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2015-10-20  
Lead Canyon South...Upper Cliffs, NM
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Lead Canyon South...Upper Cliffs, NM 
Lead Canyon South...Upper Cliffs, NM
 
Canyoneering avatar Oct 20 2015
imike
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles
2,400 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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Second of our topping out Series. We hiked a variety of canyons back in the Summer when it was too hot to make it all the way up and back out. Now, with cooler weather and early starts we are checking out the upper sections. 5:30am start... gave us a 3pm exit. Rain on both ends of this day, but mild... over all, great weather day.

Mary clocked her best day ever. This cut works you. Over... under ... around and through. Full body efforts for all of the upper canyon, then hyper steep if you want to check out the cliffs.

We are always hoping for a full top exit, and if not that, a route that puts us into the over hung ledges up in the topping cliffs. There is a great one on the far right side of the canyon here, but the possible routes seen from lower down are all questionable. But... once up near the base of the cliffs a cut came into view along the far south edge of the cliffs... an easy scramble up and in! We scored!

The best exit proved to be the south cut... easier than the mid ridge we ascended. It had a few blockages... 20'...30' Dryfalls, easily skirted on the north side.

The pictures will not do justice to this hike... it has an exceptional topping upper, and the moment of effort along most of the canyon is not easily captured. Some sense of the overall canyon might be glimpsed in the shots from the top...

great day out with Ross and Mary!

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