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May 05 2019
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O'Neill ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Lead II G  • Trad • 5.0 Sandstone Good • 3 Pitches
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Pro: 1-3 single BD rack works, don't want to bring much more due to the tight confines of the squeeze chimney.
I liked O’Neill so much that I decided to head back up there the next weekend and take my friend up the much easier NE route. Or maybe my rope "allegedly" got stuck on the pull last weekend and I wanted to go retrieve it.

The NE route was pretty much just a scramble after doing the East Face the weekend before, but I still enjoyed the “climb.” Some might be comfortable with a free solo of this route, but I was happy to be able to put in a little protection for the crux on the third pitch.

After a little break on the summit, we headed to the top of the East Face route for the big rap off the new chains. The rap is airy and fun and a perfect way to finish off this little adventure climb.
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O'Neill ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Pro: Eats pro, BD 1-4. .4s and .5s will find use as well.
The schedules finally aligned for Pernell and I to get on a climb in the canyon together and we picked a good one the east face route of O'Neill Butte.

The East Face Route has a reputation of being pretty sandbagged and it lived up to its reputation. I think the agreed consensus is 5.9 and maybe approaching 5.9+ due to the, "bulge crux." Pernell led the tough first pitch with the crux and then we swapped leads at the obvious belay station just above the bulge crux. It was a little heady taking over at the second pitch. There was a good amount of exposure and it took a little bit of a committing move to get back on the climb and utilizing the crack again. Nevertheless, I stitched up that section. The second pitch got a lot easier after the initial start. It probably diminishes to 5.6 and nice positive hand holds become abundant. The final push to the top gets a little run out as opportunities for pro become non-existent in the OW push to the top. From the top of the second pitch, it was a quick scramble to the north western corner of O'Neill and the break to the top.

We got lucky with some nice clouds and great clear views from the summit. After signing the register and exploring the top a little, we headed down. There are what appear to be new chains at the top of the East Face Route. Its a 40m rap. A 70m rope alone will get you to the ledge 15 feet above the base of the climb.

Grand Canyon summit #22.
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Apr 14 2019
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Zoroaster TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Pro: We pretty much used a double rack, but stitched it up a little. We used up to a BD number 5, but you can get by with a 4. 70m rope required for all raps. Don't really need to bring the stoppers for this one. But some cams under size one will come in handy.
Back in October I reached out blindly to someone (Spencer) about the possibility of doing some technical summits in the Grand Canyon. At the time Zoroaster and Isis were definitely mentioned and high on my list. In fact, Zoroaster was somewhat on his radar as well. He literally invited me out climbing the next day. Of course that was when I had to admit that I actually did not know how to climb and did not own a harness or shoes. He said don't worry about it and told me he had me covered. He could not have been more inviting to me that day and there began my newfound passion for climbing. I spent the next five months training, learning and preparing for something like Zoroaster. All of that hard work came to fruition this weekend, but it was not easy and honestly involved some of the toughest physical and mental mettle that I have ever had to apply to a hike/climb.

We arrived to the Grand Canyon late Saturday evening. By the time we got done consolidating our gear and making final preparations it was nearly midnight. We started shortly after, to shoot for the 24 hour ascent.

