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Cathedral Rock via Esperero Trail
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Cathedral Rock via Esperero TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2014
joebartels
Hiking17.05 Miles 5,884 AEG
Hiking17.05 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   2.51 mph
5,884 ft AEG      46 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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When jj mentioned this my eyes lit up. Thick stands of no arm saguaros pin cushion sides of the lower hills. Fair mileage. Excellent aeg with two or three short steep parts that get your attention. That wicked view midway up looking down the throat of a high wall canyon with Wrightson standing proud on the horizon. Goal posts. Oven to heaven temps. Fun scramble at the top.

I've lost count of snakes seen this year due to "Hansenaz's Law of Snake Averages". Snakes stepped "over" increased to four for 2014. This one wasn't a rattler. It tangled on my left foot just long enough to get my heart racing. May have created a new ballet move too. Minutes later a black-tailed rattler buzzed us in passing. We'd recently passed a gal from Washington and I'm thinking she was glad we weeded all the snakes out of the next tenth of a mile...lol

The scramble at the top had me a bit uneasy last time so I skipped it. Last years few rappels made this seem pretty easy now. Used the rope for the top third going up and all the way down. Think I could get up without. Going down without is still outta my league, especially the initial spot at the top.

Tasty tacos at the car wash facade bus depot!
Forget the name, something like Cucumber Burparitos!

Took 4 quarts, consumed 3.9
Rope is in excellent condition
Bone dry, no water anywhere
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