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Bear Canyon - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 19 2015
outdoor_lover
Canyoneering3.00 Miles 600 AEG
Canyoneering3.00 Miles
600 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
II - Normally requires a half day
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Camping and Canyons.... :y:
4 Days, 3 Nights, with Canyons planned for 3 Days... :D 3 of us met up on Thursday Night and Set up Camp...1st Canyon of the Weekend would be Bear, followed by Sundance if everyone felt up to it...The Two Guys had never done either of them. One of the Guys had some Experience, the other, had done some Climbing, but was just getting into Canyoneering...I was really looking forward to seeing Bear again, this Time, with a Full Wetsuit and a slightly Better Camera... :D Bear was my First Canyon ever, 2 Years ago, almost to the Day....

Got up in the Morning and headed out, dropping in almost from Camp...More Water than I remembered from last Time, but with all the Canyon Reports I've been seeing, and with all the Rain we've had this Spring and into June, I was not surprised....Made pretty quick work of the Approach and got to the Narrows...Went ahead and did the "Optional Rappel" and got to the Swimmer...Everyone had Full Suits on and although the Pool was pretty Frigid, we were fine...The Water at the Base of the 2nd Rappel was about Waist Deep this Time, but with no one behind us, we messed around a bit with some Ascending here too... :)

The Third Rappel, someone had removed the Anchor and replaced it with a Handline, using Webbing...Rather than build a New Anchor, one of the Guys provided a Meat Anchor for me and then they used the Handline....A Swimmer at the Bottom of that one and then another Swimmer as the Canyon widened out...

Hit West Clear Creek after a bit and took a Break at the Bottom of the Point Trail....The Guys decided that they had Time to do Sundance and I decided to Pass, wanting to not rush through Sundance and also to save some Energy for our Canyon the next Day...So they took off up the Trail and I enjoyed the Creek for awhile before heading up.... :)

Got back to Camp and Relaxed, enjoying some Birds that were hanging around Camp...Walking Around on this Day, I found some Pretty Cool Birds... :y:

It was a Good Day...Bear was as Beautiful as I remembered and I felt Great on the Whole Trip. There was a Spot down Canyon towards WCC where I had some Trouble last Time I was there, but this Time, I really didn't even think about it and it seemed easy to Downclimb...Must be getting used to some of this Stuff... :D

Bear will stay on the List of Repeat Canyons...I love that Place and it has some Sentiment for me as well.... :)
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