Władcy Azteków: . , The Sierra Estrellas were inhabited by the Akimel O'odham people and also some Yavapai bands at the north end of the range at the time of Spanish colonization, and today the mountains tower over several of the Akimel O'odham and Maricopa villages of the Gila River Indian Community. The major peaks of the Sierra Estrella are (NW to SE): Hayes Peak, 4,512 feet (1,375 m), named in honor of Ira Hayes, US Marine hero of the Pima Nation; Montezuma Sleeping; Butterfly Mountain, 4,119 feet (1,255 m) Quartz Peak, 4,052 feet (1,235 m) (usually obscured by Butterfly Mountain when viewed from the east) It would have been tough doing this with no light, as there was no moon and the night was inky black. Andy took up the slack (our rope was 70 meters, or about 230 feet long). I kept yelling out at Andy, asking how it was going, and he would patiently tell me that it was fine, that he was setting up a belay. Montezuma’s Head Map to Montazuma’s Head southwest of Phoenix, AZ. I don’t know how, but I got loose and climbed farther up, and the cramp passed. He’d phoned his wife and asked her to bring his spare keys – a five-hour round trip from Tucson – which she did, just so he wouldn’t have to break in to his car to retrieve them. From the saddle, there is about 600 vertical feet of climbing to the 3,634′ summit. On the highest peaks, temperatures are usually 8-12 degrees cooler than in the valley. Thanks for contributing! The first story I’d heard of it was when an idiot climber I knew from Tucson had accidentally locked his keys in his car when he’d gone to climb it. Thanks to Andy for putting up with my whining during the climb. Andy said it was no problem for him to belay me up the last part to the summit, so, both still tied to the rope, he climbed further up for quite a way until he was out of sight. In 1873, a stagecoach was robbed near Canyon Station, Arizona. Montezuma – miejscowość w stanie Kolorado, w hrabstwie Summit; Montezuma – miasto w stanie Georgia, w hrabstwie Macon; Montezuma – miejscowość w stanie Indiana, w hrabstwie Parke; Montezuma – miasto w … The reason it didn’t take long is because I refused to look down at the huge exposure below the rock fin, and I just got it over with as soon as possible. Located in the middle of Portugal, the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela is easy to access. The Sierra Estrella (O'odham: Komaḍk, Maricopa: Vii Lyxa, Yavapai: Wi:kchasa) is a mountain range located southwest of Phoenix, Arizona. I started out, passed the shelf, then around the corner. The town is a former mining camp that sits at an elevation of 10,200 feet (3,110 m), just west of the Continental Divide, nestled among mountains that reach an elevation of 12,000-13,000 feet (3,700-4,000 m) around it. I knew little about it. This first one was taken from Peak 3650, two miles to the east. Now, I was at the base of a 10′ piece of rock, vertical, a stiff class 5.6 with small holds. We walked across the flat desert at a bearing of 102 degrees. They got part-way up the thing, but had to abort the climb as they were running out of daylight. It wouldn’t have paid for me to have been tied in to anything, as I had to be able to move around to dodge the rain of loose rock that Andy dislodged as he climbed (there was no help for this, as the rock was very rotten and crumbly in places). The previous ascent had been done in April of that year. I took an easier, descending path than Andy had done, then followed his route up to where he belayed me. Occasionally Spanish explorers or priests, most notably Father Kino, would venture near the range to document the area and contact the Akimel O'odham. The Town of Montezuma is a statutory town located in eastern Summit County, Colorado, United States.The town population was 65 at 2010 United States Census. The northwest quarter of the range lies within Estrella Mtn. The extreme elevation differences have cause diverse plant and animal communities. And here’s a view of the last light, after the sun had already set. He said they strongly felt it up on the peak. Please visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Desert-Mountaineer/192730747542690, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Desert-Mountaineer/192730747542690. I had heard a lot of horror stories about this next pitch, and I was not to be disappointed. 