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Baboquivari - Western ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2015
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,100 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.26 mph
4,100 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break
 
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I'm glad we finally got this one done. I believe it was weather last year that threw a wrench in our planned trip. We met around 5:31 or 5:32 at Ray and I-10 and headed out. By 8am we were hiking on a well groomed trail up to the base of Baboquivari.

The area and the hike are worth the trip itself. Very scenic and enjoyable. Then up the great ramp is a fun scramble with rewarding views up top. Around the corner is "the ladder" which derives it's name from once having an actual ladder there made of steel and wood rungs. Here is the only technical part of this route. Bob and I managed to climb it without gear. Scott followed and set up the rope and Joe and Chumley followed shortly thereafter. From this point we made our way up the rest of the route to the summit.

Views up top are excellent as this one stands mighty tall. I soaked up some rays while the boys had a quick bite and then we exited the way we came.

On the way down I attempted to down climb "the ladder" without any protection or aid. I made it to about 15 feet from the bottom and just couldn't get that last part done. I grabbed the rope that they were using to rappel and with some help from Bob I finished that last piece of the puzzle. I may try again someday?

We enjoyed a nice warm hike back to the vehicles and then it was off to Tucson for some delicious Tacos at one of my favorite haunts. BK's Taco shop on 12th. For the grand finale we hit DQ at Picacho Peak for Cherry Dipped Cones.

Good stuff and good times with a great group!
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