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Weaver's Needle SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Feb 26 2013
dwightnancy
Hike & Climb8.10 Miles 3,414 AEG
Hike & Climb8.10 Miles   10 Hrs      0.81 mph
3,414 ft AEG
Onsight IV G  • Trad • 5.7 Unknown Good
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Pro: standard rack, doubles of small cams up to 3, plus singel #4, plus passive, slings, one 70m rope. HELMETS
200 people on Peralta trail that day according to register. Just the 3 of us on Weavers' Needle! Ginger the dog did not summit, but not for lack of effort. Less than classic climbing with a more than classic summit. Overall a really fun and exhausting day.

Why would someone try to take a dog up Weavers'? Without trying to sound too Malloryesque- to see if it could be done? She was ok on the first pitch, but it all went pear-shaped when she got to the dead vertical stuff. She was being hauled slowly up, dragging against the rock on her side. She was completely non-plussed. We lowered her to the base and she waited on a down-stay while we summited. Good dog. Craaaazy owner. She did seem to be less dissappointed than usual when we left her behind though.

The only navigational challenge was finding the climbers' trail up through the talus to the base of the climb. You follow the main trail well over the saddle almost down to the creek , finding a little promontory about 30 ft. above the creek. The dispersed trail leads down from there into and accross the creek to recollect itself on the opposite (east) bank. It is worth finding this trail.

Once at the base of the climb, we scrambled up to the start of the steep stuff. We were looking up at the chockstone when we roped up (P2?). The climb up to the chockstone is about 5.7? I know others have rated it much easier, but I am an experienced leader it felt about 5.7 to me. Not hard really, but likely 5.7. Fair pro, fair rock quality. Felt safe. From the chockstone we roped through only one short exposed section and otherwise scrambled 3rd and 4th class trail to the top. We were back at the base in about 2.5 hours including some summit time.
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