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Mar 27 2021
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Neon CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Canyoneering12.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.26 mph
2,000 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
III - Normally requires most of a day
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Neon had been on my to do list since I first heard about it 20 years ago.
I was a bit concerned following the weather forecast a few days before our planned attempt. Chance of rain came and went then the evening before a storm set in and snowed 2inches at the Egypt Trailhead. It continued to spit snow and rain the next day so we opted for some safer adventures in the area.

The next day was our last in the area so we felt some pressure to make it happen.
We had a leisurely start hoping for it to warm up as there was still snow at the trail head and the potholes descending from it had ice. We left the car a bit after 1030, and made it to the Escalante about 12:00. The approach to the drop in point was pretty straight forward and we found the short rap opposite and just upstream of the moki steps in good condition. We donned our farmer johns and rap'd in.

It was 13:00, so I ate a snack. A short walk downstream lead us to the start of the slot and our second rap: low angle for about 30ft, this anchor was also in good condition. We donned our wet suit jackets as this rap landed us in a pool (turned out to be thigh deep) We were able to keep the rope mostly dry by rapping single line with a 'biner block with the last coming down removing the 'biner, rapping double rope and carrying the rope bag.

Another short rap and pool followed a short way down the slot. Anchor was good, rap was awkward initially. Water was knee deep.

The slot became even more 3 dimensional -not quite 4th dimension but 3+ :) when little rooms inside arches appeared offering 3 ways to get to the same rap point. This was the rap into the big keeper pothole. Even with all the precip the day before it was dry and fairly full of sand making for easy escape. Of note there is a small hole on the lip which would be perfect for hooking out.

After a few minutes of easier terrain the final glory rap appears. Long webbing (doubled) stretches into the slot above the hole which drops into the Golden Cathedral. 3 old bolts remain in the wall above this without hangars, these could be utilized with sacrificial climbing nuts. The glory rap is over all too quick but it is awesome and perfect with the golden light. There was less water than I expected finding it only about calf deep. We had a nice lunch on the sand bar it was 14:30.

From there we headed back down canyon to the Escalante and then 30min further down the Escalante River to explore Ringtail Canyon. Ringtail is the next canyon on river left. It is rather short but very narrow; a head lamp is a good idea as is a farmer john wetsuit. Explore up canyon as far as you can then come back down.

Then returning the way we came (mostly as we veered off course and lost our cairn'd way heading too north) We did appreciate several arches forming a couple of rooms but it likely added a mile to our hike.

Back at the car just before sunset at 19:30.

With the conditions we experienced I would have foregone the extra 200ft rope, bolt kit and wet suit jackets. Instead I would have carried an extra 80-100ft rope. I only carried 2L of water then treated 1L clean-ish water from a pothole in Ringtail but ended up only needing 0.5L of it; so, with highs of 58F I think 2.5L would be ideal, personally.
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Oct 18 2017
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Imlay CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar Oct 18 2017
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Canyoneering10.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering10.00 Miles   13 Hrs   30 Mns   0.77 mph
1,000 ft AEG      30 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
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Sneak Route: Got the 'White Permit" for early entry parking. Hiking up Angel's Landing trail at 0530, leaving West Rim trail after wooden bridge around 0700 hiking XC to the north taking left Sneak entry to Imlay. 2 raps (one thru small arch) to access "Crossroads" . We were a party of 6 (all with experience) we carried 1 200' rope and 3 shorter ropes ( 60-75'). I lost track how many raps we did in Imlay (+20?) Water was fairly low- 4 or 5 potholes required hooking 3-4ftt. the "Trash Compactor" pothole full of wood was also challenging. Water was cold (night time temps were hitting the mid 30's F). 5 of us had dry suits, I wore a wetsuit. We all got pretty chilled especially since the day turned out to be somewhat cloudy. We maintained a good pace by leapfrogging short raps with multiple ropes. The final rap (160') into the Narrows is pretty fantastic. The entire canyon is beautiful, including the approach hike (if done in the daylight!) hiking out the narrows by 1830, last shuttle bus was at 1915!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
great leaf peeping!

