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Jan 08 2011
suzaz
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
El Capitan CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 08 2011
suzaz
Canyoneering3.00 Miles 750 AEG
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A sweet little canyon. 4-5 raps, bypassed one. Waded in water up to my thighs, not nearly as cold as I expected. There are some really gorgeous sections to this canyon.
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Jan 02 2011
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Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2011
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Hiking19.40 Miles
Hiking19.40 Miles   10 Hrs      1.94 mph
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Kicked the new year off with a nice stroll through the Superstitions with Trish and Elizabeth. Apparently we took the 19.4 mile trip instead of the shorter 17.6 mile trip..........no wonder I thought it felt closer to 20.

Found a group of quad riders (without their quads) panning for gold!

My feet held up better this year than on last year's trip. Also noticed that I wasn't delirious at the end of the hike this time. It was a good trip, enjoyed the day and the company -- ready to do it again!

We hiked for 8 hours, total rest time 2 hours. Guess I was sucking up time by stopping to switch out my shoes and socks but it did seem to help my feet.
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Dec 24 2010
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
McDowell Mountains / Gardeners WallPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Dec 24 2010
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•••• Hanging Garden 5.6Trad2 Pitches225 ft
This is a 2 pitch route, 270 feet, took lots of pro. It has a rather unique hanging belay on the 2nd pitch and is all crack!
Eric and I went out to the McDowells to celebrate my birthday. :y: So much better to be climbing than cooking and cleaning which is a down side to a Christmas Eve b-day. I had wanted to do this climb when I first finished my climbing class but was reassigned at the time to something a little less challenging. It was great to finally get on it and check it off the list! Thanks to Eric for all of his great skills.

I had seen Gardeners Wall many times in the past but this time I felt a little nauseated when our route was pointed out to me from the distance :scared: . It was a beautiful day although a smidge chilly in the shade at the bottom. We found lots of things "hanging" on the route--including me! (some items that were "hanging" appeared to be more seasonal--see photos) Cracked the LCD screen on my olympus during a hanging event. No more canyoneering for that camera. I'm still fussing with a new pair of climbing shoes that aren't helping me much.....thankful that REI has a nice return policy.

Merry Christmas to my HAZ friends!
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Dec 21 2010
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
McDowell Mountains / Sven SlabPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Dec 21 2010
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Climbing2.00 Miles 500 AEG
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500 ft AEG
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 Changes In Longitude 5.10b
Looked like a great route. Couldn't get past the first spicy move so we bailed. Our MP beta showed this as a 5.5---5.10b seems more likely.
Gathered our beta from Mountain Project and set out to try this mostly traversing route. Spent a couple of hours trying to just get past the first move.......no luck.

CIL is a horizontal seam that crosses 2 large boulders to a huge detached flake. The entire first pitch of the climb is a traverse from left to right; make sure you place a good amount of pro to protect your second.

Pitch 1: Start on top of a large boulder and make a thin exposed move to get into the seam under a small roof. One spicy move and you're at jugs and good feet. Keep moving right for about 40' until you get to a break in the boulder. Look right and up 5' and you'll see the seam continue on. Follow this for about 30' and arrive at the detached flake to find 2 older, but solid bolts to belay from(semi-hanging, but comfortable). The belay can be backed up by medium sized gear.

Pitch 2: Fun, easy chimney climbing up to a large chockstone. Get past this and head up the face on the left to the top.

Location

CIL is located about 200 feet west(climbers right) of the base of Quaker Oats.

When looking at Sven Slab from the parking area you can see a massive detached flake, this is the location of the end of pitch 1. Obvious thin seam runs that runs left of the flake across the middle of the boulders is CIL. Start is the very left side of this seam.

Protection

Set of nuts, doubles cams from 1/2" - 2"
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Dec 20 2010
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
McDowell Mountains / Sven SlabPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Dec 20 2010
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Climbing2.00 Miles 500 AEG
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 Quaker Oats 5.5
Did 2 pitches. There are 2 or 3 more bolts beyond the tree.
After bailing off Changes in Longitude we headed to Quaker Oats. This is the route friends took me to a few years ago for my first climbing attempt ever---rented shoes and all. It didn't go so well back then so it was nice to return and check it off the list.

