Veteran's Gully to Monument, Hidden, Mountain Springs Peak, and the 2 Black Velvets.

Barb's Birthday Hike! In a sense, we went over 6 peaks, including Veteran's, butVeteran'sprobably has less than 30' of prominence! The only peak with over 300' prominence was Mountain Springs Peak, but the routes to the other 4 was pretty convoluted and involved lots of elevation gains and losses.

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February 06, 2015

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Map of the trip, counterclockwise.
Veteran's Gully is so steep
 and narrow that the GPS
often loses lock.
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We're about 0.7 miles from the
car, looking NW at Burlap
Buttress. We will go right of
the Buttress.
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Our off-ramp for the
Veteran's Gully.
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3 shots of Barb coming up
very steep sections of
Veteran's Gully!
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Now Barb is on the totally
magnificent Veteran' Peak,
looking WNW to Monument.
We must go to the R.
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We tried enhancing the
cairns here.
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On top of Monument!
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View NE over Wilson to
Madre/Calico area.
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View back over the tanks of
Momument -- a bit dry this year
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We take the fast way down between
Monument and Hidden; we each
carried a 20m 8mm rope, and tied
the ropes together.
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Hidden, with Monument in back
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NE over Wilson
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now we cross over to the limestone
ridge; view of Black Velvet.
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Richard Natale's
favorite arch.
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Black Velvet peaks
on right side of canyon.
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Mt Spring Peak, with Potosi
in back.
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Now we drop down to Black Velvet.
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Higher BV peak ahead
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Now we head to lower
"official" BV peak.
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On official BV peak.
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Windy Peak to S;
Potosi in back
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We will descend that ridge.
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Peter Barndt pig head.
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little summits in way to E.
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The official BV peak looks
almost like a real mountain
from here!
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Over East Monument and East Peak.
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View back.  We went up
the R side, came down the L.