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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 18 2012
sbkelley
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles2 Days         
200 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Though the summer temperatures are hot, a trip through Aravaipa in August turned out to be pretty nice. Our friends Richard and Alana suggested this since so many permits were available, and though the highs were around 100 and storms looked likely, Tanya and I decided to give it a shot.

The first night at Brandenburg wasn't...hot and buggy, so not much sleep, but the cool water of the canyon was refreshing. The canyon - according to a few hikers we met along the way - had flooded the night before, rising 1 or 2 feet and turning the clear river the chocolate brown that we'd see.

Nice cloud cover on the way in made for a pleasant walk, as did the nice breeze. We lazily made our way up the canyon, stopping when we felt like it and enjoying the area: it was nice not to hustle for once! A fellow hiker hinted that a side-trip up Virgus Canyon might be worthwhile: he was right! Maybe a quarter mile up, we found cold and clear pools that lay in a bare-rock canyon bottom. Very refreshing, but the air was warm and the bugs were out...time to retreat.

We got to Horse Camp and found a nice campsite near the creek. Bugs weren't too bad, and we were treated to a strobe-light show when a thunderstorm approached after sunset. All we got were sprinkles and no rising waters. The evening even cooled off enough to warrant getting in the sleeping bags!

The way out was uneventful, save for the scorpion who tried to hitch a ride out on my backpack.
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