This area was packed with climbers today, seemed busier than the shopping malls this time of year....at least 11 people all working routes on Sven Slab. We finished our route and headed to check out some routes on Morrell's Boulder.
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Nov 27 2010
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2010
suzaz
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles
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Re: Missing hiker in Mazatzals - gpsjoe (Joe Domin)

We hiked from the Mt. Peeley trailhead on the MDT23 to the cairned Peeley Summit route. We took the summit route for a short distance but then contoured around Peeley until we were able to reach the ridgeline. (this section was creeping into the ridiculous zone, don't want to repeat it) However, this landed us at the upper end of ravine 9. We hiked the ridgeline from 9 to 9A. (nasty thick) We worked our way on to ravines 8 and then 7. There were lots of broken up (trampled) manzanita bushes between 8 and 7. I had hoped to get to ravine #4 but we opted to turn around anticipating a long and slow trek back to the MDT. I had serious reservations about going back the way we came and was considering any alternate bailout route...............possibly bringing me closer to how Joe felt last November but let me tell you I WOULD NOT have opted to go down through Ravine 7 like Joe did a year ago----holy heck hannah! What would drive him down that as an exit?(perhaps the need for water at Thicket Spring?)

Thankfully our return route was much sweeter than our approach. From Ravine #7 we zipped through a small section of the ridgeline and then headed straight down the North side until we hit the MDT. This was so crazy-easy and fast compared to the way we came up. I have to believe Joe would have used a route like this rather than another ravine bailout.

Thanks to Trish for her maps, radio and binoculars also to Jacob for going with me and tracking our route.....loving my friends :) and all the awesome people on this site who are working together in an amazing way.

Sending positive thoughts to the family and searchers.
This is such a massive area to cover.

http://hikearizona.com/location_g.php?GPS=9732
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw_ObRLRdjI
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Nov 11 2010
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
McDowell Mountains / Morell's Parking Lot RockPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Nov 11 2010
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Had a day off from school because of Veteran's Day--and used it to play in the McDowell's. I got my first trad and sport leads in!! woohoo!

Loved the very short approach--(dang it, I'm sounding more and more like a climber instead of a hiker!)

Apparently there are upper and lower crags to the Morrell's Parking Lot Area. Each of them on opposite sides of this boulder area---also different from the Morrell's Parking Lot Rock. (see pic)

This is actually the North side of Morrell's Parking Area. There appear to be 7 routes on this side of the rock/boulder formation we did 6 of them before running out of time. To the best of my knowledge these routes are not named.

from left to right as you look at the rock
1. Unknown (guessing 5.5 or 5.6)
2. 5.8 (up the subtle arete)
3. 5.7 (starts in the dish)
4. 5.3 (uses a corner)
5. 5.6 (just over to the right from the corner)
6. 5.9 (left of the thin crack)
7. 5.9 (uses the thin crack)

Always wondered how I would know when it was time for new climbing shoes. They seemed to be loosing their grip on my last trip and this time they literally fell apart......toes out......apparently that is the sign :D
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Oct 30 2010
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Queen Creek Cyn / Devil's Cyn Upper - ThroneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Climbing avatar Oct 30 2010
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Climbing4.80 Miles 2,025 AEG
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 Stuart Little 5.6
 Cracker Jack Crack 5.7
 Dr. Giggles 5.7
 Mr. Solo 5.7
 Squeeze Play 5.7
 The Jester 5.7
 Frequent Flyer 5.11b
http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/Arizona/Phoenix_Area/Queen_Creek_Canyon/The_Throne/

Did a little volunteer clean-up work with the AMC in the morning along their adopted section of the highway near the Oak Flat turn off and climbed all afternoon at the Throne and Pancake House.

I'm still trying to sort out what routes I did. Some don't seem to be listed in The Rock Jock's Guide to Queen Creek but are listed on the site I noted above. This was a great area for afternoon climbing---full shade :)

Dr. Giggles 5.7
The Jester 5.7
The Crackerjack Crack 5.7
Stuart Little 5.6
Squeeze Play 5.7
Mr. Solo 5.7
Frequently Flyer 5.11b (although I'm thinking I turned it into something a little less than 5.11)
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Oct 23 2010
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McDowell Mountains / Rosetta StonePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Oct 23 2010
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Spent the day helping another group of AMC students on their Grad climb day. It was a beautiful day out in the McDowells.
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Oct 15 2010
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Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 15 2010
suzaz
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
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One of my favorite canyons. Enjoyed the day with some friends but opted to backtrack and exit at the Cadillac exit when one of the guys hurt his foot/ankle. A trip to the ER revealed that we made a good decision to exit when we did. Missed those last two sweet raps---guess I'll have to go back and do it again.
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Oct 13 2010
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X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 13 2010
suzaz
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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We had intended to do Wilbur but altered our plans when I had an alarm clock glitch. X-Pine is a sweet little canyon. The gorgeous exit through WCC included LOTS and LOTS of swimming through long deep pools of water. It was a bit chilly even with the wetsuits on.
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Oct 11 2010
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El Capitan CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 11 2010
suzaz
Canyoneering3.00 Miles 750 AEG
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Bailed before the 1st rap due to excessive bees and wasps around all water sources and throughout the canyon. Probably just the time of the year but didn't want to take the risk after 3 weeks ofbattling an infection with 208 antibiotics from my last sting/bite. .... un-bee-lievable!
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Oct 02 2010
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon Clean-up 2010, AZ 
Grand Canyon Clean-up 2010, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2010
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Members of the Arizona Mountaineering Club spent the weekend of October 2nd doing a technical clean-up at the Grand Canyon. 75 volunteers worked together rappelling "over the edge" to safely remove bags of garbage along with various odds and ends from the Canyon's most spectacular overlooks and view points. AMC members were joined by 2 of Arizona's finest Search & Rescue groups. A car bumper was hauled out from the Bright Angel area and a picnic table was recovered from being thrown over the edge at Shoshone Point. In addition to the clean-up efforts, this year's event included the 1st Annual Chili Cook-off and concluded with amazing climbing fun inside the big ditch! I learned a lot while coordinating the event. Thanks to all the participants for making the event such a success and working to keep "Arizona's Natural Wonder" beautiful!