6. It is not well known or travelled but several treasure hunters have visited the site. In 1827, a French fur trapping expedition led by Michel Robidoux was attacked by Indians (O'odham?) Pitch #4: Once again in the shade, and wearing all my layers of clothing, I sat down and belayed Andy. People and equipment could be moved across the area much quicker. Here’s another view, this one a telephoto shot from the desert floor to the north, fifteen hundred feet below the summit. The view was spectacular, and it was a perfect day, but I still wanted to start down. At about 50′ up, he did the same with another of these pillars. It’s hard to miss this peak – from much of the area around Ajo, Arizona, it stands like a stone sentinel, guarding the northwest corner of the Ajo Range. It was hidden in 1870.  It soon became part of a trade route for settlers in California known as the Butterfield Overland stage. Pitch #3: This was another standing belay. Montezuma Heights, Montezuma Picture: Estrella y Luna! On his return from the Colorado River in March 1699, Kino climbed a pass through the Sierra Estrellas and saw the Río Salado and Río Verde that he drew on his maps. Part of the Huachuca Mountain Range, Montezuma peak is the most prominent and visually striking peak in Coronado National Memorial, just south of Sierra Vista, Arizona. The first few feet of this pitch were up steep but fairly good rock, Class 4, up to an old pin with a hanger, at maybe 12′ off the ground. We did a final sorting of all the gear while the sun set below the horizon, then away we went. He did a great job in this crux part of the pitch, with some nice stemming moves. Although the climbing was not difficult, maybe Class 3, and there were plenty of good holds, the exposure was still unbelievable. Here’s a view looking back up at the peak, taken early in the day. I enlisted the help of Andy, who’s always willing to lend a hand to climbers in need. The next I’d heard of Montezuma’s Head was when Dave Jurasevich led a group to it. , In 1810, Mexico declared its independence from Spain, and the Sierra Estrellas went on to become part of Mexico. We will begin in the Estrella/ Montezuma Breezeway. The second on the rope, by contrast, spends a lot of time just sitting there, paying out the rope, often unable to see or hear the leader. Andy started out by climbing up 5′ to the left on a shelf (very exposed), then around the corner to the right and out of sight, on to another shelf which he hollered back to me was “really nice and wide”. This was really tricky, very awkward and risky. Estrella Mountain Community College is proud to be a part of the local and global communities for which its mission is meant to help nurture and grow. From the saddle, you can complete your summit by continuing up the ridgeline and taking a small cleft to the top. We were both on terra firma at the base of the first pitch by 5:25 PM. We found the register inside a summit cairn and signed in. He had a big grin on his face, and said “Isn’t this view amazing?” All I wanted to do was get on a solid footing, so I scrambled up behind him and hung on to a bush or a rock or something – I can’t even remember! I felt better already with that 4th pitch behind us. We arrived at the top of the first pitch at 5:00 PM. 31, T3S, R2E, about 2¼ miles SW of Montezumas Head, on Indian Reservation land. Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas, p. 46-47. promotes the subject in a subjective manner, Learn how and when to remove this template message, The OLD SPANISH GOLD MINE in the SIERRA ESTRELLA MOUNTAINS, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sierra_Estrella&oldid=973759049, Mountain ranges of Maricopa County, Arizona, Bureau of Land Management areas in Arizona, Protected areas of Maricopa County, Arizona, Articles containing undetermined-language text, Pages using infobox mountain with deprecated parameters, Articles containing O'odham-language text, Articles containing Maricopa-language text, Articles containing Yavapai-language text, Articles with peacock terms from June 2010, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Hayes Peak, 4,512 feet (1,375 m), named in honor of, This page was last edited on 19 August 2020, at 02:29. I was about ready to start crying like a little girl. From here, he brought me up. 