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Feb 11 2012
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Boulder Canyon - Grand CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Feb 11 2012
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Canyoneering24.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
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Another great backpackaraftacanyoneering trip! :y: But this time we did it with some ropes in the upper Granite Gorge as opposed to previous trips up in Marble Canyon or that non-technical Clear Creek Loop. Even while doing exhausting wild trips in the Grand Canyon, I still find it best to ever so slowly increase the difficulty so that we're only facing 1-2 new challenges per trip. This being my first technical canyon thru the Vishnu Schist and my buddies first packrafting trip thru the upper Granite Gorge requiring a few portages around the gnarly rapids. :sweat:

The route is fairly straight forward yet quite challenging. We got an early start on the hikers' express shuttle to the S Kaibab TH and dropped down that slightly icy trail. Thankfully the ice soon cleared as we quickly dropped down that scenic trail. Before we knew it we were taking the shortcut down to the Tonto, which was rather warm for February as we were climbing in & out of the few upper forks of Cremation Canyon. Cremation is also a technical canyon in Todd's new book which could probably be done in a long day though he only gave it two stars... Back on the Tonto trail we soon crossed Lonetree canyon, another technical side canyon, and soon afterwards we reached the non-technical side canyon of Boulder Canyon. A few down climbs, with one of them above a bighorn skeleton, brought us down to the wide middle Boulder canyon. Soon we were dropping into beautiful Vishnu Schist upper narrows which were descended with some easy down climbs, a short rappel, followed by a cool 40ft rappel, and bypassing a 30ft waterfall. The lower narrows just kept getting better & better with another 40ft trickling falls rappel, with a double drop hallway rappel of 125ft from a deadman anchor, followed by an awkward yet sweet 120ft tight crack rappel. :o Be mindful of how the rope runs over that top rock and how the rappel line runs past the chockstones in the crack. We got the ropes stuck fairly good requiring me to ascend back up that tight crack and my solution was to run the pullside over the rockface outside of the crack and re-direct the rappel line so it better avoided the chockstones in the crack. That of course ate up some time so we were making that final 30ft rappel in the dark and we were super excited when we reached the mouth of Boulder Canyon with perfect sandy beach to camp on. :DANCE:

Now when you're carrying packrafts, wetsuits, oars, PFDs, ropes, and canyoneering gear you really don't have much left over room for camping gear. So it's no surprise that we've all streamlined our sleeping gear down to small goose bags & inflatable Big Agnes pads. :) Freshly pumped water, the churning Colorado River in the background, near perfect weather on that warm evening, a warm Mountain House dinner, and a soft sandy beach to sleep on all made for yet another super amAZing night in the Grand Canyon. :D It was overcast and lightly sprinkling the next morning while we were packing up, pumping up the rafts, and putting on our wetsuits and PFDs. Now we may all be experienced Grand Canyon hikers and canyoneers who are just recently putting those two together, but we're all rather new to packrafting down the Colorado River and this would be our most riskiest float yet. :o We had three gnarly rapids to bypass this time, small by GC standards, and I spent the most time in planning for the trip by memorizing the river layout. ;) Within a mile of putting in the river, we were bypassing 83-mile rapid on the left which was the toughest portage since the current is moving rather quickly and you can't see them until you get rather close. Thankfully the same forces from the side canyons that form the rapids usually also leave from rock on the side to get out and walk around the rapids. :sweat: A half mile down river, we passed Clear Creek canyon and plowed thru some medium riffles before making the much easier portage around Zoraster rapids on the left. We put back on the river quite briefly before again were bypassing on the right side of 85-mile rapid. This rapid wasn't too intense if you could aim for the right side but if you sucked down the middle you'd be sucked into a few 3-6ft deep holes. :o No thanks, I'll bypass. :lol: Back on the river, we hit a few more rough sections which easily swap our pool toys but after Cremation rapids it's smooth sailing to baoters' beach just past the Black Bridge. Some NPS river rangers caught up to us just after Cremation and wanted to see my permits, so I actually finised up the float on their raft while digging out the permits and having a friendly & informative chat with them. :) They of course thought we were flipping crazy for rafting the river in glorified pool toys. :whistle:

