|Canyoneering||2.60 Miles|| 5 Hrs || ||0.52 mph|
|900 ft AEG|| || || |
Todd made it look easy. On the way out after climbing out the worst part of the exit canyon, Todd yells out "Bear!". I whip around and see a big momma bear leading 3 fat healthy looking cubs uphill on the opposite side of the canyon. Awesome!!
I got my foot jacked when unintentionally playing roll the boulders, we'll see if the big toenail falls off or not. Shook it off at the time but after a nights sleep hiking was ruled out on Sunday. However I'm hanging out at my campsite when a sheriff's SUV and two ambulances race by at 50 Mph towards Point Trail. Turns out some guy with a bad knee twisted it at the bottom and couldn't make the hike out. They helicoptered him out.
I spent some time talking to the volunteers and the paid fire/sheriff rescue. The guys have training and gear, but the first responders weren't equipped for technical climbing/canyoneering Rescue (at least, as far as I could tell, I tried to stay out of their way for the most part). One of the EMTs had Todd's canyoneering guide, which I thought was interesting. They are learning the area but I imagine if you have canyoneering troubles, a separate special crew would be needed to attempt to extract you, which means that canyon rescue is a longs ways off in both distance and time. Gives you something to think about before attempting anything over your head. Thanks to all those out there that volunteer with SAR or work SAR cases, we really appreciate your efforts!
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