Well after last weekend's storm dumped loads of snow & rain on central AZ, it got me itching to do another flowing canyon and I noticed that Sunday was forecasted to be a sunny warm day.
Lucky the crew was just as interested in getting wet as I was. We came across loads of snow & ice while hiking up Barnhardt and was pleased to hear a light flow in the Big Kahuna fork.
We scoped out the Big Kahuna falls to make sure it wasn't ice over and then scrambled up and over the ridge to drop down above that 120ft falls. Even more snow & ice up here, but with thick wetsuits, neo socks, warm gloves, wind breakers, and beanies we all seemed to stay plenty warm.
Someone removed that big anchor around the dead tree, so I was kneeling in 3 inches of snow building a new one.
Luckily we all avoided falling in the frigid pool of ice cubes that way midway down the 120ft rappel.
Once down, we had a fair amount of rock hopping thru snow & ice before hitting the slickrock and lower narrows section. This lower narrows is a true GEM of the Mazatzals!
Three rappels in the 40-60ft range and a few knee to chest high deep pools to wade.
The flow was fairly light today and there wasn't much snow or ice to contend with so nothing too crazy to deal with today. Once out of the narrows, we boulder hopped and down climbed until we hit that short rabbit hole rappel. Ten minutes later we were dropping our wetsuits and changing into dry clothes while our wet skin was in shock when it hit the cold air.
Though we quickly warmed back up while hiking out the Barnhardt trail with BIG smiles on our face for playing in that amAZing canyon again.