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Damocles CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 23 2011
Vaporman
Canyoneering2.00 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
500 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
I - Short 1-2 hours
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After spending the morning playing in another canyon near Tortilla Flat, we decided to drive over and check out this short & sweet canyon just off of the AZ88. :D We walked that dirt road about a mile if not less to that dam blocking one of the forks of Mesquite Creek. There's two forks of Damocles flowing side by side there and we choose the cleaner one to the east of the dam but if you take the dam fork you'll hit a few more pools. The upper half of this canyon is mostly dodging bushes and negotiating drops while staying out of the pools for now. It is windy and 50* out so no desire to get wet yet. :sweat: About midway thru the canyon, it starts narrowing up and we hit the first rappel that in high water could probably be jumped but we geared up and made the 15ft rappel into chilly water. The next drop was about 15ft also when the water is up and looked easy enough to down climb so we did so though you'd need to rappel this in lower water. The pool below that drop was chilly and 40-50ft long. :o Another drop was soon encountered of about 10ft but with water high we just dropped in. The canyon opened up and mellowed down after that but it was still very scenic with loads of water to wade and/or walk beside. Eventually we hit the other fork known as Dionysis Canyon that we quickly checked out and we hit out last chilly swimmer before the canyon opened right up. The water soon went underground and we walked the wash 5-10 minutes and we were back at the parking lot. :GB:
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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