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Battleship - Grand CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2013
Hippy
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.93 mph
3,300 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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Ooooh it never gets old up here I swear...

Nick and I met up at my place at the crack of...930am...and were off, after I ate breakfast and settled my gear and put on my shoes...

Anyway, we tromped down BA and seemed to reach 2 Mile Corner in a matter of minutes, I of course stopped twice for a good 5 minutes each to point out "Mallory's Grotto" and the "Keeper of The Canyon" to a few tourists.

We took a moment to attempt to spot the petroglyphs that can be seen from/at 2 Mile Corner, no luck this time, I'll try on my way up tomorrow...

I turned around and Niko was already 10 feet "off the trail" so I bounded along behind him, the route was pretty easy to follow and now that I have been shown the way I'll have no problem next time. We skirted a few edges and I only counted 2 spots on the way to the saddle that had any "real exposure", my mother is going to love the photos...

We reached the saddle took a quick peak off the west side...totally doable!

((Side note: I spoke with an ornery ol' ranger who's been here 30 years he's not been able to circumnavigate the battleship from either direction but says if I rappelled down a sheer cliff to the west of the saddle, totally doable!...next adventure??))

We stumbled upon a large heart made of sticks with the letters C + H in the center, we're going to take the photos to the museum to see if they can decipher it's meaning.

What seemed like seconds after leaving the saddle Niko pointed out the first "climb", there was a tiny "Hippy-sized" crevice that I walked right up and popped out from under the chock stone as Niko climbed up to my right :lol:

Another few moments later "Well, is this it?" I asked, Nick grinned and we approached the notorious up climb... really? That thing was cake...and a helluva lot of fun!!

Two more little "climbs" for me, step-ups for anyone taller than me :lol: and we were pretty much there, Niko kept his promise and cartwheeled up top, we explored the summit, signed the log, took in the gorgeous views and bounced back down.
Stopping twice, once to take video of us climbing up and down the "up climb" about 3 times each then a second time along the lower route back for "lunch". Beautiful views!!

The look on the tourist's faces when we popped out of nowhere was fun to take in. Some people ran out of water around 2 mile corner so we were nice enough to share, good karma!!

Anyway, I'll definitely go back to Battleship, it was a blast, seems to be every hike I've taken up here (mostly alone :lone: ) have been amazing in more than one way...

Despite the beautiful views, the fun (and not so fun) trails, the awesome tourists I meet, my great living quarters and fantastic job and enjoying my many solo adventures...I'm SO lonely up here...come visit me, come hike with me!!!

This isn't like Phoenix where you can call up one of your friends and they'll most likely hike with you...this place is full of people who drink too much, don't care abut "the big hole" and have never even seen a sunset ONCE from the rim despite living here over 2 years...
((okay so now that I re-read that....it's EXACTLY like Phoenix except 1/300th the size!! :lol:))


Because I didn't want to be left out of the number of videos taken at "the upclimb"
here you go!
http://youtu.be/zOqCSrG4xgY
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