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May 22 2020
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2020
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Hiking8.00 Miles 1,222 AEG
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Lovely springs, perfect weather, happy doggo and barely anyone else out on the trail. My pup did great on his first real hike. :y:
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Aug 25 2019
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Babe's Hole Spring CanyonFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 25 2019
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Canyoneering4.00 Miles 1,510 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles
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A fun and relatively straightforward canyon with a surprisingly pretty narrows section. Started at Kelsey TH with an easy hike down the trail, followed by a short section of rock-hopping that suddenly drops off into a series of decent rappels and down-climbs. Loved the springs on the hike out. A good day to be in a canyon with great friends. :D


There always seems to be a song randomly stuck in my head while in a canyon, this weekend was no exception:
[ youtube video ]
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Aug 24 2019
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Le Petit Verdon / The Upper TierFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Climbing avatar Aug 24 2019
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It wasn't pretty nor graceful but made it up a few 5.10s after not climbing for a long time. Had a blast and learned a ton from great people in a beautiful place. Rock climbing = hurts so good. :y:
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Jul 20 2019
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 20 2019
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Backpack20.00 Miles 950 AEG
Backpack20.00 Miles2 Days         
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A thoroughly enjoyable backpack through the pines with some good friends. So happy to have finally made it out to this area. Our route was General Springs > Fred Haught > Houston Brothers > General Crook.

On Saturday while hiking towards Pinchot TH, we started noticing smoke and then actual fire up ahead. We arrived to find the trailhead partially ablaze with no one else around. We had seen signs stating "Wildfire Ahead: Do Not Report" early on during the drive in, but it was still surprising (and unsettling) to be that up close and personal with an actively-burning wildfire. Especially when the wind picked up and the embers started flying. It was mostly old stumps burning down but still... :scared:

After checking out Pinchot & Aspen springs (both of which I loved - especially the desert columbines growing around Aspen), we stopped to make camp near McFarland spring. That night while falling asleep I was jolted awake by the very loud barking of an alarmed elk - a noise I've never heard before. It took a few moments to shake off the sleep and realize it wasn't the large angry demon-possessed dog my half-asleep brain immediately concluded was standing outside my tent. :lol:

The washout on Fred Haught was passable with a steep but quick bypass down and around the giant gaping void that was once a road.

Had a great hike out Sunday through the ferns and back around to General Springs. I loved this area and would like to check out the east loop sometime. Good times in a beautiful place with great people as always.

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Mar 23 2019
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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Kayak avatar Mar 23 2019
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Kayak15.00 Miles 5 AEG
Kayak15.00 Miles
5 ft AEG
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A fun kayak from Glen Canyon dam down to Lees ferry, with a night under the stars at Horseshoe Bend = :y:

After camping Friday at Lees Ferry, we were up early the next morning to meet up with the backhaul outfitter and begin the process of getting everybody and their kayaks up to the top. This took awhile, but once everyone was in place we started the 6-mile float down to our destination for the night. The water along this stretch was out-of-this-world beautiful, flowing emerald green with deep visibility and serene reflections of canyon walls the entire way. Stopped to check out the petroglyphs and soon arrived at our home for the night on 9-mile beach, which is directly under the Horseshoe Bend overlook. Spent the evening around a huge campfire and dirtbag camped that night, falling asleep after patiently waiting to see at least one shooting star.

Despite the collective number of hangovers in the group, Sunday we were back out on the water bright and early to finish the remaining 9 mile float back to Lees Ferry. It was fun to see Waterholes and the stretch of river beyond that, as I had only had a glimpse of this section years ago in the dark after descending the canyon on the anxiety-filled packraft afterwards. The peaceful float was over much too fast and we were soon back on the road for home.

