So we stuck my buddies BIG rope on the BIG rappel a few weeks back and had been itching to throw another trip together to go retrieve it.
With a canyon with the reputation of Waterholes, it doesn't take much prodding to get yearning canyoneers to join ya.
The canyon was just as amAZingly beaUTiful as ever while being just as pumpkin difficult. Strong canyoneers shouldn't have any major problems, but lesser canyoneers would be seriously spanked and/or spending the night... Loads of down climbing, stemming, tight narrows and short rappels thru most of the middle canyon. All the upper drops can be done with two 100ft ropes while the stemming & climbing gets ever so more difficult the further down canyon you go.
After the middle exit, is the sweetest stretch of tight narrows by far. Reminds me much more of a Utah canyon than most of the other AZ canyons. The BIG rappel sequence of 3 drops totaling 400ft was just as sweet as ever, but having done it a few times not it's nowhere near as intimidating as it was in the past.
It was nice to see my buddies rope still there from a few weeks ago and we used it again and used my skinnier 400ft rope as the pullside. It was def a great feeling when all of us were down safely and the ropes pulled with no issues.
A couple more rappels and it was an easy stroll down canyon to the Colorado River. Pumped up our pool toys and made the 4 mile float down river and rolled into Lee's Ferry just as the sun was setting. So much nicer to be doing that during the later afternoon as opposed to after dusk. Hope you guys don't mind another Waterholes photo bomb; such a long, scenic & technical canyon that it's tough to narrow down the pics.