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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2010
snakemarks
Hiking12.40 Miles 2,956 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles
2,956 ft AEG
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I have been wanting to do this one for ages, but reluctant to attempt it solo. Deferring to my better judgment certainly proved to be correct.

I would have to give this hike a difficulty rating of 5 for the amount and type of climbing involved, not to mention the fear factor for some due to the exposure. I am no wimp, but this is a tough hike! I thought the Ridgeline was much easier than this one. I am tall, strong and mostly fearless (crazy) and some of the climbs taxed all three of those to their limits. *** I realize that saying this will probably inspire rlrjamy to jump out of bed some morning and knock this one off before lunch, having enough daylight left to complete a 'single' Ridgeline and be home in time for dinner. But, for the rest of us normal humans, it is considerably challenging and potentially dangerous. I now understand why nearly all of the trip reports on this one are written by the super-hikers of HAZ.

The weather forecast was 78 degrees and sunny so I wore shorts. BAD IDEA! Most of the problems I had on the climb stem directly from my reluctance to have my skin shredded off by crawling over the very rough surface of that rock. Jeans would have made life a whole lot easier for me that day. We continually scouted around for better alternatives to some of the stickier spots along the route, but usually came up empty. This time-sucking activity was almost exclusively for my benefit, as I kept insisting that we must somehow be a little off track because the official route couldn't possibly be this outrageous. It was. And, in terms of wasted time (ours) and wasted energy (John's), this meant that every time he climbed up something particularly treacherous and looked back to see me still standing there making 'that face', he would climb back down to either provide encouragement, offer an assist or look around for a better option only to find that none existed and then have to climb back up the same spot again behind me. I think he ended up climbing half of that mountain twice. And, with a little coaching on his part and a lot of determination on mine, I ended up doing all but one of the climbs under my own power. There was one spot where the first possible toe hold was just too high for me to reach and a slip could easily be fatal, so I needed a boost on the way up and a catch on the way down.

The bad news is that we didn't make it all the way to the peak... not because we couldn't - we simply ran out of time. We were within 500 ft (as the crow flies) when we were forced to admit that we'd already exceeded our turn around time by 30 minutes and to bag the peak would have us hiking back on a dark, moonless night and get home far later than expected (much to the worry and distress of our respective loved ones). It was a tough call being that close, but it was the right one.

The good news is that we had a great time from start to finish and it was a lot of fun pushing the envelope. Big thanks go to John for his bottomless patience and enthusiastic support!

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