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Dec 23 2015
imike
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70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - South - North SpurSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Dec 23 2015
imike
Canyoneering8.40 Miles 2,800 AEG
Canyoneering8.40 Miles
2,800 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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Ross, Mary, Lewis, John...re exploring this great cut. Included the grotto section. Mary enjoyed a good climbing day!
Hard fall and painful knee bump for me. Descended Amphi north.
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Nov 15 2014
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70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - South - North SpurSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Nov 15 2014
imike
Canyoneering7.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Canyoneering7.00 Miles
2,500 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
group was not up for the add-on portion, but seemed to enjoy the loop down Surprise Canyon. The short tech climbs are getting more popular... 3rd Saturday Series continues..
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Oct 07 2014
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70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - MiddleSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Oct 07 2014
imike
Canyoneering6.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
We were scheduled to hike Quarry Canyon, but Will had just completed that loop on Sunday... so, up yet another one of the exceptional Marble Canyon drainages: the Best: Marble South!

We moved up and into the narrows and Will immediately realized the aesthetics and settings just took an acute notch up... and as always, around every turn was more of that better stuff. We hiked the introduction section up to the end of the Beginner's section at the bedrock falls/slab.

At that point, we reversed and hiked back to the north spur... headed up that to the huge blocking Dryfall... then reversed yet again, this time traversing the ridge using the staircase (bedrock walkway with a steep but moderate track)...crossing the ridge we waded through the flowers down into Surprise Canyon (Marble Middle South)... and enjoyed our descent along what may be the best of the bedrock walkways.

Both of us felt we'd been out for three hours... though six hours had passed! This loop is just that nice; you get lost in the moments. Time to give this over to the local hikers... it is on our Meetup Schedule for the next month.
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Aug 11 2014
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - MiddleSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Aug 11 2014
imike
Canyoneering14.90 Miles 6,300 AEG
Canyoneering14.90 Miles
6,300 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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good outing... energy seems to have returned for this semi-exploratory amble up and down that great section of canyons... Ross and I were out by noon, just as the rain hit. I logged a bit extra between showers over on the "A"
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Aug 03 2014
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70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - South - North SpurSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Aug 03 2014
imike
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 2,100 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.57 mph
2,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Ready for a shorter, easier day... and that is what we scored. Once up to the blocking dryfall formation up the North Spur, we found an interesting bedrock cleft to escalate our way to the north ridge...and over into the Marble Middle South canyon... right at the nice mid section.

Ross had not done either of these canyons and I'd never descended the Middle South. We were both impressed; that is one great canyon. I did not take the time to notice just how exceptional the one other time I'd hiked up it. Not sure how I could have missed it. So... down and out for a much easier day. I nearly tagged on Quarry canyon for an additional 1800'; I went home and napped instead!

Longer tomorrow!
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Oct 12 2011
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70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - South - North SpurSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Oct 12 2011
imike
Canyoneering6.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles
1,500 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 none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Feb 20 2010
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 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - South - North SpurSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Feb 20 2010
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Canyoneering12.09 Miles 3,773 AEG
Canyoneering12.09 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   1.63 mph
3,773 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
I - Short 1-2 hours
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Finished checking out the southern gorge of Marble Canyon, ascending the north spur canyon. This one terminates at about the same altitude as the main south canyon, and with the same Amphitheatre rock roof structure... but, not the same canyons. This one is narrower, closed in and had a blockage water fall... 45-50'. Not that hard to work around, then numerous additional obstacles in a very closed in grotto like canyon section... and a nice, very long, very tilted rock slab. The Amphitheatre is really nicer than the south canyon feature, and the entire upper section is bowled in...

... instead of descending, I worked my way around the bowl and climbed out, following the ridge up and over to the south drainage, then on up to Hershberger Peak ridge, following it down to the Mesa... and the Mesa Loop track around to the Goat Springs trail cut... dropped down through the cliffs, exiting the trail and dropped down drainage back into Marble Canyon... hiking it back out. Weirdly enough, yet again a 9.5 hour day out the door.

I think I'm ready for some on trail hikes. I noticed that my GPS unit was signing me out, thinking I was taking a break. In reality, I was just going too slow for it to notice the movement!

So many canyons... so little time...
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average hiking speed 1.6 mph

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