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Our itinerary included a climb to Hunt's Mesa with an overnight stay there. We started the roughly 3 1/2 mile hike in the early afternoon. We were told to expect a 10 ft climb up a rope ladder as well as a short scramble up some rocks. It turned out the rope ladder was about 60 ft long. You could travel the lower 75% of it by using the ladder as a big rope to pull yourself up the 60 degree slope. The last 15 ft was vertical. We did this with camera bags and tripods. Check out this photo by Patti Schulze to see what it was like. This is me on the ladder with Tom our guide.
Most of the group was not expecting
such a climb and did not enjoy it to say the least. After that there were
two additional nearly vertical ascents involving a few hand and toe holds
chiseled in the rock. The only good thing about that part of the hike, was it
waited to start raining until after we made it through. The sun still
refused to cooperate. We got about 30 seconds just at sunset.
Sunrise the next morning was in fog. Four of us made the trek back down to
the valley floor. The rest squeezed into the two trucks and rode down the
Click on images below for enlarged view.
Sunset from Hunt's Mesa
Here was our 30 seconds of sunlight. Even that was somewhat of a surprise.
Monuments in Clouds
This was the best of my images from the hike back down from Hunt's Mesa. An interesting view with the tops of the monuments in the clouds.
Flowers and Red Rock
We found these pretty flowers on the trail down from Hunt's Mesa
Pool below Hidden Arch
I like the flowing lines in the rock, the sand, and the little stream. It would have been exciting to see this the night before when it was raining like crazy.
Content and Images Copyright 1998-2011 Jeffrey W. Johnson. No use without permission.
Content and Images Copyright 1998-2012 Jeffrey W. Johnson. No use without permission.