After being cooped up from hiking for a few weeks due to a broken toe, this trip was much needed and it felt great to be outside again in such a beautiful place. It was fun for the next few days to find our kayaks as tiny specks in #horseshoebend tagged photos on instagram. Would definitely do this trip again, despite the backhaul being a hassle. Being that I deal with a much less fun kind of backhaul at work everyday in the 5G world, I'll take the kayaking kind anyday. :D Huge props to Ben for organizing the entire thing and dealing with the logistics of a big group, and for driving the outfitter's jetboat when they were a person short (and for not letting it sink :lol: ). Another great trip in a beautiful place with great people!
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Oct 27 2018
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Hang 'em High CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 27 2018
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Canyoneering2.50 Miles 700 AEG
Canyoneering2.50 Miles   45 Hrs      0.06 mph
700 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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After spending all day Friday making small talk at a work event (an introvert's worst nightmare :scared: ), I could not wait to get out of town and into more peaceful surroundings. After camping out under an orange moon, we met up with some friends the next morning to check out Hang 'em High, a fun cliff route off of the Loy Canyon TH.

The approach starts off on the trail and then quickly turns into a bit of a thrash as you route-find your way through the brush and into the cliffs above. The canyon itself is a series of overhanging ledges that curve down into really pretty grottos with a few short narrow sections and stellar views the entire way. All rappels except the very last have awkward overhanging edges for which there is no graceful way to maneuver down.

For the exit we took the path of least resistance back to the TH. Couldn’t pass up stopping in Page Springs on the way home for a nice glass of AZ red. A great way to end an already wonderful day with excellent company. :)
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Aug 25 2018
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Upper Wolf Creek Canyon, CO 
Upper Wolf Creek Canyon, CO
 
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Canyoneering1.50 Miles
Canyoneering1.50 Miles
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
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Wolf Creek, one of the best canyons in Colorado with a very short seasonal window of opportunity to descend. The beta had me a little freaked out through, with an R rating and class C water, along with warnings of it being "extremely dangerous" depending on the flow. As usual, my pre-canyon jitters were for nothing as it turned out to be an INCREDIBLE day in a beautiful wooded canyon full of amazing waterfalls. That being said, the warnings about the danger are accurate especially if the water is high and the group unfamiliar with class C techniques.

Most rappels were out of the direct flow, which I was pretty happy for. As gorgeous and fun as waterfalls are, they can be pretty intense to rappel through especially when your face is getting blasted by water (difficult to breathe, can't see much, water forces you down the rope, etc). We did set up one rope directly in the water, which was pretty fun despite the fact that it resulted in a cracked rib for one of us. :scared:

Beta note: The current KML track on ropewiki is inaccurate and indicates incorrect approach/exit waypoints. The exit is also noted to be one of the worst of all canyons which is pretty far off too. It's basically 500 feet of barely class 3-ish terrain up to the highway, similar to any WCC exit.

We bailed on Lower Wolf Creek due to storm building up on the horizon. All in all, an amazing day with wonderful people in a beautiful place! :y:

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Aug 24 2018
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Silver Falls, CO 
Silver Falls, CO
 
Canyoneering avatar Aug 24 2018
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Silver Falls, a super fun canyoneering warmup before hitting up Wolf Creek the next day. After a short but steep climb up a scree-filled slope, we had 1 short rap before hitting the big 165' waterfall. The waterfall was tiered, mossy and overlooked an incredible view of the mountains and meadows below us. The rope pull presented a challenge as it was snagging on a rock below the anchor and it defeated almost all of our tricks to get it down. Finally down she came and onward we went back down the trail. Fun times in a gorgeous place. :y:
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Jul 30 2018
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Shamrock CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 30 2018
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Canyoneering2.60 Miles 900 AEG
Canyoneering2.60 Miles
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West Clear Creek in the summer = :y: Finally got a chance to check out Shamrock Canyon, what a little gem it is. We did not do the standard approach/exit, opting to do the Four Boulders trailhead and sneak route instead.

The canyon was in its prime, so green with happy moss and ferns everywhere. We caught it flowing; keeper potholes were full and easy to get out of. None of us wore wetsuits but it did get a little cold after awhile. At the bottom of one of the cliffs, you could hear a big waterfall flowing down behind the wall, completely out of sight. I love encountering stuff like this, so incredibly awesome.

After the last rappel we headed up Clover for a bit, all of us getting stung by nettles while dodging poison ivy along the way. After a scramble up Four Boulder exit we were at the cars and back on the road. A fun weekend camping and adventuring with friends. :D
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Jun 02 2018
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Escalante Adventures, UT 
Escalante Adventures, UT
 
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2018
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An awesome trip to Escalante over Memorial Day weekend.

