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Oct 22 2017
imike
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71 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Luster Barbwire Lane, NM 
Luster Barbwire Lane, NM
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
700 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Short hike to look for antlers... and to score fossils. We need ten more trips in for fossils! ...and we need some tools and frame pack! Luster along... his cut!
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Oct 21 2017
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71 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Dog Canyon UpperSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Oct 21 2017
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Canyoneering7.00 Miles 1,350 AEG
Canyoneering7.00 Miles
1,350 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Our annual Mystic Meander... 17 hikers this year. Great weather... good color... not as good as last year, but nice! As with the large group from two years ago (32 hikers), I turned the group around before we reached the great lower section... but since the entire canyon is great, no big deal. Very interesting Dog/Elk encounter (dog walked right up to the rear end of the napping elk... then had no idea what to do!?) ...and Raena scoring a great Elk Antler rack (which I carried up and out of the canyon... my workout for the day!)... made for nice augments. Jason scored a few Drone movies... including a climb up in Jody Spur.

next year I may structure the event a bit differently... backpack? Car camp with earlier start? Closed group... ? I have a year to plan!
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Oct 09 2017
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71 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Dog Canyon UpperSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Oct 09 2017
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Canyoneering6.60 Miles 1,050 AEG
Canyoneering6.60 Miles
1,050 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Scouted road conditions up on Joplin Ridge... and checked out north side canyon (South side San Andreas Spur) for the upcoming group hike weekend (Mystic Meander). Road not so good... hopefully no more rain! Canyon easy access on top of ridge and great fossil rocks! Need to develop connecting loop to bottom of spur. Need to carry in tools for extracting select fossils!

Driving home, stopped to review mine roadways with Luster... spotted a new old mine... hiked in and sure enough, yet another in the system east of Womack mines. Need to go back to haul out ore. All in all, a good day! Spotted lots of potential hikes.
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Nov 05 2016
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71 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Dog Canyon UpperSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Nov 05 2016
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Canyoneering6.70 Miles 1,900 AEG
Canyoneering6.70 Miles
1,900 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Weather cut the group size way down for our 2016 Mystic Meander... sort of all for the good... or better! Last year: 30+ hikers. This year: 6! There was light off and on rain, but the roads were fine, and the drizzle was more of an accent than distraction.

The Ozark Cut section of Dog Canyon remains one of the very best routes, the best upper route, in the area. We got lucky on the color this year... though too late by a few weeks, we caught color! 2016 has not been a great year for Fall displays, but this had some exceptional areas.

Unlike last year, this year we made it easily down to the Keyhole. Water trap again blocked our way, but we managed to negotiate a downclimb into the lower section.

Joe and Jody shared a special moment (marriage proposal!)...

I'll continue to do this each Fall... so very nice!
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Oct 16 2015
imike
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71 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Dog Canyon UpperSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Oct 16 2015
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Canyoneering2.50 Miles 1,345 AEG
Canyoneering2.50 Miles
1,345 ft AEG
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Exploratory to nail down a new Exit route for our Mystic meander hike on the 24th. got lucky... found a great cut all the way back up to the road. Fall colors may be something!
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Oct 13 2015
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71 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Dog Canyon UpperSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Oct 13 2015
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Canyoneering9.90 Miles 1,700 AEG
Canyoneering9.90 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Exceptional canyon hike... including a new entry/exit route... plus upper canyon exploratory... interesting. May now know why the south fork is called Road Canyon!
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May 26 2013
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71 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Dog Canyon to Sunspot ObservatorySoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar May 26 2013
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
2,300 ft AEG
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The plan... check out the waterfall formations that cut off access in both forks of San Andreas Canyon. I'd done the North Fork years ago, but never made it back to check out the South Fork. I was not expecting much from that canyon... but you never know.

Yubao wanted to search for antlers.

After pulling into the access road, we took off for the canyon off trail... the better to locate antlers? Found the first while still ranging high on the ridge, so set them aside and marked the spot on the GPS... and proceeded to drop over the cliffs. I was very surprised to find we were into an exceptional canyon cut. Once in the bottom, we trekked along, often enjoying bedrock sidewalks and rough surrounding cliffs. It went on and on... We finally reached the waterfall formation. Instead of being in the 40-60' range as expected, it was more like 150'... with an interesting arch at the top.

We stopped for lunch... enjoyed the vista views.

Climbing back out of the waterfall I noticed a nice ledge... perfect lunch spot that we'd overlooked climbing down. I thought we should spend some time there, so... and, sitting there I noticed a very distinctive trail on a bench down in the canyon bottom. Studying it further I recognized it as the Dog Canyon Trail (#106)... We were in the wrong Canyon!

I did have this canyon on my list to explore, but it was to be a year or more away... I had very low expectations for it. Now, here we were, and it was exceptional, possibly the best of all the mid elevation drainages. We had turned into the wrong Forest road, then since we immediately had gone off trail searching for antlers, I'd never noticed the mistake. The GPS unit had the contour lines turned off... a series of pleasant errors had brought us to the cut.

Yubao scored three elk sets and one complete deer set, with skull. Other than a nasty spill he took walking back (over flat ground!) it was a great outing.

Have to go back in the Fall for the color...
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