35′ up, Andy put a sling around a natural pillar of rock, our second piece of protection. The first 1/2 mile is an actual trail with lots of cairns. He finally lucked out and was able to extract somewhere around 3,000 pounds of gold. It’s a fearsome-looking tower with a lot of vertical rock. p. 422, Handbook to Arizona, by Richard J. Hinton, "Don Joaquin and his Gold Mine," in Lost Mines and Buried Treasures along the Old Frontier by John D. Mitchell, p. 27-31. At the time, I was working on a list of 1,000-foot-prominence peaks in Pima County, and this one was on the list. I finally got up into this chute, then my pack jammed against a sharp bit of rock above me. Approaching Montezuma’s head (on the left). Once the skies cleared next morning, snow covered the Estrella's mountain tops. Estrella Mountain Regional park occupies 19,840 acres (8,030 ha) in the northern portion of the range. This cache is known as the Lost Treasure of Telegraph Pass and is also supposed to be near Montezuma’s Head. Montezuma Mountains, Gila Indian Reservation, Arizona. The story says the treasure was placed into an iron pot and buried “in a level campsite with a small butte” not far from Telegraph Pass in the south end of the Estrella Mountains “below Montezuma’s Head”. Spoiler alert! Alternately, from Hwy 238, turn north onto the 4x4 track at the intersection with N. Rahma Street (by the Muslim Cemetery) and join onto Gasline Road heading towards Montezuma Head at the southern tip of the Sierra Estrella Mountains. We were both there by 4:45 PM. Montezuma II Xocoyotzin (również Moctezuma II, Motekosoma, Motecuhzoma lub Moteuczoma) (ur.1466, zm. Taking a break at the belay station at the bottom of the fourth pitch. At about 20′ above me, Andy had to wiggle into a nasty chute in the deepest part of the gully. I panicked for a moment, because I knew if the cramp turned into a full-fledged world-class cramp like I sometimes get, the climb would be over for me. It had taken us three hours to get from the truck to the saddle, travelling about 4.5 miles and gaining about 1,300 vertical feet in the process. The spot from which I belayed Andy as he led the second pitch was the only one on the whole climb where the belayer gets a bit of sunlight. Pitch #2: We simply left the sling (at least a 15′ sling is needed here) around Andy’s boulder from which he had belayed me. There wasn’t much room to manoeuver, and it would have gone better if, in the midst of my wiggling I hadn’t got a small cramp in my right calf. It was 3:00 PM. He’s probably just saying that to make me feel better. The summit is not flat – it is a rounded dome, but there is plenty of room to unrope and safely walk around. Once we unroped after the second pitch, we walked up to the left and up an easy open slope, gaining about 30 vertical feet and covering about 200 feet total distance. Chunks from the size of peas up to baseballs were raining down on me, and I was glad to be able to move around freely while belaying Andy. It’s hard to miss this peak – from much of the area around Ajo, Arizona, it stands like a stone sentinel, guarding the northwest corner of the Ajo Range. Much of the range falls within the Gila River Indian Reservation, but 14,400 acres (5,800 ha) of BLM land is protected as the Sierra Estrella … I think Andy wanted to stay on top a while longer, but he could see I was nervous and he kindly agreed to start back down. The route was massively successful its time, moving millions of dollars in supplies. For me, it wasn’t easy at all. The Sierra Estrella (O'odham: Komaḍk , Maricopa: Vii Lyxa , Yavapai: Wi:kchasa ) is a mountain range located southwest of Phoenix, Arizona. You’d think he could’ve made more of an effort to get inside the vehicle. Mexican gold is said to be buried in this range, known as Montezuma's treasure. Rappelling down the second pitch was also the work of a few minutes, with the breathtaking sheer drop of the west face below our feet. Once on belay, I moved up fairly quickly. It was cold, cramped and very scary. The holds were poor, the rock was loose and gritty and it was hard to protect. Dave returned at a later date with Andy Bates – both of them were accomplished rock climbers – and they polished it off in style. He followed this ledge for about 15 feet horizontally, where he was able to clip a pin before moving