Yet another amazing run down the chilly Parker Canyon!!! So winter is 'supposed' to be the off season but I say there's no such thing as an off season in the beautifully amAZing Arizona. So my buddy had got me interested in flowing canyon again and asked when we could next do Parker Canyon? March or April? Hmm, well it's been a rather mild winter and we have another warm weekend coming up... So I decided to check the weather in the area and the flow rate of Parker Canyon and was super excited to see the flow fluctuating between a perfect 0.5-0.8 cfs and the air temp was 65/35.
Five of us got a bit of a late start from PHX to give the morning some time to warm up for our little adventure. The afternoon have been so warm recently that snow melt was slowly increasing the flow and on Saturday it was flowing an amazing 0.8-0.9 cfs when we did the canyon. Much over 1 cfs and things can get interesting especially with some of the lesser experienced friends we had along today... Other than the flow being perfect and the water being slightly chillier than usual, there's not a whole lot new to report. My new 4/3 wetsuit worked great and only got a chilled a few times but adrenaline would block it out. We took a lunch break in a sunny section and that was absolutely divine after exiting the first amazing yet chilly first narrows. Those last two 45 & 80ft rappels are still my favorite part of the canyon. Afterwards we quickly warmed up by dropping the gear, putting on dry clothes, and making the steep climb out. Yet another amazing run down Parker Canyon with 3 friends making there first runs down it and I wouldn't be surprised if we made another canyoneering addict today.
Not my best photoset of Parker since I was busy setting ropes & keeping the group moving quick thru the chilly narrows but hope the photos give people an idea of what the canyon is like during these conditions.
Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p