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Superstition Mnts - SW / Miners Needle
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Superstition Mnts - SW / Miners NeedlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Dec 28 2018
friendofThundergod
Climbing5.40 Miles 1,400 AEG
Climbing5.40 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
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I took another big step in my progression of climbing today. I was able to link up with Pernell Tomasi for an assault on the east face of Miners Needle. Originally, we had planned to do a technical summit in the Grand Canyon, but it was a little cold for that. So we thought we would do the two pitch Fandango climb off Hieroglyphic Trail, but it was 34 degrees when we started and far too shaded to attempt that one. So Miners Needle it was. We did not actually climb anything in the southwest corner area, but I linked it for convenience, we did a four pitch trad route up the pick called, "The Pick."

The approach is a little nasty from the trail, but reminscent of my catclaw lover days and brought back fond memories of off-trail travel in the Supes. Pernell led all of the pitches, but I earned my keep when I caught him on a fall on the second pitch. I cleaned all of the pro. Overall I loved the climb, there was a little bit of everything and I gained a lot more experience and knowledge in trad climbing. It got a little cold and windy on the final pitch and up to the summit so our stay was short. 3 fun raps down.

In the end, the rock was a little crumbly and there were definitely some heady parts, but I enjoyed every minute of it. It was very special to reach the summit via a very technical multi-pitch route, especially in an area that is so endeared to me. In fact, this climb was one of the highlights of my year, and I hope it will serve as a springboard to some of the goals I have for the coming year.
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