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Ascent of Kino Peak on 2016-02-10

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Kino Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:3197 ft / 974 m

Ascent Trip Report

Made it this time. I found the way around the north summit. Not trivial. Much evidence of traffic through the long corridor below the mountain, black water bottles, food wrappers, discarded clothing, etc. No new foot prints since mine and Kathy's were through a few days before. However, there were many braided foot paths and alternate channels to the washes. Water bottles that were full on Saturday were empty and scattered about on Wednesday. A pair of man's pants were on the trail. They were not there on Saturday. This still should be a suspended peak, in my opinion.

OK, the key to the peak is once one has climbed up to the base of the north summit, to drop down just a little on the left and look carefully for the next duck. You may have to make more than one try here. The key thing is not to drop too far. This has confused more than one climber. But once the first duck is found, remember that there will not be any major gain or loss of altitude. If you find yourself tempted to go down, don't. Find the next cairn, and if it can't be found from where you are, go back to the last one. Route finding here is not obvious. Once one gets to the area where the topo map shows a smooth saddle, don't be fooled. It's easy to miss the climb up. If you reach a spot where the rock wall is over hung, you've gone too far. Turn around and you'll likely see the spot to climb back up to the "saddle". From here, there is a faint use trail which will disappear shortly. When you're on the face of the peak, resist the urge to climb up. Instead, what your objective is is to find the next cairn, and gradually make your way from left to right across the face to the ridge leading to the summit. The elevation gain is minor. Look hard for the cairns, keeping in mind it's a gradual traverse. Once around the face and on to the summit ridge, it's a (relatively) easy walk to the summit. I don't recommend doing this alone. Yeah, I know, most of my climbs are solo. I wouldn't do this one again that way. The human traffic here is creepy.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:12.6 mi / 20.3 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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