dry Imlay Canyon Dry Dry
3-4foot pothole escapes
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Apr 22 2017
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Badger CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Canyoneering8.00 Miles 700 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.19 mph
700 ft AEG      45 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Party of 7 consisting of 2 experienced + 5 novice. We did the North Fork parking near the bridge just west of Vermillion Cliffs motel. We did 3 rappels, skipped the first anchor which had an easy down climb on the right. The rappels were perfect for teaching novices, each subsequent rap added an element (first was 35ft starting from a huge ledge, then 75ft and steeper into a narrow notch, finally a 25ft free rap.)
It took us about 2hours to descend, the remainder of the time was spent on the exit. We did the upstream exit as is recommended in the guide: Grand Canyoneering. It is a long way to travel on loose talus (2+miles) then zaging back another 0.5mile til a cliff break allows access to the rim (we ended up doing a short bit of easy 5th class) Travel close to the river is difficult due to thick tamarisk. The trail is not well cairned and mostly consists of just a sheep path.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
lots of pink prickly pear!

dry Badger Canyon Dry Dry
a couple of muddy pools were easily avoided, the Colorado was running cold and clear!
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Apr 19 2017
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Flintstone CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 19 2017
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Canyoneering2.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering2.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.42 mph
1,000 ft AEG      45 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Using the recently updated beta on ropewiki we drove to the end of FS536A, dropped down the north facing slope to a 100ft entrance rap at the start of the canyon narrows. we found the canyon to have a lot of debris from the Slide Fire of 2014. Huge blackened logs added obstacles. somewhere between 6-10 raps and a few swims, several downclimbs and a couple slides. Longest rap was about 180ft which we stopped at an intermediate anchor to rethread so to make rope pull easier (and successful). The midway anchor is an old rope on a pinch point and has a small core shot- should be replaced or backed up soon! Another anchor is off a burnt log which looks like it could shift down canyon, it was stable today but future canyoneers should use it with caution. Around one corner we found a large iceberg! The swims are short though and a farmer john wetty was sufficient on this sunny day. Toward the end of the technical section is a 40ft rap into an avoidable pothole, a couple hundred feet downstream the canyon widens. we didn't find the cairns described on ropewiki but headed up the right slope to the left of a 25ft dry fall. following this drainage for 20min then at an actual cairn we took the right of three gullies toward a small saddle. This gully was very loose with lots of ash. Once at the saddle head up and left of the cliff, more loose and bushy climbing. The good news is it only took an hour to reach the car! We made good time throughout as all 3 members (Scott B & Patrick M) were experienced and agile.
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Wildflowers Observation None
few wall flowers, not alot
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Mar 08 2017
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Canyoneering Black Canyon, AZ 
Canyoneering Black Canyon, AZ
 
