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Ascent of Huerfano Butte on 2008-05-09

Climber: Kreg Ellzey

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 9, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Huerfano Butte
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:4002 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked just off the road to the north and made the short walk to the butte. Did the rock scramble to the summit and found the benchmark, summit log and a geocache. I did run into a hive of Africanized Honey Bees while descending the north slope. I hopped down in front of a crag and heard buzzing. By that time I was already getting head-butted. I immediately double timed it down to ground level but the bees continued to pursue and head-butt all the way back to the fence near where the vehicle was parked. No stings thankfully, but new found respect to steer clear next time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:275 ft / 83 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:N Ridge
    Trailhead:Santa Rita Rd.  3727 ft / 1135 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble



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