Signal Peak, Palm Canyon


By: Hugh Parshall


Forty-seven persons attended the New years Jan 1-2-3 campout at Palm Canyon, Kofa Mountains, Arizona and thirty-one these started and completed the ascent of Kofa peak(4828') on Sat Jan 2. Friday evening everyone gathered around the campfire for introductions of club members and guests, followed by a brief talk on the Kofa Game Preserve, old gold mines, geology, and mineralogy of the area. Leader Hugh Parshall told of the plans for the climb the next day to start at daybreak, and answered questions. Then stories were told 'till sacktime. The 32 climbers started about daylight the next morning and were on the peak at 11 AM. going in by the large North Wash, up a gallery to the "arrow-marked" saddle and then west to the summit. A new register was placed in a waterproof crock and all record of antiquity brought down to be forwarded to Headquarters. Some records were in open tin cans and were wet and barely legible. After gathering many chalcedony roses, agate, and quartz crystals, the descent was made to the Wash and back to camp without incident. Youngest climber was Nancy Parshall, age 12

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