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Canyoneering6.50 Miles 2,600 AEG
Canyoneering6.50 Miles   11 Hrs      0.59 mph
2,600 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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IV - Long, full day, bivy possible
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While some may do this as a loop hike going up trail #114, we opted for the shuttle drop off from FSR 413 (about 1hr from Ogden Ranch Road). FSR is very rough and requires high clearance 4x4. Start coordinates: 34.66675N/112.10983W. There was quite a bit of snow melt run off, estimating 20-30cfs. Many raps, including some drops which may be down-climbed at lower flows we elected to rap. we used 1 70M rope + 1 30M rope; longest drop was about 140ft. All anchors are natural. We were a party of 4, including 1 novice. Beautiful canyon, varied geology, some epic falls! Some cool narrows, a few short swims. The lower canyon is endless boulder-hopping and quite tiring. [ youtube video ]
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Feb 21 2017
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Rock Creek Canyon - MazatzalsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Feb 21 2017
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Canyoneering6.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles
2,500 ft AEG   7 Hrs   30 Mns Break
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A strenuous approach and return hike but the canyon itself was awesome!!! Canyon was in great condition, plenty of water coming thru: my estimate: 30-50cfs at the take out. There was still snow visible on the north facing ridge to the south. Anchors all decent, some are a bit tricky to find.[ youtube video ]
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Sep 21 2016
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Elves Chasm via Colorado RiverNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2016
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
1,200 ft AEG   7 Hrs    Break30 LBS Pack
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Looped from GC rafting trip. Got dropped off about a mile upstream, hike up was hot and strenuous, fixed ropes batmaning (
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Sep 13 2016
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Shinumo WashNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2016
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Hiking2.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
400 ft AEG   5 Hrs    Break
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looped from GC rafting trip. Staged boats at bottom of Shinumo Wash then floated down in other boats to access trail about a mile. Hike up was very hot but once in the cyn shade and full pools were cool. Fun Cyn, some tricky down climbs, one of the anchors was off a sketchy bolt; otherwise good.
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May 13 2016
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Waterslides CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 13 2016
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Canyoneering3.70 Miles 1,965 AEG
Canyoneering3.70 Miles
1,965 ft AEG   4 Hrs   30 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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New Favorite!!! The water was flowing but barely, probably even better a bit earlier in the year. Anchors all good. Super fun sliding and jumping it's like the Salome Jug on steroids. [ youtube video ]
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Jun 30 2015
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Barney Spring CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 30 2015
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With only 20% chance of rain predicted as we climbed out of the vehicle the clouds grew dark and thunder shook our resolve. We opted to explore the safer nearby drainage of East Fork Buzzard Canyon. This turned out to be a beautiful lush rainforest. the first few miles followed elk paths and was easy going. Eventually it did canyon-up with limestone and then sandstone walls. We encountered 4 easy down climbs and one waist deep pothole before entering West Fork Oak Creek. 1.5mi or so of rock hopping up canyon we retrieved our shuttle vehicle. This 5 mile hike was a good consolation prize and a good choice as the clouds did bust loose dumping rain and hail around 3pm.
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Jun 29 2015
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Insomnia CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 29 2015
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Canyoneering6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles   7 Hrs      0.86 mph
2,000 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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Great trip down this one. Brooding early monsoons but no rain until after the shuttle back up to the rim. (We enjoyed an epic lightening show and downpour from our camp looking down on Sedona.) Cold water but not unbearable in just a 3ml farmer john. Anchors all in good-fair condition, a few will need new webbing soon. Party of 5 experienced canyoneers, took our time with breaks and enjoying the views. used 330, 200, & 150ft skinny ropes.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
lots of wildflowers! columbines, orange wall flowers, orange milk weed, monks hood, lupine, erigeron,butterfly bush...
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Apr 09 2015
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Garden CreekNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Canyoneering1.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering1.00 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   1.46 mph
1,000 ft AEG   5 Hrs   11 Mns Break40 LBS Pack
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
Risky - Extraordinary risk factors exist; solid skills/judgement reqd; no beginners
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My new favorite slot! :y:
Incredible curvy shapes of pink granite, flowing water and oasis' of moss and wildflowers.
Yes, the stats are right it took us almost 6hrs to go a mile. (excluding the approach hike and return) My app recorded our moving time at only 41min.
My partner was fairly new to rappelling so we took our time checking and double checking everything along the way.
All the anchors were in excellent shape: mostly being comprised of the shinny new Fixe 2 bolt and chain variety.
The flow was moderate but enough to be exciting, and enough to make us cold by the end. (we took no wet suits); the moss was present but not overly slippery with good shoes.
It was a cool cloudy day (65F), I can not emphasize enough the importance of bringing enough calories. I consumed everything I had by the time we returned to the rim via the Bright Angel Trail. We hiked back in he dark with headlamps. The Lodge served up an awesome vegeburger with bacon, green chilies, and bleu cheese- just before closing (10pm).
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Apr 08 2015
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Pipe Creek CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Canyoneering2.90 Miles 900 AEG
Canyoneering2.90 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   1.85 mph
900 ft AEG   1 Hour   54 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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Stats from Tonto Trail drop in point down to Pipe Creek and Bright Angel Trail intersection.
Definitely a worthy adventure. 3 of 5 stars.
We did this as a warm up for Garden Creek which we did the following day.
Light stream flow makes it pleasantly moist in a very arid environment. lots of greenery and flowers.
Most of the anchors were in good condition.
The initial anchor "tree" described in Todd's guide is washed out and would barely be considered a shrub. I wouldn't trust it to tie my dog to.
Instead tie off some large boulders about 20ft back and extend the anchor to the pour off. This makes for a pleasant 100ft rap (60m rope worked fine).
This deposits you in an open stream bed, follow this for at least 0.5 miles til the next obstacle. Several down climbs and 3 more raps (longest is about 50ft) bring you to the Bright Angel trail. Here you could hoof it back up to the rim or decide to stay at Phantom Ranch/Bright Angel campground or walk back to Indian Garden campground which is recommended (all require permits/fees).
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Garden Creek Medium flow Medium flow
rushing and clear!

