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Nov 14 2020
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Tuckup CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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RedwallNHops
Canyoneering25.10 Miles 8,411 AEG
Canyoneering25.10 Miles
8,411 ft AEG
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Continuing my fall of the Grand Canyon with my first trip to the Tuckup area. Drove in to the TH on Friday night. Still saw quite a bit of snow. it was a pretty chilly night. Got a 9 am start the next morning for the long trek to the Hades Knoll drop in. Gorgeous hike, especially with the snow on the rim. The Tuckup trail to the dropin was prety hit or miss - but became more evident the closer to Hades Knoll we got. found camp on a gorgeous Esplanade bench .5 miles from the drop in. We carried water for the night, but there were potholes in the Esplanade. We would see lots of water the rest of the trip.
Day 2: Hades Knoll. Gorgeous canyon. Think we ended up doing 4 raps and a few interesting downclimbs. near the end, Shelley decided to lower her pack down a rappel to save time. She thought it was dry at the bottom but it wasn't. Her puffy, sleeping bag etc were soaked. due to this, we decided to stay near the conflunce to start drying gear while the rest of the group hiked further up canyon near where you leave the canyon at a redwall break for the approach to Rocky Point canyon. We found some friendly Muav ledges to camp on and luckily it was warmer this night. Her sleeping bag dried out pretty quickly so all was good. the rest of her clothes dried overnight
Day3 - got up early and hiked up to the group and finished the approach to Rocky Point. When we were still above it we noticed the pools and all thought we're getting wet. The temps were still pretty coool. Most everyone left wetsuits at the cars. I left my shorty in my pack and I was very thankful. getting dressed at the drop in felt coooold. Luckily the deepest water we ran into was waist deep - but we did have multiple wades. The technical part was short but really pretty. Soon we were back into the sun at Tuckup. Continued on to Cottonwood - our plan was to camp near the spring. Cottonwood was fun. Lots of easy scrambling - one sorta sketchy bypass at a couple of pouroffs was the only tricky part. We filled up on water near the spring and camped out on a Esplanade bench.
Day 4 out
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Oct 11 2019
friendofThundergod
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38 male
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 AZ
Dome - MohaveNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Oct 11 2019
friendofThundergod
Hike & Climb22.34 Miles 3,896 AEG
Hike & Climb22.34 Miles
3,896 ft AEG
Second IV PG  • Trad • 5.9 Sandstone Not good • 700 Feet 9 Pitches
 
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Pro: Bring a double rack, bring iron, bring a lot of slings, some webbing and strong nerves.
After a short turn around from Buddha, it was back to the Canyon for a summit attempt of a western Grand Canyon icon, the Dome.

A 5:00 a.m. Friday morning departure from Phoenix got us to the eastern Tuckup Trailhead by about noon. By 12:30 we were beginning the rugged 11 mile rugged approach along the Tuckup Trail/Route to basically the base of the Dome and the start of our climb the next day. Heavy packs again ruled the day on this trip, as all three of us were carrying 6-8 liters of water for the three days to go along with: two 70m ropes, a double rack, pitons, hammer, 3 days worth of food, general supplies and personal climbing equipment. We arrived to camp after 5.5 hours. The total distance was 11.5 miles. The Tuckup Trail was a little rugged and elusive at times. The stress of potentially three days without water was greatly reduced when we encountered good water at Cottonwood Spring at nearly the exact half way point. I would learn after the fact that its suggested that you do not drink this water. Early to bed for an early wake up.

Day two was an alpine start in the desert. After a steep but brief scramble we were at the scary (hands and knees at times) traverse through the hermit shale transition zone to the base of the climb. After an attention grabbing traverse, Sean was soon leading the first pitch by 6:30 a.m.

There were nine pitches on this climb and it would be too daunting to describe everyone of them in detail. However, I will describe the general gist of the climb. The pitches ranged from moderately sandbagged climbing to tough awkward climbing to real heady climbing and to downright loose, insecure dangerous climbing. Pernell and Sean swapped leads for the entire climb. Meanwhile, I did my best to keep the ropes managed and moving. The climb did not let up for one minute really. After the first four pitches, there was a tedious traverse across the top ridgeline that took careful scrambling, down-climbing and two raps just to reach the headwall and the final pitches of the massive climb. The final pitch was a 15 foot wall made of dried mud that was essentially a free solo as it took no pro and there were no great spots for drilling or hammering pitons. Pernell led the short, but spicy 5.9. From the top of the last pitch, it was a pleasant stroll up the steep hill to the unique summit. After a brief stay on the summit, we had to encounter our biggest anxiety of the day, “how are we going to get down?”

We had to sling a bush just to do some controlled scrambling down the steep east slope of the summit, where the real scary fun would begin. A narrow traverse was needed to link back up with the end of the 8th pitch. The traverse was airy and completely exposed, so we chose to pitch it out and cross with a belay. From the top of the 8th pitch, it was all about finding ways to safely build rap anchors. We used a combination of nuts and pitons to complete two raps that got us to the predominant saddle dividing the distinct ridgeline of the Dome. From there we utilized a piton and an old bolt to rig a two rope, 200 plus foot rap to reach the ground. It took us 10.5 hours to complete the climb and descend to the base.

Saturday evening it was all high spirits at camp. We spent a lot of time laughing about the absurd danger/nature of the climb, the spicy moments and generally marveled at our accomplishment. We thought about all the parties that turned around on this climb and the boldness of the first ascent. I don't think we could have been more content at that moment. Our amazing day was then capped off with a spectacular moon rise directly over the Dome.

