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May 08 2021
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Carbon ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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After a slow start, its shaping up to be a Grand spring after all. Carbon Butte came up on my radar when I did Chuar Butte in the fall. From Carbon Canyon, Carbon Butte is nearly indistinguishable and rather unremarkable when compared to its counterparts in the area like Chuar and Temple Buttes. However, its more eye catching from the saddle of Chuar where I first spotted it and I have been intrigued by the off the beaten path butte since the last time I passed through the area, so I decided to give it a go. I thought I had scouted the line to the summit on my last visit and was told it was pretty straight forward, so I felt confident in reaching the summit, but not as easy with the long approach.

We stepped off on Tanner Trail around 4:30 a.m and then it was a pretty standard hike to the Palisades area and our crossing above Lava Rapids. The crossing there always gets my attention, but it seems to be getting easier each time. It was my partners first time in a packraft and his first time on the Colorado River obviously, but he did great, although, he left the crossing with some adrenaline. We cached our overnight supplies before we crossed the river and therefore committed ourselves to reaching the summit of Carbon and making it back down and across the Colorado before nightfall. After filtering five liters of water, we set off towards Carbon Butte. We cruised along the Butte Fault Route and over to Carbon, where we then headed up canyon after leaving behind our rafts.

The hike up Carbon Canyon was warm at times, but the geology was terrific and mindboggling as usual. We left Carbon Canyon proper for a small side drainage below Carbon Butte. Some light scrambling in this drainage brought us to the first steep ridgeline that appeared to gain Carbon´s north saddle and class three approach to its summit. The ridgeline was steep and we ended up scrambling a little near the top, but it "went" and we were on the summit in short time with minimal effort by Canyon standards. We signed the register quickly and headed right back down, as we wanted to ensure we would be reunited with our overnight supplies before nightfall. We found a better descent than the our ascent route and cruised back down to our side drainage with little effort. I would recommend the "painted" and semi obvious steep ridgeline for any future ascents and descents of Carbon Butte.

We generally made good time in getting back to our rafts and lucked out with a shaded descent of the Carbon Narrows. Five liters of water for the two of us proved to be just enough and we found ourselves pretty parched by the time we reached the river. We crossed far more down stream than my last crossing here and it paid off, as we avoided the powerful eddy that was seemingly trying to push us up into the rapids created by Carbon Creek last time. The float back to our crossing above Lava Rapids was pleasant as usual. We cowboy camped near the river and spent the night envious of the boaters celebrating and cooking tasty meals on the other side.

We woke up at 3:15 on Sunday and were headed back to the rim shortly after 4 a.m. We did not break any speed records on the way out, but we had a solid rest and eating plan in place that we followed, which prevented major energy collapses or hitting of the proverbial wall on the hike out.

Final Notes:

I would basically sum this trip up as a five star adventure for a two star summit. Carbon Butte proved to be a summit only a mother could love, but its location and setting can't be beat and we enjoyed the process. Carbon's first recorded ascent was in June of 1963 by Buchart and Springorum. Its on adventures like these that I feel closest to the spirit of Buchart and his feats. I like to think that we were drawn to this summit for many of the same reasons that he was and it satisfies me on a personal level. At 17.5 miles to the summit, I think this may be my new longest single day push to a summit to date. I am already excited for a return to this area and an attempt at Temple Butte. This was my 41st Grand Canyon. It was my partners third Grand Canyon summit. He has now done Zoraster, Hayden and Carbon with me, I can't think of a better first three summits.
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Apr 25 2021
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North Canyon Trail #4Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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This was my first time on the lower portions of the North Canyon Trail. We only hiked in a little because we had a leaky tire and were a little weary from enduring a night of some of the heaviest winds I have attempted to sleep through in a tent. Needless to say, we were still happy with the short hike and this end of the North Canyon Trail.

The hiking was easy going and the tread was a nice soft sand for most of the hike. The scenery was superb along the short stretch we did and there was a nice prehistoric site along the way. I am eager to get back and knock out this entire trail in one hike or short backpack.
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Apr 24 2021
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Marion PointNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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We spent the weekend exploring the lower elevations of the Saddle Mountain Wilderness. On Saturday, I made a quick detour into the National Park to summit Marion Point while Katie waited with the dogs on the rim.

