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Peak 2700 - Mineral Mountain Quad, AZ
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Peak 2700 - Mineral Mountain Quad, AZ 
Peak 2700 - Mineral Mountain Quad, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2012
Hiking0.91 Miles 475 AEG
Hiking0.91 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   0.88 mph
475 ft AEG      10 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Noting the various areas of showers and which direction they were headed along with the ease I expected Peak 2700 to be based on previous recon, I figured there'd be just enough time for an ascent before the rain hit. Although I was way off on the ascent time, I suppose I should take comfort in that I was correct on the timing of the rain, not that it helped any. :doh:

From my recon earlier in the week and poring over topo and satellite maps I determined the best approach would be from the northeast, that is, if I could drive there. The old mining track on the satellite map turned out to be just barely passable but it got me within a quarter-mile of the summit, or at least where I thought it was.

Still thinking it would be a quick up-and-back climb I just grabbed my camera, GPS and collapsible hiking pole and set off up the reasonably mild slope. I headed for the center, hoping the spot where the dark gray and lighter orange-shaded rock met would provide a good option.

When I got near the opening it looked promising as far as climbable rock, unfortunately the vegetation made it a real challenge. Now if only I had put on my long sleeve shirt to protect me from at least some of the sharp spikes, and yes, why didn't I bring my clippers and K-Bar as well? I was reduced to using the hiking pole like a machete, : rambo : trying to break the dried brush branches to pass through. But I wasn't ready to give up that easy and climbed another 50' vertically until reaching my first true dead-end. Now the fun part of crashing back down through the thorny brush, but at least it was over much faster than the climb through it.

Ok, time to find a more promising route so I traversed northward along the base of the rock wall until the next opening, which turned out to be very similar to the first dead-end, only a bit quicker to realize it.

Next along the slope was the opening leading up toward the slot that went all the way through the mountain. I didn't really expect this would be the route, but I hoped to get into the slot itself and walk through. I got within 20' but with my meager climbing skills and surely not with a 'No Fear' attitude I took a pass o it and got on with the ascent.

Traversing farther north from below the slot I was able to make some good progress until again reaching an impasse. Only this time I could see what just HAD to be the way! But first I had to retrace my route back down about 50' before heading farther north to take the route which held the most promise up to this point.

Although it looked good, I was hesitant at first. With all the time wasted on dead-ends the rain would hit very soon, at which time it would get slippery along with the already treacherous terrain. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that although the rock surface was very rough, offering many great hand-holds, you never knew from one moment to the next if the rock would break away. Soon I learned to test each and every grip several times before putting my full weight on it.

Good weather or bad, I'm this close... ok, so it's still 100' vertical to go, but as much messing around as I've already done on this easy peak, it's time to just git 'er done! While I'd like to say I was more careful now, I'm sure it wasn't the case as I climbed quicker through spots I'd never have thought of taking on previous climbs, never giving a thought to how am I going to get back down? About halfway up the bother of dragging the hiking pole along was enough I just left it. And just another 40' up and I was wishing I still had it with me... oh well, almost to the summit now.

And wouldn't you know it... just as I'm climbing the last 5' to the summit the rain hits, making the lichen slick almost instantly. :scared:
In the end, all that reached the summit was my left hand, and that for just a moment before I slid the 5' back down. With the rain getting heavier and still a good 100' or more back down over the same type of slick terrain, I wasn't going to blow it all just to stand on the summit, just touching it is good enough for me!

On the way down at a bit less leisurely pace the descent was a real joy... NOT! Yet somehow I managed to descend without major incident, just a few semi-controlled slides. But even on the lower slopes I wasted little time because the heavier rains could make it even more of a challenge to drive back the old mine track to Martinez Canyon Road.

So what I expected to be a quick-and-easy 30 minute up-and-back peak bag turned out to be a 72-minute challenge. With some of the cools stuff I encountered I should say a worthwhile challenge, but I'd just as soon as found the summit route immediately so I could take the rest of the time just to explore more. Oh well, a good reason to return... and to see if those hive-looking things on the ceiling of the overhang just might be geodes.

I posted 25 photos on HAZ, the full set of 35 photos is here:

No summit 360 pan video this time. :-({|=
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