username
X
password
register help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
LabelsComments
triplogs photosets comments more
Finger Rock Summit - 2 members in 6 triplogs have rated this an average 5 ( 1 to 5 best )
6 triplogs
  All Months
6 Triplogs
Jan
0
Feb
0
Mar
0
Apr
0
May
2
Jun
1
Jul
1
Aug
0
Sep
0
Oct
0
Nov
0
Dec
2
 

May 19 2019
jladderud
avatar

 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
The Triple Crown of Alvernon, AZ 
The Triple Crown of Alvernon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 19 2019
jladderud
Hiking11.30 Miles 5,300 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   1.73 mph
5,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Since the beginning of the year I've been scheming of linking up Pontatoc Ridge, Mt Kimball, and Finger Rock. Now that the sheep closure is lifted, I did that today with an overdose of type-2 fun. I followed the Pontatoc Ridge trail, then bushwhacked up the (sometimes class-4 chossy) ridge line a couple miles to Little Kimball, hopped on the trail to summit Mt Kimball, then bush whacked down to Finger Rock and free soloed it before heading back down the Finger Rock trail to the trailhead. Highlights include seeing a Gila Monster and seeing a summit log entry from 1970 on Peak 5783. Lows included being dehydrated and feeling guilty about free soloing Finger Rock (I've done it before; but at this point in my life it seems unnecessarily risky--not doing it again). If any of you out there are crazy enough to try this link up, a couple (obvious) suggestions that I should have heeded: bring more than 2L of water, bring a buddy, don't free solo Finger Rock (Finger Rock Guard is a safer alternative).
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Light
_____________________
Jun 24 2018
jladderud
avatar

 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Jun 24 2018
jladderud
Hike & Climb10.30 Miles 4,914 AEG
Hike & Climb10.30 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.35 mph
4,914 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
Solo I  • 5.6
 
no photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Pro: Double Runner
Having looked at this finger for 4 years and having been on the Guard and both summits of Prominent Point, I thought it was high time that I summit. Left the TH at 5:40AM. Got to the saddle at the base of the guard in 90 minutes. Then I had to find my way to the base of the finger. I'd tried this twice before but was unsuccessful. This time I made it. It seems that skirting right at the base of the rock face on the guard is the easiest route. From there I free soloed pitch 1 in tennis shoes. Then I figured I might as well put on climbing shoes and a harness since I brought them with me. I attached two double runners to the single bolt on the crux move and to my harness--not as safe for catching a fall as a rope would be; but I didn't plan on falling ;) The crux was no harder than 5.7 and from there I unclipped and soloed up to the summit. I did this in reverse on the way down. I brought a few cams and some slings/cordalette with the thought that I might aid up some parts; but found that I didn't need them. Next time I'll bring at most a harness/shoes/double runner. For reference, I can generally on-site 5.10 climbs on lead.

Once I was back down at the saddle at the base of the guard I decided that I still had energy so I proceeded up the ridge to Mt Kimball. There's no trail; but it wasn't too much of a bush whack. The vegetation is thin enough that I made good time. From there I hiked/jogged back down the Finger Rock trail to the parking lot, arriving just before 11.

I posted my GPX track and tried to link it but I'm not seeing it show up as an alternate route on the Finger Rock Summit or Mt Kimball pages. Perhaps an admin can help with that?
_____________________
1 archive
May 06 2016
rvcarter
avatar

 Guides 33
 Routes 304
 Photos 2,146
 Triplogs 236

73 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Finger Rock SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar May 06 2016
rvcarter
Hike & Climb7.72 Miles 3,991 AEG
Hike & Climb7.72 Miles   8 Hrs   17 Mns   1.38 mph
3,991 ft AEG   2 Hrs   41 Mns Break
Lead I G  • Trad, Toprope • 5.6 Granite Excellent • 85 Feet 1 Pitch
 
