Dec 9, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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This will be a hiking tour and introduction to the super rock climbing available at Sven Towers I, II, and III, as well as Hog Heaven. We will meet at the new Tom's Thumb Trail Head building. I'll put a note below on how to get there. Allow more time than you may think for the drive out there.
I will show you the couple dozen of routes and top rope set up locations. This information is not particularly available any where else and with climbing season upon us, I wanted to share part of what I have been working on for the past decade. Please be there promptly because I will be leaving the Trail Head on time.
While it will be primarily hiking, it would be a good idea to bring a harness with a rappel device and a helmet. There could be one or two places where it will be good to secure the party with a rope on the approaches.
We will hike to Sven Towers I, II and III in order, and then hike up to Hog Heaven, returning over the top by Goat Hill on East End. I anticipate that it may take a group 4 to 5 hours for the full loop.
Please be realistic about your fitness. Hiking Camelback should be pretty easy for you. These are not "belay off the car bumper" types of crags.
Bring at least 2 liters of hydration, snacks/lunch and appropriate layers of clothing. The "trail" is not a trail in the traditional sense but primitive so secure hiking footwear is required.
If everyone is feeling strong I'll add a loop going on past Tom's Thumb and down by Lost Wall, Half and Half, and Fort McDowell.
You'll come away with information that should allow you to access these great climbing areas and if you have the skills to top rope set up your own climbs in the future. Of course, lead climbers will have a whole new set of super climbs to tick off in your hands.
I sincerely hope lots of folks can make it. Contact me directly via the PM system if you have any questions.
AMC Land Advocacy Chair