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Jul 25 2014
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Sunburst Canyon, AZ 
Sunburst Canyon, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Jul 25 2014
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Canyoneering8.80 Miles 3,200 AEG
Canyoneering8.80 Miles   8 Hrs      1.10 mph
3,200 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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
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Approach and slot were pretty straight forward. Pools were mostly dry, I managed to get thru only getting one leg wet to the shin. Max rap was about 60ft. There were two longish raps otherwise everything is pretty short, many down-climbable spots.

Return canyon hike is easy enough to find and remains beautiful. We followed an errant cairn and exited the canyon early. Our mistake was a huge one we kept going when we should have gone back down. We ended up climbing a 4th class ridge to "lightening peak" where we were drenched by unforecasted monsoons. This added probably an extra 1500ft climb. The descent was much easier eventually connecting to the correct return trail not far from the big cairn where you first enter Sunburst drainage. Big day, but we still made decent time. Good folks: Jess, Sayfe, and Mark K. This canyon (even done right) is a lot of work.

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Aug 10 2013
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Venison Soup Canyon, AZ 
Venison Soup Canyon, AZ
 
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Canyoneering1.50 Miles 850 AEG
Canyoneering1.50 Miles   3 Hrs      0.50 mph
850 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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2nd time down Sundance.
Alzheimers must be setting in.
I incorrectly remembered the last rap as 150ft.

Also important for near future canyoneers:
we discovered a rotting deer carcass about two pools before the last rap.
I managed to manuever it out of the flow of water to the side using a small log.
I would wait at least a few good rains to flush out the rest.
We managed to get past the following pools by careful climbing and two tyrolean traverses, only getting wet to the waist. You really don't want to get your face in that Venison Soup!

So, the last rap has my ropes.
We had descended the purple line, planning to pull the green and yellow ropes but came up short. I tried to prussik back up the purple line but with the rope being wet and very spongey it just wasn't happening any time soon. It's not a high value rope,
I'd retired it from climbing and was using it as a dedicated rap line.
If anyone finds these ropes I would be happy to send you $20 for your trouble plus postage to return it to me.