We took a brief nap at Sumner Wash and began our push for the base of the climb near day break. The approach went pretty smoothly, however, it still felt like we were a little behind schedule when we arrived around 10:00 a.m. A little over an hour later, I was tying in to lead the first pitch, a 5.7 pitch with an intimidating roof. I had a little nerves when I started it and it was a bit of a committing, but I nailed it pretty cleanly and was all of a sudden feeling pretty good about the climb. Spencer led the next pitch (5.9+) which some say involved the crux of the entire climb, however, neither of us felt it was the most difficult pitch of the climb. Spencer then led pitch 3 and we were both up pretty smoothly, apart for some backtracking to get the stuck second line we were towing up. I led pitch four and everything was going smoothly until I encountered some rope drag from hell. A common problem for climbers new to trad. This rope drag was immense however and I could not even pull it up when attached to just my harness. The only solution I could muster was pre-pulling the rope tug a war style before each climbing crux I encountered. I had to do this three times to clear an OW chimney and then to clear about a 20-30 foot section of slab. Because I was terrified another placement might completely stop my rope, I ended up finishing the final 30, or so foot of the pitch with zero protection and a lot of slack. As I tried to take in slack to pull up Spencer on top belay, it soon became evident that the rope was now completely stuck somewhere (it was wedged in a crack). Spencer had to now jug up the line, get it unstuck and then let me continue with the top belay. Unfortunately, on his way up his gear loop broke on his harness and all of our gear, snacks and water went crashing down the pitch. Pitch four had now become our hell pitch and nothing was going right for us.

We were able to recover from the debacle on pitch four, but we now had two more pitches and our time to complete the summit by nightfall was diminishing quickly. The fifth pitch proved to be the hardest and both of us struggled to make it up the tough, physical 5.9 OW crack. Nevertheless, we still made the "summit" and with just enough time to scramble up the final cap and start making plans for our rap down.

The rap down is where things started to get interesting for us. We hit the first two rap stations cleanly with no issues. However, on our way to the fourth rap station we got off course due to some inaccurate beta and a poorly designed rap route. We were now stuck on a ledge several hundred feet up, but with nowhere to really go down to. We then both jugged up to another shelf to start game planning a way down. By this time, we were down to one headlamp due to some dead batteries and the needed batteries being at our bivy site. We felt there was a promising ledge up to our right that we could get to with a pretty easy climb, so I put Spencer on belay and we climbed up. Spencer then rapped to another ledge below, however, he was feeling uneasy about continuing in pitch dark without knowing where the next rap station was and jugged back up the line to me. We were pretty much out of options at this point, so we rapped back down the short crack we had just climbed and returned to where we had originally rapped to. We decided our only option was to stay on that ledge until daylight. This option however, was certainly unappealing. We had no additional cold weather gear and no water. I didn't even have a pair of socks to put on as I had been wearing only my climbing shoes for the last several hours. We were very confident we could get down in the daylight, but we were both dreading what was about to be a long, cold night stuck on a windy ledge. Not long after some of these realizations we both kind of agreed that we were getting off that summit come hell or high water. We re-climbed to our previous position and decided that we would just start rapping down off "bail" gear and find a way to the bottom Worst case we knew that we could tie both our ropes together and essentially do a couple hundred foot single line rap if needed. Luckily that was not needed as we somehow ended up back on route and were able to finish the rap in the correct manner that was intended. Honestly, I am leaving a lot out here, because I can't really put into words the tough situation we were and the amount of mettle it took us to blindly rap down into the night, not knowing if we were going to hit ledges or rap off the side of Zoro into oblivion. I had given my headlamp to Spencer as it was more important for him to have being the first one down the line, so I was stuck inspecting my system before each rap in poor light, with little sleep and a racing mind. It was just a mentally taxing time for both of us and I can't describe how much relief we had when we finally reached ground level around midnight.

Once on the ground and with any hopes of a 24 hour ascent not possible, we simply made what we thought was the best choice for getting us back to the rim safely. We curled up on the ground, shielded ourselves from the wind as best as we could and spent the the night sleeping, shivering and praying for day light to arrive.

The hike out was standard and a total slog to say the least.

Grand Canyon Summit #21.

Final Notes

I believe we could definitely complete this in a 24 hour window with the first hand knowledge we gained from our first ascent, however, missing the 24 hour window on this one did not diminish the experience in any way. Its hard to articulate how good this accomplishment felt for me. I did not learn how to tie a figure 8 knot until October and now only a mere five months later, I am leading two pitches on perhaps the premier technical climb in the Grand Canyon. I can't thank Spencer enough for opening up the world of climbing to me. Climbing got me through a tough fall in terms of my personal life and now it is helping me reach heights that I honestly never thought I would reach.
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Mar 30 2019
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Sedona Spires / Queen VictoriaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Took some steps in my climbing today. Led all three pitches of Queen Victoria in Sedona today. It’s like trying to solve a puzzle figuring out how to get five people up on two ropes without having the ability to throw a rope back down, but we made it.