Next year's clean-up is set for October 1-2, 2011. I will be coordinating the event again.
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Sep 04 2010
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Sep 04 2010
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We did a little climbing on the hot rocks under the Fish Creek bridge during an extreme head advisory. We spent most of the morning roasting like marshmallows over a hot bed of coals. There are some interesting top rope/sport routes on a boulder in the creek bed with a very short approach. (funny how I always laughed at these "wimpy climbers" that didn't like to hike far......now I value the short approaches, too!) These routes were set by Gene Carpenter and Marty Karabin but are not mentioned in any books, to the best of my knowledge. This area is best visited/climbed in the late afternoon through sunset when the rock is in the shade making it more possible to hold on for longer than a few seconds. The rock is crumbly and slick which both add to the adventure here.
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Jul 29 2010
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Zigzag CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 29 2010
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Canyoneering1.25 Miles 100 AEG
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Attempted this beautiful wall as a climb rather than a canyon.

Attempt #1
Zigzag Wall--I have looked longingly at this wall over and over and over! I wanted to climb it but I had no idea if it actually could be climbed. Just by chance I was with a canyoneering friend that told me he had seen folks on the wall before. Who knew?! After a a few conversations, some poking & proding I eventually talked Eric into joining me. This trip was planned to be a scouting day to simply verify the accuracy of recently shared beta. (thanks to Clint and Gene) Everything seemed to check out so we started the climb..................... unfortunately a massive monsoon grew right in front of our eyes so we had to bail before I even got to put a hand on the wall. Wet rock, wet climbing shoes, lightning are all a bad combo.

Funny how life "zigzags"! (ha) Certainly having a ZAG moment in life now...and looking forward to the upcoming ZIGS. Not trading any of my days---(except maybe that really windy one a few years back).... I loved the rain. This was a beautiful spot to get soaked. Can't wait to get back on the wall and give it another go!...soon

I'm also feeling compelled to thank those that have blazed the way before me. You all are certainly enhancing my adventures :)
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Jul 17 2010
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Kelsey & Little LO TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2010
suzaz
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Babes Hole Spring Canyon

Got an invite to do this canyon with a whopping 60 minute notice....LOL. (due to some contact glitches, I guess) When the Canyons call, this girl has got to go! I quickly ignored all 14 other things that I had planned to do....funny how my priorities shifted.:D Tossed my gear together(which happened to be sitting near the front door), sent a quick email with emergency contact info/trip plans to a friend and jumped in the car. We headed up to Flag, camped at the trailhead and got a fairly early start.

This canyon is a short tributary to Little LO spring Canyon. Hiked from Kelsey to a dry stream bed with dark gray boulders. This is where we left the trail and started the fun rock-hopping down the drainage until it slotted up. There are about 5 rappels and a few down climbs before reaching the end of this pretty, mostly dry little canyon. We walked a short distance to Little LO canyon and continued on to the confluence with Sycamore Canyon. We turned left at Geronimo Spring, hopped on Kelsey Spring Trail and followed that all the up (about 1500 feet) to the trailhead under the hot-ultra-humid-almost-monsoon sky.

It was a very sweet little canyon, NO WETSUIT NEEDED(woohoo), enjoyed the company and learned lots!
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Jul 03 2010
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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 03 2010
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Canyoneering3.60 Miles 540 AEG
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http://www.youtube.com/user/MsSuz2009#p/a/u/0/KGIBJyUp8PI

What an amazing place! I think this might just be the most beautiful place in the state...........okay, second most beautiful spot!

Water temps were perfect, hiking stick was handy because the rocks were extra slippery. I like to clip my tube onto the back of my pack with a biner when not in use so a tube with handles is helpful.