The hike out to the rim was nearly perfect for conditions, cool temps, breezy and cloudy. The climb to the rim was as strenuous as I had remembered, even with a lighter pack, but we still made pretty good time to the rim. The dogs enjoyed the cooler temps on the hike in and the dramatic clouds made for some nice scenery. We found a scenic spot for Katie to hang a hammock and take an extended break with the pups and then I took off for Marion Point.

I left the trail At 1.5 miles at the unmistakable Marion Point campsite. From there, stay high on the ridge line until its obvious end; traverse west of the small pinnacles at the beginning of the off trail approach. From the end of the ridgeline, pick your way along some obvious breaks in the crumbly cliff bands until you reach the narrow neck that connects Marion Point to the ¨rim¨ of the Grand Canyon. An obvious gully and some light scrambling will get you through the neck and up and going on the long ridge of Marion Point. I stayed as high as I could along the spine of Marion Point as I made my way out along the jutting summit. The narrow neck visible on the approach is not as narrow as it looks, but it’s still a fun aspect of the summit approach. There is some pretty decent exposure to the west if you stick high to the ridge on your approach, use caution. I did not spend much time on the summit proper and turned around after a quick sign of the register. Exiting Marion and reaching the main trail seemed to go even smoother on the return. I got back to Katie and the dogs after just over 3 hours and 30 minutes. After a long break and some relaxing in the hammock we hiked back the way we hiked in.

A great summit with a moderate approach and terrific scenery along the way. The off trail portion was engaging and fun and the route finding generally straightforward. The howling winds on Saturday added a little spice to the approach and return. This was my 40th Grand Canyon Summit.
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Apr 04 2021
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Coon Creek RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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I can’t believe it took me this long to get out to this site. This was a nice little ruin with some unique charm due to the geology of the area and its definitely worth the trip for the rock pile enthusiast out there.

The drive in is attention getting at times, but most four wheel drives with a little clearance should be fine. The approach to the ruins is short and there is a well defined use trail. It’s getting hot out there.

We started the morning across the street in the eastern Supes where we tried our luck on some primitive climbing routes on some surprisingly nice granite walls. The granite was a little grainy and the belayer was subject to a small sprinkling of pebbles on each climb, but we still enjoyed the unique opportunity to get some climbing done in the eastern Supes.
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Mar 27 2021
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Weaver's Needle SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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I finally decided to give the west side of Weavers a try and then after Weavers, Katie and I continued on for a bit of a western Supes super loop.

We met Jordyn at the Peralta Trailhead just after six and were on our way to the west chimney shortly after. I don’t know why I thought approaching Weavers from Terrapin would be a good idea, but that is what we went with and it definitely added some work to the approach as we had to complete a sometimes attention getting high traverse around Weavers northwest corner. I was not happy about the added time, but we did come across some pretty intriguing caves/old mines along the way.

From the base of the obvious west chimney we roped and “racked” up at the chains that mark the beginning of the second pitch. The first pitch is an easy class four scramble. I placed a few small cams and exited out the left side of the chock stone for the 5.4 finish. Going under the chockstone is rated at easy 5th class and going to the right is rated 5.2. We left the ropes at the rap anchors above the chockstone and we soloed the standard route to the top.

After realizing how close Peralta was, we chose to scramble back down to Peralta for our descent vs traversing back around Weavers NW corner. From Peralta, Jordyn took our rope and small rack and headed back to the trailhead. Katie and I then headed towards the Dutchman Trail, which we took all the way to Charlebois Spring. There were several backpackers camped along the trail to Charlebois and near the spring. After an extended break at the spring, we continued on with our loop. We made a quick detour up Music Canyon along the way out and finished just before 9:00 p.m. to a bright full moon.

A nice 20 mile jaunt through the Supes with an iconic summit along the way. The lack of water out there was a little depressing, but there is enough to backpack, the desert is green and it feels like spring out there. We encountered a hillside of poppies on our descent to Peralta and encountered significant poppies lining the trail and hillside along the trail shortly after beginning the gradual climb from the LaBarge Spring area.
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A hike into La Barge Spring right now would net you a modest wildflower show along the trail as you approach the intersection of the Dutchman and Red Tanks Trail. Its short, but sweet.