thanks, be safe!
-Mark
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Gnarly Canyon, AZ 
Gnarly Canyon, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Jun 07 2012
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Canyoneering12.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles   10 Hrs      1.20 mph
1,900 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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Did this canyon several years ago when little beta was available- was told I'd need 2ropes and a wetsuit and that it was "gnarly".
We are a party of 4 (recommended party size for this canyon) This time we did it via the AB Young trail approach which adds about an hour of uphill hiking (pay to play) but thus avoids a cumulative 3hrs of car shuttle time. We entered the east fork and found it lush and pleasant. An 85ft rap past a couple small potholes down a mossy slot starts the fun. I think this way is preferable to the western fork entrance. We waited on putting on our wetsuits for a while as it seemed the water was lower than I remembered it. Downclimbed a few of the minor raps and other obstacles.
Just before getting into the real gut of the canyon is where our epic event occured. Above an 8ft down climb I tossed the rope bag toward the far end of a black pool. Before I could swim over to it, it had sank to the bottom invisible in the canyon soup. 3 of us took turns diving down sweeping blindly in the frigid 12+ foot deep water. As we became hypothermic (one of us had 2 full wetsuits on while me and another had only farmerjohns (I highly recommend wearing a full wetsuit)we made a new plan: we found a long branch and began scraping the bottom hoping to snag the bag. Now after wasting about 45min, and watching the sun migrate away from our view we were afraid we would be diving back in the water. I loaded up on some needed calories (I was still shivering from my last submersion) and we decided to try one more plan: We rigged about 20ft of accessory cord with a couple of quicklinks for weight and my aid hook and began casting into the bottomless pool. one of the initial casts was promising as resistance was found but then a lage tree was dredged up. 2 more smaller trees were also found; meanwhile thoughts of escape up to the rim and a dry hot hike back were going thru our minds. At long last (now an hour wasted), Jason snaged and recovered our needed rope. So hear's the lesson I learned: either keep a non-floating rope bag clipped to yourself or at least clip an empty water bottle to it to act as a float.
The rest of the canyon went smoothly but very chilly. Awesome spiraling slides and organic curvy stone shapes, an arch and a swim thru window are some of the best terrain I've explored. At one point I found a nearly frozen lizard clinging to moss at the waterline in a dimly lit dark pool. Upsetting the balance of natural selection I rescued him by allowing him to hitchike on my head til we found a sunny spot. He had some beautiful markings: bright yellow under the chin and turquoise on the belly.
The "big rap" is probably why they call this Illusion Cyn as it is down a mossy green funnel; the bottom of which is a round pool which reflects the blue sky. I seems as if you are rapping into a portal, or up into the sky.
Once in the main canyon we ate (another snack) and shared a beer I'd packed. The walk out Westfork is always beautiful, and always longer than I expect it. Finally, at the parking area we still had a 1.5mile shuttle back to the car. Three us us relaxed and waited as one went by previously stashed skateboard down the road to the vehicle. All in all a very entertaining day!
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May 18 2012
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Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 18 2012
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Canyoneering5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
500 ft AEG
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Another great day in this natural playground. Water was running clear but slightly lower than previously experienced. Good group of folks (5 in our party); we passed a large group of kids and also a guided group at the rappel who were kind enough to let us use their fixed ropes and be out of their way quick and efficiently.
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Aug 14 2011
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Bear Canyon - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Canyoneering3.50 Miles 600 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   0.82 mph
600 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break25 LBS Pack
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After botching the approach by heading down too early in the wrong gully we decided to see if we could "uncanyoneer" as in climb up the canyon through the slots, swims and raps. After wading the first pool (from the bottom) we met another party coming down; they had evidently also botched the approach and we had followed their footprints. Realizing their error they made the rigorous hike back up and out to find the correct feeder canyon. "Are you guys going UP!!??!!" I responded "that's the idea, do you think we can?" half their party thought so, the other half were more skeptical. We were obviously less prepared (no wet suits) but we did have our Jackie Chan and Spiderman moves on our side! The 3 raps proved to be fun challenges. Longest one was passed by climbing a small diameter log and high stepping onto a smooth slab; while the route description calls this a 30ft rap I'd estimate it only at about 20ft. There were perhaps 3 other more minor sections that I fixed a hand line or belayed the rest of our party up through. ONce atop the "rabbit hole" we paused in a patch of sun to warm up and then turned around to descend what we'd just come up. The pools did prove to be cold, we were all shivering by the end, and paused a few times for a "group hug" to share heat. As we walked out to West Clear Creek it began to rain, then harder and harder. We had planned to climb a few pitches in WCC before making the final trudge back up to the car but decided that the rain had likely softened the sandstone makeing it less safe for climbining so we came home early, driving through a great monsoon downpour; glad we weren't still in the slot. I wonder if we did the "first ascent" of Bear Cyn?
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Aug 13 2011
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 Joined May 25 2009
 flagstaff,az
Insomnia CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 13 2011
markguycan
Canyoneering6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles
2,000 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
just heard report that SAR is rescuing a party today, hope it ends well.
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Aug 11 2011
markguycan
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 Joined May 25 2009
 flagstaff,az
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 11 2011
markguycan
Canyoneering6.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Canyoneering6.50 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   0.96 mph
1,800 ft AEG      45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Well marked, easy, almosy handicap accessable canyon---Ha! JK.
We missed the right road fork and parked about 0.5mi north of the ideal spot. GPS wasn't very useful once in the canyon as I could never get more than one satelite.
Some pretty cool sections in this very remote spot. Lots of mileage hiking compared to slot time though, seemingly more than half of it is uphill! I think we rap'd 5 or 6 times, electing to downclimb several of the more minor obstacles. one pool was more than chest deep no swimming though. We were pretty warm and found no need for wetsuits (although 2 of 3 carried them). We carried one 160ft rope. No pothole difficulties. No anchor issues other than a few strenuous rope pulls. Some pools smelled pretty bad, so far no skin infections!! We did see a Mexican spotted owl!

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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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average hiking speed 1.06 mph
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