Once back at the beach, we had the slow process of getting out of the wet gearing and putting on dry clothes, deflating & packing away the river gear, drying out the ropes & wetsuits a bit and grabbing lunch while warming back up under the warm sun. :GB: The hike out with 40-50 pound wets packs up the gradual Bright Angel trail was prob the quiestest and least enjoyable part of the trip but at least it wasn't too warm with the overcast and sometimes rainy weather. The ice was melted and turned into slush and the north rim was quite scenic while watching the clouds and walls of rains plowing thru it's many canyons & temples. I slowed down quite a bit near the end but at least I topped out just after sunset. :sweat:
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Feb 05 2012
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Skeleton Cave CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Feb 05 2012
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Canyoneering5.75 Miles 2,000 AEG
Canyoneering5.75 Miles   12 Hrs      0.48 mph
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Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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So sweet when a wild dream becomes reality! :y:

So last year after a failed attempt at Blue Tank canyon via packraft, I decided to scramble up to Skeleton cave instead. It was eery to check this place out, but the canyoneer in me was overwhelmed by the sweet canyon below it with the BIG rappel. :o After a whole year of telling my friends my crazy desire to go back and descend it, I finally got my buddy Ryan interested in going back armed with his bolt kit and my 400ft rope. :sweat: We knew it'd be a long day, so we started early down the SPR road after parking at the gate. It didn't take long to reach the lake and we blew up our packrafts (pool toys) and started the 20 minute float to the base of this side canyon. The wind was pretty intense that morning and thankfully was blowing at our backs or this trip would have been a huge FAIL. :lol: We stashed the boats near the base of the canyon while I ran up to check a break in the cliffs to see if we could up climb it. It was exposed class 3 climbing but nothing too crazy so I ran back, grabbed my pack, and all three of us secured the boats with rocks and proceeded thru the break and continued scrambling up towards Skeleton Cave. I had scouted a route from the cave to the lake before and that helped in knowing the quickest way up. It was also SUPER nice to be able to leave the boats in the same place while doing the canyon since there was a possibility we would have had to deflate them and carry them thru the canyon if that route thru the break didn't pan out... ;) Once above the first drop into the Rhyolite narrows, we dropped packs and ran up to check out the infamous Skeleton Cave. Very sad to know what occurred here almost 150 years ago. :( So there's a dry fall above the alcove that is Skeleton Cave, but we deemed it unnecessary and bad taste to scramble up above and rappel into skeleton cave... On a happier note, the first rappel wasn't mandatory but it was a cool one of about 60ft. Once in the rhyolite narrows, we had some down climbing before hitting a huge chockstone requiring another 30ft to bypass and get below. A couple more down climbs and we were atop the BIG rappel that looked to be 250-300ft. The rock was smooth, only some light bushes & cactus to be found, and a few mediums rocks. If our lives depended on it, we could have made a deadman anchor from those rocks in a pothole but who wants to do a 300ft rappel from a few rocks. :whistle: So my buddy broke out the bolt kit and put a couple well placed bolt in the wall. Such a beautiful place to hang out and watch boats going by below down in Salt River Canyon. If only those Indians could see this place now! :lol: I was the first over the edge and while I've done many 300ft rappels, it was kinna different doing one in the Supes for the first time. :GB: Is that punny green thing down there a Saguaro??? :lol: Use rope pro to save your rope from the sharp edge where it goes vertical and give your buddies an appreciated bottom belay. The rappel is southern facing and open, so it could be rather hot during the warmer months... Cool plunge pool at the bottom; would be sweet to see this falls flowing! Once everything is safely down, it's rock hopping until the canyon drops into the lower volcanic tuff narrows. The lower narrows can be bypassed but where's the adventure in that. :lol: Surprisingly most of the lower narrows can be down climbed but were stopped by a sloping then vertical drop of about 120ft. It was nice to still see our boats on the shore and not blown away or taken. Who'd steal $20 pool toys anyways? :sl: After the final rappel, we scrambled back down to the boats, de-geared, and put back onto the lake to paddle back to the SPR road. The day was quickly slipping away as we delated the boats and packed them away for the 2 mile walk back up the road to our cars under a bright full moon. :D
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Feb 05 2012