around an awkward bulge (a lot of exposure here) and over a gap in the ledge, then up 6 feet of Class 5.5 rock to easier rock slopes, where, above this he reached a flat area with a 2-bolt anchor off to the right. The first part is straightforward. The "trail" will end at Don Joaquin's Lost Spanish Mine. The major peaks of the Sierra Estrella are (NW to SE): The names of the peaks can vary by map. Oh yes, one final bit of trivia. We quickly gathered up gear, Andy put on his hiking boots and we hurried down to the saddle. Pitch #1: The start of this pitch is a dark, cheerless place. Created using Magisto. Since all of our belay anchors were still in place, setting up each rappel was very quick. The face of Montezuma on the Estrella Mountains. This variation on the first pitch made it a total length of about 125′. Montezuma's Revenge T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Northwest Chimney Route, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Ricardo Cabeza T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 If your photo isn't featured, it will still be added to the full collection of photos for this peak. He then climbed up and around a corner and was out of sight once again. This was a good place to sort gear and get organized for the climb ahead. As the College celebrates 20 years, we encourage you to take a look back and discover how both Estrella Mountain and the community it serves has evolved over the course of the last two decades. I have blogged about the Phoenix Lights and the abduction of Travis Walton in the White Mountains. The hours passed, and we arrived back at the truck at 8:48 PM. Andy put on his rock shoes. Just for fun, to see how steep this side of the mountain is, log on to Google Earth and go to these coordinates: 32 degrees 06′ 53.20″ North 112 degrees 42′ 21.89″ West. and survivors escaped into the Sierra Estrella mountains. There is a bolt there. It’s $74,400,000. That fourth pitch exits on that face, 80% of the way up it. It was hard work, and I was impressed how easy Andy had made it look. Also, this variation makes this pitch a bit friendlier and safer than the direct route up the gulley through the reddish rock area. Sure, I thought, we’ll see! The pitches are shown. Arizona may have Bigfoot’s prints imbedded in the soil around the state, but UFO sightings have been just as prevalent. Which brings us to me. I had just bought a new headlamp, which had a useable range of over 100 meters, so with it, we negotiated our way down through the brush and small cliffs below the yellow band. The legend of Mexican gold in the Estrellas was largely started by John D. Mitchell, a western treasure hunter and author. From Hwy 238 between Maricopa and Gila Bend, head north on the 4x4 track at the intersection with Rio Bravo Road. Face Mountain, a little difficult to see off into the sun, has a north peak and a south peak and the Montezuma Head. I got up this, to where Andy was tied in to 2 bolts, practically hanging off the side of the mountain. You might be able to do it with a 60-meter rope, but it would be too close for comfort. Just below the distant mountain ridge in the background is a dark horizontal indentation – that’s where the fourth pitch comes towards us and ends on the vertical face. The second pitch only took us a total of 25 minutes. Fortunately, today he knew exactly where it was, as he and Dave Jurasevich had climbed the peak by this route eight years earlier. This is a comfortable 0.4 mile route. shows the mountain as a whole (not just the summit or views) is landscape orientation (but no panos) is at least 1920x1440 dimensions and max size 10MB; We'll select the best photo to feature. Notable people It was pretty hard to hear him from there. Equestrian use is permitted. Forty-eight thousand ounces at January 2020 gold prices of $1,550USD per ounce. Wow, Andy wasn’t kidding, the ledge was maybe ten feet wide, with a big overhanging roof. I headed east along it, and it narrowed. At that 50′ mark, he had reached a nice ledge, and thought he would explore a bit. By far the hardest part of this pitch was, for me, wiggling up into the chute. Share your story using the free video editing app that transforms your photos and videos with the swipe of your finger. Andy’s entry was there, from his 2001 climb with Dave. Posted on March 7, 