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Christopher Creek GorgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 01 2013
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Canyoneering1.60 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering1.60 Miles
200 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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After hitting Ellison Cascades, it was still early in the day, so we opted to hit this and check it out...

Found the TH after a bit of driving. The Mile Posts are missing right now because of Construction, so I had to find one out of the Construction Zone, so I knew where to turn in. Got parked and Ken's really good Route Finding skills kicked into gear and we were on our way... :D

Got to the edge of the Canyon and skirted it until Ken found a couple of Cairns and we headed down a very steep Trail...At Ellison Creek, I had worn a brand new pair of Water Shoes and absolutely hated the traction I was getting with them on wet Rock, so I switched them out for the old running shoes that I had been wearing as Water Shoes...Problem is, they have virtually no Tread left, so they weren't any better and going down that Trail was really problematic for me...Ken was very patient however, and we got down without incident...Found some great Swimming Holes right off the bat, and the Water was much warmer than Ellison Creek and the East Verde had been, earlier in the day...Didn't take me long to take the full plunge, as it was getting pretty warm... :D

We went both directions once we were down, but got stopped pretty quickly by a Waterfall going downstream, so spent most of our time going upstream...Really nice area!!! Came to a Waterfall just in time to see some Canyoneers setting up to rappel down it, so we took a break and watched while Ken explained some of what they were doing, and why they were doing it...I've been wanting to get into Canyoneering for awhile so it was cool to watch, as I've never seen it in person before.... :)

After awhile, and basically running out of Creek that we could do non-technically, it was time to head back up and out...Made good time going out, got back to the Escape, and called it a day...

Didn't take hardly any Photos, as I was either trying to keep my footing, or swimming, with the Camera stowed safely away in the Drybag in the Buttpack...Too big of a pain trying to get it out just to take a shot or two, so I just didn't bother...Will have to work on a different method for keeping it dry, but more accessible...Either that, or just bite the Bullet and get a Waterproof one for Trips like these...We'll see... ;)

It was an awesome day with great company!!! It was nice to finally meet you Ken and thanks for joining me!!! It was a good time!! : app :
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The Agave Blooms are really starting to open up now....

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