username
X
password
register help
show related photosets
mini location map2015-03-14
15 by photographer avatarJohn9L
photographer avatar
 
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
John9L
Hiking4.90 Miles 886 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
886 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners partners
clairebear
Claire and I headed up to Sedona for the day and started with Bell Rock. It's been a decade since I was on the summit and Claire has never been. We started from the south parking area around mid-morning on a busy Saturday. We made quick time as we headed directly to the west side of Bell Rock.

The route heads right up a gully and is fairly intuitive. We started the scramble up and noticed a large guided group ahead of us. The group was not an issue but what really stood out was the member without a right leg. It was missing below the knee. I thought he was just checking out the lower section but no this guy was determined to summit. We passed the group at the lower notch and made our way to the summit. We took our time and looked over the route. There is a sketchy scramble a little below the summit. The challenge is finding good hand and foot holds in the sandstone. We both took our time and made our way up and reached the summit soon after.

Once on top we took a break as we enjoyed the views. Sedona is just beautiful and makes me feel like a nostalgic tourist from the mid-west. Bell Rock was my very first hike in Arizona back in 1997. I went with my sister and brother on a day trip from Phoenix. I didn't summit that day but that didn't matter. I was enamored with Arizona. I knew I would be back.

While enjoying the top the guided group started making their way to the summit. The tour guide counted off 804, 805, 806... as each person reached the summit. A few short minutes later the guy without a leg topped out and he was elated! I'm not sure how he did it but he was there. Everyone was clapping for him and the guide said this is a first for him. All of this was really cool to see and made our day. :)

From there we started our descent down. I couldn't help but think about it while on top. It turned out to be fine. The scramble section was tricky but is fine. We just took our time and felt for good holds and eased our way down. After that we dropped down and scrambled down the notch. Once below we were home free and started the loop around Courthouse Butte. We cruised and were back to the car a little before noon. We were off to a great start and had more hikes planned for the day.
_____________________
1 archive
HAZ Member
John9L's
251 Photosets

  2015-12-05
  2015-11-27
  2015-10-30
  2015-10-09
  2015-07-23
  2015-07-02
  2015-07-01
  2015-05-30
  2015-05-23
  2015-05-16
  2015-05-09
  2015-05-03
  2015-05-02
  2015-04-25
  2015-04-19
  2015-03-19
  2015-03-14
  2015-02-15
  2014-11-27
  2014-11-01
1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8 ... 13  
help comment issue

end of page marker