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Jul 20 2019
Mjbirdno
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41 male
 Joined May 18 2019
 
Bear Canyon - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 20 2019
Mjbirdno
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 600 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   5 Hrs      0.80 mph
600 ft AEG
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Had a great time running Bear Canyon in West Clear Creek with my wife and son today. Wetsuits definitely came in handy, as the water is still quite cold.

We opted to take the two optional rappels just as you’re getting into the slot, before you get to what is labeled as OBSTACLE 1. What can I say, we never want to pass by an opportunity to hang ourselves over a rock attached to a rope?

Water was still pretty clear, though starting to turn a little stagnant in the pools.

All holes were still relatively easy to get out of. Not sure at what state any of these become keepers.

After we made it through the slot section, we took off the wetsuits and ate lunch. When we got to the 30-40 foot cliff below the slot (which has a trail around to the left), we decided to see if we could rappel there as well. We tied webbing to a large pine and my wife went first. When she got over the edge, I noticed some movement in the tree. I looked up and realized the tree was dead :o . After she made it safely to the bottom, we abandoned that plan, pulled everything off the trunk and hiked around to the left.

The hike out of West Clear Creek is steep, but pretty short.
Jun 08 2019
Mjbirdno
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41 male
 Joined May 18 2019
 
Babe's Hole Spring CanyonFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 08 2019
Mjbirdno
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 1,510 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   6 Hrs      0.67 mph
1,510 ft AEG
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My wife and I are relatively new to canyoneering and this was our first adventure out with just us. We had a great time. There was a fair amount of bushwhacking down the wash before getting to the slot canyon, which was beautiful if a bit short. Rappels were all anchored off trees, that are well described on this site by others.
average hiking speed 0.73 mph

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