I wanted to show some more friends this amAZing gem of a canyon tucked away in the northern Supes and I figured it make a great afterwork hike this Saturday afternoon. Without a supped up 4x4, we were hiking the 2 mile road in and when we got to the canyon I was slightly surprised to find it flowing decent with a large swimmer at the beginning of the technical section. Hmm, it's really tough to judge pools lie this when it's completely dry. So we geared up while on of the gals sat it out and waited for us. The cold pool wasn't too bag and we were soon working our way down the sweet 80ft drop. The narrows below was lush & flowing as well and a previous down climb needed to be rappelled due to it being slippery. We found another 100ft of hose to cut up and haul out but we didn't have room for all that dang chicken wire. Another buddy ended up coming thru the canyon a few days later and hauled it a mile closer to the exit. After getting our Christmas photos, we did the final 50ft rappel and we already break out the headlamps since the daylight was quickly leaving us. Overcast afternoons can make you loose track of time and time flies when you're having fun. We hit the two confluences with the south fork and then the main fork of Crucifix and by then we all had the headlamps fired up. A quarter mile or so downstream and I declared that that dark saddle on the south would be our exit. They respond 'All the WAY up there?!?' We dropped the wetsuits and started bushwhacking our way up the break. It was tedious doing this tricky exit in the dark but thankfully I was able to navigate off of the memory of my previous trip. We eventually made it up the the saddle and then back over to the beginning of the narrows of Hose where we reunited with my buddy's GF. She was a little shaken up being left in the dark for so long. We scrambled up the ridge back to the dirt road and the 2 mile road walk back out was fairly tame compared to that tricky exit hike... We were all glad to be back to the vehicle along the highway and Susan surprised us with some HOT chocolate that REALLY hit the spot.
Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p