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Offline jeffblaylock

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« on: June 06, 2007, 07:50:15 PM »
Just out of curiosity, has anyone on the board ever summited Toll Mountain from the TM1 backcountry campsite? It looks like it is possible, though the bushwhacking might not make it desirable. From the photo below (taken from the NE rim), it looks like one would have to swing to the west to avoid cliffs. The top looks pretty flat, once one gets up there. And I don't see any scree slopes :cool:



Anyway, would be interested in anyone's experiences here.
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007, 08:31:57 PM »
Lets go.  If I leave now, I can be in Austin in 20 hours.

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2007, 08:35:45 PM »
I tried a few years back, but the brush was so thick I gave up.  A determined bushwacker might make it, but I just did not feel like getting that scratched up.

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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2007, 09:01:34 AM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Lets go. If I leave now, I can be in Austin in 20 hours.


Can't this weekend. Maybe next weekend ...  :)
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2007, 09:37:06 AM »
a summitpost member summited it, he described it as a simple walk up. it looks very doable from the pinnacles trail, after it has summited the "pass". i'm always too lazy after emory to do it, and thats the only reason i'm ever up there :oops:

maybe the next trip i'll squeeze it in and let you know

mountain page:

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/153869/toll-mountain.html

route page:

http://www.summitpost.org/route/164490/pinnacles-toll-mountain.html

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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2007, 06:59:56 PM »
I have made the summit, hiked around on top a bit.  It's relatively easy (easier than CG) and there is a rough trail from the TM1 campsite.
From the TM1 campsite head uphill and slightly away from the rimrock and go up a rough trail following a rock/cobble slope that is steep and a bit lose but easily do-able even with a pack.
Once you are on top it's fairly flat but dipping towards Boot Canyon so follow the rimrock as best you can around towards Casa Grande.
There are a lot of Oaks on the top and they have a lot of low branches so it's kind of a bushwack to follow the rimrock.   They also block the view on the Basin side most of the route but there are a few openings with great views.
I did it as a dayhike from a basecamp in Boot Canyon and it took only a couple hours once I hit the TM1 campsite.   It would be a nice dayhike from the Basin as long as you get on the trail before noon.  There is NO water or tinajas on Toll Mtn (at least that I could find).   It is grassy but dry and abundant with rabbits and other small creatures.   Say a prayer as you pass TM1 campsite as a camper was blown to bits at this very site a few years ago when we was unexpectedly hit full-force by lightening.  Nobody witnessed it but rumor is he had been "obviously hit by lightening"  (read: blown apart)  ... TWWG

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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2007, 08:18:30 PM »
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Say a prayer as you pass TM1 campsite as a camper was blown to bits at this very site a few years ago when we was unexpectedly hit full-force by lightening.  Nobody witnessed it but rumor is he had been "obviously hit by lightening"  (read: blown apart)  ... TWWG


Any idea what year? I was looking for the press release/story on this but could not find it.

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Re: Year?
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2007, 08:29:18 PM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Quote from: "TheWildWestGuy"
Say a prayer as you pass TM1 campsite as a camper was blown to bits at this very site a few years ago when we was unexpectedly hit full-force by lightening.  Nobody witnessed it but rumor is he had been "obviously hit by lightening"  (read: blown apart)  ... TWWG


Any idea what year? I was looking for the press release/story on this but could not find it.

We've discussed the doctor (see obituary) that was struck and killed by lightning on Emory Peak in February of 2003 before, but I don't recall hearing of anyone getting hit at TM1.

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Re: Year?
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2007, 09:04:48 PM »
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Quote from: "TheWildWestGuy"
Say a prayer as you pass TM1 campsite as a camper was blown to bits at this very site a few years ago when we was unexpectedly hit full-force by lightening.  Nobody witnessed it but rumor is he had been "obviously hit by lightening"  (read: blown apart)  ... TWWG


Any idea what year? I was looking for the press release/story on this but could not find it.

We've discussed the doctor (see obituary) that was struck and killed by lightning on Emory Peak in February of 2003 before, but I don't recall hearing of anyone getting hit at TM1.


I recall "something about" a TM1 incident, but not all the details.  A quick search of the Emory Peak is now on a new thread...
http://www.bigbendchat.com/viewtopic.php?p=36509#36509

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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2007, 05:51:19 PM »
I think it was the guy climbing Emory Peak that got hit by lightning at TM1 - he was camping at TM1 not at the Emory Peak backcountry site.  At least that's what I heard from a BBNP ranger back around the time it happened.   Word on the street was that he was blown apart.   Probably never even knew what happened just a big bright flash.
Perhaps someone from the NPS can confirm this for us, at least in the location.... TWWG

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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2007, 09:19:58 PM »
Quote from: "TheWildWestGuy"
I think it was the guy climbing Emory Peak that got hit by lightning at TM1 - he was camping at TM1 not at the Emory Peak backcountry site.  At least that's what I heard from a BBNP ranger back around the time it happened.   Word on the street was that he was blown apart.   Probably never even knew what happened just a big bright flash.
Perhaps someone from the NPS can confirm this for us, at least in the location.... TWWG

Yikes.  Well, if ya gotta go, it might as well be quick.

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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2007, 11:55:17 PM »
Hmmmm.

On my next visit, I was planning to spend 1 night on the South Rim, and the second night at Toll Mountain 1.

I'm reconsidering my itinerary.  :)
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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2007, 09:59:23 PM »
I climbed Emory last Saturday and on the way back down the Pinnacles trail switchbacks a thunderstorm rained down on my girlfriend and I.  Lightning struck in the TM1 area and it scared the hell out of us.  I can see how someone could be "blown apart."
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2007, 12:26:49 AM »
Quote from: "westtex"
I climbed Emory last Saturday and on the way back down the Pinnacles trail switchbacks a thunderstorm rained down on my girlfriend and I.  Lightning struck in the TM1 area and it scared the hell out of us.  I can see how someone could be "blown apart."


how are you liking your SO's new location? sounds like a good deal to me, though my GF wouldn't want to live there :lol:

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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2007, 07:34:14 AM »
Quote from: "westtex"
I climbed Emory last Saturday and on the way back down the Pinnacles trail switchbacks a thunderstorm rained down on my girlfriend and I.  Lightning struck in the TM1 area and it scared the hell out of us.  I can see how someone could be "blown apart."


that's lovely. I was camping at TM1 about 2 years ago during a violent T-storm....lightening striking all around us.....I pretty much freaked out and had a panic attack.  Lightening in the upper Chisos is the number one public enemy up there.  Sorry, I digress ...

 


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