I sent Bob a text about Ragged Top after seeing it from Marana last week, trying to lure him out of hiding. Unfortunately he had done it just last year, but it got the ball rolling and we settled on heading back to the Kofas where we both have unfinished business. I came up with a list of 5 or 6 good ones and we settled on Castle Dome.
I had read a recent trip report on another website that helped us get off track and the first half of the climb was off-trail before we found the well-established route. But it was more fun that way! None of us was prepared for the 2 mile slog in a sandy bottom wash before the climb begins. I should maybe research more!
The wind whipped up below the cliff face and I bundled up with beanie and poofy coat. Joe would have cried. There wasn't much shelter on the summit but we managed to stay for a few minutes anyway. The summit register is a big notebook with enough entries to pass English 102 with honors. The trip down was cake and we met the over/under when passing three Yuman defense contractors from New Hampshire.
It's a long drive for a short hike, so I had put together other options for the day, and we headed off to explore some more. Ultimately my plans took too long and we missed a visit to the Castle Dome Mine Museum and the aerostat blimp which sat on the ground all day ... presumably due to the high winds.
On the way home we stopped in Quartzsite for camel rides with a syrian refugee, live country music and dancing with Silly Al along with a whole lot of cheese! Great day. Thanks guys!