Picacho Peak


By: Arkel Erb


Thirty-three climbers began the march toward little Picacho this early Sunday day morning. A new cleverly designed ladder was found at the critical point and was used to advantage. A ladder or aid stirrups are necessary to get a large group quickly over the overhang. Another thrilling obstacle is the return up a twelve-foot vertical step on the ridge where one rappels down on the ascent. Twenty-nine hardy souls found the summit still in place, with the profound desert floor view below.

Thanks go to those helping to belay climbers and aiding the less experienced persons over the four or five difficult pitches. Without such technical assistance our Section would not be able to successfully tackle an exposed climb as the magnitude of Little Picacho.

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