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Ice CanyonSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Canyoneering avatar Sep 19 2017
Canyoneering7.90 Miles 2,100 AEG
Canyoneering7.90 Miles   7 Hrs      1.13 mph
2,100 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
Risky - Extraordinary risk factors exist; solid skills/judgement reqd; no beginners
II - Normally requires a half day
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Wow... after enjoying a couple hikes up Little Ice Canyon, I thought we'e found what might be the best little canyon in Southern New Mexico. Little did I know that the adjacent cut, Big Ice Canyon, would blow Little Ice away in many respects! More Scrambling, Bigger Scrambles. More water falls. More Bedrock. Exceptional Moments of Rock. And, given that there is not the ridgeline exit, the tendency will be to descend the way you came... doubling all the good stuff!

Maybe the pictures will begin to tell the story. I need to return for a longer, bigger hit. Effectively, Big Ice is used as the approach to Baldy Peak. Today I was leading a couple of hikers (Jason and Luster) checking out whether they might enjoy that hike with an upcoming group. They seemed to enjoy the cut, as did Josephine (may have been her biggest canyon effort to date?)

Demanding and fun routing... scenic beyond measure. Like Little Ice, if someone lives in the Cruces area... hike twice monthly! If you live 12 hours away... worth the drive over. Everyone drives over to hike Organ Needle... great for Peak Baggers... but if you want canyon joy... get cold... do the Ice.
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
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