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Apr 08 2018
jladderud
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 Triplogs 77

30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Organ Needle 9012Southwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2018
jladderud
Hiking7.38 Miles 4,335 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.29 mph
4,335 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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I come out to Las Cruces annually for work and last year I looked longingly at this range without the time or knowledge for peak bagging. This year I came early... well, not too early. I rolled into the Dripping Springs visitors center at 11 AM to get a parking pass and check that my GPS route made sense with the rangers' knowledge. I was promptly told that it was too late for me to summit ](*,) The ranger quoted me 5 hours one way. Challenge accepted! I parked at La Cueva. 1:45 later I was on the summit. One of the steeper trails I've been on (steeper than Mt. Kimball in Tucson). I hung out a bit on the summit before returning back to my car. I checked in with the rangers for good measure. My third summit in three days (Guadelupe Peak on Saturday and Florida Peak on Friday)!
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Apr 07 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
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30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Guadalupe Peak Trail - Texas HighpointBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2018
jladderud
Hiking8.30 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.75 mph
3,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
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Did this as a sunset hike, starting around 5 PM. Lots of people coming down the trail. Made it to the summit in time for an amazing sunset! We were also graced by the presence of a pair of gray foxes. Hiked down in the dark. A long day considering we had explored Lower Cave in Carlsbad Caverns NP in the morning.
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Mar 11 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 11
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 77

30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Kimball Little Kimball and Gorp, AZ 
Kimball Little Kimball and Gorp, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2018
jladderud
Hiking10.30 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.53 mph
4,400 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Having spent the past 24 hours traveling home from Berlin and having not visited my old friend Mt Kimball in over a year, I thought it was high time for me to make the trek. The cloud cover/light rain was nice and I made it up in a personal best of 1:42. On the descent I did some bush whacking from the Pima Canyon/Finger Rock junction to tag Little Kimball and Gorp Peak--both of which were new to me. Someone in the summit register wrote that they had ascended Little Kimball via Pontatoc Ridge. Now I want to do that, too!
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Feb 24 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 11
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 77

30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Thimble PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2018
jladderud
Hiking11.40 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.55 mph
2,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break
 
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I took a couple of my friends on their first trip to Thimble Peak. I had been meaning to get out there again anyways as it had been three years since I'd done it. Someone has installed a chain ladder providing simpler (safer??) access to the south summit. The ladder anchors seem alright; but I'm not sure I'd trust it. I stuck to my preferred method of traversing over to the chimney and scrambling up that. Either way you're looking at some solid 4th class moves to reach the top. On the way back I took a bush whacking detour and tagged Gibbon Mountain while my friends continued on the main trail. We met up perfectly, right before the parking lot at Hirabayashi. I posted a couple of pictures of the ladder for anyone who's curious about it.
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Jan 29 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 11
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 77

30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2018
jladderud
Hiking6.50 Miles 2,717 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   3.10 mph
2,717 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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After work hike. Buschwhacked up to what Peakbagger/LoJ calls "Gorp Peak".
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Jan 21 2018
jladderud
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30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Rattlesnake Peak - Hutch's Pool Loop, AZ 
Rattlesnake Peak - Hutch's Pool Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2018
jladderud
Hiking15.90 Miles 4,454 AEG
Hiking15.90 Miles   6 Hrs   38 Mns   2.70 mph
4,454 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Summitting Rattlesnake Peak has been on my to-do list ever since I noticed it whilst hiking near Hutch's Pool a couple of years ago. "So", I thought to myself, "Why don't I link the two together?" I generally prefer loops to out-and-backs, and looking at the topo it seemed feasible. I followed the route description and GPS file posted here to gain the summit. I came prepared with leather boots and gaiters; but, surprisingly, neither seemed necessary. The bush whacking out of Pima Canyon (e.g. Table Mountain, Prominent Point) is way more heinous. The descent northward to Hutch's Pool was uncharted territory for me. Hoping I wouldn't get cliffed out, I used a topo map to try and keep my path from getting too steep. Fortunately I didn't encounter anything more technical than easy Class 3 (a conservative categorization). It took me 3 hours to reach the summit, and an hour to descend to Hutch's Pool. From there it was smooth sailing on the West Fork and Sabino Canyon trails, followed by another few miles on the tram road (I skipped the Phoneline Trail due to time constraints).

P.S. If someone tells me how, I can upload my GPS track for this loop

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hutch's Pool 76-100% full 76-100% full
Lots of water in this area
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Jan 11 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 11
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 77

30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2018
jladderud
Hiking5.10 Miles 2,134 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   3.48 mph
2,134 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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Quick trail run/hike after work. I made it to the Finger Rock cut-off cairn before having to turn around due to darkness.
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Jan 07 2018
jladderud
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30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2018
jladderud
Hiking14.50 Miles 6,100 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   2.70 mph
6,100 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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A traverse of the peaks on this ridge has been on my to-do list for a couple years; so when my hiking buddy independently suggested we do a McCleary Peak :next: Wrightson hike I jumped on the opportunity! We did it as a shuttle, starting a bit after 7 at the Florida Canyon TH. Hit Florida Saddle at 8:45. The trail past Armour Spring was a bit harder to follow, then a fun ridge traverse to McCleary Peak--arriving around 9:30. From there we blazed trail due south, keeping along the ridge proper (rather than on the Crest Trail to the east) in order to hit peaks UN 8853 and UN 9146 "Mt. Ian" before reaching the Baldy Saddle. From there it was one final push up to the summit of Mt Wrightson--arriving at 11:45. Having to get back to town for some afternoon commitments we ran down the Old Baldy trail and were back at the car at the Madera Canyon TH by 1:10. I think our legs are gonna be sore tomorrow!