Friday: The Black Hole of White Canyon (Cedar Mesa):

After years of saying "someday...!" while driving past the TH, we were finally able to pull this one off on our way to Escalante. The black hole was a fun hike through a beautiful canyon, with long sections of COLD swimming between narrow walls. No rappels, but there are a few good down-climbs. A couple sections get deep and dark, hence the name of the canyon. I was happy to have a 5mm wetsuit.

After making it out, we had a 4.5 hour drive ahead of us to Escalante, followed by a hike down Fence Canyon with our backpacking & canyoneering gear for the next two days of adventures.

Saturday: Choprock Canyon

I'll admit, I was feeling nervous about Choprock. The history of two deaths from hypothermia and the legends of the logjam-from-hell had me feeling anxious the entire approach hike in. Choprock has 3 distinct sections: Riparian, Happy and Grim. The Riparian section felt like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, as we swam through thickets of vegetation while attempting to dodge the horrifying amounts of poison ivy that grew along the banks. At points you had no choice but to hike through the face-high ivy, but thankfully this section was pretty short lived. Then came the aptly-named Happy section, which was a pretty easy-going splash through pools and hallways of dramatically sculpted canyon walls. The happiness very abruptly ended as we soon found ourselves deep in the Grim section, the part I had been the most nervous about. The anxiousness was for nothing, thankfully, as Choprock was in "easy mode" with very low water which made this section easier than normal. Even in easy mode, this section was still difficult and very physical with lots of stemming, hauling yourself over log jams, long elevator down-climbs and cold swims.

Aside from it being an incredibly beautiful place, the best part about Choprock is that there are moki steps steps at one of the rappels, carved up a sheer cliff face in the middle of the canyon. An excellent but exhausting day indeed.


Sunday: Neon Canyon

Neon had long been on my bucket list and I had been wanting to go there for years after I first saw a photo of the Golden Cathedral. Above the Golden Cathedral is more gorgeous canyon with some really neat features, including some deep keeper potholes. The entire thing was bone dry so we zoomed through and spent some time at the cathedral before continuing on to pick up the rest of our gear for the sandy slog out.

For being a holiday, we really didn't see many other people the entire weekend until we reached the Golden Cathedral. As always, Utah did not disappoint and I can't wait to go back to explore more. Great times with great people. :y:
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May 20 2018
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Waterfall Trail - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Rafting avatar May 20 2018
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Rafting2.20 Miles 210 AEG
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A beautiful day to packraft off some waterfalls. :y:

**Helmets, PFDs and packrafts you don't mind shredding are required**
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May 05 2018
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Garden CreekNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 05 2018
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Canyoneering13.50 Miles 4,500 AEG
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A return to one of my absolute favorites, Garden Creek! :y: Thirteen miles of Bright Angel trail hiking for .26 miles of paradise and worth every step!

This really is a special place, a total gem right tucked away right off one of the busiest Grand Canyon trails. In typical GC fashion, this canyon does not mess around and starts off quickly with some slippery awkward downclimbs. From there you quickly keep dropping over several waterfalls, each one better than the last. The waterfalls change personality around every corner, from gently fanning out into sheets of soft bubbles to blasting powerfully through narrow chutes. The falls switch back and forth down the canyon, left and right, cascading down with ferns and plants and moss. I was lucky enough to take the rope down for the 2nd half of the 400' rappel (extra awesome as this is my favorite waterfall in all of AZ) which I took an extremely long time to do as I kept stopping to look around in total wonder. After making our way down and taking one last dip in the water, we we found ourselves back on BA trail for the hike out. Luckily almost the entire trail was in the shade and everyone finished strong.

All in all, a super fun weekend with a great group of people in a beautiful and humbling place!

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Apr 21 2018
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Big Canyon to LCR GorgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 21 2018
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Canyoneering12.00 Miles 3,200 AEG
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:y:

Finally! This trip has been years in the making. I lost count of how many times this was planned with permits secured, only to have to bail due to rain and/or a muddy LCR. Having been down the Salt Trail years ago, I have been wanting to come back to these blue waters ever since and this weekend could not have been more perfect.

