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7 by photographer avatartraildirt
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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 30 2016
traildirt
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Went out to four peaks this weekend with my girlfriend and one of my best friends. We couldn't get out low clearance 2wd all the way up el oso rd so we stopped about 3.5 miles from the TH, loaded all our gear and head up the road around 10am on saturday. There were plenty of people at the TH...only a few people on the trail. There was snow pretty much the entire way, although the boot path was relatively easy to follow. We found a relatively flat and wind sheltered area to pitch our 2 tents at around 3pm. I went ahead to "scout" the rest of the route.

Once I reached the chute and saw it filled with snow and ice I couldn't resist going up (see pics). It was the warmest part of the day so I used the chance to kick solid steps into the snow. The section just to the left and out of view of the main chute was very icy and required some pretty gnarly moves to reach the summit. I did the Saturday ascent using just trekking poles (crampons and ice axe would be recommended although I don't feel any protection was really needed if comfortable dry tooling in the mixed ice/rock section above). I descended a gully to the slight NE of the summit through powder varying from knee to chest deep. One of my gaiters broke and my sock got soaked.

I returned to camp with the beta, ate dinner and survived a windy but overall pleasant 12 hours in the tent. At sunrise we awoke, ate, packed and discussed belay options for the other 2 party members. Once we reached the chute one of the other 2 opted to turn back for safety reasons. I continued on with the other. This time we both used microspikes for tractions and trekking poles for support. In quick time we reached the climbing sections above. With a few more heart stopping moves we reached the summit and enjoyed really great conditions for photos and gratuitous high 5s.

We again descended the NNE gully (swimming down the mountain really). Clouds started to build around noon so we made good time back to camp, packed up and trekked out to the car with a little rain and a little hail along the way.

All around a great weekend and a real treat to do some ice climbing in maricopa county :)
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