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Armour Spring Dripping Dripping

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Robinson Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Lots of water running out of a disconnected pipe at this location.
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Dec 22 2017
jladderud
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 Triplogs 77

30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2017
jladderud
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   1.66 mph
2,676 ft AEG
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Quick jaunt to watch the sunset. We had nice views of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on our way down. It's amazing to me that we could see it all the way out here in Tucson given that it launched from Vandenburg AFB in California!
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Dec 09 2017
jladderud
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30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Baboquivari - Western ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Dec 09 2017
jladderud
Hike & Climb9.50 Miles 4,254 AEG
Hike & Climb9.50 Miles   9 Hrs   15 Mns   1.52 mph
4,254 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
Solo I R  • Sport • 5.6  • 1 Pitch
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A beautiful hike! We made plenty of stops along the way, including a long break at the summit. The trail was easy to follow, except for finding the start--the gpx track helped with this. Not unexpectedly, we didn't see any other people the whole time!

As to the climbing element--we opted for the single-pitch forbes route (https://www.mountainproject.com/route/1 ... t-approach). My partner and I felt confident free-soloing the ascent. There are two bolts along the way and no obvious places to place trad gear. The bolts are of questionable quality but the anchors at the top are competent. On the descent I lowered my partner to the base of the pitch and then rappelled myself. We only brought a 40m rope in order to save weight (knowing full well beforehand that this would not allow me a full rappel) and thus I free-solo down climbed the last 20 feet or so. I suspect that a 60m rope would allow for a rappel of the full pitch.

There is a very nice campground at the base of this route. It had flush toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. What's more, it was totally free! Just be sure to contact the Baboquivari district office beforehand (520-283-2366) to get permission and file a permit. It would also be appropriate to ask whether or not fires are permitted at the time (we were able to have a campfire!).
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Oct 28 2017
jladderud
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30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Prominent Point via Pima CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
jladderud
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,950 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.23 mph
3,950 ft AEG
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Been lurking on this site for a while and figured it's finally time I contributed. I used the posted GPX file to make my way up to Prominent Point. Plenty of cat claw, shin daggers, prickly pear, and other assorted pointy things to keep me on my toes--even with leather boots and gaiters! Made it up in 3:10 with a 7am start. Visited the East Summit via some fun Class 5 stemming up a chimney. I was the first name in that summit register for 2017. Explored around a bit to see if free soloing Finger Rock was an option--but ran out of time and water so I headed back. Took me another 3:10 to get down. Having a GPS track was nice on the decent to stay "on route". A bit warm but not oppressively so. Didn't see a soul after the first 10 minutes. No sign of the bighorn sheep, either.
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Oct 15 2017
jladderud
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 17
 Triplogs 77

30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Oct 15 2017
jladderud
Hike & Climb6.20 Miles 2,343 AEG
Hike & Climb6.20 Miles   6 Hrs      1.03 mph
2,343 ft AEG
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The trail was in decent shape; but wear long pants for all the cat claw! Took a leisurely pace. Fun scrambling near the summit. We saw a troop of coatis on the way down!
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Oct 06 2017
jladderud
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 17
 Triplogs 77

30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Capitol Butte South Face aka Thunder MtnSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Oct 06 2017
jladderud
Hike & Climb1.80 Miles 1,702 AEG
Hike & Climb1.80 Miles   2 Hrs      0.90 mph
1,702 ft AEG
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Grateful for the GPX track. Pretty straightforward and enjoyable!
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Dec 17 2016
jladderud
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30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Table Mountain - CatalinasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2016
jladderud
Hiking8.00 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
3,400 ft AEG
 
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Great bushwhack! Gaiters and leather boots were helpful for all the shin daggers. I also hit up Bighorn and the Cleaver on the way down. Sometime I need to re-do this and also add in Pusch Peak!
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Oct 29 2016
jladderud
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30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Samaniego PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
jladderud
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
2,000 ft AEG
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Route/trail was really overgrown. Lots of bear scat but didn't see any bears. Not surprisingly, I didn't see any people on the hike.
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Mar 13 2016
jladderud
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30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2016
jladderud
Hiking27.00 Miles 7,964 AEG
Hiking27.00 Miles   12 Hrs      2.25 mph
7,964 ft AEG
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Historical log. Can't remember the actual elevation gain because I also added in Seven Falls/Bear Canyon. Long day! The cairns helped to get the summit of Cathedral. I didn't use the fixed rope.
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