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Nov 19 2017
jajohnson11
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29 male
 Joined Feb 01 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Buster Plus - Peak 5791 - Mount LemmonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jajohnson11
Hike & Climb8.20 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hike & Climb8.20 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.43 mph
3,400 ft AEG
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I saw the write up for this awhile back and had to give it a go before the restriction starts, decided I'd make today that day. Hustled up to Buster in an hour and twenty minutes, this was my third time up here and the view never ceases to amaze. The trail leading up to Buster was very easy to follow, most of the grass has died off or been re-flattened that others were talking about.
After Buster is where it got fun. On the first part of the ridge I saw 2 big horn sheep! This was my 2nd time seeing them in the Catalina's but never this close. I tried to follow them to get some pictures but it seemed they escaped me near one of the many flat areas of the ridge climb. The route was really wasn't that bad except in two areas. I had Mountain Rat's tracks in my gps but didn't need them most of the way- it was pretty straight forward, just follow the ridge! Where it did get tough though was very near the peak(s) just before 5791. The vegetation was dense and I ended up going between them rather than over the South peak. This made a very sketchy route over to 5791. White summit register was there, amazing to see a register with such little names :) Unparalleled views of the Pusch wilderness area. Close ups of Cathedral and Window Peak. Amazing views of Leviathan and Wilderness domes as well. Made it worth the effort to get up there!
Made sure to go up and over the ridge the whole way on the way back instead of between the two peaks closest 5791 made it an easy return. Decided to go up and over Buster again rather than the loop down near Buster Spring.
All in all another great hike in the Catalina's!
Thanks for the tracks HAZ!
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Nov 20 2015
rvcarter
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 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Buster Plus - Peak 5791 - Mount LemmonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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rvcarter
Hike & Climb8.20 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hike & Climb8.20 Miles
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Most of the info I would put here is in the description I just posted. Plus Matt agreed to put up a good triplog and his track (which we will make the Official), which actually included Peak 5791. Please look at Matt's triplog.
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Nov 20 2015
Mountain_Rat
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 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Buster Plus - Peak 5791 - Mount LemmonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mountain_Rat
Hike & Climb7.50 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hike & Climb7.50 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   1.45 mph
3,376 ft AEG   1 Hour   46 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Call me suicidal, but I let Roy talk me into another easy scramble. Roy had previously posted a track for this one, so I loaded it into Route Manager, looked at the profile and thought “this aint too bad”, and like that, I was in.

I met Roy and his gang at Catalina State Park just a bit before 08:00 and we immediately hit the trail. The ascent to Buster Mountain was pretty standard and we took a short break there. Now, in my head, all that was left to do, was drop off the east side of Buster, cruise over the saddle, back up the other side to that little peak over there, then go home. Well, that was not the case. The conversation went something along these lines;

Me: So, is that the peak we’re going to?
Roy: No. ya see that one to the right of it?
Me: Yea.
Roy: Well, there’s a peak behind it and then that one to its left. That’s where we’re headed… And from there we can see the peak that we’re going to. Okay lets go!
Me: O.o

Now, I have never considered Buster to be an easy hike. It has its challenges, but this went way beyond. There were moments when I though “huh, Roy has brought me out here to die”, but then I’d see something shiny and forget about it for awhile. We climbed false peak, after false, until we found ourselves perched tediously between Alamo and Montrose Canyons, looking down on Leviathan. Not only were we out there, but we were up there as well. THIS IS AWSOME!!! … and worth the treacherous march/climb we made to get here. I don’t mean to downplay the remainder of the trip, but it was a cakewalk compared to what we had already been through and certainly less scenic.

This one I may be back for again. It was very tough and with any small misjudgment, could turn bad. I would not do this one alone or suggest that anyone else should.

Thanks once again Roy for leading the way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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