Many of these summits here in southern AZ are decomposing granite or lava. In addition, they are extremely steep grades, especially near the top. The footing is never good and your feet can go out from under you at any time. Add to that, that everything you might bump into has either points or hooks and it can be a bit much.
Lava is pretty straight forward, the rocks are fairly large, the footing is bad, but you can make your way easier than granite. Granite can have large fields or rocks ranging in size from a pea to a watermelon and larger. These are areas are the worst IMO. I find that with the steep inclines and constantly moving ground, that I prefer to just “sit” and slide down some of these fields on the soles of my boots and my rear end.
The problem is that what covers my rear end, is not the same as what covers the soles of my feet. Is there some climbing product out there, like leather chaps (in reverse), that can be worn to allow for this sliding? Something that you can attach to your belt or pants and sit and slide?
If not, I am going to head over to the leather crafts store and buy myself a piece of leather and attach some Velcro to it for these summits. It has got to be cheaper and more comfortable than destroying blue jeans on the way down.