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Baboquivari - Western ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
friendofThundergod
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs   6 Mns   1.53 mph
4,300 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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This was a fun little intro into some more adventure climbing oriented fun. The technical part is a pretty light lead, but a strip of slick rock down the middle of the climbing route made it interesting. But at least it was not ice. There was some snow around the base of the ladder route, but there was nothing impeding the climb or scramble to the summit. @Chumley didn't think it would be a good idea to bring a belay device, so we had to be a little creative to set up a top belay, but we got it done. The summit was real cool and it was a great feeling to be on top of such a predominant landmark. We descended after only a few minutes on the summit because Blanco was waiting patiently for us at the base of the Ladder Pitch. After a quick break, we were headed back down and priming our legs for the relentless descent.

It was great to finally knock this southern Arizona icon off the to do list. The climbing portion was not overly difficult, but the big mileage and AEG numbers coupled with carrying a 70m rope definitely served as a good training run for some of the things I want to do in the Grand Canyon this spring.





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