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Apr 01 2016
JasonCleghorn
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44 male
 Joined Nov 11 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 4202 - Mineral Mountain QuadGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2016
JasonCleghorn
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,777 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
1,777 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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A combo climb of Peak 3937 which was easy, and Peak 4202 which was pretty dang hard. The latter felt like real mountaineering. I had only one moment of doubt, the descent on Pk 4202 which required some serious Class 3 down climbing. There's also a pretty nasty chute that leads to the crux and toward the final summit push. I was OK climbing it but descending was a little hairy.

I made the trip with Cannondale Kid who was a GREAT hiking/climbing partner. His 4x4 skills are amazing. Surprisingly some parts which scare others in the Jeep, didn't even phase me a bit.

We cached some water in a bear vault along the Arizona Trail.

We met a AZT thru-hiker at the water cache area and that was pretty cool.

All in all, an amazing day!!!

Can't wait to get back out into this area again for more adventures.
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Apr 01 2016
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Peak 4202 - Mineral Mountain QuadGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,777 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
1,777 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Yes, I'm a bit slow getting this posted... I've been working on Tracey's outside honey-do list, hoping to check everything off before it gets too hot. I don't mind hiking in the heat, but work... not so much.
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Jason's triplog pretty well covered the high points of the hike so all I have to add is my agreement it was a fun day hiking with a new HAZ hiking partner.
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RE: BearSafe water cache at the AZT#17 TH... Don't rely on it!
Even if you cache your own water and mark it for your own use, it very well may be empty when you arrive.
Oh yeah, if you empty a bottle, PLEASE crush it and take it with you!
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Dec 12 2012
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Ajax Peak 4356 - Mineral MountainsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2012
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.69 Miles 2,678 AEG
Hiking5.69 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   1.13 mph
2,678 ft AEG      30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Today I had five items on my to-do list:
1. Drop off a 12 gallon public-use water cache near the start of AZT Passage #17
2. Reach the summit of Ajax Benchmark (I failed the previous attempt in July)
3. Reach the summit of Peak 4202 (I failed the previous attempt in July)
4. Follow the ridge along Peak 3937 (This as a great viewpoint to shoot photos and a video of Nick as he completes his last leg of the Arizona Trail from aross the canyon)
5. Provide Nick with a ride back to his vehicle in Kelvin.

#1 was easy, well it was after the rough drive to get that far.

#2 & #3 may both have been failed attempts again if it weren't for fearless JJ. Although I did not follow his first route up either peak, thanks to his recons I managed to bag both. Ajax was definitely a scary one, even following my 'easier' route.
After finding the worst way up the western approach of Peak 4202, JJ sought a better route because he did NOT want to descend the same way. Meanwhile I'm working on my PB&J lunch down below. Just when I was beginning to wonder if he fell off the other side he pops up right beside me, having descended by a route that was almost a walk-in-the-park from the east. Great work JJ! And now I benefited from his due diligence.

#4 was pretty easy although nothing near as easy as it was for JJ. By now this 62 year-old body ached from head to toe trying to keep up with the 45 year-old hiking machine so I dragged up the rear. But once on the ridge the view across to the AZT was awesome. And wait... what do you see? Why, it's Nick cruising along the slope across the canyon. So I zoomed in 50x for a few photos and video as he met up with a mountain biker heading in the opposite direction.
Nick said later the biker told Nick he had stared the pumpkin out of him. And these even after JJ yelled across the canyon telling Nick to watch out for the biker.

#5 was easy enough for me and JJ but I'm not sure Nick felt that way... in fact he felt, well, like :sk: So JJ dug under the front seat, found the roll of TP inside a large ziploc bag that I always have along for emergencies like this and passed it forward to Nick. As much as I tried to make the ride a bit more palatable, it just wasn't happening. So I began to think...
Would it be better if I drove slower to lessen the agony?
Would it be better to go faster and shorten the duration of the agony?
But I never figured out which was better and just took it as it came.
In the end, I hear you Nick... having had terrible bouts of car-sickness when I was young I would never trivialize the effects it can have.

So overall I had a very satisfying day and what makes it even better a day later... I have not one ache or pain at all! I guess that means I've got to keep working my pumpkin off to fend off old-age. Yeah, RIGHT!!! Don't I wish!

Oh yeah... last thing... this hike of Ajax, Peak 4202 and Peak 3937 could very aptly be named the Awesome Ajax Trifecta Loop due to the three peaks as well as the awesome scenery that is not to be missed.

I'll post the Peak 4202 and Peak 3937 photos separately but be sure to check out the 3937 photos to see Nick as he nears the end of the passage.
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Jul 09 2012
CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Ajax Peak 4356 - Mineral MountainsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2012
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.96 Miles 1,243 AEG
Hiking2.96 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   1.26 mph
1,243 ft AEG      38 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Being another high humidity morning I took my time so it was almost 9 am before I began the hike. It was nice my initial goal was only 1/2 mile from the trail head, but that's being a bit too simplistic and it was not going to just be a walk-in-the-park.

From the trail head I headed straight for Ajax Benchmark (the highest peak in the Mineral Mountain Quadrangle), dropping down to the saddle where the old Great Enchantment Trail used to cross, then a reasonably steep climb directly toward the summit.

Not having any idea what route to take to reach the summit, yet obvious it wouldn't be on this side, I headed slightly to the left with the plan of circling around until I found a safe route up. Almost half way around I saw a promising opening, but within 5 minutes of climbing it was obvious this was not going to work and I dropped back down. Not sure just how far I'd have to go around as well as not knowing if I would return this direction or not, I headed north along the ridge to take some photos from a high point across the ridge from Ajax.

While taking photos from that vantage point I scanned the upper portion of Ajax hoping for clues for my next attempt. None were forthcoming from this side, so I headed back south around the east side of Ajax. As I continued circling clock-wise there were a couple more teasers, but nothing very inviting so I kept going.

Almost three-fourths the way around it opened up to a wide area of large bare boulders but still saw no obvious route. After taking some time to scan it was time to just begin somewhere and so how it went. Climbing carefully I reached a point within 80' vertical and about 100' across to the summit where I had no more confidence to continue. Although the boulders were bare yet coarse enough for reasonable grip, for every 10 great handholds there would be one that broke away with very little pressure. :scared:

So with that, the exposure factor, nursing a sore left ankle as well as being totally alone, I was ok with leaving it for another day. Besides, I had another couple peaks on my plate for the day.

With full knowledge that at least three people have in fact reached the summit, I know it can be done, I'm just not sure if it will require any climbing gear. But I have a feeling if I had someone very experienced leading the way, I would have been fine following in their footsteps.

Now 270 degrees around Ajax, I saw no point in retracing my route so I set off to the south toward Peak 4202, maybe bagging that on the return trip instead returning to the TH before heading out again. As it turned out, the last 90 degrees around Ajax looked to provide every bit the challenge of trying for the summit.

After climbing the first part of Peak 4202 I could see the summit outcrop of 4202 and it looked to be every bit as daunting as Ajax so just took some photos for further examination before returning with more determination to reach the summit.

Time to head back to the trail head for lunch before heading out to my last peak for the day. On the way down from the saddle I followed a very old and almost invisible section of what used to be the Great Enchantment Trail down to the bottom and back up to the saddle below the trail head. From there it was a short jaunt back up to the car.

I posted a 70-second 360-degree panorama video from a high point on the ridge north of Ajax here:
http://changephoenix.com/jpserver/web/public/file.php?id=171

I posted 50 photos on HAZ, the full set of 62 is here:
http://changephoenix.com/jpserver/web/public/album.php?id=168
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