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2019-11-07  
GUNSITE - Harcuvar Mountains, AZ
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GUNSITE - Harcuvar Mountains, AZ 
GUNSITE - Harcuvar Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2019
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.20 Miles 2,343 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   1.20 mph
2,343 ft AEG   2 Hrs   55 Mns Break
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Gunsite benchmark is located on a nondescript peak in the Harcuvar Mountain Range, at 4457 Ft.
Since I've already hiked up to Smith Pk (5242), the highest peak in the Harcuvars, and also hiked up to Harcuvar Pk (4618), I thought I'd hit the 'trifecta', with Gunsite BM.
Gunsite is located on a peak almost midway, in the 25 mile long Harcuvar Mtn Range.
It's just above Happy Camp Canyon, and NE of the Webber Mine area.

GOOD STUFF:
- The last 12 miles of the drive (on soft dirt/sand, with lots of encroaching shrubs) actually turned out OK - No backtracking & no Arizona pin stripes.
- I located all four disks related to Gunsite. :)

"HOW TO SLOW A HIKER DOWN" - Stuff:
- I had a boot sole start to delaminate, about half way up to the top of the ridge I was using.
I repaired it with tape (I thought). Boulders & scree kept ripping my repair job, making for a very slow ascent. Many stops to re-tape.

I took a direct track up, following a ridge that would lead me to the Gunsite Azimuth mark disk. This 'ridge up' was 60% boulder walls, making travel very slow, as I had to locate slots in the walls to continue my climb.
The azimuth disk was set on its own separate knoll, about a quarter mile from the benchmark knoll. I had to 'de-rock' a huge cairn to get to the azimuth disk. Some of the boulders, stacked up to make the cairn, were larger than a microwave. Those 1948 surveyors must have been musclemen.

I then made my way to the BM knoll, via a saddle, and located the BM disk and it's two RM disks. The BM disk was hiding on me, but through my expert skill & cunning, (OH - And referring to the BM's datasheet), I found the hiding disk.

Beautiful views from atop the Harcuvars.

I stayed off the boulder bumpy ridge on the way down, and chose a wide, steep drainage, in the hopes the drainage would be a better choice for my delaminating boot.
It wasn't.
The repair tape was no challenge for the scree on the way down. Heck - Going down, I even tried electrical-cable-ties on the boot sole. The cable ties did work a little better.

All in all, a good hike in a very remote area. I will bet those four disks haven't been seen since 1948, when they were cemented into their boulders.

Now, I'm off to the boot store.
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