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Canyon Lake KayakingPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Packrafting to Skeleton Cave Canyon :sweat:
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Feb 04 2012
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Rock Creek Trail #42 - MazatzalsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2012
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Found a more direct and shorter exit route for Rock Creek canyon. :sweat: It's utilizing game/hunter use trails on the ridges and then contours along what must have been the pot growers' route down to the lower falls. :o
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Jan 29 2012
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Waterholes CanyonNortheast, AZ
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So we stuck my buddies BIG rope on the BIG rappel a few weeks back and had been itching to throw another trip together to go retrieve it. :whistle: With a canyon with the reputation of Waterholes, it doesn't take much prodding to get yearning canyoneers to join ya. :GB:

The canyon was just as amAZingly beaUTiful as ever while being just as pumpkin difficult. Strong canyoneers shouldn't have any major problems, but lesser canyoneers would be seriously spanked and/or spending the night... Loads of down climbing, stemming, tight narrows and short rappels thru most of the middle canyon. All the upper drops can be done with two 100ft ropes while the stemming & climbing gets ever so more difficult the further down canyon you go. :sweat: After the middle exit, is the sweetest stretch of tight narrows by far. Reminds me much more of a Utah canyon than most of the other AZ canyons. The BIG rappel sequence of 3 drops totaling 400ft was just as sweet as ever, but having done it a few times not it's nowhere near as intimidating as it was in the past. :) It was nice to see my buddies rope still there from a few weeks ago and we used it again and used my skinnier 400ft rope as the pullside. It was def a great feeling when all of us were down safely and the ropes pulled with no issues. :y: A couple more rappels and it was an easy stroll down canyon to the Colorado River. Pumped up our pool toys and made the 4 mile float down river and rolled into Lee's Ferry just as the sun was setting. So much nicer to be doing that during the later afternoon as opposed to after dusk. Hope you guys don't mind another Waterholes photo bomb; such a long, scenic & technical canyon that it's tough to narrow down the pics. :lol:
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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Rafting from waterholes to lee's ferry
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Jan 22 2012
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Rock Creek Canyon - MazatzalsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 22 2012
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Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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Easily the most amAZing & scenic technical canyon in the Mazzies that I know of!!! :y:

Going in with just beta on the tallest drop, I wasn't expecting much... It was just the next major canyon north of Barnhardt. ;) That Rock Creek trail isn't the easiest to follow but it's def much better with all the tape & cairns along the way. Once at that first bypassible waterfalls, we geared up, slung the tree, and rapped down that 80ft double drop. Some rock hopping takes you quickly to the next drop of like 30ft. There was no webbing for this drop either so I suspect it was either removed or they found some way to down climb around... This was followed by a fair amount of rock hopping & down climbing thru slick red quartzite & bypassing a few pools before the canyon dropped very quickly. :o Now the rock layer had been at that funky 45* angle but it was VERY pronounced thru this steep technical section. Kinna trippy and sweet to descend the next technical section involving a steep 40ft down climb thru agave & some slick angled down climbing before hitting the next unique cascading falls rappel of about 120ft. We made sure to get back and to the right LUC to avoid sticking the block in the chockstones of that crack alongside that drop. This was quickly followed by a 40ft drop to a flat ledge with some trees where I slung another tree for yet another 40ft drop into a V-shaped hallway. After popping out of the hallway, you get the impression that the rappelling is done but just around the corner is another 50ft drop to a boulder pile. Most of these Mazzie canyons just have a small steep narrows with a handful of narrows, so we got comfortable in thinking the technical stuff was over as we proceeded to navigate thru loads more rock hopping & down climbing along the bubbling creek over greenish grey slickrock. ;) Well a little further down canyon and just around the corner were the canyon starting to narrow up a bit, we run smack-dab into a 180ft steeply cascading waterfall. :o We can see the end of the canyon