. He guessed right and luckily avoided that one percent area of doubt. Seeing JJ do it was all I needed and I was up and over with a nice assist from him at the top. The little ledge was deceptively tough. From a slanted platform you have to use minimal holds to pull yourself up onto another slanted platform, while blocking out the prospect of what I think most of us agreed would be a pretty devastating fall. Joe agreed with all of the above, so we took an extra minute and ran a rope for a little added safety and Joe was right up. No need to say who carried the rope there and back again ;)
The Summit was great, in fact, a little history in those registers, definitely worth a visit. The views were tremendous and we enjoyed our quick stay. The hike back was pretty standard. I got to meet my nemesis New Hance again and it was not near as bad as with a full pack, however, definitely still the last man out in that group.
In the end it was a really nice hike and a rewarding summit. I was very happy to cross this one off my list, hope to tackle another one soon.
It was nice getting out with the varsity squad for a hike. I was able to bug Dave about the JMT and pack-rafting for nearly two straight hours, I lined up a potential Cheops run and I was introduced to the Del Taco experience for the first time. Thanks to JJ for driving which enabled me to knock out some much over-due grading and a special thanks to Joe and Dave for allowing my boots to ride in the car on the way home ;)