It’s hard to grasp the enormity of this one and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to join these two veteran Canyon climbers on this one. The Dome is undoubtedly the pinnacle of Grand Canyon climbing and I am almost in a state of disbelief that I was able to take part in this ascent. By our best calculations and information from the Canyon climbing community, we believe we were between the sixth and tenth party to ascend this summit.

28th Grand Canyon Summit.
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Cottonwood Spring The Dome

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
I drank two liters from this spring. They say it is mineralized and drinking the water is not advised.
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Oct 30 2016
extremehikerbabe
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27 female
 Joined Oct 17 2016
 Phoenix
Tuckup CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2016
extremehikerbabe
Hiking8.00 Miles
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.60 mph
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To end my amazing weekend camping in northern Arizona, I got to see the Grand Canyon from the north rim. We camped near Mt Trumbull and with an early rise, drove the last ten miles to Toroweap. The road was pretty rough and a bit scary but finally getting to the end of it and seeing the canyon.... It was so beautiful. Standing on the edge left you with a huge feeling of vertigo but to see just how amazingly tall the canyon is was absolutely beautiful. After enjoying the edge of the rim for a bit we headed back toward Tuckup trail. The sign posted says it is 6 miles total. However when we hiked to the end of it (which was a nice easy, flat hike) there was a small trail that continued on from it. It was marked by cairns but pretty well carved out and easy to follow. We didn't get to go to the end as we decided to turn around but next time I go there I would like to follow it all the way and see where it goes. Absolutely beautiful trail as you are surrounded by the canyon looming over your left while the river cuts down to the right. The views were amazing and I cannot wait for the day that I return!
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Apr 15 2015
Hippy
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Tuckup Trail - Toroweap to Schmutz, AZ 
Tuckup Trail - Toroweap to Schmutz, AZ
 
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Hippy
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I never posted this!
Okay so last year...well April 2015, Jamie was off on his 5 week solo GCNP hike from Pearce Ferry to Phantom Ranch.

So I did the reasonable thing and hitched myself a ride 2 weeks after he left and met him with cheeseburgers, beer, chocolate, fresh fruit and 20 liters of fresh ice cold water.

After 2 nights waiting at Toroweap, I ran up to summit Vulcan's Throne (did I post that trip log??) Anyway... From the summit I spotted a tiny ant trekkin along the Lava Falls access road... Pfffft yeah!

It took me 20 minutes at a steady lope to catch up with him.

After a night together at Tuweep (Toroweap campground) Jamie and I said our farewells to my hiking Friend Doug and we set off for 3 days along the Tuckup trail!

At first it's a nice pretty double track road, probably used by Miners to reach the old mine out here...

Then the road turns and Tuckers out while the single track continues East and eventually gives way to the faintest of big horn use paths.

Loooove this area...Its very Esplanade-ee.

Day 1 took us at a running hike that would've made Dave1 take a few extra breathers. Made camp in a little hollow nestled among huge Boulders, a MASSIVE water filled pothole was just a few yards away. I ate two nights dinner this night...

Day 2
Brisk pace but more open terrain for easy trekking.
Forgot where we camped, will edit it in after I check...
Not very good water access here though, ugh
But it rained this night! Woke up on the Esplanade with snow dusting the Kaibab! Brrrrr

Set out on Day 3 for Tuckup Canyon, this is where I would hike solo back to the rim to my exit at Schmutz Spring, while Jamie continues his big hike, this night he would camp at the river after scrambling down Tuckup Canyon without rope or harness :O

My hike was quick and...uneventful?
I stepped on a snake an hour before sunset but it was a big rat snake and it just snuck away after I flew onto a rock.

The trail up to the Kaibab Limestone and the Schmutz Spring Trailhead is ridiculous and amusing.
One minute it's there the next it's not. I was prepared for that but one thing I was an idiot about was my topo map...

My topo wasn't close enough and it seemed to me that the "trail", in this case, the path of least resistance, exited on Schmutz Spring Canyon left...oops! It's on the right!!

So I followed a deer path up the left and ended up climbing some sweeeeet Limestone walls, they seemed to be against me beating sunset...the handholds kept breaking and I could SEE the CAR!!! Grrrrr

I was racing the sun, even though I was prepared with food, water, light etc, I just was done. So one last scramble up got me to the rim but not before a 5 foot fall that bruised my left abdomen, awesome.
After that I traveled quickly over the more or less level Rim to a small yet very steep saddle at the head of the small side Canyon. Phew!!
I piled into Doug's Jeep and we were off to Flagstaff after a stop in Fredonia I think it was for dinner.

I'd like to hike the entirety of Tuckup trail, its gorgeous and deserves some love!
Soon I hope...
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Oct 22 2007
Harry
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79 male
 Joined Jan 21 2004
 Chandler, AZ
Tuckup CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2007
Harry
Hiking3.00 Miles
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10/22 At mile 164.5 hiked up Tuck Up Canyon from CO River to pool and rock jam.
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Apr 15 2006
bwardintyre
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 Joined May 23 2005
 Goodyear, AZ
Tuckup CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2006
bwardintyre
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Tuckup Canyon is hikeable for about 10 miles and enters the Colorado River at Mile 164.5. On this particular hike, we followed Kanab Canyon down to the Colorado River, went downriver for about 21 miles following the riverbank and a series of Muav ledges a few hundred feet above the River, and then exited the Canyon by hiking out Tuckup Canyon. These photographs are from the Muav ledges and from Tuckup Canyon.
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