"The (Red) Mitten," as seen from nearly 1/4-mile east of Devil's Kitchen
north of Sedona, Arizona.
"The (Red) Mitten," not to be confused with the Mittens of Monument Valley
, lies halfway between Soldier Wash and the entrance to Mormon Canyon.
Geologists call Sedona's ruddy sandstone, deposited in a desert some 275 million years ago, the Schnebly Hill Formation. This thick sandstone ranges
in quality from very good to very bad.
Some sections are compact and reliable for climbing, while others are composed of soft and brittle rock more akin to dried brown sugar
(I wonder which one of them had the most 'make-up' on,
for crying out loud!)
March 11, 2009