Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tucson Training - March 31st Mount Lemmon

Today the group (9 in total now) climbed Mount Lemmon. I wondered why they'd call such a sweet climb a lemon, so I checked it out on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia: Mount Lemmon is in the Santa Catalina Mountains located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States. It is 9,157 feet above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. Mount Lemmon was named in honor of botanist Sarah Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with Native American guides by mule and foot in 1881 .

From Chesterpedia: Mount Lemmon is a miserable SOB.

From Claytonpedia: You call that a mountain?

The climb is 24 miles to the town of Summer Haven - there are very few climbs anywhere of this length - so it was a real "treat". Who climbed the mountain fastest is not important (because it wasn't me :) , but we all got to the top. Times ranged from just over two hours (nice work Clayton) to about 3 hours. It is a grinder of a climb. Today it was enhanced by a brutal wind from the west that made the climbing more difficult in some areas and made the decent very interesting.

You start off at 2,557 ft surrounded by saguaro cactus and mesquite trees and climb as high as 8,198 ft to pine tree vegetation and cool air and SNOW!

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