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Peak 4647 - Rockinstraw Mtn Quad, AZ
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Peak 4647 - Rockinstraw Mtn Quad, AZ 
Peak 4647 - Rockinstraw Mtn Quad, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2016
Hiking2.30 Miles 919 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   1.33 mph
919 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Peak #3 of 3 today

Having passed by this one a number of times, due to what i could see of the last 20-25 feet, it was intimidating enough I had put it off for almost four years. But... being the last 300' prominence peak on my list in the Rockinstraw Mountain Quadrangle, it was time to git'er done!

A month ago I had mapped a route from the north but when I was out this way last week, the only possibly doable final summit approach (at least for me) was from the south, so I adjusted my plan.

However, once I drove around for a southern approach, I realized I'd be in for another 500-600 feet of elevation gain. Now if it hadn't been so humid on the first ascent of the day (I was soaked through by time I reached the summit) and it wasn't already 89 degrees, I'd have just gone ahead and done it. But no, I decided to revert back to my original northern approach and take the longer but easier route, with a tight arc around to the south for the final ascent.

It worked out great until I reached a point 20 feet below the summit. I took a quick glance farther to the southeast but not being a free-climber that was out. So, I went back to the only spot I felt I even had a slight chance of making it up without falling or bringing a boulder down on me. But it sure looked like I'd have to stretch more than I could reach.

So there I sat... contemplating whether I was actually going to try it, and if I did, where would I place my hands and feet every step of the way. After running through the plan about ten times, I thought, this is taking way too long, just DO IT!
And then I did just that, albeit with my eyes closed. I had planned it so well it seemed easier eyes-closed than it I managed to see where I could have messed up. Yes!
Although the summit was series of monstrous flat-topped boulders, there were gaps in between that could prove a problem so I found the biggest flattest one to shoot my pan photos and video.

All done... time to descend. Oh NO!
It's one thing to ascend with eyes-closed, but it's another to WANT to see where to place my foot (yes, the first slight drop would be onto one foot only) for the first step down, hanging my one hand on a lichen-coated boulder. (I'm on the north side after all)

This one took even more to psych myself enough to just do it. It didn't help I still had my camera on my chest... I should have put it in my CamelBak. But I got down without so much as a scratch... even though my gloves were sitting on the table back home.

Once I got down the lower, looser slope, it was smooth sailing back to the Jeep. Three up and three down today and my Rockinstraw Mountain Quadrangle is complete!
One video:
2:10 - Peak 4647 summit panorama
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