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full as usual, no fire damage near.

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A few nice pools and some trickling water

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A few small pools of standing water
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Mar 14 2021
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Superstition Mnts - SW / Miners NeedlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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••• Threading The Needle Onsight 5.5Trad2 Pitches
I brought a single rack .1-1 and some nuts. But I would recommend a singe rack BD .2-4. A single 60m will get you to the ground from the chains.
I am still some how ticking off new experiences in the Supes after all these years of bumming around out there. Today it was the Miner´s Needle ¨summit¨ via the Threading the Needle route, which was first climbed in 1968 by Larry Trieber, Don Weaver, Tom Kreuser, Betsy Metcalf and Bill Sewry.

It took us longer than it should have to find the start, but we eventually got going. The rock being in the shade all morning was still wet from the night before, so the beginning part was a little more tedious than it needed to be. I only brought a BD rack to a number one, but I wish I had brought a three and a four for the ramp to the Needle. The vantage point from the Needle was pretty spectacular and offer some of the best views of the Supes I have seen. The second pitch involved an easy, but exposed traverse to and easier climbing ¨groove,¨ which led to the top. The exposure was real, but the climbing was pretty easy and the protection was actually pretty good due to a few nice horizontal placements along the way. A fun airy rap from a newer set of chains got us to the bottom.

A cairned use trail will get you to the base of this climb and others in the area. We took the Dutchman Trail to the off trail approach and then continued on the Dutchman to Bluff Springs to complete the loop and climb of Miners Needle.
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Some patches of poppies before the Dutchman-Coffee Flats Intersection and some along the trail up to the saddle, this area might be a nice spot for a modest show of flowers in a week or so.

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Mar 06 2021
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Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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A leisurely backpack into the Pine Creek Drainage from the Campaign Creek Trailhead.

Early morning coaching obligations in the valley had me and the pups starting a little after noon and it actually felt warm at times during the climb up to the saddle. The trail was in excellent shape and signs of maintenance were everywhere, as mentioned in an earlier triplog. Several areas were spared along the Reavis Gap Trail to include the campsite at Pine Creek. I did not do much at camp besides eating and sleeping.

The hike out the next day was a lot cooler than the day before and the usually relentless downhill back to Campaign Creek seemed to go rather quickly.

I can´t seem to get enough of the Supes lately and am enjoying my little renaissance out there. It was great to see everyone again and I could not have asked for a better quick get away from the valley with the dogs.

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A pool where trail crosses and some trickling water up stream

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Feb 28 2021
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Herman & Music, AZ 
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I knocked out a big day in the Supes with Jordyn today. We opted for a couple of walk up summits in the backcountry, Herman and Music Mountains.

We cruised to the summit of Herman and were signing the register a mere three hours after we had left the trailhead. We took the first obvious drainage that looks like it goes from the Red Tanks Trail after crossing LaBarge Creek. A dryfall with a black streak is visible from the trail and we took the chance that the fall could be bypassed or climbed. Some light scrambling and an exposed third class move was required to climb the fall and we were soon making our way up the grassy slopes of Herman. As we hiked up Herman we noticed that there was a pretty direct route from Trap Canyon up to the summit of Music. So after signing the register, we made the steep and somewhat spicy descent into Trap Canyon. From there, we shot a direct azimuth up the steep grassy slopes to the summit of Music.

The line we took to Music was steep and a little strenuous, but there wasn´t much brush and it seemed to go rather quickly. We replaced the summit register and tried to interpret the names in the old register, which appears to have been taking on water for awhile now. All the names appeared to be HAZ users, however, the register had not been signed since 2012. The descent from Music got tedious to say the least. I had remembered seeing some lines above LaBarge Spring that appeared to get through the Bluffs over the years, but these could not be located that easily from above. We ended up taking a very steep descent into and unnamed drainage that drained into Music Canyon. We ended up in a good old Supes bushwhack for a period there and found ourselves walking across overgrown brush as if we were floating at times. After the brush portion it was time to earn our canyoneering badges. We had several interesting down climbs for about a .3 mile stretch, highlighted by a tremendous rock slide area that had created a literal Maze of house sized boulders to navigate. The going was extremely slow through this short section of unnamed canyon. I hope I never get as excited and relieved as I was today about reaching fire damaged Supes terrain. From the fire damage it was just a quick knee rattling descent to the trail.