There were three cruxes on the way up, each involving a mantle up onto a ledge to finish, with one being a little overhung. Not the toughest three cruxes that I have done, but they were certainly a little heady on lead. Pro was plentiful and good for most of the route. A nice intro into Sedona spires and sandstone.

My first time on Munds and Hangover, not too bad.
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Queen Creek Cyn / Devil's Cyn Upper - ThroneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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 Stuart Little 5.6
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A nice short day of climbing in Upper Devils. The main goal was to get in another trad lead, but I cherry picked some easier sport leads in the process. Trad lead went well, a little tricky in the middle for me. Mainly foot placement and being happy with my pro. But some nice bomber placements higher up had me climbing confidently. Beelined to the chains on The Jester to finish, which led it out a little at the end, but good holds and easy climbing.
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Vishnu TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hike & Climb36.00 Miles 11,182 AEG
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I brought Dave out of retirement for a big one and Karl came along because of course he only does the most epic of Grand Canyon summits. Vishnu had been on my radar since the fall, but Karl and I only made a very half-hearted attempt at it back in October. My original plan this time around, included the same long approach via Unkar. However, on the drive to the Canyon, Dave suggested an alternative approach (Vishnu Canyon) that would be far more scenic, however, it included a redwall break ascent to reach the saddle of Vishnu that was unknown to us. We knew it went, but we really did not have much beta past that. We ultimately went with the Vishnu Canyon approach despite the unknown and it turned out to be an excellent last minute change as Vishnu Canyon proved to be a real gem and the red wall route went!

We started from Grandview Trail at 10:00 a.m. Karl and I wore micro spikes to start, Dave decline. Other than some recent rock slides hindering travel a bit on Grandview, the descent was uneventful. Cottonwood Creek was flowing nicely and proved to be a pleasant section of trail. The Tonto was the Tonto and then it was the turn off for The Old Grandview. The drop down O.G. was steep and loose in spots, but I enjoyed my first time on this steep path to the river. The crossing to Vishnu Canyon went very smoothly and before long we were stashing the rafts and heading up Canyon. Vishnu Canyon was flowing nicely for most of the hike up canyon to camp. In fact, the flowing water created some modest obstacles for up canyon travel, but we managed fine with a little team work. A significant bypass right before camp proved to be a bit of an ass kicker, so needless to say we were happy to finally reach the superb overhang camp around 7:00 p.m. A tough little 14 mile day for such a late start. We did get our first glimpse of the redwall route we would be taking the next day and let's just say it did not leave an easy feeling with me, as it looked pretty steep and nasty from afar.

We left camp around 7:30 on day two and made our way to the red wall break, which slowly began to look less formidable as we approached it. The route was steep and involved a huge bypass to clear a set of falls the guarded the lower portions of the route, but overall it was really not that bad. From the saddle we used a combination of Dave’s memory and the Tomasi directions to reach the crux climb. The climb is only advertised as class four, but I am certain the climb requires at least one legitimate climbing move to send and I would rate it some where around the lowest class five rating in my opinion. I strung a hand line at the top for Karl and Dave to follow and soon enough we were all up. It was a little more Supai and then on to the loose rock slide prone Coconino portion of the climb, which we got through with out too much difficulty. Before long we were staring at the boulder obstacle that had foiled Dave a few years before. I wedged myself up, ran another handline for the boys and all of a sudden we were up and making our final push to the summit cap. There was a little snow still lingering in this portion, which made things a little slippery, but nothing a little extra attention could not mitigate. It took a brief moment to find the final little boulder problem to reach the base of the cap and the final 10 foot "class four" climb to the summit, but we found it and then without much hesitation I was up the final climb and securing another handline for the boys. This time however, the job was made easier by some webbing that was left behind. A final loose scramble and we were finally on top.

