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Jul 02 2015
juliachaos
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37 female
 Joined Mar 01 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Okay, not a backpack, but I did a little hiking for three days, and didn't want to log them all separately.

Drove up Thursday night. Original plan was Enchanted Tower, but the weather looked pretty serious over there, so Jack's was possibly a better option. Camped Thursday night after making a reasonable fire.

Friday, the majority of people headed into the canyon to climb. I wandered around a bit in the direction of Lost World, and located a trail that dropped into the canyon. Decided not to risk anything with the foot, and took a couple pictures instead. Went back to camp and stretched for a bit before walking into the canyon. The climbers on Casino were feeling rather warm, but at that point the sun was almost about to go behind the canyon wall (in another hour and a half.. ugh). So I walked over to Main Wall and stayed in the shade while splitting sangria and grapes with the others. Clouds eventually covered the sky, making the canyon more tolerable. However, we decided it wasn't enough. Janelle and I, and some of the others, packed up and left for East Clear Creek for some cliff diving and swimming! It was late in the day, but the water still felt good. And it was nice to wash away the sweat and grime of the day.

The rain set in Friday night, so we awoke to little puddles in our tent Saturday morning. The sun was shining bright, and did a great job drying everything out. The climbers went back into the canyon, and I decided to do a little dirt road exploration on foot. There are a few roads in the general area, so I walked down a couple of them. One led to the very end of a ridge, and down into the canyon, where Lost World actually is. I again decided not to follow the trail all the way in, so took a few pictures and tried to find any bolted routes from up above. Didn't see anything, so went back the way I came. Ended up walking the wrong way down another road I encountered, which took me away from camp. But I could see one of our bright white canopies, so left the road early and walked back to camp. I'd left intending only to walk about three miles, but ended up with six. Not bad, and my foot felt great. Did more stretching and some ice massage, and then joined the other climbers below at Swiss Wall. A few of them were already packing up to go swimming again, so I said hi and bye to James and walked back out.

By the time we got to the creek again, it had begun to rain and the air was becoming a little colder. This did not deter us, as the water was still nice enough. We jumped in and swam around for a bit and wore ourselves out before going back to camp yet again. It continued raining off and on for a while, so James and I retired early. Woke up in the middle of the night a few times, to a big, bright, clear, moon-lit sky. Breathtaking.

Sunday morning I joined the last of the climbers as they went to Cracker Jack and Casino. It was a rather easy day for most. Tojo used James's single rack of nuts to trad climb a few of the sport routes. That was pretty cool! James followed and inspected and removed the placements on his way to the top. He laughed when he got to Tojo's slung limestone column -- probably not the best thing to fall on right after a rain? It was getting hotter again, and even the clouds weren't helping. More important, we were getting hungry! Walked back out of the canyon and drove home, stopping in Payson for some delicious food at the Pizza Factory.

All in all, an unexpectedly great trip. No climbing for me, but the small explorations and swimming made up for it. And of course, it was great to see Beans and the others again!
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Feb 19 2013
AZLOT69
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68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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An interesting area. Had it to ourselves on this day.
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Jul 24 2011
AHOTE
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 Chandler, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiked around Jacks Canyon to do some climbing
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Jul 02 2011
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38 male
 Joined Aug 05 2004
 Peoria, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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desert_boonie
Hike & Climb4.00 Miles 300 AEG
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Nice climbing day with the boys from CAMRA. Was able to get my 1st lead climb in and hit some nice crag. Feeling better on the rock more and more. Sunny in the morning but a nice short shower and cloud cover the rest of the day made for a perfect outing.
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Aug 21 2010
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 Joined Dec 22 2007
 tempe, az
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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swiss wall - brie and the 10 next to it, cassion - micky does vegas, main wall genissis
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Jul 25 2010
PaleoRob
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 Grand Junction,
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Screwed around looking at scenery and taking pictures near Jack's Canyon on the Coconino when it became obvious I wasn't going to make it out to Chavez Pass.
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Jul 17 2010
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49 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiked into Jacks for some novice level climbing. Climbed the sinker three times. Learned belay technique. The wild grape vines are ridiculously thick in here...up to my neck in some places. We were in at 6am and out by 10. Started getting really hot and sticky.
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Jun 25 2010
johnr1
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 Joined Dec 22 2007
 tempe, az
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Jun 10 2010
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 tempe, az
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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May 23 2010
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 Phoenix, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Got there Friday evening before sundown and found the group and a nice campfire, unfortunately the winds were howling at 20mph with 40-45mph gusts, they didn't calm down all night and the volcanic sand of Jack's is small enough to pass through your tent mesh. Thus everything (including myself) was covered in this nasty black sand in the morning...blech!

