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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2016
DennisWilliams
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   7 Hrs   22 Mns   1.85 mph
2,100 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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A fine, rainy day for a hike up the Battleship.

Took a friend from the gym up there. I had not been to the top of Battleship before. Got up on the stern once but had to leave due to poor time allocation. Really enjoyed the traverse along the length of the ship with the sheer drops on both sides. A great hike and one that I will put on my short list of favorites. Will definitely go back and take others that might be in need of an intro to scrambling. But for sure the best part are the views. I have seen the same terrain from many different vantages and the western Supers are some of the best country on earth, but on Battleship the sense of space and the overall composition of form, color, and scene in every direction are true masterpieces.

Here one enters the Great Cathedral of the Superstitions. Upon gaining the top of the southern mesa, the narthex of the cathedral, the use of hushed tones comes instinctively. Proceed north in solemnity along the nave and past the great eastern transept, where views into the ragged gash of the La Barge Box are evocative of the silent pipes of some colossal organ stretched toward the heavens. Continue the pilgrimage to reach the narrows, the architrave in inverse, and a sudden quickening of the pulse. Approaching the sanctuary that is the upper reaches of the summit block the need to maintain four points of contact with the rock induces spontaneous but entirely appropriate genuflections. From the top the apse extends to the north, the bow of the ship, unifying the whole. Here behold in astonishment the stupendous act of creation encircling you. Here High Mass has been in continuous celebration for aeons.
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