in the distance but as the daylight is quickly slipping away it becomes apparent we'll be doing a fair amount of night hiking. :? So we make haste in safely getting down the BIG beautiful falls but two more flowing rappel are also encountered. The first is a double drop of about 50ft and the second is about 30ft. Below the lower narrows, we encountered a pot growing site that looked in fairly good shape that may have been recently used. I called it into the local sheriff and they informed me that it was raided in 2006 but this tubing looked much newer that 6 years old. :o After quickly looking that place over, we decide to push thru all the heavy boulder hopping & down climbing and take advantage of what day light we have left. :sweat: About an hour later when it got too dark to proceed w/o headlamps, we stopped and dropped all the technical gear & wetsuits & put on the headlamps. Another half hour or so in the dark got us thru the thick boulder section and into the flatter rocky section. Hmm, those growers had to be using an easier route then this... I'll have to come back and scout that northern ridge out. ;) Another half hour in the easier rocky section and we finally hit the Half Moon trail crossing the creek and not too far off from the road to the Rock Creek TH... Now I had made not exactly the wisest decision in starting from the more familiar Barnhardt TH and coming across the easy Half Moon trail since my beta on the road into Rock Creek TH was that it was quite the rough 4x4 road. So instead of just jumping the northern embankment to the nearby TH, we now had a few miles in the dark of trying to follow & find that sometimes faint Half Moon trail. :roll: It took some skill, playing with the iPhone & determination but we eventually rolled into the Barnhardt TH. :sweat:

That ALL day experience and knowing others will most definitely be back to descend this canyon once they see our photos, I came back a couple weeks later to scout out the road and a quicker route from the lower narrows back to the TH. The road turned out to be in much better shape than I was told and remembered and I succeeded in finding a much quicker route to the lower Rock Creek falls. :y: It utilizes use trails along the ridge and most likely part of the route that the pot growers used... So about a quarter mile from the last rappel/waterfall, you'll rock hop downstream to the 4500ft elevation and look for markers indicating a use trail, the route contours along the northern slope at 4500ft until it reaches the top of the ridge east of 'peak' 4637, from there you follow the top of the ridge east to 'peak' 4204, and from there you'll again follow a use trail north down that side ridge to the rocky Center Creek below and pick up Rock Creek trail and briefly follow it east to the new trailhead/parking area along that FR442. Hope this helps future groups in making a much speedier exit hike from this amAZing canyon. :D

I gave the canyon an R due to a many large slippery rappels and the funky geology makes for some awkward rappels & slippery exposed climbing/traversing. This canyon is best suited for experienced canyoneers...
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Jan 21 2012
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Punchbowl CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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amAZingly beautiful canyon and easily the best in the Supes! :y:

You can walk the SRP road in past the first warning sign, it's only when you pass the 2nd sign where you'll have trespassing issues though that can change in the future... ](*,) The approach drainage is actually just to the right of the 2nd sign. ;) We again took the exposed sheep route on the way up the ridge since it's SO scenic, challenging and direct. :sweat: It has a few exposed sections and class 3 climbs. Once up on the mesa, we veered up canyon for a easy place to climb down into the upper canyon. The upper section if full of rock hopping & bush whacking but you hit the first rappel soon enough. In a canyon as technical as this one with 12-15 rappels, it's redundant and should be unnecessary to report them all for the experienced canyoneer. :whistle: Most are short in the 20-60ft range but there's a few longer 80-120ft drops in the middle with the final one being that overhung 120ft drop to the Punchbowl itself. There's a sweet 100-120ft drop in the middle but the bolt is back like 40ft so bring at least a 150ft rope as your longest rope. When you rappel down to the Punchbowl you're actually a quarter mile past the 2nd sign and technically trespassing at that point when you hop back on the road, so don't say I didn't warn ya... :whistle:

Ironic that this is triplog 911. :sl:
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Jan 15 2012
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Rock n Roll AZ 1/2 Marathon, AZ 
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The annual half marathon with my work. I power walked it like usual and I was a tad slower since I was recovering from a sinus infection from nasty canyon stew... :?