2015. by desertmountaineer. The exposure was breathtaking in all the right places. Pitch #1 is yellow; #2 is orange; #3 is blue; #4 is purple; #5 is red. The real climbing starts here. A total of 50 minutes had passed since we completed the 2nd pitch. The leader on a climb like this is always busy, with lots to do and lots of responsibility. I was glad to stand up and get out of the cramped position I had been in, seemingly forever. According to the 2010 census, Montezuma has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.55 km 2), all land.. We tied in, and at 3:30 I walked down the ledges to the bottom of our “fifth pitch” to the 2-bolt anchor. For example, Google Maps lists Hayes Peak as Sierra Estrella High Point and does not name any other peak. This leaves about 350 vertical feet to the summit. We climbed up the rocky divide for a bit, then used some ledges and slabs to get through a section of Class 2-3, then walked up an inclined but non-technical section of open ground, arriving at the base of the climb proper. The arid Sierra Estrella Mountain Range south of Phoenix, Arizona can be a dangerous trek for even the most experienced hiker, as the jagged peaks provide no water along its few rarely used trails. Andy and I have done a bunch of rappeling in the dark, and it was not fun – I didn’t want to do more of it. There is a LOT of exposure on the west face shortly after leaving the chute. Inner Loop Route. We roped up. Please remove or replace such wording and instead of making proclamations about a subject's importance, use facts and attribution to demonstrate that importance. 30 czerwca 1520) – ostatni przed przybyciem Hiszpanów tlatoani (władca) Azteków w latach 1502–1520; syn Axayacatla, brat Cuitláhuaca.. Montezuma, uznawany za władcę absolutnego, był władcą Azteków u szczytu potęgi miasta-państwa Tenochtitlán. Montezuma I – władca Azteków w latach 1440 – 1468; Montezuma II – władca Azteków w latach 1502 – 1520; Miejscowości w USA: . I told Andy that I had no intention of just climbing up this series of ledges unroped. The Estrella Mountains, all perpendicular granite rising up to 4,337 feet at the Montezuma Peak, provide a spectacular backdrop to the south and west. I clipped in and waited for Andy as he walked down to me, unroped – I wish I had his level of comfort in exposed places like that. He hoped we could avoid a large red rock which sat directly in our path higher up. Somewhere in a cave in the Estrella Mountain Range sits 3,000 pounds of gold under a pile of bones. A man named Don Joaquin led an informal mining operation in the area in the 1840s, hoping to find gold in the mountains' hills. Man, that’d scare the bejeezus out of me if I were up there at that moment. A good example is during the month of March 2006, when a heavy storm system reached the state and lowered snow levels near 4,000 ft (1,200 m). Then, it was an easy southerly traverse over to the saddle between Montezuma’s Head and its northern outlier. Andy said that on a previous attempt, their party spent a lot of time route-finding, to try to find the start of the third pitch. A few months after our climb, our friend John Klein was climbing the peak with a partner. Once you have the summit in view, you can hold down the cursor and move it around to see a nice 3D view of the mountain. He said “That’s it, we’re done!” Then I looked up – we weren’t done!!! The climb had lived up to its reputation. Jun 26, 2013 - Sierra Estrella Mountains Quartz Peak, Montezuma Peak and Seven Mile Mountain Wikimedia commons user: Montezuma’s Head.  To give some credit to the story a stone house does exist along with signs of mining. I didn’t clean the route, as we were both going to need to backtrack and wanted all of the protection still in place for our return. It was quick work up to the start of the chute, 20 feet up. At 3:50 PM, we were both at the top of the 4th pitch. Finish next to the Montezuma Courtyard Fountain. – the mountain towered up above us, at a 60-degree angle, in a series of ledges. I stood there on a ledge with my face close to the rock, hanging on to a bush for some psychological comfort – truth be told, I was completely unnerved at this point. Regional Park and is now bordered by housing developments incorporated into the city of Goodyear. 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