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Weaver's Needle SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Mar 08 2014
Hippy
Hike & Climb8.10 Miles 3,414 AEG
Hike & Climb8.10 Miles
3,414 ft AEG
III PG  • Trad • 2 Pitches
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
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I hiked, I climbed, I conquered!

Okay, loaded up our packs with nuts and bolts and gloves and ATCs and ropes and daisy chains and all sorts of other crazy climber mumbo jumbo that I haven't learned to speak yet.

Kim and her soon-to-be-hubby supplied all the gadgets and safety gear and I brought my will to...fall off a mountain? :-s

A **45** minute jaunt up the full-of-mall-walkers trail commonly known as Peralta we arrived at Fremont Saddle where David got his first look at The Needle and I of course spouted off "the time I free climbed" her and didn't die...

We were off and at the base of the Needle what felt like a mere minutes later. Now let me mention here that Kim and I were carrying the ropes coiled up and nested atop our daypacks and secured nicely under our armpits...the chaffing was amazing once we reached the climb! Thank goodness these ropes were only a few pounds each!
The trek up to the base of the climb felt like forever and by now the sun was climbing high and roasting the tip of my nose!

Finally in the shade of the chute and we realized HOW DANG CHILLY it got back in there!! David and Kim set up the gear and he led the way and top roped us one at a time.

I'd never climbed like this before, in fact, our second rope was also clipped in to my harness as I climbed so when I reached the top of the chock stone and Kim was ready to climb David would to rope her on the orange rope while I pulled up the blue...so confusing to me at first but once I saw it done it kinda made sense. (Though in the end we decided two ropes wasn't really necessary).

After that initial climb its a fairly simple scramble to the summit, granted it was about a 10 minute scramble with maybe 2 or 3 exposed moments but nothing I haven't done before, although now that I think about it, the scrambling section is "harder" than the actual climb to the chockstone! :lol: But a heck of a lot of fun!!

Once on the summit I might have cried with joy...or not, I won't tell! I've been wanting to get up there for years! FINALLY!!! :DANCE:

We celebrated and took photos (too many as usual!) and of course, I did the one thing that must be done to make any summit bag official in my book... and they tried it too... :lol:

After a gajillion photos we headed back to the south side and found the MASSIVE bolted chain and set up our gear for a 80-ish foot rappel down, I heard you can just scramble back down the way you came...but we brought all this gear so might as well use it again!! This rappel was a lot of fun, but it was our first today and my nerves kicked on, fear of heights and all. It takes a lot of guts to take the first step to the edge and lean back trusting only your brake hand to keep you safe.

Needle-less to say, it was awesome, easy, the views were breathtaking, the weather was perfect, my friends and new climbing buddies taught me a lot and helped me when I needed it. I wouldn't suggest climbing the Needle for absolute newbs simply due to the exposure on the scramble up to the summit but from an actual climbing standpoint....cake!

The hike was to Peralta TH was easy, peaceful and watching the sun set as always is a joy.

Best part of the day, having people gawk at the ropes and harness on my pack as I walked up the trail and being able to reply to their "What are you going to climb" with "Why Weaver's Needle of course, right up to the Hippy tippy top!" : rambo : :lol: :y:
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