We returned via Bluff Springs Trail #235. Some how we only saw one hiker all day and it was a great day to be out in the Supes, especially after the clouds moved in. Its been awhile since I stretched my legs like this in the Supes and it felt good. Thanks for getting me motivated for this one Jordyn and thank you for the patience on the Music descent.

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Feb 21 2021
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Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
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We headed to the Eastern Supes for some hiking and ruin hunting with our ravenous pack.

A thorough trail maintenance project was completed on Campaign Trail to the intersection of Reavis Gap Trail and then up Reavis Gap Trail. We did not hike any more of Campaign Trail to see if the maintenance continued on that trail as well. We hiked up Reavis Gap Trail a few miles and then visited some ruins in the area. The fire damage nearly stops at about two miles in and nearly all of Reavis Gap Trail up to the large saddle appears to have been spared. The Trail was in excellent shape and heavily flagged with specific instructions such as build a cairn on large boulder, or dig erosion ditch here, etc. I have never seen such a detailed trail project.

The fire made off trail travel to the ruins easy and we enjoyed several long breaks poking around at the sites. After making a small off trail loop we returned the way we came.

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Feb 05 2021
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Bluff Springs Trail #235Phoenix, AZ
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My good friend Jim passed away earlier this week, so with a heavy heart and in an effort to heal and memorialize Jim, I hiked to a few of Jim's favorite spots in the Superstition Mountains on Friday. Jim and I had what feels like a lifetime of good times and adventures in the Supes and I will forever be grateful for my time with him in those mountains. Hearing of his death and knowing of his health struggles over the last couple of years saddened me greatly this week and getting out and stretching my legs in an area where we had so many great memories, seemed like the most logical course of action for me.

The hike was heavy at times for me, but it was generally pleasant and therapeutic. The fire was bad and the devastation is everywhere, but I knew this going in and to be honest I barely noticed as I cruised to my first stop of the day, Jim´s campsite in Music Canyon. I was pleased to see Jim´s spot had survived, although, the overgrown use trail indicated Jim had not been there in years, which saddened me. To me, the campsite appeared as if Jim had just stayed there, his nice tidy woodpile was still there and his assortment of old rusty tools were stacked on the usual rock. It almost felt like I was waiting for him to get in after backpacking in to meet him, as I had done several times before out there. I hope someone finds his site one day and it brings them similar joy and peace.

I stopped by LaBarge Springs which had a substantial flow, as always. The fire literally burned the Sycamores right up to the tank. Their shaded canopy will be missed. From LaBarge I headed to Trap Canyon. This area was one of Jim´s favorite areas to explore and one of my early favorites in the Supes as well. Jim´s campsite in Trap Canyon did not survive the fire, however, it appears most vegetation up canyon survived and no major damage was evident any further up canyon from where I turned around. It was pretty sad to see the scraggly old shade trees we had camped under, so many times, burnt and our tent pads overgrown with waist high grass, but the canyon appeared healthy upstream and the area still possessed its old charm to me.

From Trap I shot an off trail azimuth back to Bluff Springs Trail and joined back with the trail a few tenths of a mile before Bluff Springs to complete my lollipop loop. Bluff Springs was producing a light but steady flow from the broken pipe and filterable water was trickling in the wash below. The water source can currently be counted on for a night of camping in the area, if needed.

I could never adequately articulate how much Jim meant to me and so many others in a mere triplog. The world simply lost a truly great person. Jim was a Vietnam Vet who served on Seal Team Two, he was a dedicated husband, a dedicated Scout volunteer and the best friend and hiking partner one could ask for among so many other things. If when my time is up, I possess only half the character and kindness Jim possessed, I will consider my life a success. I only hope Jim knew just how much he meant to me and everyone he came into contact with. The time I spent with Jim and the dogs out in those mountains will always be some of the fondest memories of my adult life.

Goodbye Jim.
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Jan 31 2021
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Weaver's Needle SummitPhoenix, AZ
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The 6th time was a charm.