The next day, we went to a southern area of Jacks to climb, but we were just getting chewed up by the weather. Went to Casino cliffs, where it was a little calmer, but the sand finally grated my last nerve after watching a few people climb a 5.11c I had to get out there.

Without the wind and sand, I probably would have been in a far better mood.
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May 22 2010
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37 female
 Joined Mar 01 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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First outdoor climb.. woo!

Four of us met up in Phoenix on Friday evening and somehow managed to squish about four trunkfuls worth of gear and supplies into the back of the Subi. Always fun to start off a trip with a good game of car Tetris. Eventually we got out of town and made the long windy drive up to Jacks to camp the night before climbing. They weren't kidding about those wind advisories; it pretty much took a group effort to get the tents set up so that they didn't blow away.

Saturday morning I awoke to find myself buried in the surrounding terrain. My tent doesn't have the option to close up the mesh windows so everything outside blew in. The tent was bucking madly and my gear didn't weight that much, so I bailed on it and broke it down with the help of some alarmed passersby. We all tossed our tents in the back of the car and then hiked into Jacks, fingers crossed and hopeful that wind doesn't know how to make its way into canyons.

First climb: Gouda! I find that highly appropriate, considering my infatuation with cheese. :D Next up were a couple 5.10a's and then a 5.8 (Ante Up) that I actually had more trouble on. All climbed out at that point, I took a nice long walk through the canyon to check out the dry creek and as many trails as I could find. The canyon is pretty rife with them for the climbs, but they don't go very far. I returned in time to watch Janelle bust over a roof, but lost my sunglasses in the process. Luckily when I noticed they were gone later on, they were pretty easy to locate. Think I'll be installing a system of bungees from now on so that I stop losing things (ie - headlamp, lens hood, lens cover, etc!) every time I step outside.

Had a great time at Jacks climbing with Janelle, Steve, and other such wonderful people! Was very glad though to get out of there and out of the wind and sand to the peaceful camp spot near Iso...
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Mar 28 2010
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37 female
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Took my daughter up to Jack's Canyon for the day, we met friends that were camping there. The Canyon was quite flooded and many areas were not available. Fun day, strong climbs!
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Oct 17 2009
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 Phoenix, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
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We were supposed to try some sport climbing in the canyon, but we were both tired from the previous day and camping the night before so that we opted not to doing anything. I didn't feel like I missed much. It's just a bunch of bolts on a canyon wall. You don't get any practice placing protection. I don't know what I'm doing anyway.
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Oct 10 2009
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
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My 1st time outdoor leading, was nice meeting Tim from Flagstaff he made it possible for me to send 3 5.10a's that day. It's great to meet more "good people" Climbers... BTW always looking to network and to find new people to climb with, let me know! ;)
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Sep 27 2008
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
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I got to spend time climbing in Jack's Canyon with Matt & Liz during their last weekend in Arizona before the big WEDDING and move to Ohio. I understand we played a little on a 5.9, a 5.8 and a 5.6. A sweet little climbing playground, I'm sure I'll be back there soon!