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Jan 14 2012
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Robbers Roost Canyon - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering4.00 Miles   6 Hrs      0.67 mph
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After working a halfday, I ran out with some friends to hit this short & sweet local canyon. The Roost gets some action but I doubt many parties have continued down & descended the canyon. :sweat: The hike starts just like a regular Robbers Roost trip by hiking up Carney Springs trail to West Boulder Saddle and take the use trail east along the mesa to the canyon that the Roost is in. We geared up in the there and did a short 10ft drop to a down climb to another 80ft double drop rappel. From there it's mucho bushwhacking down the open drainage though it eventually reaches a nice slickrock section. We were getting short on time as we kept pushing for the big drop but after much thrashing & down climbing we eventually reached it. We setup the 240ft drop and started slowly making our way down that mostly sloping drop. Watch out for loose rocks since they bounce down the ramp to your buddies below. :o It was dark by the time we were all down and pulled ropes but we were fairly close to the lower trail. Some down climbing after that final rappel before hitting some thick bushwhacking. Once down into the flatter area, you'll want to cut west to reconnect with the trail and an easy walk back to the TH. :D
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Jan 08 2012
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Soap Creek - North ForkNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 08 2012
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Canyoneering4.00 Miles 300 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.23 mph
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We slept in after a long day in Waterholes the day before and the windy night & morning didn't allow us much sleep anyways. :whistle: We eventually broke down camp and rolled out to Soap Creek dropping the car and the south fork TH before walking the road to the North Fork. Holy Pumpkin! It's flowing icy cold water. :roll: Hmm, well let's at least check out the narrows... Ice was found in the many shady sections and eventually we reached the sweet, deeply cut narrows. We had wetsuits but no one was much interested in freezing their rears off today in those chilly falls & pools. :o Besides, the chockstone anchors was covered in 6 inches of ice. :lol: After wandering around a bit, we escaped back to the warm highway and walked back to our vehicle vowing to return during a warmer month. :GB:

Triplog #900! :y:
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Jan 07 2012
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Waterholes CanyonNortheast, AZ
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Canyoneering2.50 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   0.22 mph
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Well a few of us had been itching to hit this beast of a canyon and the conditions looked to be aligning in our favor with it not raining in a few weeks and the warm spell that hit the region. So off to Waterholes we went! :y: Such an amAZingly beautiful & challenging canyon that did not disappoint at all and presented even more challenges and stemming than usual due to there being much more mud & water than you'll find during a traditional late spring descent. :sweat: We handlined down that first significant drop while enjoying all the early narrows below the bridge. The next major drop was into a chilly swimmer so we opted for one of the bypass rappels off to the right. While the next rappel took us into knee deep mud bog. :roll: A little further down we dropped into the lower narrows which involved loads & loads of stemming the tight spots, crawling thru holes, avoiding keeper potholes, and down climbing the many drops. : rambo : Near the end, a few rappels & slippery stemming over deep pools are encountered before the canyon starts to open up with that mandatory swimmer. I take my pack & shirt off and volunteer to be the sacrificial lamb to swim thru that surprisingly clean looking pool and setup a zipline on the other side for the others and our packs. :GB: Here you can see the canyon open up and drop dramatically... A 80ft drop takes us down to the staging area for the BIG 3-stage 400ft rappel sequence. I volunteer to go first since I have the most 300ft rappels under my belt and heights don't seem to phase me anymore. The first 80ft drop can be tricky for rope pulls but a previous group had left a rope in place, so after inspection we opt to use than instead of risking our own. I make my way down that tight crack rappel, to that tight hallway, setup a 20ft rappel to the edge of the world anchors, carefully rappel down to those exposed anchors, and setup the final 300ft rappel. : rambo : Some advocate not tossing the rappel-side rope, but IMO if you aim away from the rope eating crack the rope will bounce off the wall and make it nicely to the bottom. So that's what I did and had no issues. Once down, I took turn giving fireman belays to others and taking many pics. Unfortunately I told the caboose to throw the pullcord ropes and one of the knots got power wedged into that infamous crack, causing us to have some serious ropepull issues. :roll: So I'd def recommend, rappelling with the pullside attached to your harness since there's not much added bonus to throwing it other than it being out of the way and you know it's long enough... A couple more short rappels (20 & 80ft) to go and then you're walking the relatively flat lower canyon towards the river. There's a great ledge to drop the rappelling gear while putting on our wetsuits & headlamps while inflating our packrafts for the 4-mile float down the beautiful Colorado River to Lee's Ferry. Such a great canyon that I'm glad to share with a couple new friends and can't wait to come back again. :D
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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
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Packrafted from Waterholes canyon to Lee's Ferry mostly at night under the full moon. :)
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Humphreys Summit via Dutchman GladeFlagstaff, AZ
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For New Years, we did a 3-day backpack down to Phantom Ranch and afterwards planned to showshoe around Snowbowl Lodge. I talked of taking it easy and going to Dutchman Glade but a few of the others teased that I should try summiting the peak. Be careful what you ask for! :lol: My legs were feeling fine even though we hike out the Bright Angel trail the day before, I was a natural on the rental snow shoes, the weather was perfect, and I had plenty of Gu's on hand, so I kept on pushing up the glade. :D I saw the bomber wreckage for the first time with barely enough snow to keep the shoes on... I got to a little past the treeline and it was SO rocky that I finally took the shoes off. :? Hmm, still no wind on this sunny day, my legs feel fine, and the altitude doesn't seem to be affecting me. :-k Things seem in slow motion up at altitude, must be the lack of oxygen :lol: , so the scramble up that ridge to the ridgeline to Humphreys took longer than planned as I text my buddies how close I am to the summit. :roll: The views were amazing up there as I slowly pushed to the peak and was again surprised to find only a trace of wind on the summit. :y: The skies were so clear that I could almost see the Pacific ocean. :sl: Took a handful of summit shots, walked the ridgeline back to the ridge above the glade, found a good line with plenty of snow, put the snowshoes back on, and plowed down that ridge back into the treeline as quickly as possible. :sweat: My poor buddies waited and waited for me and I eventually made it back to the lodge just a bit before sunset. Sorry! :whistle:

Only 5.5 miles?!? :o :sweat:
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Clear Creek Trail - GCNPNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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The loop I did is referred to as a 'Clear Creek Loop' in Todd's new Grand Canyoneering book but I figure logging under the trail is good enough since Clear Creek canyon is non-technical and I doubt this loop will ever get popular. ;)

My group started down the icy Bright Angel trail to spend our first night at Phantom Ranch. I opted to go without Yaktrax since I underestimated how icy it was and left them in the vehicle but thankfully I managed not to slip without them. :whistle: This was my first time hiking the Canyon during winter and also my first time overnighting in the main corridor and a quick observation was the increased amount of deer & sheep sightings. The temps down by the river was nice but it still got pretty chilly at night. :o It was nice to be able to go up to Phantom Ranch and play games & buy snacks with the other camps. :GB: I was sans tent to make room for packrafting gear and thankfully my bag kept me plenty warm. :D The next morning, the others had lost interest in a sidetrip to Clear Creek so I started my way up the scenic trail. This was my first time on the northside of the Tonto Plateau and the morning views certainly didn't disappoint. :D Eventually I crossed Zoraster canyon with cool views of Zoraster Temple and the trail seemed to stretch on forever as it trekked over & down in Clear Creek Canyon. Some great campsites down there but I kept on working my way down canyon with loads of creek crossing & rock hopping while soaking in that scenic canyon. The canyon zig & zags all over the place with one 10ft falls to climb around before it eventually reaches the Colorado River. Todd recommends launching right into the river, but the river