What a summit and what a feeling! The conditions were perfect. We were the 57th group to reach the summit according to the pretty detailed register, which had every summit numbered since the new canister and register were put into place at the 24th ascent. As per the norm with these big Canyon summits, the excitement was slightly tempered, as we knew we had a lot of down climbing to do and a few raps to set up, before we were completely out of the clear. The raps went smoothly and the down climb although tedious at times went fine as well. The steep descent back through the redwall was a tad taxing, in fact, it made us excited for boulder hopping and ankle breakers in Vishnu Creek. We got back to camp just before dark, ate a ton of food and celebrated with Reeses per FOTG tradition.

The packraft back across the Colorado River was the only thing noteworthy about our return. We were able to utilize a back eddy that brought us nearly a couple tenths of a mile back up stream and then beyond the Old Grandview beach to a point where we felt comfortable enough to begin the mad paddle across to the relatively small landing area.

Great trip, great group and an amazing summit. It was real nice to knock this one out with a little teamwork and a couple of good friends. It’s always more special when you have to grind them out a little and rely on your own some vs being a bystander and relying on others to guide you up. I am already thinking about a return to this area, to be continued..

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Superstition Mnts - SW / Wild Horse WallPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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I headed back out to the Supes on Saturday, however, this time I was chasing obscure climbing walls instead of snow and waterfalls.

I got some top rope action in and belayed for Pernell on some pretty tough leads to start off and finished with a fun 90 foot, 5.6 crack lead. It was a deceptively tough lead in spots, but it’s always a little more nerve racking on lead. Especially, when relying on your own pro.

I took a scary little fall on my second piece starting off. I was manteling myself up and fell completely backwards. An exhilarating and slightly scary experience all in one. My first thought was to marvel at the fact that my gear stayed in. My second thought was to marvel at the fact that I did not get hurt. Not to be deterred, I got back on the climb and sent it. First ground up ascent on the newly established route and probably last because Wild Horse Wall does not appear to see a lot of traffic.

A great climbing area, I plan to head back. Great views and a unique area.
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Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
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Cherry Creek is impassable by vehicle at the pavement crossing. Luckily, I am good at finding plan Bs. The upper Ancha got a ton of snow and its still lingering on the side roads. Nobody has made it past Workman falls by vehicle and road is a little dicey with snow right now. Everything is flowing and flowing hard.
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Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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I decided to give a complimentary premium tour (with a 30 waterfall guarantee) of the western Supes to a small group of lucky hikers on Saturday. The tour was a hit and we just met the guaranteed waterfall count with 31 waterfalls.

There is no shortage of water in the Supes. The major creeks were flowing, every side drainage was flowing, and the trail was trickling along in most spots at about 5-10 cfs. As expected, La Barge was absolutely raging. In fact, one crossing required a little bit of human chain action and we lost Blanco in the swift current. He narrowly, but calmly missed going down a little cascade of boulders that might have led to a pretty bad day for him. The hike got cold towards the end and the snow got crunchy. We were all happy to be back to the warm car, after hiking about 7 miles in wet pants and wet footwear without the presence of the sun.

Overall, we did not run into many hikers or backpackers. Charlebois had no backpackers and the premium spots along La Barge were all empty, which I assume was due to the high crossings. I really do not think there are too many better hiking options than the western Supes when there is water and snow like this.

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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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The falls were raging and the trail to them is probably in the best shape I have ever seen it in. No shortage of water out there.
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Reynolds Creek Trail #150Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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There was deadfall blocking the road about .7 tenths of a mile from the trailhead, so we had to walk a little of the road to start. The trail needs work and has a few major deadfalls blocking travel on the trail. The falls were flowing the strongest I have ever seen them flow.
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Isis TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Well this one has a been a long time in the making. I think I have wanted to do Isis as long as I have wanted to do Grand Canyon summits. Isis however, always seemed unattainable due to not being a “real” climber and the general logistics of the climb. But after a fall of gearing up and training up, the summit of Isis finally came to fruition for me.

