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Insomnia CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 10 2013
desert_boonie
Canyoneering6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles   9 Hrs      0.67 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Pretty nice time of the year for hitting up the canyons in this part of the state. Invited to go along on this trip with some others I knew I was in for a long day but knew it would be worth the effort to go. We camped Friday night along FR 231 near the top of an entrance to Insomnia so we were pretty close and didn't have to hike far to drop in. After 30 minutes of hiking on the top forest and then through some brush down slope we found a cliff to rappel into the canyon and thought it saved us some time.
Once in the canyon it really didn't take too long for it to narrow up which you remain in until the giant drop. Most of the group wore full wetsuits but I chose to wear my shorty which was just fine. The only time I got cold was at the top of the giant drop waiting for the others to go down. A few squats and other weird funny moves to warm up was all I needed. This canyon is quite the challenge and sight. Lost count of how many rappels we did, only ended up with one swimmer which was also the spot my buddy threw a rope to me short and it sank to the bottom of the pool. Luckily it was at a spot 4 feet deep and I could see it so I walked in and grabbed it, bringing up a dead mouse with it. What else is at the bottom of this pool?
Once at the giant drop it was pretty awesome to check my buddy before he went on rappel and take in the view from this awesome opening in the canyon wall. The skies were blue and many clouds filled the sky and I could have sat up there all day long. But it was my time to go. Wow that is a long way down, it is very similar to the rappel at Sundance but once you come off the wall at the top for the free hang you are further away from the wall. Onot the giant ledge and then the finish of the rappel into a nice pool with a giant dead rat in it which found its way onto the rope when it came time to pull it.
After the giant rappel there are still a few rappels left and then you come into the West Fork of Oak Creek. Just amazing to see the formations the water has done over the years. Unlike the canyon treks at WCC you are only in the shallow water for just a bit and then a trail takes you to the end so time in the creek doesn't seem to go on forever. The shuttle process is the only bad thing you can say about this canyon. What a good rush for the weekend.
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