|Lower Barbershop - East CC Loop, AZ|
|Lower Barbershop - East CC Loop, AZ|| |
Lower Barbershop - East CC Loop, AZ
|Hiking||13.56 Miles|| 8 Hrs 28 Mns ||1.84 mph|
|1,250 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 5 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|I've hiked in canyons a few times, but never with the thought of getting wet as part of the deal. When Bruce mentioned this, I didn't blink. Sounds great, let's do it! And it was great. It took me several dunks (including getting soaked to my shoulders in water six inches deep) to figure out how to place my feet to avoid slipping, but I eventually got it.
First things first, though. This hike almost didn't make it down into the first canyon. Bruce was leading us down when he slipped, fell and tumbled three times, finally landing on his pack . Amazingly, his tumbles took him clear of a couple of large rocks, either one of which might have disabled him. He sat right up, a little stunned at first, but managed to get up and move about. We figured the dent in his head was probably there already, but there was a scrape on top of the dent, so maybe not. I thought I might need to activate SPOT for the first time, but he would have none of that. On we go. He likes to be called the Eagle, but he is pure bulldog. We later dubbed this tumble the Triple Eagle. We rated it between 8.5 and 10.
The rest of the hike was not nearly as eventful as the start, but it was certainly more fun. Breathtaking views, wet, wet, wet, but always beautiful. We had to bail out of the last canyon because it was choked with vegetation and mosquitoes. Thank you Joe for leading the way up and out. I needed some guidance and encouragement on that climb up the rock wall.
All is well when it ends well, especially when it includes great company, a good burger and killer tater tots. Thank you, gentlemen. I had a blast. Denny, thanks for driving!