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Pit Explore, AZ
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10 by photographer avatarGrottoGirl
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Pit Explore, AZ 
Pit Explore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2019
GrottoGirl
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,456 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
1,456 ft AEG
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I had caving/canyoneering visitors from California so I decided to take them on a hike/pit exploration.

On the way we got tricked by turkeys. We were busy watching them and then our driver started driving again and didn’t notice that the road had been washed out. Wham! Luckily we were able to get out using the crawl function on the Toyota.

We carried a lot of rope so it was a great training exercise for my next backpack.

At the top I rigged two ropes so we’d had fun descending and ascending in pairs for that drop.

One of my California friends and I went down to rig everything. He had an air sensor along. When we got down to the last set of drops, the alarm started to go off. I was in the tight squeeze on rappel. The sensor was reading 20.8 at surface of the pit. Dropped to 20.4 before the short drop leading to the squeeze. i got through the squeeze and then waited at the rebelay for him to come through. He struggled for a while - all while the alarm kept going off. He sent me down the unit to see how bad the air was and I lowered it down the next part of the drop. It got down to 18.9. Ugh. Watching him struggle and seeing that made me nervous! Finally he gave up. none of the others wanted to try either. I decided not to go to the bottom by myself. I don’t really like hanging out where others can’t go. So I started to ascend. I for some reason started to struggle. Things weren’t right. Normally I can slip right through. I took off most of my gear on my harness and sent it up to him until all I had was my Prusik and my foot loop. I had him nudge my Prusik down and then I rappelled the rest of the way to the ground. The only things that had changed since my last time in the pit was I had a new shoulder - so things should have been easier - and someone had added another bolt. I had rigged equally off both bolts so I was not aligned the same way I would have been previously. I had my partner modify the rigging to put my weight on the old bolt. Then I was able to slip up without a problem. whew!

In all it was a fun time in the pit even with the struggle!

It was NatureBoy’s first time in such an environment. I think he had fun, too!
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