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Offline steelfrog

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Sierra Quemada questions
« on: December 25, 2011, 12:54:13 PM »
1.  How far is it from Homer Wilson Ranch to Pt 5917?

2.  How far from Pt 5917 to Elephant tusk?

3.  Any beta on the hike up Backbone Ridge?  i.e., best side to approach from?

4.  Beta on Dominguez Peak?  Best approach?

Many thanks.

Offline elhombre

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Re: Sierra Quemada questions
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2011, 01:30:27 PM »
Can only give you my times while backpacking with a full pack walking at a vacation pace.  Homer Wilson to Smokey creek/ Dodson trail took 2.5 hours.  Thats to the base of Pt 5917.  We then walked the next day, taking breaks, down to about 1.5  hours above (north) Elephant tusk mt.  It would have been easy to make it to the base of Elephant tusk if we wanted to in that one day.  I like the ideas you are having if you plan to climb those peaks.  We are planning on heading down in Jan. and I have been looking at Pt 5476 (nw of ET) and pt.5767 as a nice day hike from base camp near waterworks. 

If you haven't seen it yet, there is an older post on Summitpost by Viper about climbing ET.  I haven't look for anything on pt. 5917 but my old lady mentioned some time back she remembered reading about people on here climbing it.  Time to start training for 14ers......... :13:
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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Sierra Quemada questions
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2011, 02:01:12 PM »
Thanks Bro.  I am looking at something like this:

Jan 25--fly to Midland, drive to Homer Wilson; head to Pt 5917 area and try to find a decent place to stow my one man tent; if time, climb 5917 that day (prolly not though)

Jan 26--climb 5917 and head to ET; find a place to camp down there

Jan 27--climb ET via N ridge; then, head around to Backbone Ridge and climb that; consider Dominguez Peak same day;

Jan 28--hike back to Homer Wilson, get more food/water; climb up Ward Springs Trail into the Window (possibly at night)

Jan 29--early start up the shoulder of Carter; summit Carter; then back down and up to Gilbert's Promontory; back to car and drive to Midland

I know, I know--overly ambitious (as usual), but we can do some of this work with headlamps and if it's too much, we'll bag some of it; I could leave out Dominguez.

Should know more after this weekend.

Offline steelfrog

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Re: Sierra Quemada questions
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2011, 03:37:48 PM »
Also, any time you think you are doing incredible things, consider this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxqB9T3T004&feature=player_embedded#!

Offline SA Bill

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Re: Sierra Quemada questions
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2011, 04:45:47 PM »
Also, any time you think you are doing incredible things, consider this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxqB9T3T004&feature=player_embedded#!

 :icon_eek:
I'll bet this guy could climb Casa Grande in under 30 minutes without breaking a sweat!
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Offline jeffblaylock

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Re: Sierra Quemada questions
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2011, 12:40:29 AM »
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3.  Any beta on the hike up Backbone Ridge?  i.e., best side to approach from?

I seem to recall a post from 01ACRViper, who is a geologist, saying that Backbone Ridge is a dangerous climb. The rock is rotten and crumbly.

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Jan 28--hike back to Homer Wilson, get more food/water; climb up Ward Springs Trail into the Window (possibly at night)

Jan 29--early start up the shoulder of Carter; summit Carter; then back down and up to Gilbert's Promontory; back to car and drive to Midland

That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Do you mean the Oak Spring Trail? Where are you spending that night (the 28th)? Are you summiting Carter and then hiking back down through the Window to the Oak Spring trailhead? I'm pretty sure these two days will not be able to go as you plan them, unless I'm missing something.
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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Sierra Quemada questions
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2011, 02:41:59 PM »
Ya--the one up into the Window from Ross Maxwell.  May be called Oak Springs.

 

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