We did not see many hikers on the way in, or the way out. Barks Canyon was flowing nicely and there was a light flow along Terrapin Trail. The final approach and off trail navigation to the base is considerably easier now due to the lack of vegetation. No bushes to whack. From Bluff Springs Trail to the base of the Needle, it was 100 percent devastation for the most part, which was a little tough to see. But the long scramble and iconic summit still elicited some nostalgia and brought us joy.

It took us 7.5 hours car to car.

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Sierra Ancha, AZ 
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The full moon must be in full effect, because in the same week that it snowed in the desert, I got John to agree to go hunting for rock piles in the Ancha.

We were a little nervous about the drive in, but it ended up being rather pedestrian and the vehicle was capable. We started at the Deep Creek Trailhead to a snowy parking lot and trail. The hike in was a little slow going as we had to break trail through several inches of crusty snow. Despite the more strenuous hiking, we still enjoyed the snowy hike, although we were a little surprised to see that much snow at 5k feet. I can only imagine how much must have fallen in the higher elevations. The hike out was made considerably easier by the path we broke on the way in.

The ruins were one of the more unique sets that I have run across out there and located within a pretty cool setting. The highlight of the ruins was a teetering but tall intact section of wall on top of a natural crumbling stone pedestal in the middle of a several room compound. I was able to reach the upper ruin through a class four scramble and exposed cat walk along a blocky spine. The defensive nature of this set of ruins was evident. After spending some considerable time at the ruins, we returned the way we came.

Great to get back into the Ancha and great to get back out with John again.
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Abbey's Way Trail #151Globe, AZ
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We spent all day Saturday chasing weather and looking for snow. The Sierra Ancha was our final stop. We visited the usual spots and enjoyed having the area to ourselves for the most part. The Ancha was a ghost town. It was clear the area had received some precipitation, but there were no flowing drainages and nothing more than a dusting of snow on the trail.
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Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
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We made it back to one of my favorite areas in the Supes today. I had been kind of avoiding the area due to not wanting to see the fire damage, but even with the fire damage, the area did not disappoint as usual.

We hiked in nearly two miles and then visited a few favorite rock pile sites of mine and a modest glph site. The area has definitely been devastated by the recent fire, but there were still pockets of unburnt areas that provided some positivity and hope. On our hike in the dogs spooked a young mountain lion that was crouched in some grass next to the trail. The small cat nearly ran between Katie’s leg before reaching the safety of a small tree. We quickly leashed the dogs and left pretty quickly after wondering aloud if it had a mom near by and obviously not wanting to stress it out too much. Just a kitten, but still a memorable experience.

This area still fulfills me and I am grateful for that. Another excellent day out of the Campaign Creek Trailhead.
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Jan 16 2021
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39 male
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Grand Canyon, AZ 
Grand Canyon, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Jan 16 2021
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Climbing2.00 Miles 300 AEG
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300 ft AEG
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Following in the footsteps of legends and visionaries we sought the seemingly unattainable.

The objective lived up to its hype and its summit was not realized, but we left fulfilled and tested. We made a valiant effort and were close, but it’s a tough venture continuing to push into the unknown, especially after having been tested so much already. Discretion eventually ruled the day and we backed off. However, we left captivated and yearning for another go.
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Jan 10 2021
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Superstition Mnts - SW / Barks Canyon WallPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Jan 10 2021
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 The Long Lead 5.8
 Bandito Route 5.11bTrad
We had a productive day at a chilly Barks Canyon Wall today. We climbed two pitches of the Long Lead and then traversed over to the top of the Bandito Route to place some pro ahead of time at the crux. We then climbed the Bandito Route through its first pitch and very difficult crux and then on up to a third pitch variation of a 5.8R sport route called Lay me Down.

The climbing was tough and awkward, but that did not diminish from the great day out. It could have been a little warmer and less windy at times, but alas so goes climbing in the shade during winter. Shade hits the the main wall around 11 or so this time of year. It was a little depressing seeing the fire damage along Bluffs Springs Trail and in the distance. The fire did make the approach up to Barks Canyon Wall a lot easier, but that is nothing to be happy about in the greater scheme of things.

