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Eagletail Mountains, AZ
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6 by photographer avatartrekkin_gecko
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Eagletail Mountains, AZ 
Eagletail Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.90 mph
2,000 ft AEG   2 Hrs   45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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my climbing partners invited me along on an attempt/recon of eagletail peak
we gathered info from google earth, mountain project, annerino's adventuring in arizona book, mike's climbing buddies, and viewed triplogs and photosets from successful summits by desert_boonie, sbkelley and dwightnnancy
left town around 6:30 and after a couple false starts on the best place to park, didn't get going until close to 9:00
warm enough by then, but the late start didn't leave enough daylight, as we would discover
the first few miles are across flat desert terrain
off trail, but easy walking with a few ravines to cross
figured out which saddle/notch we should shoot for, then started hiking up
some loose rock and scree on this part, but not too bad
reached the notch and stopped for more recon and a little snack break
at this point, the scenery is awesome
headed up a gully which has some nice slickrock sections, topping out on a high ridge
from there, you have to decide on the knife-edge or dropping straight down to the saddle just below the eagletail peak
we calculated our turn-around time, and realized we had no chance of getting the technical summit of the north feather if we wanted to get down the steep part below the notch before dark
dropped packs and ventured out on the knife-edge
i stopped at a place i didn't feel comfortable with, fletch took a short break after scrambling around on the edge, and mike went over to where he could see down to the saddle
still a big chunk to go to get to the base of the climb
gathered back at the ridge where you first see the peak and headed back down
slow going, especially with a pack full of climbing gear
eventually hit the desert floor and found our way back to the vehicle
forgot to turn on my gps tracking, but at least set a waypoint where we parked
while we were all a bit disappointed to not have a shot at the climb, there were some obvious lessons learned today
need to start much earlier and wait a month or so until we have more daylight - i get why ken and scott camped at the base of the peak on their trip
now we know what kind of effort it will take
our route finding will be much quicker next time
need to be more on task to the high ridge, then have plenty of time to get across the saddle and negotiate the climb
nice to be included on this adventure and i can't wait to try it again
my hat is off to those of you who climbed the peak - it's a good one
it was fun to see these west side mountains up close for the first time
courthouse rock looks like a good climb
saddle mountain and big horn peak still beckon
Geology
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Courthouse Rock Eagletail Peak
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