Had a bear run along side Matt & Liz's car and then somersault in front of my car while crossing the road. Pretty freaky to see.
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Sep 27 2008
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 Canton, OH
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
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Climbing one last time before leaving AZ. Went with my wife and Suz. We saw a bear along the Beeline on the way there.
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Dec 02 2007
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On Saturday, James, Liz and myself drove in the pouring rain up to Jacks Canyon. This canyon is located about 30 miles south of Winslow on the west side of the Beeline.
It was pretty much done raining by the time we arrived around 4:30 pm. The road back to the canyon was a mud-fest and was ridiculously fun to drive. We set up camp, and since it was too windy to have a fire, we set up a huge tarp as a wind shelter and cooked our dinner and hung out. After hot chocolate spiked with peppermint schnapps, it was time for bed. It was COLD!
On Sunday morning my friends Clint and Isabel met up with us just as we finished the burnt omelets I made for breakfast. Soon we were packed up and were ready for a day of climbing in the canyon. Liz started off by leading Jack Pot (5.8 ) and I lead Jack Frost (5.9) right next to her. At the top of these climbs there is a decent ledge. I decided that this would be a good place to propose to Liz, and with a "yes" she became my fiance.
After the excitement died down I was ready for another climb. I moved down the Cracker Jack Cliffs to find a climb I hadn't done before. Riding a high, I sent Jack's Back (5.11a) without falling and I was pleased. Then I climbed another "new to me" route called Jack Splat (5.10b) also without falling. These routes were awesome!
After everyone had their turn on these routes and some others, we moved over to the Main Wall. I lead Windchill (5.10a) which I had eyeballed on my last trip. This was a great route and I got it without falling. I was on a roll! Then James started checking out a route called Bats in the Belfry (5.11a/b). This is an over-hanging route with lots of big pockets. It looked doable so James jumped on and made it look easy. Now the pressure was on! I got on it and was stumped on what to do at the 2nd bolt. I was hanging out for far too long and my forearms were getting pumped. Finally I got past that section but ended up hanging at the 4th bolt. I looked up to see the anchors were about 3 moves away! Dang it! I'll get it next time for sure.
After these climbs hunger was getting the best of us. Liz and I joined our friends for Mexican food in Payson and celebrated our new engagement over some margaritas, cervezas, and of course, carne asada burritos!
What a memorable weekend! I got engaged and I climbed really well. Maybe I should do this "getting engaged" thing more often! Just kidding! I'm happy where I'm at now.
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Nov 11 2007
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My girlfriend Liz and myself arrived at Jacks Canyon around noon. I forgot what a long drive it is from Queen Creek. We hiked to the Cracker Jack Cliffs and Liz started off by warming up on Jack Pot (5.8 ) which she lead without falling. I wanted to save my energy for some climbs that I have never done before. I started on Jack Frost (5.9) which is tricky in the beginning, but I lead it without any problems. Then I lead another unnamed 5.9 without success. I had to hang on that one. It felt much harder than 5.9. Then I top-roped someones project next to the 5.9, which I guess was around 5.11 or so. I had to hang twice, but I'll do it on lead in a few weeks.
By now it was getting late. We went over the Main Wall where I lead Blackened (5.10a) cleanly and then lead Take Your Pick (5.10a) also without resting or falling. These were great, really fun climbs that employed a few climbing "tricks" to get up.
We will be going back in a few weeks. I have a few projects there that I just don't have the endurance to do right now. Too much bouldering lately. I'll be hitting the ropes in the climbing gym over the next few weeks to build my strength and endurance back up and then I should be much more successful on harder 5.11's and 5.12's.
There were quite a few "newbies" in the canyon this weekend trying their hardest to kill themselves, which provided minutes of entertainment!
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Apr 29 2006
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I've been to this canyon about a million times. I never entered a trip log because I don't consider it a hiking destination. While it is a spectacular and beautiful canyon, it is more of a rock climbing destination.

I went there Friday, as usual with a few friends. We always go when the weather starts getting hot in the Valley. Saturday morning the temps shot up quickly into the upper 70's. Down in the canyon, we chased shade all day because the sun felt intense. We started off on the High Life wall where I lead Walk in the Park, 5.9, Looking Sharp, 5.8, and Sunday Stroll, 5.8. These routes are close together, and I was able to hang on rappel on one route, while shooting photos of my friends climbing the other routes.

After the sun started cooking the High Life wall, we packed up and hiked back to the Cracker Jack Cliffs. There we played on Sinker, a fun 5.5 slab. After that I lead Everything it's Cracked Up to Be, 5.10c.

Now it was afternoon and the sun was really beating down, so we walked back to the bottom of the trail, at Casino Cliffs. Some other friends of mine were there in the shade working on the moves of a new 5.11c/d. It looked like fun so I worked on it till I got all the moves. Then I climbed Progressive Slots, 5.6, lead an unamed 5.9, and also lead Fist Full O' Dollars, 5.10a. I was fried after that. We trudged back up the trail to the top of the canyon and settled into camp. Around the fire we ate and drank like pigs, and then hit the sack to get ready for another day of climbing.

If any of you like climbing, sport climbing in particular, Jacks Canyon is for you. The limestone cliffs are soft and easy on your hands. There are routes for almost every ability level, although at least one person in your group should be able to lead and clean the anchors comfortably. It is not possible to set up top-ropes without someone leading the route first.
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Oct 02 2004
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 Laveen, AZ
Jacks Canyon (Moenkopi)Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles
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From the gate off 87 the road is paved a short distance. Take the left fork and you cant miss it. You can tell you are there because someone littered the forest service sign with lots of misc decals (stickers).

It is a pretty easy hike. The climb down can be a little tricky but just take it easy and there will be no problem. It seems to be a popular place for people to bring thier dogs so watch where you step :). It is very pretty on the bottom. Lots of trees. It was warm but the shade was nice.

I walked down the bottom quite a ways and it was pretty muddy in some spots. I didn't actually see any but there were Elk Tracks all over the place.

I didn't see anyone climbing ut there are some nice cliffs that experienced rock climbers would enjoy.

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