The road :sweat: .............not likely that I would ever drive it in my vehicle.
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Jun 27 2010
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Zion / Aires ButteSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Climbing avatar Jun 27 2010
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Climbing 1,050 AEG
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Led by Sheep is the name of the route we took on Aires Butte. The mountain is a 1050 ft hunk of sandstone just outside of the park.
It is rated a 5.7 climb of 600 ft, 4 pitches plus an unroped short scramble to the very top. We found one blown out bolt and one loose bolt.

The alarm was set for 3:30am so we could have a cup of coffee before beginning the day. Broke down camp, packed up the car, drove to the parking area, geared up and started moving by 5:30am. It was a very difficult route to locate. We probably spent 1.5 hours wandering the area trying to find any indication of a bolt or the start. I think we were on top by 11am. We did run into the herd of sheep that this route is named after. The last of our climb water was boiling by noon. Reaching our packs at the base of the climb was a good thing and my water there was still tolerable. The hike out was excessively hot but all downhill. The views were more amazing than promised, it was certainly a gift of a day!
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Jun 22 2010
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Sedona Spires / Queen VictoriaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Climbing avatar Jun 22 2010
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Queen Victoria
250 feet, 3 pitches 5.7+
(I have seen in rated up to a 5.9)

Eric and I made a plan to visit the Queen in Sedona a few weeks ago. An injury (Eric's, not mine for a change) prevented us from going until recently. With the hotter than heck temps we altered things a bit and planned a pre-dawn start. Fortunately for us we got an invitation for beds the night before with a friend in Sedona. We sat up with Ron and talked about his gazillion FA's all over the world and didn't get much sleep. We tiptoed out the door around 4:45am on Tuesday, had the car parked by 5am and were geared up and stepping on the trail at 5:30am. The details in the guidebooks about this climb are wrong but we half-way anticipated that.

We scrambled in and out of a drainage most of the way to the base of the climb. Guidebooks say 30 minutes. Eric clocked us at 1 hour 50 minutes. We could have shaved off 30 minutes from stops for photos, bathroom breaks, shedding layers of clothing but certainly we weren't close to the 30 minute walk mentioned.
Pitch 1 --not bad, the longest of all three.
Pitch 2--got my attention with a couple of moves (exposed step and in the crack) and Eric hauled up the pack with the extra rope in it because it was simply in my way and weighing me down too much no matter where I put it.
Pitch 3---we broke this into 3 mini sections to maintain visual and auditory contact or my peace of mind. The first section of this pitch was a challenge for both of us. I went a totally different route than Eric which caused a bit of a problem because I needed to clean the placements that Eric made. We worked it out and managed to stay safe. I lead the second section or part "b" until I got nervous. Eric completed the route with about 6 steps from where I stopped. It was a short pitch but had a tough section that caused us both to use words we don't typically use. ;)

While on top we were buzzed by helicopters, lounged a little and took in all the beautiful views. We noticed a perfectly good foot path or route from this higher perspective and made a plan to take that on the way back even though it meant dumping out on the road about 3/4 of a mile from the car.

We did a 2 pitch double rope rap down that was uneventful. (thankfully) The water we had left seemed like it was nearly boiling temperature wise.

I have been told that the trail we hiked out on was a Mountain Bike Trail called Hangover but I'm not so sure. Maybe someone will look at my pictures and figure it out. It was certainly a much easier trail than the route we came in on. It was a gentle grade with a clear path that could have had a stroller pushed on it. We dropped our packs once we hit the road and came back to collect them with the air conditioning. By 4pm it was really HOT.

Approx time involved
2 hour approach
5 hours climbing/rap down
1 hour on top
1.5 hours eating taking pictures and breaks
1 hour hike out

How hard is it to take ONE picture with the self-timer?
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May 29 2010
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Outdoor Safety Class, AZ 
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This was an "outdoor class" but I must confess I borrowed that Outdoor Safety name from another person to protect my family from shock. This was a Big Wall Class designed for the basics and beginners. Six of us plus one instructor spent two full 12 hour days hanging on the rocks learning lots. This is so very different than basic rock climbing and is often referred to as aid climbing. We learned about big wall ratings, to use the ascending gear, cleaning and placing, along with pendulum moves. We learned the importance of house keeping, hauling and how to use pulley systems, traversing roofs, about gear that I have never heard of before and about port-a-ledges all in a very casual setting. My brain was ready to burst.

I did experience my first gear failure and took a 25 foot free fall. One malfunction led to the next and eventually the problem "tail" burned through while in my hand during the fall, resulting in a recovery that gently stopped me inches before impact. I would never have believed it if I wasn't in the fall itself or watching it. It all took less than a second. All of my injuries are superficial and I am just fine mentally. I did get a call from Petzl just this morning and we worked through the events together. A fix is in process and hopefully it won't happen to anyone else :)

The class was great and I learned lots. I've got a long way to go before I'm "ready" for a Big Wall but I AM working towards it and have started The Big Dream.
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