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Sep 13 2012
imike
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70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
RockaChuckey WashSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Sep 13 2012
imike
Canyoneering12.75 Miles 3,160 AEG
Canyoneering12.75 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   1.84 mph
3,160 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 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
I - Short 1-2 hours
 no routes
The Day was diverse...
40%...70% chance of rain, with high temps in the 50's above 9,000'. We decided to stay below the major storms, and hit Goat Springs Trail (the old access point) to climb up onto the Mesa. From there, looped clockwise, climbing with nice overviews of the Marble Canyon drainage... peaks were obscured by the low hanging clouds. Umbrellas sufficed for the light rain during the first hours of the day.

After looping to the south Mesa, and siting the various canyon and ridge potential hikes from there, we did a detour descent down Pock Rock canyon... neither Yuboa nor Karen had ever hiked the area, so I was trying to show them bits of a lot of different stuff. Karen had been avoiding coming over for any of my hikes (she'd heard odd rumors of crazy hard routes and too fast paces...?) and was apprehensive as the day began, but she fit right in. She was much impressed with the Pock Rock Gorge, even though it was full on rain by then and Parkas had replaced the umbrellas.

We looped back around and up onto the Mesa after the canyon hit, then traversed over and down Rockachucky Canyon, exiting the ridge around on the trail from Prominent Point. Lots of hours. Lots of weather. Some spills, scrapes and blood... fun had by all!
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Mar 27 2010
imike
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70 male
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - SouthSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Mar 27 2010
imike
Canyoneering9.60 Miles 3,645 AEG
Canyoneering9.60 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   1.33 mph
3,645 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
fun day up the canyon... got some more opinions about this hike from a couple of folks from ElPaso... everyone seemed to have a nice day out. Unfortunately, I have chicken pox and energy a bit off. (...this was probably not what was in mind with the bed rest suggestion?) I am sort of achy all over... and there is all that torso pain, but out on the trail it just feels normal. Guess I should take a few days off. Hopefully, this will not mess up my travel plans!
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Feb 20 2010
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - South - North SpurSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Feb 20 2010
imike
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
 no routes
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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