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Superstition Mnts - SW / Barks Canyon WallPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Feb 01 2015
trekkin_gecko
Climbing4.00 Miles 900 AEG
Climbing4.00 Miles
900 ft AEG
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 Glory Road Second 5.7Trad4 Pitches300 ft
glory road is a four pitch climb on barks canyon wall
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planned to do this with mike and fletch, but fletch wasn't feeling well
after some discussion on the weather, mike and i headed east and the fog had completely cleared by the time we got to peralta trailhead
saw snakemarks on duty - nice to see you again, kat!
hiked up bluff springs trail to where you would drop into lower barks canyon and went up the climber's trail to the base of the wall
beautiful morning, a little chilly in the shade, water running EVERYWHERE
mike led all pitches, i followed and cleaned
pitch 1: fun crack, stemming and a lie-back, topping out on a ledge
pitch 2: a traverse to the right, a short downclimb, then up a dihedral and over a roof
lots of stemming
pitch 3: another traverse and some less difficult face climbing
pitch 4: looked easy from below, but i have never chimneyed before, so it gave me fits until i figured out how to do it
a nice mix of different skills required
not finishing the climb isn't really an option because it would be difficult to rappel off with all the traverses
quite a thrill to top out on a pinnacle with a sweet view of weaver's needle
this was only my third multi-pitch climb and mike picked a good one
several more climbs on this wall for future consideration
great views throughout the climb of bluff springs and terrapin trails and barks canyon
could see a few hikers far below
rap off the pinnacle, then a challenging walk-off, with bushwhacking, boulder-hopping and downclimbing
all part of backcountry climbing :)
hiked out, and got back in town in time for all of us to see halftime and the second half of the super bowl at my place
a great day in the supes, for sure :y:
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