Wed, Oct 5, 2022
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The impressive-looking Peak 4,380ft lies half a mile to the northeast. Though not the easiest way down, Union's East Face was the most direct, and a fun challenge, too, as I wasn't sure it would work right up until the very end. All class 3. I made my way along the connecting ridgeline, passing obstacles on the north side. Up close, the summit looked exceedingly difficult, but upon working my way around to the east side, I found a class 3-4 route that would work nicely, climbing out to the left of a chimney, then right to get back to the chimney above a chockstone. Easier scrambling then led to the summit. 73yr-old Ted Brasket left a register here in 2003, with only a handful of entries since then. Most of the other entries were folks I'd climbed with at one time or another. I returned back off the east side, then around to the north side where I dropped down a class 2 chute and found a burro trail to help me for much of the return. I was back to the highway by 5:30p, a little over two hours for the round trip.
I was due to meet the others in Kingman at 6p, so I drove off without bothering to shower. We met up in downtown Kingman at the Dirty Dough Pizzeria and Tap Room (highly recommended). The last time we were here it was pouring rain outside. After dinner and libations, we drove up into the Hualapai Mtns where we found a place to camp just outside the state park. The weather was much cooler here and we could sleep comfortably at the 5,700-foot level. The shower I took before doing so was barely tolerable - brrrr...
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