On Friday, February 16, I met John Ohm and Dave Kohnke in Oro Valley for a climb of Nose Benchmark, a prominent peak north of Gila Bend, Arizona. This would be my second climb of the peak, but the first for them, who were considering proposing it as an addition to the long list of Southern Arizona Hiking Club peaks. Not only would this be a new peak for SAHC, but a new mountain range for SAHC as well, as the peak lies in the Gila Bend Mountains.
John drove us from Oro Valley to Gila Bend, then north to an unmarked dirt road which we followed to a parking spot below the peak. I had learned two years earlier of this access road from a local farm hand who told me it was the only road open to the public.[Read more…] about Nose Benchmark, Arizona, February 2024