This is like my 4th time doing a technical canyon from this remote rim TH and the first time the group actually drove ALL the way to the TH even though some recent logfall tried real hard to stop us.
I wanted to show my hiking/canyon buddies a more difficult canyon than the easy & moderate ones they'd done so far this summer and this canyon spiked my interest since I'd only done it once before and they had a ride to make it back in there to the TH.
They canyon was drier than before but still a fair amount of water. I was wearing a shorty wetsuit but could have gone without though I did really enjoy it while crossing that cold stinky swimmer midway thru the canyon.
We carried my 120, 80, and 50ft ropes and they got plenty of use on the 10 or so rappels we came across in this rugged & remote canyon.
This was such a great canyon that I'm almost tempted to redo Sunburst Canyon also before summer is over; though that was before we started on the exit hike.
The exit hike is long & rocky & bushy & loose & seemingly never-ending elevation gain, but I've slowly gotten used to it by now and just endure thru it.
My friends hadn't done it before and had much to complain about though they hammered it out fairly well.
Some other canyoneers coming out of Sunburst caught up with us and they joined us on the exit hike and good thing they did because they didn't seem to think the exit we took was the 'proper exit'. Hmm, I have no idea where you think this other proper exit could be?!?
They started going crazy on us by running around & cussing but turns out they both stepped on a ground wasp hive and got stung like crazy.
One was a Coconino SAR guy and was cool to later see his photos from the Insomnia SAR rescue. Small world!