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Christopher Creek GorgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 19 2015
outdoor_lover
Canyoneering1.60 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering1.60 Miles
500 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Took Saturday off from Canyons, but then on Sunday a few people picked this one and invited me to go...I really liked this one the first time I did it a couple of years ago, even though this is the Canyon that I took my "Tumble" on...I was determined to do it right this time... :sweat:

Although I wasn't the most Experienced Canyoneer on this Trip, I was the only one that had done this one before, so I led the Approach and Exit. We Exited in a slightly different Spot than I did before, but I knew this way was doable and with some Route Finding Help from another HAZer in the Group, we popped out on top perfectly... :)

The Trip went very well, although since I did it earlier this Year, the Water was a lot colder... :sweat: Although we left Camp to completely Blue Skies and No Clouds, by the time we dropped in the Canyon, the Sun was gone behind quite a few Clouds...We only briefly saw the Sun once the rest of the Day and by the time we were Exiting, it was actually threatening to Rain on us...We all had Full Wetsuits on or we would have been very Cold on this Day...

We only had one Snafu on the actual Canyon Trip and that was when we were Hiking up the Slope on the Exit. The other Gal that was with us stepped on a loose rock, lost her Balance and fell into a Prickly Pear... :o :sk: Luckily, she had a Long-sleeved Fleece on and that saved her somewhat, although it was going to be quite the Project when she got home...We took a Time-Out for about 20 Minutes and de-spined her...Amazingly, with Tweezers and Duct Tape, we got it all out of her Right Arm...Her Shirt and Pack took the Brunt of it luckily...

We got back to the Vehicles and decided to have a late Lunch of Mexican Food in Payson before going our Separate Ways...After Lunch, 1 other Vehicle was heading back South on the Beeline. One of the Guys had dropped his Vehicle off at Jake's Corner on the way up, so he was riding with the Fellow HAZer...I left just a few minutes before them and hadn't gotten 3 Miles out of Payson when I got to a DPS Roadblock...They had shut down the Southbound Beeline for some reason and were turning everyone around... :sk: I knew I could still get home, but the other Guys were pretty much going to have to wait it out, since they had the other Vehicle to pick up. I ended up going home through Camp Verde so instead of a 1 Hour Drive, it turned into almost 3 Hours... :roll:

But, I was home and totally ecstatic with how the Day and the long Weekend went...Good Times, Great Canyons and Awesome People...And the Canyoneering Addiction Continues... :D

I will be adding a Note to this Description as there was a small Change in the Parking for this Trip....
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Cactus Blooming still and the Claret Cups were starting to Bloom nicely...
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