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Jul 12 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Avocado CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 12 2014
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Canyoneering5.50 Miles 800 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles
800 ft AEG
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2nd Time is a Charm...Last Summer Ken and I tried to do this Canyon, but with several Snafus in the Morning, we finally deemed it too late to start...Fate must have been smiling down on us the whole time, as within 20 minutes of our Decision, the Skies opened up and dumped at least 2" of Rain and Hail on the Area....

It was time to try for this one again.... :D Ken and Mike picked me up Saturday Morning in Ken's Brand New, Shiny Clean, Jeep Rubicon...It wouldn't stay that way long...It was time to see what that Puppy could do! :DANCE: :sweat: Glad we had it, I don't think I would even have attempted driving to the Tramway TH in my Escape, even if it was Dry...Pretty Rough Stuff... :o

I don't know why more people haven't done this Canyon...It was a Sweet little Canyon and the Approach is one of the smoothest and fastest I've ever done...We were in Avocado in no time and looking at the first Rappel shortly after...You can bypass the 1st and 2nd Rappels, but why? The 2nd Rappel especially was really sweet...Avocado is known as a "Dry" Canyon compared to others in WCC, but we still expected to get a little Wet, as there was normally a Chest Deep Wader at the bottom of the 2nd Rappel...Just another indication of how Dry of a Year we've had, as that Bowl was Bone Dry...As Ken said, we never got our Feet Wet until we hit WCC....Judging from the Rains that came after we were done though, I would say that that Canyon is no longer THAT Dry... :sweat:

We hit WCC and took a Break...I tried to fix some Hot Spots on my Left Foot, (@!#$%&!!! Boots) but it wasn't to be and we pressed on soon after...WCC was beautiful as always with Cool, Clear Water and Wildflowers starting to come out in Full Force...With that said, the Creek can also be beautifully brutal when you are trying to get somewhere and there's not much Trail...The First 1 1/2 Miles had very little Trail to follow, so the Slipping, Sliding, Falling and intense Bushwacking commenced...It took us right at 2 hours to get to the Point Trail... :sweat: But from there, WCC relented and we had good Trail almost the whole way to the Tramway Turnoff with just a few Creek/Bushwacking Adventures...We did that Section in less than half the Time...

At the Junction with Tramway, one of my Knees was feeling a bit stiff, so I told the Guys, (who were really smelling the Beer right about then) to go on up and I'd get there in a bit...I took a Break, imbibed in some Advil and an Oxygen Stick and recharged the Legs a little bit...And then it was time for the Climb out...I actually prefer these Steep, straight up Trails, to ones that meander on up forever...A little more Taxing, but it's over quicker as well... :sweat: As I climbed, I was really starting to smell Smoke and when I got some Elevation, I noticed that the WCC below me was getting very Hazy...Apparently there was a Fire somewhere to the West of us...I wasn't too worried as it had been Raining on us on and off through WCC and it was really threatening to unload now...I topped out, and had just enough time to get out of my Wet Clothes before the Skies really opened up...Ken had a lot of fun on the Drive out... :D

Just another Great Canyon with Great Company in an area that I love...Pretty hard to beat a Day like that... 8)
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