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Oct 01 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon Clean-up 2011, AZ 
Grand Canyon Clean-up 2011, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
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This year 65 volunteers participated in Arizona Mountaineering Club's 21st Annual Clean-up of the Grand Canyon. The group was slightly smaller than previous years so we concentrated our efforts on three areas: Bright Angel, Yavapai and Mather look-out points. The technical teams collected bags and bags of garbage. Interesting items included a purse, a dozen hats, an iphone, a camera, various paper & plastic items along with approximately 20 pounds of coins. (my personal opinion is that there was a significant reduction in garbage this year) :y: Hooray for the smarter tourists!

Rain showers halted our cleaning efforts for a couple of hours allowing time for a leisure lunch break, coffee, and some visiting. We were treated to a spectacular double rainbow just before the sun came out again. Teams were able to clean for a little while longer before retreating to the campground for the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off. We had 8 deliciously unique entries to sample. I handed over the 1st place title for the Chili Cook-off to Donnie, a member of the Superstition Search & Rescue team and graciously settled for Runner-up.

Volunteers were able to enjoy a little rock climbing in the canyon or continue the cleaning efforts on Sunday before heading home.

:thanx: A big thank you to all the participants and the National Park folks that waived our entrance fees and provided us with campsites!
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Aug 28 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Mount Lemmon / Hitchcock PinnacleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Climbing avatar Aug 28 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Climbing5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Hitchcock Pinnacle is located on Mt Lemmon just above the main parking area at Windy Point. This 40' freestanding column is most commonly climbed by its 5.7 north face, however all three routes ascending the formation are worth doing. Each route has one bolt, so unless you are willing to run it out 20 feet or more, bring some gear. Top rope can be set on all three by means of fixed anchors/chains at the top.

This route starts out with a stem between the actual pinnacle and a shorter rock just to the west. From there we moved left and up the face to the top. Some bolts had been chopped making trad gear a good choice for a safer ascent.

I had seen Hitchcock Pinnacle on previous trips to Mt. Lemmon and have been curious about it for a couple of years. Emily, on the other hand, had been eyeing the formation for 18+ years while growing up in the Tucson area. Kurt was kind enough to lead the climb and help us check it off our list.

This was an incredibly photogenic spot and a great way for Kurt, Emily and I to end our day of climbing on Mt. Lemmon after spending a little time on the Ridgeline.
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Jul 02 2011
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 Joined Nov 23 2003
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Wilbur CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 02 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Canyoneering7.00 Miles 900 AEG
Canyoneering7.00 Miles
900 ft AEG
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This was a great canyon! Thankful for no no-see-ums...will add more later
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May 29 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Insomnia CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 29 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Canyoneering6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles
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amazing 320 foot rappel.......my all time favorite rap!
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May 28 2011
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 Joined Nov 23 2003
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Illusions CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 28 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,900 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   8 Hrs      0.69 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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I LOVE this canyon! :y:

I'm so grateful to the amazing people that pioneer places like this, to those that have helped me to grow skills that allow me to play in places like this one and the invites I have received to tag along. This canyon moves to the TOP of my list of Arizona Jewels!

Illusions has 14-15 raps, a few slides, lots of down climbing, a few jumps, corkscrew narrows, some mind blowing arches, dark caverns, lots of keepers, and ultra chilly swims. In fact, this was probably the most water/swimming I have ever experienced in a canyon. I noticed that parts of my body were shivering that I didn't know could shiver :sl: It's possible that my 3/2 wetsuit wasn't warm enough. :roll: The longest rap was 120 feet and the exit is through the always gorgeous West Fork of Oak Creek. All keepers were full and carcass free :y: . I believe this was the perfect time of the year to be in the canyon.

This was an excellent start to my summer vacation! I'm feeling like I have become so spoiled by the canyon gurus in my life. Each trip is more amazing than the last. I spent 2 nights camping in the cool pines, was treated to late night gourmet pizza cooked over the campfire by a master chef, experienced the most amazing canyon ever, narrowly escaped 4000 leeches, safely delivered a lost & frantic hiker to the trailhead, and enjoyed time with some of the best "Canyon Beasts" I know! Thank you Eric :)

* just a guess on the amount of time it took to do the canyon. We lounged, changed out of our wetsuits and ate for about an hour of this time at the confluence of the two canyons. More flowers along the exit trail than a couple of weeks ago.
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May 14 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 14 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles   6 Hrs      0.83 mph
1,600 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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It's always beautiful in Parker Canyon!

