Camped below the needle. Enjoyed this one.
Group of seven people, youngest 10 years old. Only felt the need to rope up past the pipe under the chokestone. The rock is bad and rock shoes are helpfull. Car to car in 10 hours.
A cold front came in and pushed the temperatures down by 20-25 degrees, so a May climb of the Needle suddenly became possible. I climbed solo, carried a 60 meter rope for the rappels, and all went well.
Free Solo'd West Chimney around 11am. I was by myself and didn't know what to expect. Didn't have any gear other then a helmet. I was hoping to find others there with a rope already climbing so I could use my harness. I almost climbed over the top until I saw the eye of the needle down below. I eneded up crawled through the small opening on my hands and knees. Definitely changed the way I looked at climbing and pushed myself to a new level overall. Down climbed same route still no rope harness. A very real experience that made all my senses feel alive. I am looking forward to finding new places around the valley that offer similar challenges. There is a register at the top in an ammo box to top off the day. Greg K.
A six a.m. start, and all went well. Still much water along the way from a recent round of storms. There are three belay stations on the needle now, all with good webbing. The lowest did not have a rapide ring, so I left mine.
A fun, short day with amazing scenery. I was glad to have rock shoes on the way up, and a rope for the way down, as the climb around the chockstone is fairly steep and face-y. Above the notch seemed no harder than 4th class. One rope is plenty for the descent; you can make a second rappel from one of the old pipes. Trip report.
With Tracy F and CP0915 (much thanks for camaderie and help). A bit less than 7 hrs car to car -- CP alone probably could have done it in 5 hours, but he waited patiently.
Comments on time of year: Judging by ice on Superstition at <4000' (seen the previous day) , the west side of Weaver may have been a little too interesting. To make up for the short days, we started by Headlamp a bit after 6AM MST. Weather was pleasantly cool, and we hit water along the way. The east side was in the sun in the morning.
Fun day in the Superstitions. Thanks go to cp0915 and moapapk who invited me along!
Climbed the west chimney with RobB. Only used ropes for the rappels.
Came out for a three day to do this, Buzzards Roost, and Superstition via Hieroglyph Canyon.
This was the second time Jack Kieffer, Jen Blackie, and myself have done Weavers. This time we had 7 people and rockfall became a real issue on the last pitch but its an awesome climb overall.
with Mike Allex
What an awesome peak, 7.5 hours car to car
A fun climb to the top of an Arizona landmark! Read my report at:
Car camped at Peralta Campground (a rather nondescript dirt pullout) hiked in over Fremont Saddle to climb Weaver's from the west. Ice on the rock lower down made the 3rd class approach interesting and we had large chunks of ice falling from the cliffs to the left of the chimney.
Someone has placed bolts near the metal stakes mentioned on the peak guides though I still used cams for the section right underneath the chockstone. Once above that we didn't use the rope until the rap down which was also off a bolted anchor. Hiked out in the dark down an icy trail.
Overall a great climb.
Went up this with members of the Arizona Mountaineering Club on a private climb. Right at the edge of my modest rock skills. Not the best weather conditions but great leadership.
Great adventure and fun climb. The hike up to the base takes more energy than the climb itself. There were four of us, and we roped up the "chockstone pitch", though it could certainly be free-climbed. Huge holds everywhere. Breezy day, great weather, and the rappel off the summit pitch was a true highlight! Lots of helicopters buzzing around, but no other climbers on the mountain today
As Deb said, we're pretty sure we were last set of footprints on the summit in 2009. Pretty easy climb via the West Chimney. Wine and fruit cake....plus a few New Years Eve kisses to boot! Great times with Deb...AGAIN! :)
You made the summit using the trail??????
A much easier climb to the notch from the east, but there is no trail to the base. The rattlesnakes love the morning sun on this side, watch out. It made for a long, hot day car to car from 6am to 4pm. Came back down on the west side, took the more established Peralta Trail. Made it back to Scottsdale just in time for a wedding!
Super fun! It was a beautiful day - tank top weather in the dead of "winter". Bring headlamps if you're planning on doing it in a day in the winter, and helmets because there's a fair bit of rock fall. The approach will take more out of you than the climb. Watch for cacti!