Saturday our route took us down Big canyon, which narrowed up in the redwall layer after several miles of hiking. We made our way down the rappels and waterfalls, past enormous travertine boulders and mossy pools fed by warm-spring waters. Before we knew it we were down to the LCR, which was as blue and beautiful as ever. Camped on the beach and spent the rest of the evening admiring the changing light and amazing views as the sun went down.

Sunday we woke up early to hike out on the salt trail and made it to the top in 3.5 hours. It's 1000 times more of an actual trail than I remember but somehow I still managed to miss all of the petroglyphs that I saw last time. :(

I always feel completely blown away after doing anything in the Grand Canyon and this trip was no different. When my coworkers asked me how my hike was this weekend, all I could respond with was "oh, it was...good." How can you really explain the culmination of how it feels to pass through a paradise of emerald waters or sleep next to a turquoise river where brown beavers swim upstream or how cool it is to see the geology change over the miles, the comradeship between adventurers, how especially gorgeous a claret cup is when you're tired, the feeling of a waterfall rolling over your feet, the way moonlight bends around canyon walls as you lay looking up at night... I could go on. All in all this was an incredible weekend in a truly special place with extraordinary people, 5 stars all around.

A note on permits: We were surprised to find a Navajo ranger newly stationed at the fish camp (he introduced himself as "The Man With the Gun"). Nice guy, but doesn't mess around if you don't have a permit. We met several dejected backpackers who had to camp out on the salt without having reached the river due to having no permits. Glad we had ours, and kind of crazy that a ranger is needed there.
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Apr 07 2018
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Salome Creek - Upper LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 07 2018
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Canyoneering15.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Canyoneering15.00 Miles2 Days         
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Upper Salome has a bit of a reputation for having an unfavorable reward-to-effort ratio. Turns out that the rumors were true, but I'm still glad to have experienced this amazingly beautiful place. Our route was Park Creek > Salome Creek > Workman Creek, with dirtbag camping at Hell's Hole and a car shuttle to cut off a few miles on the approach. I give major props to anyone who does this in one day as it is a pretty tough hike!

By far the best part about this trip was the granite arch room and the grotto section, both of which included rappels, swimming, slides, jumps and more slides. Similar to the Jug (same creek, much higher up from the jug), but even more spectacular. The walls here were smooth and rounded with stripes of moss, algae and minerals running down them. Almost unreal how beautiful it is there, but the good stuff is over much too fast.

The beta described the rock-hopping as "obnoxious" for this canyon, but I think "hellish" is a more apt description. Especially the section up workman creek with the flowing water, slippery rocks, mud bogs and abundant poison ivy. We roped up for the waterfall bypass, it's got one semi-sketchy move that would end badly if you were to fall. The boulder hopping stretches on and on; jumping around between rocks for miles (in wetsuits) with wet heavy packs (canyoneering gear + overnight gear) really does a number on your legs and your morale. Eventually we made it to camp at Hell's Hole where were finally able to get some much-deserved relaxation in, and we were up early to continue the hike out the next morning.

Definitely an experience I'll never forget. Despite how astoundingly special that grotto section is, this is a solid one-and-done! I'm putting that in writing because I tend to get adventure amnesia about the unpleasant parts of a trip, especially when I look at photos and remember how amazing the good parts were. :D

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Mar 10 2018
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Big Kahuna CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 10 2018
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Canyoneering6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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A fun trip through an old favorite. Even without much flow, it was a great day starting out with a pleasant hike up the Barnhardt on on a cloudy day. After navigating through the jungles of manzanita we arrived at the very top of Big Kahuna and made our way down through several rappels and pools. Managed to avoid all the water thanks to a few ninja moves, but this resulted in me getting cactus spines in a not-fun place. Alas, I would rather endure the comical scene involving my boyfriend with a pair of tweezers and me with no pants on in the middle of a canyon over the freezing cold water anyway. :D

A few notes:
- The handline that people were using to climb up the bottom of the falls was frayed at the top - so it's no longer there.

- The top of Big Kahuna has been bolted, really not sure why, but it is what it is.

