Our destination but note the cloud on the right. Looks like a question mark. Two miles to the top with about 1500' elevation gain. Mark and his wife have been out here since Feb 1 and doing some hiking but this would be a bit different. Pretty rugged with some nice bouldering and rock climbing.
There he is, making great progress.
A small stand of saguaros with Oro Valley in the distance.
Just prior to this section, hiking poles and any extra weight are stashed because it is now a 4 appendage activity. Then, near the top....
....a narrow granite bridge is crossed. Not quite death on both sides, well ok, for sure on one side.
After eating an apple, we began the descent. Note this would be a bad place to take a fall. This being his first experience, Mark was very cautious and for good reason. He made it through this and subsequent sketchy sections.
Lots of color right now. Good hike and good time. Well, back to the bike.