OVERVIEW: An exciting technical canyoneering adventure with deep narrows, cold swims and a 320-foot mostly free hanging rappel. Joe and Sara DeSalme discovered this canyon in 2005 and we explored it on several occasions, eventually fixing ropes down to the top of the big drop and jugging out the way we came. Knowing that a long rope was needed, Joe, Sara and Todd Martin returned (after a somewhat unsettled night’s sleep) carrying a 400-foot rope (the longest any of us owned) to complete the first descent of the canyon on August 14, 2005. Joe describes this adventure in the foreword to my book Arizona: Technical Canyoneering.
LOCATION: Coconino National Forest – Tributary of the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon
REQUIRED GEAR: 2x350' ropes (the canyon may also be completed using 2x300' ropes and completing one additional rappel), 1x100' rope, 80' webbing, 13 rap rings, harness, descender, ascending gear, helmet, carabiners, drybag and a wetsuit.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: The water in this canyon is extremely cold, wetsuits are required at all times of the year. Due to the remote and committing nature of this canyon, and the fact that a 300-foot, free hanging rappel is involved, this trip should only be attempted by small groups of fit and experienced canyoneers. Key rappels in this canyon feature bolted anchors; no additional artificial anchors are needed. Finally, be aware that the canyon contains Arizona Bugbane a rare plant that has very narrow habitat restrictions. It exists in only four small population areas in Arizona. All known populations are located within the Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto National Forests.
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