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Ascent of Kino Peak on 2011-11-27

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Keith Christensen
Paul Garry
Jennifer Blackie
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kino Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:3197 ft / 974 m

Ascent Trip Report

Once again, we were up before the sun and quickly shuffled gear to Jenn’s car which we left at a large dirt pullout at the intersection with AZ-85. We drove Paul’s new 4Runner to Bates Well which requires high clearance but not 4WD. We left offerings for our fellow travelers in the form of 2 jugs of water and some old boots. We left almost all the gear in Jenn’s car near the highway, so we weren’t too worried about the car being broken into. From Bates Well, we headed south and soon found our way up the main canyon heading south towards Kino Peak. There is a well-travelled trail heading perfectly north-south in this area, which seems to see a lot of northbound through-hikers… We made it up to the pass and followed the DPS guide instructions from here. As we approached the east face, it surely looked unclimbable and we really worried that we were off route. Jenn and Keith headed down the chute they found and we made our way around to the low point below the east face. From here, it was not all that hard to follow the route up to the summit. The usual summit revelry ensued: pictures, lunch, and register signing. We safely found our way down the ridge and then down to the trail. It was a bit easier to follow the trail as we headed north. We did some Sierra Club cleanup along the trail removing dozens of plastic water containers as we hiked back to Bates Well. Leave the wilderness cleaner than you found it! By the time we hit the car, all of our packs were full of bottles and we had huge jugs strapped to the outside. No visitors had picked up any of our offerings, so we loaded up and were on the way to Ajo for dinner, followed by the long drive back to SoCal.

Link to pictures
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2657 ft / 808 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Route:Gowler Wash to East Face
    Trailhead:1340 ft / 408 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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