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Deadman and Frustum #29, AZ
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Deadman and Frustum #29, AZ 
Deadman and Frustum #29, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking6.86 Miles 1,576 AEG
Hiking6.86 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   2.30 mph
1,576 ft AEG   4 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
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Three days ago I hiked east of Horseshoe Reservoir, searching for a benchmark and a frustum (county boundary marker). I found the benchmark, but not the frustum (it’s underwater).

Today I set out east of the dam to find a different benchmark and a different frustum. There was some urgency in getting back out there, as the rising water will impede my shortcut from the dam to the area east of the reservoir. Today’s search won’t be near the water, but the shortcut cuts about 7 miles off the hike.

Three days ago, I hiked right on the shore. This time I stayed up the mountainside a bit, working my way east through vegetation that was manageable. Staying on the mountain side, however had me going down (and up) 4 or 5 drainages. That got old.
Once done with the shortcut, I headed straight for Deadman Triangulation Station, through a gradual up-sloping desert. Initially (and after getting stabbed a few times), I was side-stepping christmas cholla. Those things are now my least loved cactus. Those long, stiff needles are just plain mean !! :yuck:

The christmas cholla finally gave way to their cousin, ‘Opuntia bigelovii’ - AKA teddy bear cholla.
The closer I got to the benchmark and frustum area, the more I was in a teddy bear cholla convention. I have the photos (and needles-in-the-legs) as verification.

I found the benchmark right away, but not the frustum. I knew it was south of the benchmark, and obviously on the Maricopa/Yavapai county line (I had the ‘line’ on my GPS). Due to the thick cholla, I couldn’t hike and look for the frustum at the same time. I tried that and the cholla won every time. :(
So, I would move around while avoiding cholla, then stop and scan the area. I did this several times, and finally the 2 ft 6 inch high frustum was spotted, surrounded and protected by my teddy-bear nemesis.

Maricopa/Yavapai Boundary Marker #29 is in great shape, especially for being monumented 90 years ago. Of the 31 total frustums placed in 1924, 6 were large and 25 were the small version. Frustum #29 is the small variant. It’s three bronze plates are in great shape also.
Once found, I spent 20 minutes ‘shoveling’ cholla balls away from the frustum area, so I could take a few photos without being impaled.

It turns out the surveyors (as usual) did a great job - Placing frustum #29 right on the county border (Latitude 34 degrees North). My GPS displayed a mere .003 ’minutes’ difference from Lat 34 North. Excellent job.

Once done with my searching, and photo-taking, I hiked back using the same route.
I’ll return again (east of the dam) in the fall when historically, Horseshoe Reservoir is drained down to just the Verde River flow. Then I can look for that other frustum that presently is only available to the fish.
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