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Oct 19 2019
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 19 2019
RedwallNHops
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   0.81 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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I had done this several years ago and didn't remember much about it. This is definitely the time to do it. Tons of fall colors and we only had one or two wades. no swimmers. wore my 4/3 wetsuit because of the air temps, but was never cold. Knocked it out in better than expected time.
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Sep 19 2015
CoryTallman
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27 male
 Joined Jun 19 2015
 San Tan Valley A
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 19 2015
CoryTallman
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
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1,800 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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GrottoGirl
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45 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Canyoneering8.29 Miles 3,256 AEG
Canyoneering8.29 Miles   11 Hrs   12 Mns   1.16 mph
3,256 ft AEG   4 Hrs   4 Mns Break
 
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We got up early and drove to the trailhead. I did not have my notes from last year, so we made a typical mistake because the directions in the book aren't complete. We figured out the problem pretty quick and got back on route.

A party of two pulled up as we were getting organized. We only saw them on the hiking part and the top if the first rappel.

The route down the ridgeline is starting to get beat in, but there are still times where people go different ways so it disappears and you have to go a few steps to pick it up.

The route up the hillside is followable and very pleasant compared to what it could be! Remember it's all relative :)

We took a break on the top before we headed down another ridge and then contoured into the canyon.

Steve stopped to wrap his sprained ankle. But he still had to move pretty slow and the chute down to the first rappel was disconcerting for him as he would have to weight his ankle more than he had been while rock hopping.

The one thing I learned quickly about Voodoo is that it is pretty well chocked up with deadfall. We had to negotiate a lot of debris.

This was Mana's first canyon with rappels with difficult starts. Overall she did great!

This canyon has many rappels. None of which are very long. The anchors on some of them are interesting. The second anchor was tied tied to a big chunk of deadfall that was pointing straight at the rappel! Another anchor was a cairn AKA deadman. Knowing how to start rappelling and gently weight the anchor while adding as much friction as possible to avoid shock loading the anchor is important. We also backed it up with meat (Joel)!

NoNot had improved some of the anchors and we spent a bit if time improving a few more. We cut off the old webbing on 3-4 and added new. Plus we replaced some of the single hollow rap rings (which if used should always be used in pairs and really shouldn't be used for canyoneering due to the risk of cracks cutting your rope).

Part of the fun of doing Voodoo is the section in Secret Canyon! You've taken off your techie gear and get to tackle some interesting problems. One is the old log that is propped up against a waterfall. You go up the log. This year the log is looking quite worn. But it wasn't as slick as last year. We almost lost Mana on it, but Joel caught her by her pack and Steve made a few foot holds with his hands and Mana managed to get up. The other notable problem is what I affectionately call the Wood Chip Pool. Last year we found wood chips in our pants all night. This year it wasn't as bad. Joel attempted to do some lumberjack moves to get across and failed hilariously. The far side of the WCP smelled pretty bad. At least we got to ease ourselves into the stink!

This year we aced the exit out of Secret. But towards the top of the drainage I was getting sick of log hops and choose to go up a slightly different ridge. When we topped out I was tired and could see what we needed to do on the GPS but I tended to just walk parallel to where we needed to go. No matter what, I kept doing that. Finally Joel got us going in the right direction. And with his route we got on our exit ridge higher than planned and therefore we only had a short time in the ridge which was welcomed by all!

Back in camp, I fixed the Dutch Oven Pasta Bake I had planned and it was excellent!
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Aug 31 2014
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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RedwallNHops
Canyoneering8.29 Miles 3,256 AEG
Canyoneering8.29 Miles   11 Hrs   12 Mns   1.16 mph
3,256 ft AEG   4 Hrs   4 Mns Break
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Aug 16 2014
nonot
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 Phoenix, AZ
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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nonot
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   11 Hrs      0.50 mph
1,800 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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Canyon was in fine shape having received some recent rain. We improved many of the anchors, doesn't look like it has gotten much usage. The exit hike is still brutal.

There are bypasses to allow you to drive to the trailhead around all the fallen trees.
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Sep 14 2013
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 Joined Aug 05 2004
 Peoria, AZ
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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desert_boonie
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   9 Hrs      0.61 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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After doing Sunburst canyon 2 weeks ago I just had to go back and see what her sister canyon Voodoo had to offer. I called up Mike and asked if he wanted to make another run up to the area camping out the night before so we didn't have 6 hours of driving in one day again. He was in so Friday evening we made our way up to Flagstaff for dinner and then onto FR231 to head to the top of the canyon to camp out.

As we got to our destination and were about to set up, Mike yelled out some bad words and I thought he had forgotten something important. It turns out he only forgot his tent so I have him my poncho to lay on the grond for him to use as a pad while I set up my nice comfy tent. I guess during the middle of the night something little starting to chew on him a bit so he decided to sleep in my Jeep.