- Don't know if this will make it past the haz filters, but seriously--whoever took a huge dump at the base of Big Kahuna (in the watercourse), wins Classiest Human of the Year award. Seeing this took my faith in humanity down a few notches... ugh! :x :x :x

Anyway, I'm glad we braved the weather and stayed to camp in the rain, as the drive back through the cloudy mountains this morning was worth it. Good times with great people as always.
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Feb 15 2018
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North Wash, UT 
North Wash, UT
 
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Catching up on some old triplogs. Utah really is rad. After driving past this area several times on the way to other adventures, I am so happy to have finally explored North Wash; there's so much more to do here and I can't wait to come back.

Day 1 - Canyons with arches

Hogwarts: Fun and easy with an AMAZING huge arch in the middle of the canyon. The approach was short but scenic, the rappels were mellow through glowing sandstone narrows.

Morocco: Another short but sweet one with a cool arch in the middle. An excellent introduction to the area.

Day 2: Slots

Leprechaun Canyon (Right Fork):
We took the Sandthrax approach right from camp, which had us traversing over the landscape of Mars before reaching the drop-in. The right fork is a super slotted, narrow, sculpted and gorgeous sandstone canyon with some crazy long stretches of narrows that just kept going and going and going. In places the walls were too narrow to walk through, meaning you had to get through by pushing/scooting/shimmying yourself between the walls at various heights, dragging your pack behind you. None of it was high off the deck, thankfully.

We turned to explore up the Middle Fork for a bit, which comes with a warning to not do if you are over a certain height/weight due to the sheer narrowness of the canyon. The cavern where the Right and Middle forks meet up was astounding; a long tear-drop shaped hallway which slotted up to a very narrow slant of light coming through at the top. This can be hiked to from the bottom which I highly recommend if you are in the area. Amazing place!

Blarney (Left Fork): A mini version of Leprechaun with some fun elevator downclimbs and a few rappels, including one into a dark chamber.

This was an absolute blast with friends new and old. Thanks to squeezing through rough sandstone canyons and enduring sand-blasting high winds, I received the equivalent of a full-body exfoliating spa treatment (including eyeballs) from this adventure. The drive back had some fun winds and snow but nothing too crazy.

Utah always boggles my mind, it's got so many beautiful places to check out and I'm looking forward to finally making it out to Escalante in a few months as well. :y:
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Dec 09 2017
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Ermahgerd CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 09 2017
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Canyoneering5.70 Miles 2,600 AEG
Canyoneering5.70 Miles   7 Hrs      0.81 mph
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Apparently I am behind on the times as I had to look up the internet meme for which this canyon was named:Ermahgerd!

This was a fun day adventuring out in the Superstitions, seeing a seldom-traveled canyon with several fun rappels. The approach was pretty standard for this area--rocky, crumbly, steep, sharp and scratchy. We took the East Fork entrance which starts off with a 215' mostly free-hanging rappel. I was a little nervous starting out with such a biggie on a fast rope but I guess it's like riding a bike, it comes back quickly. This dropped us into a really cool alcove-ish spot, looking up at mossy walls that you don't normally see in this area.

After several more fun drops and down-climbs we arrived at the finale, a very windy 270' drop down a sloping wall. This is my favorite way down as you can easily stop and chill out if you want to take in the view or rest your hands. The exit was a ways through the brush until meeting up with the Lost Goldmine trail for an easy hike the rest of the way back.

The entire canyon was completely dry except for 1 small pool full of wasps that we all bypassed on the left. It was a little sketchy, but better than the wasps option. :)

It was a great adventure with an awesome group as always. You know it's been a fun day when you go to lay down in bed that night and you discover you have a huge cactus needle sticking out of your back! Only after the Supes... :lol:
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Javelina - Ridgeline - Beverly LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.90 Miles 560 AEG
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A fun hike for my 500th! :y: I love that there's no shortage of amazing places to explore in the southwest! :)
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Four Boulders Canyon, AZ 
Four Boulders Canyon, AZ
 
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Fun canyon with several rappels stacked atop each other. Had a blast being back on the rope. Did not find the correct route out and did a crazy sketch exit out. Soon after our camp got BLASTED by a crazy hail storm. Great weekend!
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Mar 11 2017
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Lost Eden, AZ 
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Awesome overnight Lake Powell kayak trip! Camped on a sweet beach, checked out the Eden Canyons, had a wonderful time with a great group of people. :y:
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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