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Ascent of Baboquivari Peak on 2016-11-26

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Saturday, November 26, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Baboquivari Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:7734 ft / 2357 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hoped to do the SouthEast Arete, but an extremely windy and pretty cold day combined with a slower than anticipated ascent (we used Thomas Canyon and the fire and regrowth have destroyed any trail for most of the way), though I did catch a glimpse here and there. Then the traverse from the saddle to the actual western approach was some very rough class 5 bushwacking for large amounts of time. Loose rock and trees and lots of locus made sure to draw plenty of blood through the pants. If traversing I would recommend actually climbing the 2 easy pitches of the Thoms/Forbes route and descending the great ramp to the Lion ledge. This will help for the descent as well as you will already know where the rap anchors are. So by the time we got to Lion Ledge we didnt feel like bushwacking anymore, it was really extremely windy on that aspect and it was already rather late in the day. So we ended up carrying way more gear than necessary for the rather simple Forbes route. What an impressive peak though! I will not forget the sunrise alpenglow from our eastern camp on that spire. I also have a new respect for the difficulty of off trail travel in midelevation Sonoran desert. I would love to come back for the SE arete, but it is pretty far from my SLC home. On this trip we tackle a bunch of 4,000+ ft prominence peaks including Wrightson, Miller, Chiricahua, and Graham.
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