The highlight of this trip was watching a beautiful Sonoran King Snake ascend into the air as it attempted to reach a tree branch that was swaying in the wind. (yep, I just called a snake beautiful :o )
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May 07 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Flintstone CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 07 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Canyoneering10.50 Miles 300 AEG
Canyoneering10.50 Miles1 Day   11 Hrs   45 Mns   
300 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
III - Normally requires most of a day
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We had a very full (11 mile) day in this sweet Sedona Canyon & West Fork of Oak Creek. 11.75 hours of canyon time + 8 hours of driving time = worn out but happy! Had my alarm set for 3:00am and arrived back home in time to put my head on the pillow at 2:30am.

We did get a rope stuck in a lovely crack and had to ascend the rope to remedy the situation so that extended our canyon time a smidge. The amount of tree fall to contend with in this canyon was massive. Probably more combined tree fall in this one canyon than in all of the other hikes I have ever done put together. Hit the Call of the Canyon trail just a few minutes before dark (thankfully but according to plan) and stumbled out with headlamps.......extreme fatigue! We were so zapped that we had a little challenge locating our shuttle vehicle....LOL. Can't wait to go back :D

Thanks Cheryl and Ryan :)
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May 06 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Waterholes CanyonNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 06 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 2 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles
2 ft AEG
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This has been on my list forever. It was even more amazing than I anticipated. :y: However, I think my favorite part of the trip was the exit---rafting the river was awesome! Thanks Brian for the invite.

added another 3 miles to the distance for the exit.
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Apr 20 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Superstition Mtns - NW / Suction GullyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Apr 20 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
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Mar 26 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
McDowell Mountains / Gardeners WallPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Mar 26 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
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•••• Hanging Garden 5.6Trad2 Pitches225 ft
Assisted with the grad climb for AMC's Outdoor Rock Climbing class. Spent most of the day at the hanging belay station helping the students up.
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Mar 06 2011
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Waterslide Canyon, AZ 
Waterslide Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
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This was a bit of a challenge to find but after some serious studying and sending Vaporman out to scout a couple of times we finally nailed the location. We picked a date, assembled a group of strong canyoneers and set out on the adventure. The top part of the canyon was unknown so we set about 4 ropes and left them in place until we were sure we could get down the canyon with what we had. Had we come to a rap that required more rope than we had we would need to ascend all the raps to get back out. It all worked in our favor and we were able to press on through the canyon. I can't recall the exact number of raps before hitting the waterslide section but there were at least 6 or 7. We built most of the anchors on sturdy little bushes :) and then worked to do a slow steady release of our weight. I think we used a meat anchor as a back up on a few of the raps.

Eventually we hit the white slick rocks, a gazillion slime covered waterslides, and deep pools of nearly freezing water. I'm convinced that dry suits are the way to go. I was shivering for hours in my 3/2 wetsuit. The guys in 7mm were plenty warm but those in dry suits were just having more fun than the rest of us. I'm not a seasoned slider so this part of the canyon made me pretty nervous. I get caught up in the plunge with the massive sinus flush and the seconds that the cold water stops your breathing...even though only momentarily. So I'm not really a risk taker...I like to know all the dynamics behind how things work and why they aren't risky before I engage so the out of control slipping and sliding while smashing into rocks and catching a little air before splashing into bacteria filled freezing water sort of spooks me a bit. After some coaching, coaxing and a public moment of silence I was ready to play, too! It was so fun. The guys just couldn't stop themselves and kept climbing back up and around for more and more turns on the big slides.

The day ended with a sunset walk to the car and a shuttle ride back up to the top. Another beautiful canyon in our awesome state!
http://vimeo.com/21162389

On a side note---A handful of us that played in this canyon together are sick........coincidence or not? I'm resting comfortably at home waiting for the antibiotics to kick this trifecta of sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia so I can get my gills back in a canyon!
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Mar 05 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Pinnacle Peak / Cactus Flower EastPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Mar 05 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Climbing3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Climbing3.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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I helped to coordinate AMC's 47th Birthday at Pinnacle Peak in the Cactus Flower climbing area. This section is heavy on crack so it's a great place to work on technique with the short routes. There are lots of new routes. We set up 20 routes and climbed until we were totally spent. Chased the climbing with big fat greasy burgers & birthday cake at Greasewood Flats. Fun day!
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Feb 25 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Oh Bob, AZ 
Oh Bob, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
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Oh Bob!
My patio furniture is shredded, the turtle complex is upside down, the 8 baby Spurs are MIA, there are pools of blood on the patio, I'm finding random animal body parts strategically placed around the yard, the dog is barking wildly and I'm apparently in denial! So I'm outside cleaning the pool and I wonder why the silly bird in the tree doesn't simply fly away when the dog is barking relentlessly. Oh, oops that bird has a fuzzy tail and a lot of spots. She literally let me climb up into the tree with her for that last photo and seemed to be entertained by my climbing skills. LOL.....gotta love this amazing place we live in! O-so-happy it wasn't a mountain lion!
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Feb 21 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Zigzag CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Feb 21 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Climbing1.25 Miles 100 AEG
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4th attempt-------beautiful and fun as always but flowing and wet again!

