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Weaver's Needle SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking8.44 Miles 3,673 AEG
Hiking8.44 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.13 mph
3,673 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
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After last weeks trip up Weavers on the east side I got amped up to give the west side a go both up and down without rope. Joe obliged as he had some unfinished business to take care of up there.

We met at 4:30am and off we went. Upon reaching the western approach we methodically worked our way up to the base of the climb. As I went up there was one section that almost did me in. Joe has it marked in his photo set. I started getting the "Elvis leg" and had to stop and calm the nerves for a bit. I almost backed down but then pulled it together and pushed forward.

Once up past the sketchy spot it gets easier but the work is not done. The hand holds and foot holds are there albeit small at times. Once you get just below the chock stone you have choices. You can climb to the right which I have read is a 5.3. Or go directly under the stone which I have read is a 5.0. Going up it is probably just as easy to go right but coming down under the rock is the only way I would do it. Under the rock is the route I took both ways today.

When I did it earlier this year with Mark and Amy I went to the right but I was also attached at that time.

Upon reaching the ledge above the chock stone I tied my 7mm rope to the existing anchors and tossed it down to Joe. It took him a bit to get going but once he was in motion he was up in no time. From there we headed up to the summit and enjoyed the views for a few.

On the way back down Joe used the rope and descended in quick fashion. Then I carefully started to make my way down without the rope. I didn't really know what to do with my pack and the rope so I tossed them down. At this point I was committed. I had to make it down without protection or return back up and come down the east side. Things went okay as I took my time ensuring the hand and foot holds were secure. Upon reaching my pack I picked it up and it felt super light. Somehow the bite valve had come off and all the water had come out. Strangely enough I don't know where it happened or how all that water got out without me seeing evidence of it.

Anyway at this point water wasn't of concern. I was just happy to have conquered the west side and to be alive to tell about it. We made our way down to the Peralta Trail and headed out. Good times!
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