Our second canyon of the weekend presented as more of a long hike. Sad Cow Disease is 9.2 miles, with only .4 miles of actual technical canyon (thanks Bluugnome). @Chasetharp, Sarah, Randy and I decided it might be a nice scenic day after Holy Cow. There are conflicting reports on the rating of this canyon. Bluugnome rates it a 3AIII while CC and Ropewiki have it as a 3AIIIPG. Well. it was quite the bang for the buck and we agreed it was the latter of the ratings. The canyon begins with a beautiful long hike down Little Death Hollow, almost to the narrows, but a right turn takes you up the slickrock instead. The canyon was pretty easy to find once we found our turnoff. The canyon starts out with an almost 100' rap into a beautiful slot. And the canyon escalates pretty quickly. Unfortunately, the lighting just was not working with me for taking photos. Soon after rap 1 is the second rap or "aggressive partner assist." We determined that the "aggressive partner assist" was just ridiculous. It was way too sketchy. We all rapped it. Note that there is webbing and some cord that we could not remove all hanging off a chokestone. The start is awkward and then it becomes super wide and vertical. We did remove the rapide off the cord though as it was useless. You end up dropping into this chamber, which was filled with super slick mud. I almost took Sarah out while slipping. Then comes the real fun. There is a 50' downclimb into even tighter narrows. The downclimb starts out pretty easy, elevator style. Towards the bottom it widens and lacks solid friction unless you can extend your foot out a ways and catch on some steps in the rock. A top belay is wise if you don't want to risk it since you cannot see the bottom from the top of the drop. Enter my adrenaline rush of the weekend. As we continue down into the skinny slot there are a few more drops/downclimbs. Some are very easy, some require some fancy wedging into places. It's pretty damp down there and I begin to have a feeling. We get to an even narrower small downclimb and I was in front. I begin to go when there they are - spiders. The first scream. My lovely group then proceeds to discuss the massive amount of spiders all around us (I get tunnel vision and just deny myself they are there and keep my focus on moving forward). Well, screw it at this point, I can't switch places with anyone, too tight, gotta get through. So I begin the downclimb, then actually look down below me - SHIT, baby rattlesnake! I used some massive arm strength to upclimb back to the top. Looking down again, I can see it's likely dead. But we made sure. Spiders, rattlesnake, there was only one other thing that could make this canyon complete for me, but I wasn't about to say it. Randy took some guesses, but at that point I would have rather seen a bear than what was about to happen. I booked it through the canyon, Chase taking the lead soon after. He gets to an even darker downclimb. I watched as he carefully made his way down. I then noticed a big black blob on the ground behind him. In the pic above it was right between that log and the rock at the bottom of the pic. Surely it can't be what I know it is. Denial sets in. I continue to make my way down. I'm standing on the log working my way down when I hear Randy say it. The one word I was not going to say out loud. "Tarantula!" He was ecstatic because he's never seen one before. I never told Randy to stop talking, but that day I did. I could no longer deny that it was there. That I had walked right by it, in a tight slot. And now it was right above me. I couldn't move fast enough. Spiders all over. I had to shine the flashlight so Randy and Sarah could make it down safely. I saw it all. Dramatic, yes, but the fear is totally real. Looking back though, I would have still chosen to do this canyon. If you read my Alcatraz TR I never let spiders stop me. It's a fear I have to face. I could have done without the tarantula though. That was the icing on the cake. Next came some swirly downclimb into a lower. Randy lowered Chase, Sarah, and I into this chamber as the bottom was filled with slippery mud. We managed to partner-capture Randy. What a beautiful room! Next were some more easy narrows. Some wider vegetation areas. Then came some stemming into an elevator downclimb. We knew there was some stemming 30' off the deck involved in this canyon. Beta reports that it is too skinny to fall into, so it is safe. Well, we did not think this was that area since we all fit eventually into the slot. We stemmed a little ways out then did the downclimb into the slot. It wasn't that difficult so we didn't consider this to be that spot. Also, because we all fit pretty soon after the stemming. Looking back though, we could see how we may have misinterpreted the wording. Soon after this stemming section we begin to hear thunder. Beautiful blue skies above, but somewhere something is happening. I decided not to take more pictures of the canyon, though there were more beautiful narrow sections, a slanted section just like the section in Larry that has you doing pushups the entire way. We made it out and headed back on the trail to camp. The Little Death Hollow narrows are really pretty. And not a soul in sight all weekend. We leave the narrows and it starts raining. We are about 1.5 miles away from camp/our vehicles when we see it - flash flood headed straight for us. We had never seen anything like it. One minute - nothing, the next - a tree being flushed down the wash. We determined had we been in that canyon 45 minutes longer this trip might have ended way differently. We did need to find an alternate route back to our vehicles and eventually locking hands to cross one section of the flood that was not as heavy a flow and only about knee deep. We all made it out safely. What an incredible weekend! If you decide to head out that way I highly recommend completing both Holy Cow and Sad Cow Disease. It is a very long drive to make and both canyons are serious bang for your buck. As I mentioned in the Holy Cow TR, the weather is way goofy out there.