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Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering Jun 12 2011
Vaporman
Canyoneering1.50 Miles 850 AEG
Canyoneering1.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   0.43 mph
850 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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After doing Bear Canyon that morning, we stopped at the vehicles for lunch, and then headed off the eastside of 142E down into Sundance Canyon. It starts off very similar to Bear with plenty of bushwhacking & rock hopping in similar geology & terrain but there's definitely more playing to be had in the upper narrows. :sweat: After building our stemming skills a bit we geared up at the first rappel and continued thru some more log traverses, down climbs and chutes into chilly swimmers. :D After a log down climb into a sticky wader, we rounded the corner on another normal slick chute that is normally rappeled but since the rock & canyon are SO dry we can down climb most of the chute and drop the remaining few feet into another chilly swimmer that requires a beached whale move to exit out of. Looking ahead you can tell that the BIG drop is just 50ft down canyon and that room is a good place to do any planning or checking beforehand. I did the 50ft double rappel first in case there was a nasty log jam in the pool below. I pushed some logs to the side but it wasn't too bad and a proped up branched help for the climb thru the keyhole and into the alcove for the final rappel. Eventually all 4 of us worked thru the double drop rappel and I was setting up the final super sweet 180ft; electing to go last so that I could use a rope protecter for the other 3 and be careful on my rope placement when I started the rappel. After they were safely down, I slowly made my way down so that I could more fully soak in this amAZingly beautiful rappel into the cathedral. :y: It helps to not be nervous on these BIG drop to enjoy them more. :) From there, it was a matter of pulling ropes, dropping gear, walking briefly along the beautiful WCC, and again making the steep climb back up the Point trail with packs full of heavy wet gear. :sweat:
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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