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2013-02-09  
Shiprock Violas & Ives Peak - Arrastra, AZ
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Shiprock Violas & Ives Peak - Arrastra, AZ 
Shiprock Violas & Ives Peak - Arrastra, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2013
joebartels
Hiking15.75 Miles 3,650 AEG
Hiking15.75 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   1.72 mph
3,650 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Shiprock was remarkable. Violas was a pimple. Ives was enchanting. The hike to the base of Ives was nice. We wanted to hike through Joshua Trees and we did. However they were on the lower part alongside the jeep road, not in the wilderness portions.

The adventure began at the base of Ives. The scramble up was fun. A saguaro plastered with snow greeted us right when we topped out. It was a little windy and cold so we forged on.

Bruce wanted to return on the jeep road. John eyed a shortcut canyon. I had an idea of where I wanted to go and somehow worded it in a way to convince Bruce and John.

Luck worked over a blind horizon a time or two before we cliffed out. True luck IMO was that we were far enough away from backtracking that we could concentrate on the adventure ahead of us.

We took turns looking for a route off the cliff edge. This is called sending out a "test hiker". I jumped on the 1st and bombed. John checked an option that looked impossible yet came within 20 feet of victory! Then surprise of the day, year or life happened when BRUCE took the lead down a scree slide. It sounded like wind chimes descending!

We brought it home via the Santa Maria and Black Canyon Wash. It's been a while since I was so exhausted.

2 minutes and 46 seconds in the Arrastra Wilderness
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Route Fly Over
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Flora
Flora
Joshua Tree
Fauna
Fauna
Raccoon
Culture
Culture
Benchmark

dry Black Canyon Wash Dry Dry
just a trace in spots, like quicksand drying out
it wouldn't be worth your time trying to filter with Santa Maria nearby

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Doable Spring Dripping Dripping
difficult to gauge, perhaps just runoff
judging by the nearby growth, something trickles often

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max South Fork Santa Maria River Light flow Light flow
flowing nice
over the ankles, typically 10-20 feet wide
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