As all dwellers of Mesa, AZ know, it is impossible to spend a day without seeing the Superstition Mountains. Look eastward from Main Street and it is straight ahead. Get on Hwy 60 and it's there too. On a drizzly Sunday afternoon we opted for a short 3 pitch 5.6 route called "Razor's Edge" on a pinnacle in the Superstition Mountains called "The Hand".
As far as climbing goes, pinnacles are a coveted prize. They offer great exposure and reward with narrow summits. The Hand offered and delivered both, along with three "au cheval" belay stations. While enjoyable, the route was a bit unnerving with its out-dated and rusty bolts and poorly placed pitons. A retro-fit would be in order to turn this into a 3-star outing.
|Bill looking up at Pitch 2|
|Renee leading Pitch 2|
|Cowboy Bill "au cheval"|
|Renee at the Pitch 2 Station. Phoenix is visible in the back.|