Starting to wonder if I'll ever make it to the top of this wall. ;)
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Feb 13 2011
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Barnhardt CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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Amazing beauty and mind boggling geology in this gorgeous technical canyon!

This was my second trip through this slice of heaven with all the crazy AZ colors. I appreciated the invite to join this group of awesome canyoneers. It was a uniquely different experience this time with the Ice Capades--which was seriously an unexpected surprise. Temperature wise my core seemed just fine with my 3/2 wetsuit (although others were experiencing the freezing temps more significantly--drysuit is the way to go, I think) it's my fingers that weren't so happy....gotta work on keeping the hands warmer while still being able to work the camera. Camera and photos--or warm fingers--camera or warm fingers....what to do???

I lost track of the rappels but know it was more than 6 and not all are mandatory. Nothing greater than 80 feet. We also opted to take the canyon ALL the way down this time instead of the exit I have used previously. There's more beauty and raps ahead so don't jump out too soon!

Celebrated a birthday back at the trailhead with a yummy little cake from the Cheesecake Factory! Enjoyed hanging with this great group of canyoneers and meeting some new people on this trip!!

As always, very grateful to those that pioneered this canyon.
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Feb 06 2011
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Queen Creek Cyn / Devil's Canyon - LowerGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Climbing avatar Feb 06 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Climbing2.00 Miles 300 AEG
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 Easy Street 5.7
We did a couple of routes in the area
-Easy Street (and beyond the top anchors it became a little crazier--something more like Bourbon street than easy street)
-Psycho-active 5.10 b/c

Here is an animation loop made by a friend (let it load and then give it another couple of seconds to start) of one of my many falls on this route....eventually made it to the top! http://efferential.com/QCC4.htm

This loop is of Nestor climbing.
http://efferential.com/QCC2.htm

Fun day, liked the area---seems possible to move around and climb the shade.
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Jan 29 2011
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Superstition Mtns - NW / Suction GullyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar Jan 29 2011
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•••• Spider Walk Second 5.6R5 Pitches600 ft
The start was totally unprotectable--5.6ish
550 feet of chossy, manky, run-out, mostly unprotectable and hollow rock but otherwise a fun 5.7 trad (4-5 pitch) route in the Supes.

We'll have to return to finish the route soon with an earlier start next time around.
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Jan 23 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Punchbowl CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 23 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Canyoneering2.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
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I believe I first laid eyes on this canyon back in 2005 when a friend (one of the first to descend it) shared some pictures. 5 years later ---Jan 13, 2010 I received special info/access permission for the canyon and area. This canyon crosses into private SRP land and they are very serious about security.....see the first picture in the photoset. Finally after 6 years of lusting after this canyon (can you really lust for a canyon?) a trip was planned! I was very thankful that Brian stepped up to coordinate a trip to this massive and stunning beauty.

There are multiple approach options to gain access to the canyon.(providing you have permission to be there) We selected the Scenic Sheep-like route :) IMHO the approach was almost as much fun as the canyon. The day, the weather, the lighting, the temps, the people.....ALL PERFECT! We had heard there were 13 rappels but I had a hard time counting them all.......I think we ended up with 15!!

I am grateful to those that pioneered this canyon, those that have gone before me and those that shared information. We had a pretty awesome group of canyoneers with stellar teamwork for this unforgettable experience! Thank you Brian, Stephen and Eric for sharing this gorgeous canyon.
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Jan 17 2011
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Aylor's ArchPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,790 AEG
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After seeing Aylor's Arch for the 1st time a couple of weeks ago I decided that I needed to have an up-close and personal experience with the arch. Darrell had been several times in the past and offered to lead the way. We hiked up to the top of Palomino Mountain and had lunch on the ridge just above the arch. Super sweet views, snapped a few shots of Yellow Peak for the families of the Utah hikers that were recently recovered there and then dropped down below the arch for a slightly different angle. Really enjoyed this scramble and destination!
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Jan 16 2011
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El Capitan CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 16 2011
suzazTriplogs 154
Canyoneering3.00 Miles 750 AEG
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750 ft AEG
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Took my first group through a canyon :)
Another great day in El Cap!
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