I was looking to get away for the weekend and explore the beautiful WCC by dropping into one of the central sections that I hadn't been thru in a few years. I did so by dropping in via this technical X-Pine canyon and heading downstream towards the White Box.
After work Sat morning, I drove north and parked at the 142 & 142B and walked the eastern rim of X-Pine until I got to a good spot to drop in. The canyon is easy enough until you get near the confluence and then it has a quick fun narrows section. I had my 150ft rope with me and it was plenty for the few 40-60ft drops with a few exposed down climbs.
Reaching the confluence with WCC was def one of the highlights of the weekend. SO beautiful and super relaxing to go take a dip in the large swimming hole. Sleeping on the angled rocks wasn't too bad but it's def not for everyone.
Slept in the next morning to give everything time to warm up a little before crawling out of my bag and jumping into the cool creek. So many great swimmers to cool in the section from X-Pine to the power lines. Just downstream of the power lines, I ventured up that side canyon on the northside and was soon stopped by a dramatic 80-100ft drop. The canyon prob doesn't narrow up much and not have any other drops but it did have at least that one cool drop.
And near the confluence, I was able to scout out a debris chute and took me halfway out of the canyon and if I had more time I prob could have found a route up to the rim or at least to above that big drop... Once back down in WCC, I continued on and played in the amAZing White Box a bit before making my way up the White Box trail.
There was a storm across the way that was fun to watch since it appeared to be moving away, but then it changed directions or something and passed right over me. I went running under a tree to seek refuge from the heavy rain and hail but a few lightning stirkes came rather close so perhaps a tree wasn't the safest bet.
Once the storm calmed down, I had miles upon miles of muddy forrest road to get back to my car.
All in all, another great relaxing overnight in the beautiful West Clear Creek.