I really like this area. The setting is amazing and the climbing is tough and a little spicy. Big props to Sean and Pernell on some tough, heady leads. I am not ready to lead much out there, but I am slowly building a to do list and starting to get a better understanding of where all the routes go and the link up potentials, etc. I am looking forward to another trip out there already.
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Jan 09 2021
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Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Jan 09 2021
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Hike & Climb5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hike & Climb5.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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Pro: placed one cam, a BD .75 in a vertical crack works nicely to protect the summit top out.
I climbed the Hand with Katie on Saturday. We climbed it via the three pitch, 5.6, Razors Edge route. We actually started from a pullout off of the road on the way to First Water, but this description works.

We expected to see some other climbers at the semi popular and distinct pinnacle, but the base of the climb was empty when we arrived. I soloed the first pitch which is only class four and then brought Katie up on belay for the attention getting step over onto the Razors Edge. I then led the second pitch and brought Katie up to the, “chicken ledge.” From the chicken ledge the route got steeper for the final pitch, but the climbing remained pretty easy. Right before the summit there is an opportunity for pro in a vertical crack, so I placed a BD .75 for the short sequence to top out.

The summit was excellent and it was a great experience being on it. It was a little hazy, but the views were still great and I will admit its fun to see the hikers look up in astonishment at people standing on the top. The rap anchors were a mangled mess of rusty chains and old bolts, but they held for at least one more party thankfully.

This was a great climb and Supes experience to tick off the list. Katie had a little nostalgia for the area, so it was extra special for her too. The routes exposed and there are some run outs, but the easier grade made for a fun experience and I did not have any issues with the more adventurous nature of the route.
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Jan 03 2021
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Black Canyon City TH to Little Pan Loop - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2021
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Hiking3.00 Miles 395 AEG
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395 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Took the dogs up to walk a short section of the BCT today. We only hiked in as far as the river and then returned the way we came after some fun along the water. The temps were perfect and there were some nice clouds complimenting the crisp blue sky. It appears fall is just now getting under way out there. Does it ever really end in this state? The trail to the river was a little busy with bike and foot traffic, as one would expect on a Sunday morning.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

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Jan 02 2021
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Sedona Spires / Queen VictoriaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Climbing avatar Jan 02 2021
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Climbing3.60 Miles 775 AEG
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This was my second time doing Queen Vic and it was nice to see how much I have improved in the nearly two years that has passed since I first climbed this spire. It took us less than an hour to reach the base and then we cruised up the three short pitches. We were very happy to be finishing our final rap when several climbing parties showed up. A little chilly in the shaded first pitch chimney, but otherwise perfect temps and conditions. Excellent summit views and a spectacular area to climb. I need to make a resolution to climb a few more Sedona towers this year.
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Dec 26 2020
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Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 26 2020
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Backpack17.89 Miles 1,749 AEG
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1,749 ft AEG
 
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I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to do a nice little winter over night trip into the desert with Katie and our pack. Initially, I had thought about something in the Supes, but reports of bone dry creek beds and washes had me considering other options the morning we were set to leave the house.

During my mulling it all over, I remembered back to a pleasant backpack [ photoset ] with Blanco out of the Seven Springs Trailhead on Christmas Day six years ago and decided we could to do a light variation of that trip and by light variation, we started on the same trail and that was it, but it was equally as enjoyable and pleasant.

Cave Creek is very scenic right now with some lingering fall colors and nicely flowing water as usual. We backpacked in as far as where the trail crosses Mattys Fork. The cattle have the trail messed up in spots and have muddled up navigation with several crisscrossing use trails, I accidentally led us down a couple of these use trails and we missed our crossing in a couple of spots, but one of the missteps did lead to a new ruin find, so we were not mad. We followed the trail perfectly on the way back. We ended up with an excellent campsite just above Cave Creek near where Mattys Fork drains into it. We found some ruins near camp that kept us busy for a little bit and then it was the usual camp chores and fighting to stay out of the tent until 8. Overnight conditions were perfect.

On the second day we hung our packs along the trail and continued down the Cave Creek Trail for some light exploring and playing with Javelinas. We ended up coming across a pretty nice petroglyph site and the usual barely discernible piles of rocks. After our little side trip, we took our time on the hike out, which included an extended break along the creek for the dogs to play and humans to rest.

This area delivered again and provided the perfect overnight trip into the desert for our large pack, aging pups and my less enthused knees. This is a great area and I appreciate it even more in the context of the desert landscapes we have lost in the last year.
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