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Old 02-03-2014, 08:09 AM   #46
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This trail has always been revered to have the most remote trail head in the Santa Catalina mountains.The trail has seen some work in recent years and is easy to follow the first few miles.















We steped of of the ridge, took a break near suitable camping. left the packs to get some water.






















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Old 02-03-2014, 08:28 AM   #47
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This manzanita was in full bloom, including bees.



Pitched on a subridge of the main ridge we had been climbing.




Some how after a few, this date stamp appears after messing with the settings.

The Rincons spotlighted through Reddington pass.




Piety Hill.



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Old 02-03-2014, 12:11 PM   #48
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Sunrise was nice.











It was a two phase sunrise.




Packed up the sacks and left them under a Mexican Blue Oak, then headed to the ridge.








As I gain elevation this boulder stack was shining.











I had read about the old telegraph wire that remains.












Rolled on down the ridge back to the desert.






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Old 02-03-2014, 01:18 PM   #49
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Back at the vehicles the first thing was to get the bike up the hill.




















Back in the red saddle.





















Lone hill.




Mesquite grilled chicken tonight.








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Old 02-03-2014, 01:50 PM   #50
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Great thread. Brings back a few memories for me. My inlaws winter in Green Valley and we visited during spring break several years ago. I soloed the West Gully (II 5.6) of Elephant Dome in the Santa Rita Mountains. That was my introduction to desert climbing and I learned a bit about cross country approaches on that trip. Lots of prickly thinks in that country.

A couple of years later we went back and I soloed the SE Arete of Baboquivari Peak (II 5.6). I really, really liked that day. The climbing was fun but just short of spectacular as the crux section was much shorter than I expected. However, it was just a good, long, and satisfying day with lots of sun, exposure, and great desert views.

Thanks for sharing the photos. If I ever make it back there (and am in climbing shape!) I hope to get to Cochise. We did the family tourist thing there and I was just jonesing to take off into the backcountry to climb.

I've always wanted to combine dual sporting with my with my love for backcountry running, hiking, and climbing but have always worried about my bike and gear being left at trailheads.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:55 PM   #51
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Good morning!








Clouds again, I do not think it got below fifty.








Gas line and the bridge crossing the San Pedro.



Back at the Reddington road, Pat drove over Reddington pass, and I headed down stream looking for more fun.


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Old 02-04-2014, 07:03 AM   #52
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Wow! 10 days huh? What route are you planning on taking?
This trip we are doing the Gems. We will be dropped of at the South Bass TH and hike to Hermits rest via the west Tonto trail and exit the Boucher trail. This will put my Grand total around 2,200 miles on foot below the rim.

Scouting a route to the river on the north side in 2007.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:18 AM   #53
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Wow! That's awesome. I'm not sure where South Bass TH is, but I imagine it's somewhere East of the touristy spot on the south rim. Good luck with the hike.

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This trip we are doing the Gems. We will be dropped of at the South Bass TH and hike to Hermits rest via the west Tonto trail and exit the Boucher trail. This will put my Grand total around 2,200 miles on foot below the rim.

Scouting a route to the river on the north side in 2007.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:39 AM   #54
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Many thanks for another great thread and photographs. I wish I could come to Bensen on the 17th.....perhaps someday soon....!
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:38 AM   #55
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Back to the Dragoons

I rolled out Friday afternoon after work, and was here in less than an hour.
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One of the group to be was suppose to be out here tonight, I set up and messed around for awhile. The later it was, the more I remembered what it used to be like slaving away in Tucson all week looking forward to getting out of the s%#t hole on Friday eve. That was over twenty years ago, The way the place is now, I know motivation to get back out in it after arriving home could be tough. So I wrote Tim off as a no show tonight.
As the sunshine busted over the range the next morning, I heard Brian's van coming up the road.
Brian and Eric showed up. With Tim a no show so far, Brian tried like hell to talk me into climbing Moby dick on the Whale with them, he had all the extra gear for me. I declined, I had other goals for today.
The Whale on the right.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:17 AM   #56
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Brian and Eric geared up and headed for the rock. Fifteen minutes later Tim rolled into camp. I've known Tim since Jr. high school, we have been through a lot together, caving , climbing, backpacking Grand Canyon many many miles, and worked together on the Blue Ridge Hotshot crew on the Coconino NF. After FS duty Tim married up they had a boy, so not so much in the last eighteen years, you can guess why. Tim was stoked to blow off some steam with a good hike. Less than thirty minutes later we were walking.
The walk today would circumnavigate the Rockefeller dome.
In short order we were at the saddle.
Rolled down to the East Stronghold and the developed campground for a snack, five miles completed.
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The East Stronghold is now a typical US Fee Area. The last time I was here was for a Bean Fest in the late eighties prior to any development. We headed for the climbers trail from the gate, this is a good route, we will top out in the saddle.
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This is a much more direct route than the hiking trail.
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This is what is behind Tim.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:33 AM   #58
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Weaving in and out, around and over and through big boulders, we were on the north side of Rockefeller.
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Spectacular walking.
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Cochise Dome on the right.
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The mighty Rockefeller.
What's my line.
The Chickenhead Highway!
The classic old school route Days of future passed on the End Pinnacle of the Rockefeller group.
A better overall look at Days o f p.
Back in camp it was time to
Brian and Eric rolled in an hour later and the party was on.
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A nice morning and strong coffee had me packing in a hurry. I decided to drive over Middlemarch pass and loop back to the house on as much dirt as possible.
I only saw one BP on the way over, and soon found myself on the East Stronghold road.
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The old familiar route around the NE end of the Dragoons.
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Completing the loop on ranch roads.
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2 Nights on the ground
8 Miles of hiking
19 Miles of pavement
74 Miles of dirt riding
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:43 AM   #60
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