Day 1:

Missing keys, little sleep, a broken down vehicle and a detour for another rope led to a late start Saturday morning. Consequently, the Overhang won out over Hippie camp for our base camp. The hike in was pretty uneventful, apart from bumping into a "climbing" ranger on the Utah Flats route. Matt the climbing ranger was in the area for an Isis attempt as well. He was guiding a researcher from NAU up who was doing a research project on climbing in the canyon, but she did not give us many details. Their bid for Isis never got off the ground, as they were worried about the relatively significant amount of snow encircling the northwest edges and corners of Isis, just below the Coconino summit. We chatted it up with Matt and the summit enthusiast researcher for several minutes before going our separate ways. Matt warned of ice and snow and urged us to use caution, but also told us good luck and acknowledged we could find the conditions better than what they appeared. Nevertheless, I will admit that our conversation with Matt left me a little spooked and less optimistic about our chances of reaching the summit. After some quick camp chores and dinner, I think we were all in bed by 8 p.m.

Day 2:

Early start day 2. Head lamps hike for at least the first half of the hike up to Hippie Camp. One last gear check and consolidation at Hippie Camp and it was on to the redwall break. The redwall break was pretty tame climbing/scrambling and much easier than what I had feared for so many years. From the break it was the steep climb to begin the tedious traverse to the Isis-Shiva Saddle. Chris used a quick check of the Tomasi picture with route to identify the correct bay and level for the crux climb and we were off. It was your standard off-trail Suapi traverse to the crux. We decided on Chris leading the crux and I am glad we went with that decision. The lead was certainly within my ability level, but the sandstone was something new to me and there was a decent little crux move that I was happy to watch someone else do. Although, it should be noted that this crux move can be protected through clipping an older, but seemingly solid piton. Chris set up an anchor pretty quickly and had me on top belay shortly after. Top roped in the climb was a breeze. Dallin did take a small fall coming up the face of the climb, but he quickly recovered to finish the climb and the anchors held admirably, nice job Chris! From the crux things became a bit of a blur a few class five climbs, the house sized boulder crack and the crawling traverse. We blew through most of these obstacles pretty easily, but did take a couple minutes on two of the climbs to set up a quick body belay for Dallin. The traverse to the Coconino break was tedious, but strangely enough the snow did not seem to make it any more worse, in fact, it may have actually made it a little easier. Locating the break in the Coconino slabs that comprise the summit of Isis took a minute, however, the climb/scramble was not overly difficult. Then it was the Coconino shuffle to the summit. An amazing summit and an amazing feeling to be up there. The accomplishment felt tremendous for me and honestly it may have been the most difficult summit I have ever completed. I think the fact that zero parties/people signed the register in 2018 reaffirms this assertion of mine. It was hard to enjoy the summit too much because we knew we had a long descent ahead of us and it was now just after 2 p.m.

Our descent went pretty smoothly, but we ran out of light quickly and completed the last two raps in total darkness. We placed some new webbing at each of the Supai raps and reused some webbing and a quick link in the redwall. The webbing looked good and our guess was that it was left over from a group’s failed attempt at Isis in October. The final push from Hippie to the Overhang was a bit of a slog and we got back after 9 p.m. But there was no way that we were going to allow the long day and late night to detract from our accomplishment. Dallin and Chris celebrated with a little whiskey, meanwhile I busted out the Reese. High winds, rain and snow throughout the night made us happy to be under the large overhang.

Day 3:

We woke up to snow at camp level and snow all around us. The snow really made the hike out something special. You really can't beat the Utah Flats Route after a nice dusting of snow. Ropes and climbing gear are heavy and the Canyon is steep, but we made it out in a relatively good amount of time. The road was closed because of snow right before the SK Trailhead, but we were able to open the gate to get out.

