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Deadman Canyon: South ForkSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Oct 05 2010
imike
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,700 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.00 mph
1,700 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Partners none no partners
Well, the feet healed up enough to allow me to go out and check the other fork of Deadman Canyon... and, while it was nicely different than the north fork, I'm not sure it has enough strong points to make it an annual event. The North Fork is just a bit more fun. There is a nice 25' chute to climb, but hiking solo I tend to avoid even easy climbs... just one slip, one mistake and that's it for the day (month... year... ???)

today I made the simple traverse over to the Roundup Grounds to hit the trail for the hike back to the truck... that was so much simpler than downclimbing the falls in the canyon or doing the stupid monster loop out the top... it was fairly easy hiking. I got lucky and came out of the North Fork Canyon just above it's big waterfall, and from there it was just a bit of ridge hiking to get to the trail.

It was funny... at 3.5 hours into the hike I finally stopped for a break. My GPS unit showed that I'd already had nearly an hour of down time. I realized it interpreted my time climbing those waterfall areas as resting! Yeah...no!

I noticed a couple more drainages to go check out... probably not much to them, but you never know over here. I realized that so far hiking in the canyons near Alamo I have yet to ever hiked down the one I hiked up... usually the thought of having to do a certain down climb always spurs me further on and over, hoping for easier. It is a stupid hiking pattern to return down a drainage you've never yet gone up; it has caught up with me before, I'm sure it will again. This must fall into that old dog/new trick range?

Made it home just as the rain hits today...
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