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James CanyonFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 18 2009
joebartels
Canyoneering8.35 Miles 1,500 AEG
Canyoneering8.35 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   1.15 mph
1,500 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
 
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We did a loop back through Kelly Canyon via Pumphouse Wash. It seems like the best option IMO. Be sure to go early as the unshaded exposure in Pumphouse gets HOT!

Did my first, albeit short, rappel on the 12 footer. A little ~four foot hop and skip across the wall followed by a smooth drop. I enjoyed it thoroughly! Of course I had the help of Jeff and Janelle talking me through it ;)

I tried but couldn't hack the 40 footer. The bypass I found was pretty good but I don't think it's doable in reverse.

The water in the long narrows was friggen cold as ice :sweat: Passed and startled two rattlesnakes under a rock. In switching directions I lost my balance. My hand landed six inches away from the rattling duo without incident.

It's good to put this one in the done column after almost a decade of anticipation. Fun day, thanks to Jeff & Janelle for their help! :)
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