must be up and the mouth of Clear Creek didn't not have a friendly entrance into the river. :o Thankfully I found a rafters' trail to a nice sandy beach to ready my packraft and make a pleasant launch into the river. : rambo : I was quickly coming up on Zoraster rapid and made my way to the left side to bypass that beast before jumping back in but soon afterwards I was bypassing the next rapid. That lower rapid proved to not be much when the river is high, so in hindsight I could have run it. The river from there to the black bridge was very smooth and made for an easy float. :D Once back at Bridge Angel campground, I quickly changed out of my wet clothes, ate a warm dinner, and got to drying my pants under the bathroom hand dryer. :lol: That night, we again went to Phantom Ranch to play & sip warm drinks. Afterwards we went to the Ranger Station at 10pm for the 3rd annual Scorpion Drop to celebrate New Years (with the New Yorkers). :sl: The next morning, we broke camp early and some hiked up the Bright Angel while other up the South Kaibab trail. I had yet to backpack out of the main corridor and stuck with the better graded trail with a midway water stations while some of the others wanted more sun & less ice and greatly enjoyed the South Kaibab trail. Grabbing warm drinks & snacks at the warm Lodge was def very relaxing after playing in the cold Canyon & River. :D
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Quartz CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Turns out there's two ways to approach this canyon and looks like I choose the scenic way. :lol: From Tortilla Flat, we climbed towards the backside of Geronimos Head and crossed thru upper Geronimos Ravine. From there we proceeded SE along the ridge on the backside of Geronimos Head towards Malapais. Great views from up there BTW. :D There's a saddle between the Head & Malapais and after dropping down to it, we dropped into the drainage on the northside named Quartz Canyon by a fellow canyoneer. The upper canyon involved much bushwhacking and rock hopping but it was scenic enough. Lower down some slickrock, pools, and falls entered the scene. We hit a slick 20ft falls that could have been down climbed but it looked slippery while it was flowing so we decided to rappel it. :) After some more rock hopping, pool avoiding & bypassing another falls we hit that sweet double drop of 120ft. The midway ledge is sharp, so be careful where you place the rope and rappel smoothly. The rope pull can be tricky on this one so rig cleanly and get a good angle on it. Just a little way further down canyon after a couple awkward down climbs you reach another 120ft dry fall. :GB: One down, you got some slippery down climbing past big boulders before you hit Peters Canyon where we dropped gear. From there, you pass thru some of the best sections of narrows & slickrock in Peters before you hit Tortilla Canyon. By then you're tired of rock hopping and just want it to be over, so the bypass trail out of lower Tortilla to Tortilla Flat is always a welcome relief. I'd have to say this is def one of the better recently discovered Supes canyons! :D
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Prometheus CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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With the two western fork of Mesquite Creek named Damocles & Dionysis, I thought I'd stick with the Greek mythology theme and name this Prometheus canyon after seeing a movie trailer from one of my fav directors. :lol: We hiked that dirt road again to get above the many forks of Mesquite. I decided to drop into the fork I have geo-tagged after seeing a plunge pool in sat photos where it hits the main fork. This side fork started looking very promising when it turned V-shaped and dropped quickly. Some stemming and a couple down climbing and we were stopped by some rappels. :y: The first was about a 50ft drop into a rocky alcove and another 20ft rappel took us into a chest-high wader. That put us into the confluence with the main fork and that quickly opened up and became more of a creek walk with some bushes and pools to navigate thru but nothing too challenging... :roll: It was plenty scenic and sunny walking thru the yellow beehive shaped rock though. :) The walls were lowering but just before we popped out to the main Mesquite Creek, the canyon took a quick turn into some short lower narrows. Though an awkward down climb and stemming or wading some pools was all it took to get thru. Once out, we walked the main rocky creek downstream a bit to the parking lot. Only noon?!? We'll have to do another halfday canyon in the area. :lol:
