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Shinumo WashNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 12 2011
Vaporman
Canyoneering9.00 Miles 2,550 AEG
Canyoneering9.00 Miles1 Day   4 Hrs      
2,550 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
V - Average one and a half days
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Ever since doing Waterholes canyon this spring, I've been itching to do another technical canyon that required a packrafting exit along the Colorado River and why not make it an overnighter for the extra dry packing challenge. :sweat: Using Todd's sweet new Grand Canyoneering book, we drove to the southern rim of Shinumo Wash and dropped down the old damn builders' trail which thankfully was never built. :roll: It's a steep drop down the trail, but eventually we reach the wash down below and pick up the trail again to avoid the worst of the rock hopping and down climbing. :) After much anticipation, we reached the remote & beautiful Silver Grotto and geared up into thick wetsuits to brave the many chilly pools. ;) Though short, the sweet narrows was full of about a half dozen rappels up to 50ft plus another half dozen slick slides and just as we start to get chilly we send the Colorado River thru the end of the narrow canyon and know that relief is soon. :y: Oddly enough, the Colorado River is rather warm this fall and I took a dip in it to warm back up. :lol: There's no trail out here, so we blow up our packrafts (glorified pool toys :sl: ) while dropping our harnesses and grabbing a late lunch. The float was not even a mile, so some of us had just a single paddle and we opted to leave the PFDs at home and keep our thick wetsuits on instead. ;) Some real rafters went by as we were about to drop in and they were REAL interested in WTF we were doing along the mighty Colorado with $20 pool toys. :whistle: :lol: It was a short float but SO flipping sweet and relaxing and scenic. :y: We took out at the beach for the Fence fault exit and spent the night there while hoping the clear skies wouldn't quickly turn to rain clouds. Sun goes down SO early this time of year, so we were all alsleep by 8-9pm after that long rugged day. :zzz: I woke around 4am and notice that the bright full moon was replaced by overcast skies and was not surprised to be awoken again at 6am to sprinkles, Most of us were rocking new expensive down bags that were crammed into dry bags all yesterday so we quickly woke up and stuffed them away. The rain didn't amount to much that morning but it helped us get an early start. Scrambled up the cliffs and found the damn builders' trail again and traversed back to above the Silver Grotto and back up Shinumo Canyon and just before making the steep climb back out the heavens opened up a little again and lightly showered us & cooled us off before reaching the sunny top of the rim. :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7qD79YAjAs

Such a flipping sweet loop and now I can't wait to hit the even more challenging Tatahotsu Canyon. :GB:
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