samedi 8 décembre 2012

Arizona: Baboquivari Peak (Dec 3-4, 2012)

I always marvel at how climbing can quickly create strong connections. On our first day climbing in Cochise Stronghold, just outside of Tombstone, Arizona we met a couple from Nelson, BC. Like us, they love to climb and plan on being in this area until after the new year. The next day Craig & Shauna mention their goal of climbing Baboquivari, a peak 150 miles from here, southwest of Tucson. Two days later, the four of us load up their truck camper for the journey and a new adventure.

We spent four days together, camping, sharing meals, swapping stories, and of course, climbing. We had researched the southeast arete route (III 5.6) and had decided to start our journey from the west, rather than from the east (the most popular way). By driving to the west of the mountain we had the opportunity to visit the Tohono O'odham reserve, we were able to stop by the district office to register and we had the good fortune of spending two nights in the wonderful Baboquivari Camp, at the base of the mountain.

This climb was especially significant for Shauna, who works with first nations and who had planned on doing this climb last year; however all four of us found this area to be magical. 
For the Tohono O’odham people, Baboquivari Peak is their most sacred place as it is the home of the creator, I'itoi. We were touched that the Tohono O'odham people welcomed us so warmly and we treated the mountain with respect. As you'll see in the video below, most visitors leave a gift for l'itoi on the summit. We chose to leave some tobacco.

We assembled a short video to describe our journey. You can view it online at: (the password is "babo").

Renee, Bill, Craig & Shauna on the summit of Baboquivari Peak,
December. 4, 2012
Tohono O'odham logo of the "Man in the Maze", visible from camp.
Baboquivari is the tallest peak, The SE Arete was not visible from the
west side. We hiked up then walked along "Lion's Ledge" to the
start of the route along SE ridge.

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