Morning came and we were up at the sunrise and got our stuff ready to go. We found a little bit better route down and almost right at the entrance to Sunburst where we knew now we had to climb the hill and drop down the other side to get into Voodoo. This climb up the hill wasn't bad at all and at the top is a perfect open area with great views which would make for a perfect campspot. We could see the narrow drainage heading down so we stayed out of it to the side as long as we could before the steep drop off towards the bottom. We were in the drainage which was thick with lush shrubs and dead branches as usual for this area. A few minutes in the drainage and we came to the entrance of Voodoo. More brush and some fresh small pools of water were encountered before the canyon started to narrow up.

After a couple easy downclimbs in some sweet rock formations we arrived at the first rappel and the canyon register. This register needs to be improved upon, I opened it up and it was 1/4 full of water with one soaked pencil and piece of paper in it. I drained the water out and put the delicate paper back in but we could not sign it and I even debated on taking it out but left it.

The first rappel puts you into some water and then the canyon turns and drops down with some fantastic views and rock formations in sight. The first big drop had a little water going over the edge after we stirred the pool a bit which made it pretty sweet. Always a jot to rappel down a wall with some water going down it. This canyon was a bit different as once it narrowed up it opened up and then narrowed up again. It really offered a great canyon experience. There was a semi keeper pothole that was full of water which made for getting out easy with another beached whale move I have perfected now. The second big rappel down into a pool and chamber was amazing and I took my time enjoying what it had to offer.

In the middle of this canyon is a log jam galore which I said there should be a name change to this canyon to "dead fall canyon" We made our way through this mess and towards the bottom. A short rappel into a stinky pool made us shake our heads but then towards the bottom of the canyon was a fresh clear small pool we slid into and washed off. We couldn't beleive how clear that water was, fresh rainfall. The canyon provided more lush brush to go through and then it opened up into Sunburst.

We had our lunch at the same spot right before we dropped into Secret Canyon and then made our way out. Again this section of Secret Canyon is just amazing, the water had rised about 6 inches from two weeks ago changing it just a bit for us which we enjoyed. The narrow section through the red supai is just awesome. We came to the dreaded exit climb out through the dead fall drainages. If it was not for this part I would come back to these canyons. :)

On the final climb up the hill back to the Jeep the skies began to darken and the flash of light was starting followed by some of the loudest crackling thunder I have ever heard. Five minutes from the Jeep the clouds opened up on us and drenched us with rain. Back at the Jeep the lightning was close and the thunder was blowing our ear drums out. We made a quick clothing change and got in the Jeep to get out of here. The roads were like rivers as they were rushing. The small pools we drove through the day before were almost too deep to go straight through now, but the Jeep did just fine and got a good bath at the same time. Back onto FR 231 and right before we got to the West Fork of Oak Creek crossing it was over. The rain stopped and the skies were blue and offered us a great view on the drive out of the SF Peaks and the surrounding meadows in the area. Another great trek. Thanks for going Mike.
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Jul 02 2012
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 Joined Jul 02 2012
 Flagstaff Az
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   0.73 mph
1,800 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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Just Letting folks know that the canyon register on Voodoo was completely soaked and indeciferable. We removed old register, bag and pen. If someone is going that way and would like to start another register, bring the goods with you.
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Aug 11 2011
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 flagstaff,az
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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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
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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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Aug 07 2011
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 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   10 Hrs   15 Mns   0.54 mph
1,800 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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This is like my 4th time doing a technical canyon from this remote rim TH and the first time the group actually drove ALL the way to the TH even though some recent logfall tried real hard to stop us. :lol: I wanted to show my hiking/canyon buddies a more difficult canyon than the easy & moderate ones they'd done so far this summer and this canyon spiked my interest since I'd only done it once before and they had a ride to make it back in there to the TH. ;) They canyon was drier than before but still a fair amount of water. I was wearing a shorty wetsuit but could have gone without though I did really enjoy it while crossing that cold stinky swimmer midway thru the canyon. :lol: We carried my 120, 80, and 50ft ropes and they got plenty of use on the 10 or so rappels we came across in this rugged & remote canyon. :sweat: This was such a great canyon that I'm almost tempted to redo Sunburst Canyon also before summer is over; though that was before we started on the exit hike. :sl: The exit hike is long & rocky & bushy & loose & seemingly never-ending elevation gain, but I've slowly gotten used to it by now and just endure thru it. : rambo : My friends hadn't done it before and had much to complain about though they hammered it out fairly well. :sweat: Some other canyoneers coming out of Sunburst caught up with us and they joined us on the exit hike and good thing they did because they didn't seem to think the exit we took was the 'proper exit'. Hmm, I have no idea where you think this other proper exit could be?!? :roll: They started going crazy on us by running around & cussing but turns out they both stepped on a ground wasp hive and got stung like crazy. :o One was a Coconino SAR guy and was cool to later see his photos from the Insomnia SAR rescue. Small world! :)
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Jun 06 2011
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 Phoenix, AZ
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Jun 15 2010
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 Phoenix, AZ
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Canyoneering8.70 Miles 2,150 AEG
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I was carrying the big rope on the way in. On the major uphill portion I lagged behind about 5 minutes. Followed the trail to the top and didn't see anyone, so I keep going along the ridge and dropped down into Voodoo, still no dice. Waited half an hour and got out the whistle...no response. Did they get lost? No apparent ground disturbance in the canyon in awhile so I'm the first one here...probably, unless they dropped in further. I was getting cold and eaten by bugs so I continued on to the first rappel. Another half hour passes by. I read the remains of the trail register. Whistle every 5 minutes...no response to my whistles. I have enough rope to do the canyon, should I solo it or turn around and look for the rest of them? If they went to the wrong drainage I may never find them...what to do...

