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Monday, 3-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
1st Solo climbing trip for Curtis, Kev and Stu

around the tree
belay connection
hexes and cordilets
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Well, we all met at Summit Hut today and got some gear (Shoes, Harnesses, etc). Then we went up the base of the Mt Lemmon Highway to the first big curve. There we parked and hiked up canyon and then to the left. There were cliffs and we saw other climbers wrapping up their day. We went in and found a small cliff and set up our toprope. We put our gear on and then rappeled down, climbed up and did it a second time. It all worked. But we did experience some danger and learned that the rope should be hanging over the cliff more so that we could have easier motion on the rope. Scampering down just before dark was good too. We did a single rope rapel with Stu bringing up the rear. he had to climb down himself with no rope. Thanks Stu! All in all, a successful first day by ourselves with some gear.

Saturday, 1-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bog Springs solo hike for Curtis on May 1, 2004

Alligator Juniper
Bog Springs sign and Mt Wrightson
Curtis looking up!
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I hit the trailhead for Bog Springs around 3:30 pm on Sat. Met a few birders from London who were pleasant and then had the trail to myself. A magical afternoon with the light just right and the air so clear. Plans to come back and camp a night near the springs in the works.

Sunday, 22-Feb-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Finger Rock Memorial Hike for Rocky

Doug, the animal, is ready for a hike
1st look at the Finger
my 3 sons
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This hike was in memory of our good friend Rocky, whos ashes we spread upon Finger Rock (Tucson, Arizona) after he passed on 02_20_02. A number of good friends made this return trip. Most had gone up the first time to help spread the ashes. It's a steep trail (most are in the rugged Catalinas).

The hike is breathtaking--literally. It begins across the street from the large parking area at the end of Alvernon Way, on the north side of Tucson. The trail proceeds up Finger Rock Canyon, through a Sonoran landscape of saguaro, ocotillo, mesquite, and cholla. The first mile is relatively gentle, but after you reach Finger Rock Spring and cross the wash, the trail begins a relentless climb up the canyon. Soon we were high on the eastern wall, switchbacking steadily up a rough, rocky trail occasionally interrupted by stretches of slickrock that skirt the edge of the canyon. As we ascended, we left behind the low-desert foliage and entered a realm of oak and juniper.

There are tremendous views of Tucson below and to the south, Mount Wrightson stands tall and you can even see the distinctive silhouette of Baboquivari to the southwest. Now we were continuing up the slope towards Finger Rock and off the main trail to Mt. Kimble. We hiked past pine trees and ferns and past many huge, gray boulders.

Next we arrive at the CRIB which is in the Rocks just behind and below Finger Rock. It was here that we spread Rocky's ashes two years ago. This was our main turn-around point. We ate, climbed up to Finger Rock. Doug and Stu literally did so, actually coming up above two climbers with ropes. Imagine the climbers surprise to look UP and see Doug and Stu, without ropes, smiling down upon them. Yikes.

This was an 8 hour adventure and one much worthwhile!


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