2017 - April 8 -11 » Pico Risco (Mexico), Picacho (CA), Kino Peak (AZ)

Friend Philip Wegge joined me as I continued with my mission to reach the top of every peak on the Sierra Club's DPS list, a list of 99 rugged desert summits in 4 states and Mexico.

 

Saturday - crossed early into Mexico via Mexicali, drove to Guadalupe Canyon, and climbed Pico Risco, a tough peak with a dicey "jump-across" at it's summit. We stayed in the amazing campground at its base, which includes a hot tub fed by a natural hot spring in each campsite. Quite a treat after a long day.

Sunday - crossed back into the USA, drove to the base of Picacho Peak (CA)

Monday - climbed Picacho Peak, technically the toughest peak on the DPS list. The peak looks impossible from a distance, but there's a fun route to it's summit that includes climbing ladders, ramping ledges, the infamous "jump-across" of an airy gap, and short sections of legit rock climbing. Big boy pants required.

Tuesday - climbed Kino Peak in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. This is a challenging peak that also looks impossible from a distance, but careful routefinding will get you to its top with steep scrambling. The biggest challenge for us this day was the intense heat.

 

A fun time out in the desert, and after these 4 short days, I have just 3 peaks left on the DPS list...

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Kino (3)
Kino (5)
Kino (9)
Kino (13)
Picacho (2)
Picacho (8)
Picacho (11)
Picacho (15)
Picacho (16)
Picacho (18)
Picacho (21)
Picacho (22)
PicoRisco (1)
PicoRisco (2)
PicoRisco (3)
PicoRisco (6)
PicoRisco (8)
PicoRisco (11)
PicoRisco (12)