Thursday, February 28, 2008

Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak rises sharply from the surrounding Sonoran desert in Southeast Arizona. Historically, it is famous as the site of the western-most battle of the American Civil War. To Ron and some of the WINs, it was their Everest and they decided to challenge themselves by hiking to the top.

From the trailhead, it's two miles and a 1500 foot elevation gain to the peak.

John celebrates the halfway point while Chuck and Tom contemplate their next move.

Chuck says, "It's that-a-way!"

The survivors at the top. Does anybody have a flag?

Several sections of the trail have cables for safety and a couple are so steep that you have to pull yourself up with them. Wear gloves! Here are Al and Arleta making their way back down.

If you're wondering why I'm not in any of the pictures, it's because I wasn't there. I made the climb two years ago and decided I had 'been there, done that.' Ron gets all the credit for the climb and the pictures.