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Garden CreekNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 02 2011
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Canyoneering13.50 Miles 4,500 AEG
Canyoneering13.50 Miles   12 Hrs      1.13 mph
4,500 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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With Todd's new GC canyoneering book recently coming out, this canyon is going to get much more popular and rightfully so since it's such an amAZing hidden gem. :y: Hiked down the Bright Angel trail past Indian Gardens and just above the Devil's Corkscrew where the trail starts to leave the canyon, we dropped down into the narrows of Indian Gardens Canyon (Garden Creek). It starts right off with some slippery down climbing and a 12ft drop, but just around the corner is a super sweet 120ft falls. :D Once down that, you're standing above the sloped 400ft falls. :o :y: I dropped first and played an extended game of 'where's the anchor' while searching for the midway bolt. :lol: Eventually the third rappeler found it on the other side of a super sweet rooster tail that shoots the water out a good 10-15ft feet. :GB: I ascended back up to that bolt, set the final 200ft rappel for the others while painstakingly pulling the ropes from the upper drop. It's just a wierd spot & angle to be pulling from. :sweat: Glad to have that bolt there though, lest I'd be carrying my 400ft rope down where... :roll: Took a much needed lunch break while soaking in that beautiful & tall falls. Thankfully the day was warm enough that we didn't need wetsuits for any of this. :D This was followed by a multi-drop 80-100ft falls down a sweet travertine falls. I decided to pull ropes and the bottom of that drop to have an easy rope pull & put less wear on my new rope and gave the rest of the group a meat anchor thru the next cascading short drops and then proceeded to down climb it Ouray style. : rambo : The next section of cascading drops we felt it safer to rappel it and found a bush anchor that we used for our final 80ft multi-drop rappel before ending at the bottom of the canyon across from the BA trail. Dropped gear and made the hot & dry hike up the Devil's Corkscrew. Not too bad, even with wet canyon gear, and then rested in Indian Gardens. The steep hike out, especially the last 3 miles, were quite exhausting with all the heavy canyon gear on our backs. :sweat: One of my buddies bonked on the way out and I doubt that'll be the last time thats happen while doing these hardcore Grand Canyon technical canyoneering routes. : rambo :
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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