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Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Ram, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Ram

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    Just going to post some highlights from some of my albums, all in one place. make it easy for my partners to find them all

    Already was the Garden report
    http://canyoncollective.com/threads/garden-creek-3-8-16.21890/
    and the rest of the album
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/GardenCreek3816


    Now for the hike up Trinity and the river, including a flip in Crystal Rapid

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    The full album
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/TrinityCrystal#

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  4. Dan Ransom

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    Looks like Nally barely got off the beach or the boats. Good man.
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  6. Bill

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    I look drunk or just happy to still be alive.
    Maybe both.
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  7. Ram

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    Drunk? I don't see that at all. Happy? Yeah, that for sure. What is the expression? ABC? Anyone care to share what that means?.

    Being slow and old, I found myself around Bill a fair bit, as he commanded the stage, looking for the outstanding picture. I had to show GREAT patience to get pictures of Bill, as my rule is "NO PICTURES OF PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES" and he always had that cannon (big gun, not brand) pointed at someone Those that provide us with the best images, rarely are captured themselves, so I admit to targeting him a bit. He is pretty expressive, don't you think? If you have not had the pleasure of reviewing his work, please find it on this site and elsewhere. Great stuff. Others that don't know Dan Ransom should do the same.
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  8. Ram

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    Randy's Rock, my favorite camp, sheltered us from the only rain on my 16 day part of the trip. Rather than rain, one could call it some sprinkles. The boats needed hauling back into the water, as they were high and dry. Lift, pour water under and push/slide down the sand. Some white water followed. The loop up Tapeats Creek to the Thunder River, over Surprise Valley and down to Deer Creek was all new, except the last 3/4 of a mile. A lovely camp at Deer Creek rounded out a full day

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    Now in Deer Creek
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    The full album of pictures from this section
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/ThunderRiverToDeerCreek#
  9. Scott Chandler

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    Such awesome country! Thanks for sharing Ram.
  10. Ram

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    We woke to some light dew, the only time on my part of the trip. Rode the boats down to Olo Canyon, where some climbed the 5th class pitch and a 1.5 to 1 haul system was set up to get the rest of the folks up. Something similar for the 2nd drop was used. This allowed access to the beautiful Mauv section. There is a great Temple Butte section above, for those that do the whole canyon from the top, which is a bit of an expedition. Later, we rode the short distance to the Matkat hotel.

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    fULL ALBUM HERE
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/OloCanyon#
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  11. Ram

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    Next installment

    Panameta Canyon is one of the gems of Grand Canyon. It is an expedition from the rim, taking several days minimum. From the river, it can be a very long and physical day trip, involving jumbled boulders, miles on the bench in the sun and a substantial exit, to experience, the polished, cold heart of this beautiful canyon. Rick Demerest is an extraordinary fella. An owner of a river rafting company for I think it was 35 years, he had turned back from Panameta, having run out of time, in 2011. So it remained on his radar and last month was his opportunity for a return engagement. So, Rickee D., a week short of his 72nd birthday styled the long day and now has the canyon securely in his memories. A remarkable accomplishment for anyone....but 72? REALLY? KUDOS!!!

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    Burro couple on the bench. heard they mate for life? True or rumor?
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    Smiling Chris
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    Almost home...finished by headlamp
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    The rest of the album
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/Panameta
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  12. Ram

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    With 7 albums/posts left and only 4 days till the next adventure, I will try 2-a-days to get thru the March trip.

    After the long day in Panameta, the group had a short river run to 150 Mile Canyon. 150 is about the longest slot in Grand Canyon, with great Redwall, Temple Butte and Mauv narrows all. But I had been up the slot 3 times and down it twice, so it was the logical day for me to do some recovery. I slept on the boat for hours. Then I wandered the beach, watched Upset Rapid for a time and went to the mouth of 15O Mile canyon when I heard the voices of my partners coming down. Then it was down to the Upper Ledges Camp, which was a very beautiful and aesthetic camp indeed.

    After i woke I did my only video...Upset Rapid. Hope you can access it
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/150MileCanyonToLedgesCamp#6268830629962690706

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    The end of 150 Mile
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    For 10 minutes about 1:15 PM the sun shone into the slot
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    Others came down the slot...saying the bottom of this downclimb was quite hairy
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    Down the polished drop
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    Back on the river
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    To the Ledges Camp
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    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/150MileCanyonToLedgesCamp
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  13. Ram

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    Moving right along....

    The next day, we hit the river and stopped at a canyon called Paradise. Some stayed and saw all 4 falls. Most saw 1 falls and got back on the river to Havasu. I wanted to make it up to the Falls, the pictures I have seen for half a century, but alas, I would have been an hour late for the deadline. As much as I wanted to go, I didn't want to be "that guy" more. I made it up a bunch of miles to some nice spots, but then turned around
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    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/ParadiseAndHavasu#
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    I did Rocky Point Canyon 5 years ago. Time for a return engagement. A lovely 5 rap thing in polished Redwall limestone. What was unusual about the day was.....it didn't take all day. Just about all of it, but not all. I started long before the others...some exposed bypass moves got the blood flowing. Trailed everyone across the bench to the canyon head. Strolled home with Rickie Dee telling those type of stories.....the ones about your history, that bonds a friendship deeper.

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    Peter thru the rabbit hole ;-)
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    Mr. Church....In the canyon
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    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/RockyPointCanyon#
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    How do you know something is beautiful? I say...You know it when you see it. The technical section was short. The approach long and fortunately, the post tech section, a wonderful section, proved lovely, making the day a huge success. Also watching Mr. Rudow do a canyon that he had not done? Priceless! The canyon is called Micrometa

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    The rest of the album here
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/Micrometa#
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    Next? Woke up in National Camp. Floated to a canyon called Fern Glen. The group went up. I stayed on the paco pad on the boat, exhausted from yesterday's efforts. Hank took my camera and snapped off some shots for me....and now you, so we can see what it looks like. later in the day....Lava Falls. Al in the pack raft got to swim. Others stayed upright. A lovely day

    Dale...ready to go
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    Fern Glen...thanks Hank
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    Where they found me
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    On a past trip, Denali Mike climbed up there, I am told
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    We are first thru Lava, Rickie styling it, as far as I can tell. From here we watch others
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    Al??? Where is your boat?
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    Safe landing. Alive below Lava (ABL)
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    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/FernGlenAndLavaFalls
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    First the heat...some of us would hide up canyon and nap in the PM. Then the wind. More hiding. But more important, start early and row hard....finish early as the PM winds tend to be stronger. Then there is time for other diversions, so common on the river, but unusual for time to be found for such things as horseshoes, for this crew.

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    Rest of the album
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/WhitmoreToSpringCanyon#
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  18. Bill

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    Great shots Ram.
    I've yet to really dig into my photos, still just skimming over them right now.
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    Last Album

    I hope you have enjoyed the pictures as much as I have sharing them. Thanks to Dale and crew for having me along. Pretty amazing place, huh? And these albums represent just 15 of the 30 day trip!! Double your pleasure for many of the folks featured in the albums.

    The last album includes Surprise Canyon followed by some river travel, a last night in the canyon and being dropped off at Diamond Creek

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    The rest of the album
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/SpringCanyonToDiamond#

    Hope you enjoyed....
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