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2016-12-27  
Tuff Slot, NM
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Tuff Slot, NM 
Tuff Slot, NM
 
Canyoneering avatar Dec 27 2016
imike
Canyoneering7.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Canyoneering7.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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Returning to our exploratory of the cuts on the West end of Burlison Ridge, today we headed over to the small fault towards the north end. Ross commented early on that it did not look as iff we'd be able to make it out the top... It looked beyond steep: cliffed out?

We were approaching from the road to Mule canyon... hopes of looping around and down into the canyon for an easier exit? On the walkover to the mouth of the Slot, Ross spotted what appeared to be a debris field... oddly white. We detoured to check it out. He was right... a Calcite Mine! Oddly abundant veins of white... pit mine down through the deposits. Huge chunks of calcite piled around. Thiss was the first we've seen of such large pieces. Nice.

Moving over to the next cut, we were on the solid bedrock of the Slot... appears to be Tuff flow? Great footing for this steep ascent. The cut had the straight walled defile of a fault, but once into the cut it was much wider than we normally encounter... 20' wide? Interesting rock ... good footing... no blockage. It was work but easy to top out.

Once up we enjoyed the ever increasing vistas opening up in Mule. We continued to ascend the south side ridge... moving up through cliff stratas as we moved deeper into the canyon. We picked a major spur cut and hiked over and down... enjoying a very easy sidehill ridge down to the canyon bottom. Overall... great little loop!

We will go back in and follow the ridge deeper into Mule... ideally connecting with Dead Elk Cut? We also spotted three more north side spurs to check out in Mule.
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