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Cascade Creek - Uncompahgre
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2011-08-15  
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Cascade Creek - UncompahgreWest, CO
West, CO
Canyoneering avatar Aug 15 2011
Vaporman
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   10 Hrs      0.40 mph
1,600 ft AEG
Advanced Canyoneering - Mix of exposed/aid/complex rope/poor anchor/problem-solving
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
Risky - Extraordinary risk factors exist; solid skills/judgement reqd; no beginners
IV - Long, full day, bivy possible
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
With 3 BIG waterfall rappels from 200-300ft, this canyon is easily the big daddy of the Ouray Valley! :y: We had an opportunity to do this sweet canyon and we of course jumped all over it. The hike up was again a bit of a struggle up at elevation and loaded down with canyon gear, but I was glad when the climbing was over and we started to gear up. :sweat: The rock is this canyon was especially chossy making for loads of tough down climbing. The canyon really got amazing when we hit the first 200ft waterfall. :y: A couple more shorter rappels and we hit the even sweeter 2nd 200ft waterfall. :GB: It was pretty cool to see Ouray down off in the distance and realize that the HUGE drop is not too far off... A few more sweet rappels and we reached the top of the 300ft Cascade Falls. :o I actually have a few 300ft rappels under my belt so I wasn't that nervous yet this was the first one that was a waterfall. : rambo : Such an amazing way to finish off such a superb canyon! :y: Unfortunately we coreshot the 300ft rope near near the mid-mark on a sharp ledge, but sounds like that's quite common... :roll:
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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