Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Climbing Arizona's Deserts: The Dragoon Mountains
With the off-season from running lingering throughout the winter, I find myself getting the opportunity to focus on other passions. Living in Arizona, climbing is a very natural extension of mountain running. I believe I am one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to run and climb in such amazing places everyday throughout the western and more specifically the southwestern United States. Arizona has more exposed rock than any other state in the country, and it would be a major omission from any naturalists experience to not familiarize themselves with massive expanse of granite and limestone we find ourselves in.
The granite here is also noted for its unique 'chicken-heads' which the leader can sling as protection or even set anchors. (Some pitches being affectionately referred to as 'A Sea of Chickenheads')