March 2013 - Picacho Peak

A Tucson ICO (Inner City Outings) trip in conjunction with the International Rescue Coalition.
Hiking Picacho Peak in the spring time means flowers (some years more than others). : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Some harrowing ascents and descents on this hike! : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Red cactus! : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Consultation. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables 
Some places are steep enough to warrant guide cables. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Drainage and cacti. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  More cable climbing. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  The friendly neighborhood iguana. Loren and I though maybe it was a female Sauromalus ater (common chuckwalla): http://www.reptilesofaz.org/Lizards-Subpages/h-s-ater.html : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables 
The rest of Picacho, if not the "peak", which we were on. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Helicopter evacuation. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Group pow-wow at the top. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Arizona desert mountain landscape. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables 
Our fearless leader, Andy. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Desert scene. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Picacho Peak from below. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables  Another desert scene. Interstate 10 in the background. : hiking, ico, sierra club, irc, cables