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Oct 27 2014
tarryon
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61 female
 Joined Oct 14 2012
 nm
Short CanyonSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Oct 27 2014
tarryon
Canyoneering1.00 Miles 590 AEG
Canyoneering1.00 Miles
590 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Interesting little canyon off the "A" trail. Easy to get to and yet drops into hidden area from view of fellow hikers on A
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Apr 29 2014
imike
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 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Short CanyonSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Apr 29 2014
imike
Canyoneering1.00 Miles 590 AEG
Canyoneering1.00 Miles
590 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
 no routes
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Blustery and chilly out! Nice!!!
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Dec 22 2013
imike
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 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Quarry CanyonSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Dec 22 2013
imike
Canyoneering6.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles
2,300 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
 no routes
Scheduled and rescheduled... day was to be a recovery hike from yesterday's long mileage. Snow and rain made that mileage zero! Jim had asked to alter the approach: tag on the Quarry and Quarry Canyon then descend The Spur... sounded reasonable...

...then he called to offset the start (11am instead of 9am)... and given the snow, made sense to catch a few hours of melt off. I just headed up early and met him above the Quarry. Great hour of just enjoying the sun exposed rock faces.

Easy pace with great overviews carried us to the old gold mine... then up the "A" to the Bluff, the landmark hiding the easy access over and down into the Spur. The snow finally caught up to us as we dropped into that shadowed cut.

Instead of descending the bottom of the canyon we hiked the north ridge... mostly snow free... and keeping us high enough to enjoy the distinctive landmark: The Pinnacle. From the upper ridge it appears as an odd balanced rock... from below and west it appears as a volcano looking mini-peak. Jim scrambled to the top for pics... not really a good idea: rotten rock ready to go any time. I do not think this feature will exist for too many more years!

Off the Pinnacle... down the ridge... into the Canyon bottom... effectively below the Narrows and into the more open, bedrock pathway. Just Nice! It had been years since I'd first hiked up this cut... and it was much better than I recalled. It was good!

Down and out... and since Jim had never hiked Ortega South, we turned up canyon to enjoy what may be the best of the best in this area. We turned back at the big falls... hiked out.

Back at the "A" Trail... the sun not yet set... I mentioned finding a man made trail up Short Canyon, off the "A".. so, off we went to round out the day.

Closed out the day as the sun set.

Nice day!

I'll post photos tomorrow!!
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Dec 22 2013
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Quarry CanyonSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Dec 22 2013
Jim_H
Canyoneering6.00 Miles 2,200 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.00 mph
2,200 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
I - Short 1-2 hours
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imike
An fun loop hike up Quarry, past the mine, up the A to the bluffs, over the Ridge above Ortega South, down the canyon, up to the Waterfall on Ortega, down to the Pipeline, over to a homeless camp, and back to the Fire House. Lovely weather.
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Dec 15 2013
imike
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 Guides 253
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70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Short CanyonSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Dec 15 2013
imike
Canyoneering2.00 Miles 590 AEG
Canyoneering2.00 Miles
590 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
 no routes
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
I was beat up from yesterday's effort... waited too late to do the exploratory hike up Ortega South Spur... decided instead on finally doing Short Canyon. I'd noticed it towards the end of yesterday when I stopped to take pictures of the moon rising over the "A" trail. Looked about right for today... it was.

I was initially excited... there was a nice man made trail above the first waterfall. Unfortunately it stopped up at a mess of an "off the grid" getaway. Private land... squatters? Long gone... need a bonfire to clear it all out.

Great tall falls scrambling above that... but on up to the "A" trail much too soon.

Hopefully this short outing will set me up for tomorrows much harder hike...?
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average hiking speed 1 mph

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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