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Weaver's Needle SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Dec 24 2010
Vaporman
Climbing8.10 Miles 3,414 AEG
Climbing8.10 Miles   8 Hrs      1.01 mph
3,414 ft AEG
Second III  • Trad • 5.2 Volcanic Good • 180 Feet 1 Pitch
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What a great way to spend a warm Christmas Eve! :y: In planning a trip to the Needle, we had to keep in on the down-lo since loads of friends want to climb it though bringing all the extra people would turn an 8-hour day in to a 10-12 hour day and almost guarantee our hiking out in the dark and we all had family obligations to return home to. ;)

We got an early start just before sunrise and made good time up to Freemont saddle. Finding the best approach route up to Weavers is key and it helped was well cairned and that I'd done is last winter. :) We made it from the TH to the base in about 2 hours and started scrambling our way up the class 3/4 sections in that cool shaded gully before gearing up for the only class 5 pitch. Michael is the best leader of the group so he lead it for us. His fingers got cold when he got to the chockstone so took the easier route under the chockstone as did the rest of the group. My fingers also got fairly cold by the time I reached the top and had to take my pack off to squeeze under the chockstone. ;) The next section is a short exposed 15ft class 3/4 climb and since we were all descent climbers we just climbed it w/o gear. That's followed by a sunny zigzag thru rocky sections and cactus & agave with an occasional class 3 scramble before reaching the final pitch. Again it's a class 3/4 exposed 50ft scramble to the top and we did it without ropes to save time. : rambo : Once on top, we enjoyed the amazingly sweet views of the rugged Supes, snapped loads of photos, watched a place go zooming by beneath us, looked thru the summit log for friends, and signed in before making our way back down. A sweet 50ft or so rappel saves us from down climbing that exposed final pitch and then some more scrambling to get back down to the class 5 gully. We setup both ropes for the cool big rappel down the gully from atop the chockstone. Woot! :y: It was nice to be done with the technical section with no issues but we still had to safely make our way down the loose rocky slope to the trail and we managed to do it with only one minor fall. Once back on the trail, it was fairly quick & warm hiking back up the the saddle and down the Peralta trail. I was down to shorts and a short sleeve shirt for the last couple miles. :sweat:

Surprisingly we had the Needle all to ourselves on a Holiday weekend and there weren't that many people on Peralta trail either. :GB:
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