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Aug 27 2017
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Seven TeacupsSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Canyoneering avatar Aug 27 2017
autumnstars
Canyoneering4.96 Miles 558 AEG
Canyoneering4.96 Miles
558 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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Used Brennan approach, adding distance but allowing options if we were not able to cross the Kern after completing the canyon.
Water was high for the time of year - the arch normally used for releasable anchor at first teacup was completely submerged. This was also my first truly Class C canyon, so a little mentally overwhelming that we would be descending in high water conditions. However, all went well, and I learned some important lessons/skills to practice for future Class C canyons. Successfully navigated the Toilet Bowl. Helped rescue one of our group from a strong hydraulic when he missed a redirect on the last rappel. The water was chilly. In spite of the open nature of the canyon, and plenty of strong summer sun, I was quite comfortable in my 5mm wetsuit.

All-in-all, a beautiful granite canyon that I enjoyed a lot.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dry Meadow Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Water completely covering arch at first teacup. Toilet bowl going strong.
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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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