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Zigzag CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 18 2011
Vaporman
Canyoneering1.25 Miles 100 AEG
Canyoneering1.25 Miles   3 Hrs      0.42 mph
100 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
Risky - Extraordinary risk factors exist; solid skills/judgement reqd; no beginners
II - Normally requires a half day
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This 'canyon' has been on my list since last winter but it was a matter of finding a canyon partner crazy enough to join me. :lol: In reality, the 4-stage 500ft cascading waterfall is VERY well bolted and much more scenic than risky as long as you're practicing good rope management. We parked at Tortilla TH off of AZ88 and walked south on the dirt road a quarter to half mile before taking one of the ridges east. Upper Zigzag has 2-3 shallow forks that come together and drop over the cliff in one HUGE drop. The drainages are rather uninteresting and bushy, so taking a ridge is the best way to approach. The top of the falls has two set of bolts but the best one to use is the one up on the fin of rock to the right of the falls LDC. The first drop is 50-80ft to an alcove with two more set of bolts. If the falls was flowing good, you'd get blasted or at least soaking wet while clipped in at these anchors while waiting for your buddy to drop down. The falls was lightly flowing today so my pants got fairly wet but that was about it... ;) For the best rope pull, it's recommended stop at the alcove, pull ropes, and re-rig for the next 200ft rappel down the angled slickrock falls. This is the biggest drop but it's also the easiest since you're just walking down a steep chute. :GB: The ledge below is big and plenty safe to walk along as the falls zigs like 50ft to the south. Once down rap2, pull ropes again, and use the close newer anchors to make rap3 of about 60-80ft to a large angled ledge. R3 is a ledgy dirty rappel since it's not down the falls and at first it's tempting to keep on going all the way to the ground, but to continue would be an even dirtier rappel in some thick bushes. So we pulled the ropes and walked them over to another set of anchor that puts you back into the line of the falls where the rock is much cleaner and gentler on your ropes. :DANCE: The final rappel is 100-120ft and drops down a dozen small ledges or so. Since I was the first rappeler, it was my job to keep on throwing the rope further down the drop. Funny that people climb that last drop since it looks like a barely class 5 ladder climb up the ledges. ;) Woohoo! Once down, pack up all the gear and some brief down climbing put you at AZ88 near Fish Creek bridge and hopefully you left a vehicle down here to get you back up to your starting vehicle. :D
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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