Extended weekend rock climbing in Arizona (flights $315)

  • April 12, 2014 · 7:00 AM

So why just climb and ski snow in Alberta this winter when you can climb snow in Arizona and bag a 12,000er state highpoint...then wander south to bag the best 5.7 trad rock multipitch route in the state and get in a bunch of sport/trad routes.

The plan is to take a 3-4 day weekend in mid April...looking for a <$400 flight YYC to Phoenix. These dates show YYC to Phoenix at $315.

https://www.google.ca/flights/#search;f=YYC;t=AZA,PHX;d=[masked];r=[masked] We rent a car. Shared costs between 2, 3 or 4 people (if we can get another trad leader).

Anyone interested? Date is flexible and itinerary flexible as we may need a third day climbing activity as well (or paddling or hiking)...let's see who's interested and go from there. No guarantees but let's talk.

Humphreys Peak 12633 ft / 3851 m

http://www.summitpost.org/humphreys-peak/150241 http://www.summitpost.org/dutchman-and-the-west-ridge/479566 Ewephoria 5.7 - 5 pitch - trad sport route - http://www.mountainproject.com/v/ewephoria/105861181

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  • casey

    Hi Alex, no prob, I sound like a kid at christmas hey please please please... hahaha jokes! I talked to Jonathan Prevost, and he said Crux has some multipitch courses, so ill do that for now. Theres a trip that Gerry did last year that Im hoping will do again. I havnt experience the kind of trips where you stay in the huts, they look super cool and Id like to try out some different areas for climbing. Ill keep you and Gerry posted on my skill level :) as always, safety is most important.

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • casey

    Im.. curious about this, as Ive been stuck in Calgary for months now and really need to get my butt back outside where its real! :) so.. how good does one need to be though? I have not yet learned the ice climbing. I can belay though and got some beginner experience anyways. I kindve need to step it up a bit.

    February 22, 2014

    • casey

      Hi Alex, I have done lead belaying, if its what i think you are talking about. last year just before the season ended towards the end of October, I did some belaying with Jonathan Prevost, hes in the scrambling and mountaineeting club. if this is the belaying while he is leading 510, 511 and up, then yes Ive done that. just havnt been on muliti pitch before is all. Ive also taken a few falls for Jonathan too when we were up at sunshine, and grassi lakes, so I am good at belaying. Tom would probably make fun of me and call me a belay bitch lol. but whatever works and is safe is fine with me. so do you think Ill be too inexperienced for this trip? the elevation part doesnt scare me. Im planning a trip to Annapurna basecamp once I can gather the few$$$ it itakes just to get there lol. I saw the vacation package online a while back. Its actually not as exspensive as people think to go to the Himalayas. except everest and K2 of course lol.

      February 23, 2014

    • Alex J.

      Hi Casey, sounds like you have belaying well in hand...and Annapurna sounds awesome!

      I posted this Arizona trip a couple weeks ago and since then have convinced a long time friend from Ontario to go. So I probably should have deleted this one. However, I am still trying to lure some scramblers/climbers to do a Mt Whitney, Boundary Peak, Mt Shasta and/or Tuolumne/Red Rocks multi-pitch trip to either Sacrameno or Las Vegas. Originally the plan was to do that in May but it is looking like May is too crazy with daughters soccer etc. So latest plan is do it in September.

      As well, Gerry R. and I are planning a week in Wyoming multi-pitch climbing on granite to summits in early August.

      So hang in there and watch for the High Sierra trip and/or the Wyoming Wind River Range trip on CSMC. And in the meantime, there are likely to be a few multi-pitch rock trips around YYC in the Spring that you could join.

      See you out there when the snow melts!

      1 · February 23, 2014

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