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Geronimo CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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My buddy Clint recently descended this sweet canyon and shared the beta naming it Headdress Canyon. The approach was still a work in progress so we opted to try a lower approach and thankfully it worked. :D Such funky & colorful volcanic rock and scenic views along the way! The canyon was still flowing lightly and the first 20ft rappel was into a super chilly swimmer. :o Some down climbs later and we found a nice sunny spot to warm back up. 8) There was an optional 20ft waterfall rappel into another pool but we opted for the easy bypass. Just below that was a box canyon with a 60ft rappel from below a suspended rock pile. The box canyon was pretty sweet & tall though some tricky down climbs was all it took to exit it. The rest of the canyon was mucho bushwhacking, down climbing, and rock hopping but it was scenic & sunny so it was enjoyable & pleasant. :sweat:
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Damocles CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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After spending the morning playing in another canyon near Tortilla Flat, we decided to drive over and check out this short & sweet canyon just off of the AZ88. :D We walked that dirt road about a mile if not less to that dam blocking one of the forks of Mesquite Creek. There's two forks of Damocles flowing side by side there and we choose the cleaner one to the east of the dam but if you take the dam fork you'll hit a few more pools. The upper half of this canyon is mostly dodging bushes and negotiating drops while staying out of the pools for now. It is windy and 50* out so no desire to get wet yet. :sweat: About midway thru the canyon, it starts narrowing up and we hit the first rappel that in high water could probably be jumped but we geared up and made the 15ft rappel into chilly water. The next drop was about 15ft also when the water is up and looked easy enough to down climb so we did so though you'd need to rappel this in lower water. The pool below that drop was chilly and 40-50ft long. :o Another drop was soon encountered of about 10ft but with water high we just dropped in. The canyon opened up and mellowed down after that but it was still very scenic with loads of water to wade and/or walk beside. Eventually we hit the other fork known as Dionysis Canyon that we quickly checked out and we hit out last chilly swimmer before the canyon opened right up. The water soon went underground and we walked the wash 5-10 minutes and we were back at the parking lot. :GB:
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Zigzag CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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This 'canyon' has been on my list since last winter but it was a matter of finding a canyon partner crazy enough to join me. :lol: In reality, the 4-stage 500ft cascading waterfall is VERY well bolted and much more scenic than risky as long as you're practicing good rope management. We parked at Tortilla TH off of AZ88 and walked south on the dirt road a quarter to half mile before taking one of the ridges east. Upper Zigzag has 2-3 shallow forks that come together and drop over the cliff in one HUGE drop. The drainages are rather uninteresting and bushy, so taking a ridge is the best way to approach. The top of the falls has two set of bolts but the best one to use is the one up on the fin of rock to the right of the falls LDC. The first drop is 50-80ft to an alcove with two more set of bolts. If the falls was flowing good, you'd get blasted or at least soaking wet while clipped in at these anchors while waiting for your buddy to drop down. The falls was lightly flowing today so my pants got fairly wet but that was about it... ;) For the best rope pull, it's recommended stop at the alcove, pull ropes, and re-rig for the next 200ft rappel down the angled slickrock falls. This is the biggest drop but it's also the easiest since you're just walking down a steep chute. :GB: The ledge below is big and plenty safe to walk along as the falls zigs like 50ft to the south. Once down rap2, pull ropes again, and use the close newer anchors to make rap3 of about 60-80ft to a large angled ledge. R3 is a ledgy dirty rappel since it's not down the falls and at first it's tempting to keep on going all the way to the ground, but to continue would be an even dirtier rappel in some thick bushes. So we pulled the ropes and walked them over to another set of anchor that puts you back into the line of the falls where the rock is much cleaner and gentler on your ropes. :DANCE: The final rappel is 100-120ft and drops down a dozen small ledges or so. Since I was the first rappeler, it was my job to keep on throwing the rope further down the drop. Funny that people climb that last drop since it looks like a barely class 5 ladder climb up the ledges. ;) Woohoo! Once down, pack up all the gear and some brief down climbing put you at AZ88 near Fish Creek bridge and hopefully you left a vehicle down here to get you back up to your starting vehicle. :D
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