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Battleship - Grand CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2013
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,400 ft AEG
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woke up to cold temps and high winds, putting this hike in jeopardy
was just thinking of a plan B when we decided to go ahead with it
once off the rim, we had shelter from the wind for most of the hike, with enough sun for pleasant temps
down bright angel two miles, then an interesting traverse to a saddle, which is the base of the battleship
since kelly has done this one four times, she easily led the lower route, along with the ascent
nice views and a cool area at the saddle
started climbing the east side of the ship, and could see the duck formation we were heading for
one scramble and then the climb, which we all made fine
it's a good one, too - one long reach for me but stemming was helpful
from there, another scramble then picked our way to the summit
nice flat long area with excellent views of the canyon
learned later there is a nesting pair of condors on the west side of the formation
explored the summit area thoroughly, then headed back down
again enjoyed the downclimbs, scrambles and the traverse, then back up bright angel
would not do this one alone first time due to route finding, and maybe not ever as the climb is a bit of a sketch
pure fun with a nice payoff and now i'm intrigued by the other peaks in the canyon
nice to meet nick and hippy, although i'm not sure if that was monday or tuesday so i'm throwing it in here ;)
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