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners partners
fearnestiv
NIEL CHRISTENSEN
Pro: Need 3/4 in cam in lower part and quickdraw for clipping in at the eyebolt on the upper section, which is the crux. Excellent double top anchors with chains 10-12 feet from the top. The very top has some loose flakes/boulders that look and feel unstable. Pretty safe if you don't jump around much and stay clipped in.
I just posted a description for the technical climb to Finger Rock so I won't include much here. Suffice it to say we had an outstanding, coolish day to hike up Finger Rock Trail and on to the Finger Rock. Good breeze, some would say windy in the afternoon, but the air was cool. The route after leaving the main trail was much easier to follow than last October, when grass was hiding it. When we first did this 7-8 years ago, there was not much to help find the trail, but now, cairns are present along the entire way. Outstanding day with 6 of my hiking friends from Saddlebrooke. Highly recommend the hike and the climb, but you need someone with technical climbing experience to lead the pinnacle climb. And...you need some mules to carry the extra equipment. :)
_____________________
Check out my Instagram posts at "cartershift", and my Youtubes at my channel "roy v carter".
Dec 28 2013
GrottoGirl
avatar

 Guides 3
 Routes 304
 Photos 10,998
 Triplogs 1,253

44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Dec 28 2013
GrottoGirl
Hike & Climb8.13 Miles 4,551 AEG
Hike & Climb8.13 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   1.72 mph
4,551 ft AEG   4 Hrs   59 Mns Break
Toprope IV PG  • Trad, TopropeTrad, Toprope • 5.6 Granite Good • 80 Feet 1 Pitch
 
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners partners
RedwallNHops
Pro: Our lead climber placed two trad pieces in addition to using the bolt.
We talked our friends who did this climb while we were off doing other adventures to do it again. Boy was it worth it!

We did the climb in one long pitch even though Mountain Project noted it was a two pitch climb. It was rated as 5.8 but I didn't think it was that tough of a climb since I was able to do it with my gimp shoulder on toprope.

The Mountain Project Description says, "Parties who successfully summit will be either highly rewarded or permanently traumatized. The exposure atop Finger Rock is extreme. The teetering flake that caps the pinnacle adds to the excitement."

I'm not permanently traumatized so I guess I'm becoming somewhat immune to exposure. Being on the top of a rock that I've stared at for years was pretty darn cool!

Joel and I have now completed all the named front range summits: Pusch, Cleaver, Big Horn, Table, Table Tooth, Valentine, Prominent Point (west), Finger Rock Guard, Kimball, Little Kimball, GORP, Cathedral Peak, Rattlesnake, McFall Crags, and now the Finger!
_____________________
Dec 28 2013
RedwallNHops
avatar

 Guides 1
 Routes 7
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 946

44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Dec 28 2013
RedwallNHops
Hike & Climb8.13 Miles 4,551 AEG
Hike & Climb8.13 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   1.72 mph
4,551 ft AEG   4 Hrs   59 Mns Break
Toprope IV PG  • Trad, TopropeTrad, TopropeTrad, Toprope • 5.6 Granite Good • 80 Feet 1 Pitch
 no routesno photosets
Linked linked
Partners partners
GrottoGirl
Finally was able to bag this one. I was lucky enough to have 30 minutes up on the summit rock. There was more room up there than I expected :)
_____________________
Jul 04 2009
wallyfrack
avatar

 Routes 89
 Photos 4,044
 Triplogs 1,233

58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2009
wallyfrack
Hiking11.00 Miles 4,750 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.47 mph
4,750 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Partners partners
Booneman
I signed up to hike this before I knew I was hiking 28 miles the day before. I couldn't bail so I ate well Friday night and went for it. Originally we were going to the Finger Rock Summit and ended up on Mt Kimball. On the way back down we took a spur trail which ended up being an off trail adventure through the over growth between Mt Kimball and Finger Rock. After an agave attack and black tailed rattlesnake viewing we broke through to the Finger Rock Summit spur. The hike/climb up is exciting with ample exposure to keep the adrenaline flowing. After gaining the summit we took the spur trail back to the Finger Rock Trail and strolled down. The trail is easy to find but keeps you honest with many rocks and steps. The morning clouds kept it cool for July and it didn't warm up until we were heading down.
Culture
Culture
HAZ - Hike HAZard
_____________________
2 archives
average hiking speed 1.73 mph

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.

help comment issue

end of page marker