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Wood Canyon - Peak 4,054Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2011
ssk44
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles
1,170 ft AEG
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Part II

While standing atop the ending point for the arch hike, I looked to the southwest and showed Hank what I had in mind for our afternoon mission. A little less than a mile away was a fortress of rock that I've wanted to summit for about a year now. It looked so ominous from where we were standing. I figured he would tell me to go pound sand. He glanced over at the distant mountain and said, "Lets do it". Wow! Apparently he trusts me. That's scary... I had spoken to him earlier in the week about a potentially manageable backside route. That was good enough for him. Hank never ceases to amaze me of what he can accomplish when he puts his mind to something. He knows his limits and will cautiously push himself when needed. I've found that I can trust his experience and ability. He knows when to turn back if things end up beyond his comfort zone. That is so cool!

Well, we're off... At around noon we were standing at the base of the western edge and were ready to begin our hopeful accent. The route initially follows a loose brushy gully to an upper saddle (see photo #2). From the saddle is where things get a little sketchy... The route headed up a near vertical face of jagged granite (see photo #3). Everything looked very solid with numerous handholds and steps. The exposure was manageable and it looked like coming down wouldn't require any rope. I was comfortable with the line and was chomping at the bit to see the summit. The question of the day was... What is currently going through Hank's mind at this point? He's going to think I've lost my mind if I suggest heading up that. He looked apprehensive but was willing to give it a try. Sometimes you really just need to put your hands on it. Something that may look impossible from a distance can end up being surprisingly easy. He followed my lead and within no time we up and over the steep obstacle. After a short distance of rock hopping along a meandering ridge route, we were finally at the rugged summit.

EXCELENT!! This is why I do what I do! The views were absolutely amazing. This is the epitome of a remote backcountry summit. In one 360 turn, I could literally see the entire area that I have grown to love over the years. Everything was visible... The Rincon, The Spine, Battle Axe Butte, Wood Canyon, White Canyon, and Walnut Canyon were all in clear view. Peak 4,054 was the icing on the cake. Sooo cool! To my surprise there was an old summit registry dating back to 1979. The list of accents was short. Some of the gaps spanned as much as ten years. Now that's my kind of summit registry! I will be exploring this area for many years to come and I was so glad to be able to share this summit with Hank. A truly great ending to an incredible day.


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