Well, if they don't show up in another 10 minutes I've got to figure they got lost and gave up trying to find Voodoo and are just going to try to find their way back...if I wait any longer I'm at risk of running out of daylight before the end. At least I can log Voodoo and show them the route later. 5 minutes pass, 7...then a yell...finally! They were looking for me? Hmmm, where?

Canyon was alright and we missed the "good" exit. I wanted to climb to the top but everyone else wanted to go down to get back on the route from the guidebook. Got a branch in the shin that did quite a bit of damage, but by then everyone else tasted the top and left me behind with some of the rope. Got to the top quite a bit behind the rest, didn't see anyone again...waited awhile, nope, they must have headed back. Explored a better way to the campsite for us to use the next day.
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 SLC, Utah
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
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We drove down that Woody Mt road Friday evening and setup camp up on the rim near upper Secret Canyon for an adventurous weekend of canyoneering down Voodoo & Sunburst canyon. :y: We didn't camp right on the edge of the rim, so had an extra mile of road/forrest walking in & out of both canyons though the sweet place we camped made up for the extra miles. We dropped down a use trail along that ridge into upper Sunburst Canyon, then climbed up that South Pocket to drop into one of the upper forks of Voodoo Canyon. We got a little separated up on that ridge and three of us spent an hour waiting & searching for him while he marched full steam for the first rappel where we thankfully we met up with him. Any chance I could get an emergency contact number from ya? :lol: So far we'd hit a lot of bushwhacking & rock hopping but now we were dropping into some narrows, putting on our wetsuits and rappelling gear, and the real fun was about to begin. : rambo : The first rappel was a slick double drop of about 10ft each, followed by another double drop of 10ft & 50ft alongside a log, ring into rappel #3 which was another double drop of 10ft into a chilly semi-keeper and 15ft down to were the canyon open up a bit. Sweet! :GB: Some rock hopping and we soon hit a 30ft sloping rappel, followed quickly by another 70ft drop into a chilly swimmer into some more sweet narrows, with another 20ft rappel from a log into another swimmer. Super sweet! :y: The canyon opens up again with some more rock hopping and tree fall bypassing and we hit that tricky rappel #7 of 15ft that's complicated by a log wedge in the drop... :roll: The next 45ft rappel was soon afterwards and it also had a tricky start, then we walked along a cool big wall section, followed by another 20ft rappel and some log down climbing before hitting the confluence with Sunburst Canyon. Just when we thought the technical section was over, we hit another 10-12ft tricky down climb or easy rappel followed by a slick 8ft drop we used a handline on while going thru a cool subway section in the Supai Sandstone before finally reaching Secret Canyon were we can finally drop our gear and start the long hike back out. :sweat: The 3/4 mile rock hop upstream Secret also involved some sweet slickrock sections, big walls, a few log jams to bypass, and a murky pool to traverse past before reaching our exit canyon. We made our way up this side canyon and when we hit a confluence we took what we though was a right but in hindsight ended up being the center drainage, so further upstream when we took a right that put us going up the side a a mountain to a ridge overlooking our exit canyon. :roll: Hmm, I think we can go down this steep chute here... : rambo : After skiing down that sandy/rocky chute we were thankfully now in the proper exit canyon. :) After that ordeal, the climb up to the saddle didn't seem too bad and from there we dropped back down to upper Sunburst Canyon and made the final climb back up that ridge we dropped in on that morning. :sweat: Wow, that was quite the adventure but I don't think I'll be running back to hit that canyon any time soon especially with an exit like that! Time logged excludes the hour while being on a volunteer SAR crew... :lol:
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Jun 12 2010
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Voodoo CanyonSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Canyoneering8.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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