Sun, Mar 12, 2023
South Arrow Cone
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I was back on the NE side of Las Vegas, doing a handful of summits found around Hidden Valley, on either side of US93. Daylight Savings had started again, and since my wife had to be at the convention center at the same time as the previous day, I was getting an earlier start, just after sunrise. Temperatures were mild - 50F in the morning, warming to 71F by afternoon. A nice breeze kept it from feeling too warm. All of the day's peaks can be found in Purcell's Rambles & Scrambles.
After a short stay at the summit, I headed northwest on the summit ridge, eventually turning west and dropping to the first of several saddles on the connecting ridgeline to The Pincher. From the summit of Hand to the base of The Pincher is all easy class 2, but a bit tiring with the ups and downs. I ascended the steep north side of The Pincher, a fun bit of class 3 scrambling on decent limestone. Adam had left a second register here, on that same first day of 2021. I knew the easier descent was to the southeast, as I had studied The Pincher during and after the ascent of Hand Peak. To add a bit of challenge, I headed off to the south, then southeast into a narrow drainage that exits the base of The Pincher on its SE side. I only got about halfway down before I was stopped by a huge dryfall and no easy bypass. I ended up traversing around the top of the large cliff band that formed the dryfall, exiting by another route that turned out to be pretty fun. It gave me a good view into the deep gorge that forms the bottom half of this drainage. It looked like I would have been stopped by other dryfalls, even if I'd managed a way past the upper one. Would probably be a fun exercise to try ascending it from the bottom, but I'll leave that exercise to another explorer. I was back to the Jeep by 1:15p, still with many hours of daylight, but not enough energy nor motivation to continue. I would take it easy the rest of the day, with plans to return to the same area the next day...
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