Final Notes
Big thanks to Chris for providing most of the technical expertise on this one and thank you to Dallin for snagging the permits. For planning purposes it took us 7.5 hours to reach the summit from the Overhang Camp. You do not need much pro and a 60m rope is overkill. 19th Grand Canyon summit.
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Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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I headed out to one of my old haunts with John in search of waterfalls today. The marquee falls were a no go, but there was plenty of water and some nice secondary falls and cascades. Bull Basin is a top notch trail with flowing water. All the trails along the loop were in excellent shape, it rained from the moment we started hiking until we finished. The road in was a little slippery.
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Dirt Tank - Haunted Canyon

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Fullest I have seen it.

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Some puddles and lightly trickling water
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Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2019
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Hiking5.15 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.71 mph
1,000 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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I did a little afternoon stroll on a trail I had not hiked in a long time. I was just looking for something to do with Blanco other than a hike in the valley. I took him for a swim afterwards. There were several people on the trail and the trail is in great shape. I was a little disappointed to see no water in Boulder Canyon. I do not know the numbers, but I feel the early rain we got this year has somewhat hidden the fact that it has not been an overly wet winter in the Supes. I feel there should be generally be at least a trickle of water flowing down Boulder this time of year, but it was bone dry where the trail crosses the creek bed.

dry Boulder Canyon Dry Dry
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Camelback Mountain / HeadwallPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Climbing2.50 Miles 450 AEG
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 Donamatrix Onsight 5.8SportG
12 quick draws to first set of bolts
Headed out to Camelback for a quick afternoon MLK Day climb. On-sighted Donamatrix because it was too windy to do the praying monk. A fun lead! The height, howling wind and petrified mud holds made it a little heady today.
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Baboquivari - Western ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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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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Stewart Pocket / Stewart PeakPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Climbing2.00 Miles 450 AEG
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450 ft AEG
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Led a pretty heady 5.8 sport route. Top roped a fun 5.9. Led a 5.8 trad route. Great day of climbing with a great group. Slab climbing reminiscent of the McDowells. Great area and big views. In particular, the snow covered rim was an excellent backdrop to our climbing.
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Bluff Springs Trail #235Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.60 Miles 1,120 AEG
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The road into the trailhead was a little slippery and muddy. The parking lot was only about half full when we arrived and a little less when we returned. It’s tough to beat Bluff Springs Trail after a good rain. We passed a couple groups of backpackers on the way out, but other than that we had the trail to ourselves. We made a return to an area I call Terrapin Forks in hopes of catching a couple nice waterfalls and some cascades. We were successful, however, the celebration was short lived as it started to rain around the falls and would not stop for the rest of our hike.

One of the backpacking groups lost a member in their party and were back on the trail looking for him. We spoke to the guy and exchanged greetings, but sometime after that and over a distance of not even a mile, he got separated from his group. I hope all turns out well for him.

A van that was stuck in the middle of the road caused a Jeep to get stuck as well and it was a little tough getting around them and getting out in general with the road conditions.
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Wildflowers Observation None
Some pink flowers on bushes and a little brittle brush here and there

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Saddle Horse LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking2.10 Miles 137 AEG
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137 ft AEG
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We did this hike on the morning of our drive out. The view points just off trail are pretty spectacular and the snow made it pretty memorable. A great little trail to do if camping at Toroweap.
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Lava Falls TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking3.56 Miles 2,857 AEG
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Second time for this one for me, but still fun. John was not feeling it and turned around about 2/3 of the way down. Chumley and I continued on to the rapids for a little IG photo shoot and a quick break before heading back We both agreed that this is a really scenic section of the Colorado River and that the rapids were robust and a little scary looking. We climbed out pretty quickly for the steepness and loose nature of the climb and I think we finished in just over 3.5 hours.

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This is a robust spring and it was really flowing. Not sure of water quality though, as it is on the opposite side of the river.
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