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Courthouse Rock / East FaceSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Climbing avatar Jan 14 2018
trekkin_gecko
Climbing3.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Climbing3.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   0.40 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Fletchkl
 Mountaineer 5.4Trad7 Pitches1200 ft
haven't done any multi-pitch in a couple years
when mike and fletch suggested courhouse rock, i was all in
had first seen the formation on our recon for eagletail peak and it looked like an awesome summit
it was :)
started the approach around 9:30 across open desert then up a scree slope to the base of the gully
took water and the essentials for the climb and mike started up
lots of beta on this route, and reports of scarce protection, long runouts and loose rock are accurate
the climbing is easy and fun, with only a few small sections of 5.4-5.5
five pitches up to the saddle
mike and fletch traded leads on double 60s
the leader then belayed both of us following at the same time, leaving about 20 feet between
did this on four of the five pitches, saving some time with a party of three
we caught and passed two guys at the first belay; they did not summit
switched to hiking shoes at the saddle, crossing to another gully full of scree and cholla
got one good cholla ball in the calf and another in my pinky toe in this section
there's a decent scramble heading toward the final pitch with some exposure
we missed one of the ledges and climbed a short wall that might have been the most difficult climbing of the day
i took a short belay from mike - safety first!
one more shorter pitch, to another saddle before the scramble to the top
this was a lot of fun, not exposed at all
great views from the top of the eagletails, woolsey, big horn, saddle mountain
might have been able to see the kofas to the west
only stayed about 15 minutes since the six rappels down are a little time consuming especially with three
back to the saddle, then rapped down
not sure i was real helpful on rope management, but we got it done
mike offered to carry my share of the gear on a couple of the scree slopes, so i owe him two beers :)
don't usually post times on climbing days, but others might find it helpful to know what a long day they're in for
while the climbing was easy, there was a lot more involved in topping out:
knowledge of belay station locations, where the final pitch began, technical requirements of multi-pitch
i've been fortunate to be able to climb with these two
maybe not a classic, but a very cool rock formation to stand on top of
first new peak of 2018
nice sunset while enjoying beverages and chips & salsa in pristine desert
a big thank you to my partners!
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