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Weaver's Needle Summit - East c4 RoutePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking8.45 Miles 3,023 AEG
Hiking8.45 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   1.95 mph
3,023 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
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1st trip
So I had some work to do on the steps for my hot tub. The wood is getting a bit dry from the sun. Normally I stain them every couple years but recently I saw this new product from Behr called "Deck Over". It is a slip resistant heavy duty coating for old and dry wood. :-k

Anyway, Joe sent over a PM suggesting something about an early morning Weavers Needle attempt. Something about going at it from the eastern side that is rated as a class four. I had heard that the east was easier than the west but still a bit sketchy. When I was up there earlier this year with Amy and Mark I looked down the eastern side. From above I couldn't determine the level of difficulty so I figured I would come back some day. Well heck isn't this perfect! I can go check it out from below with Dave and Joe!

So at first light we start heading up the Bluff Springs Trail. 1, 2, 6 and we are at the base of Weavers needle. Upon checking it out it looks pretty good. The guys suggest I go up first. After a short bit Joe says "wait let me throw the rope up to you". He does and I continue on up. There was some webbing to tie onto about mid way. I tied the rope for the guys and kept going. Before you know it I was standing on the ledge above the chock stone. Holy Moly I was feeling elation! I already knew that from here up was 100% doable without issue.

Then some time passed and then some more passed. Where are the guys? Joe hollers for me to come back down to the webbing and untie the rope and pull it through. They had decided to double it over so they could rappel back down with the harness Dave brought.

So this gets done and they come up without issue. From the ledge above the chock stone we all scurried up to the summit. It was a short and sweet visit and then back down we went.
Dave had to be at work by 11 so there wasn't much time to mess around. On the way down I free climbed it and the boys chose to rappel. Then it was a short trip around the base of the Needle and down to the Peralta Trail.

We figure we could do the round trip hike and climb in 4 to 4:30 hours. This one took a little over 5 and a half.

Dave went to work, Joe and I had some Del Taco and then I went to Home Depot and got my Deck Over product. Got those steps taken care of so no more staining in the future!

Now that is a Good Day!
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