This trip wasn't planned. We failed at Tonto Creek access the day before so this was more of a counter attack just to prove we could hack it (plus it was only 8mi down the pavement once we had hit it). Unfortunately because it was improptu, I did not have Joe's exact route saved on the GPS. I had looked it over for a just in case future run a couple time before though.
The first part was easy, ridgewalking until the Willow Creek drop in. We weren't sure where to go from there, only that I wasn't going to fail my followers a second time. We followed the slope down looking for ways in and that's where I'll leave off until the part where the creek was reached. My GPS route shows how hard we tried, plus I brought a few pieces of trash out as pennance.
Wish we had gotten there earlier for time and temp sake but it took a while to get moving again from the previous day.
Visibility was great until 30+ feet deep.
We mostly played at the first narrow falls area until we knew we should head back for daylight's sake. If you find a white gold wedding band... I'm sure my brother-in-law (and sister) would be ecstatic. It most likely went missing around the falls.
Other than that we had a absolutly great time.
The girls were pretty much done climbing for the weekend, so we did what any horror movie would dictate and split up in a small township of overly private people that hate outsiders other than sprinkled in their meals: We sent the girls down the two miles of flat road as Jonathan and I braved snipers going back the way we came. We actually made great time after being rejuvenated in the creek and it only took us an hour and a half to reach the vehicle. We loaded up and met the girls at the waypoint we had directed them to near the wash exit. They were unscathed and we regrouped and headed back to town.
Fun part - http://www.youtube.com/user/bigredjeepc ... 5j_wJsBG6M
Double whoops - http://www.youtube.com/user/bigredjeepc ... TdHsXHFqxA