I was trying for a big canyon on Mt Lemmon but my crew had to bail due to unforeseen issues, but thankfully I was able to jump ships and guide some climbing friends down this amAZingly beautiful technical canyon of WCC.
This is still my fav WCC canyon and I was glad to share this sweet canyon with them. It was a bit wetter than usual but wetsuits were still not need this time of year. Some of the down climbs were assisted via handlines & meat anchors. That first official rappel that used to have a dead anchor is more safely rappelled using a horn in the rock wall 10ft further back. Some previous group had cleaned the first two anchors for whatever reason. Maybe they wanted to ghost the canyon or maybe someone bailed on the canyon and took the anchors with them as they left? Either way, this is a popular canyon in the summer and it's only a matter of time before some other groups comes along and reachors them.
There were reports of vandelism of the moss, but either that was 'cleaned up' or it was somewhere off to the side and not that obvious. I was busy guiding my 3 friends & taking 200 photos so I didn't have time to look for hidden mossglyphs.
The narrows were as amAZing as ever with rappel after rappel after downclimbs and pools all stacked up in a row.
Now while my friends really enjoyed Wilbur, they were not fans AT ALL of the bushy & slippery yet extremely scenic West Clear Creek.
I've been up & down WCC so much over the last few summers that I know very well what to expect from the rugged WCC.
On the hike out, I was misguided by the newly rerouted 142B and spend an additional 10 minutes walking down the old 142B to get our truck and bring it back to where the new 142B hits 142.
On the plus side, the new beginning of 142B is in better shape and breaks off before the mud bogs of 142. Assuming you have a truck or SUV to travel down it.