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Ascent of Baboquivari Peak on 2011-11-26

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Keith Christensen
Paul Garry
Jennifer Blackie
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Baboquivari Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:7734 ft / 2357 m

Ascent Trip Report

Onward to Baboquivari! The road to the campground on the reservation can be driven to with a passenger car, though you have to slow down for the rough road. Jenn called ahead for a permit using the number in the DPS guide. They email the permit to you. The campground is nice. The men’s room toilet had a bit of a plumbing problem, but the women’s room worked fine. Keith and Paul rolled into camp a little later. Some other campers were making some noise, but they were able to fall asleep ok. Jenn and I located the trailhead the night before so we knew exactly where to go. We were up before sunrise since the cliffs above the camp mean that there isn’t sunlight until quite late in the morning. After a minor navigational error near the beginning, we found the trail junction past the water tanks. There is a wooden sign saying “Trail to Peak.” From here, we followed the trail all the way to the bottom of the first slab, taking two quick breaks along the way. It was quite windy for most of the hike to this point. We put our helmets on and stashed some water and trekking poles here since we knew we would return. The route up to the Class 4 pitch is easy to follow. Based on beta from Matt Hengst, who climbed Babo in October, we only took one 60m climbing rope. I slipped on my rock climbing shoes and had Paul belay me as I led up to the anchor near the tree. I clipped into two bolts on the way just to be safe. Once up top, I set an anchor using the two new-looking bolts at the top and proceeded to belay Paul and Keith up while Jenn just free climbed up to get out of the wind. For future parties, you will only need a 60m rope. Two ropes are unnecessary, so save the weight. We stashed our rope at the top of the pitch and made our way up to the summit. It wasn’t too tough to follow the route up and soon we were on top of Baboquivari. We could hear the wind howling around us, but the summit was not breezy. There are offerings to the Tohono O’Odham Gods on the summit, including a lot of nice climbing gear. After pictures, summit register entries, and lunch, we headed down. Pay attention to how you go up the final part to the summit so you can find your way back. Kitt Peak Observatory is visible from the summit to the north. As the winds died down, the trail got hot and we didn’t waste too much time heading down.
The drive back to the pavement was uneventful and we decided to have dinner at the grocery store in Sells. $10 for a pizza that fed us all was a pretty good deal. We were the only non-Indians in the store the whole time we ate. We picked up some food for Kino and we were on our way back to the town of Ajo. We turned towards Bates Well as indicated in the DPS guide, drove about a mile and pulled off the excellent dirt road to bivy for the night. We weren’t sure if the hill to the west was natural or a tailings pile since it was dark. The night was warm and we settled in. The goal was an early start on Kino.

Link to pictures
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4974 ft / 1514 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Route:Babo Trail to 4th Class Pitch
    Trailhead:3560 ft / 1085 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Southern Arizona '11

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Ajo2011-11-24 a
2Pinkley Peak2011-11-24 b
3Volcán El Elegante2011-11-25 a
4Cerro Colorado2011-11-25 b
5Baboquivari Peak2011-11-26
6Kino Peak2011-11-27



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