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  1. Ram

    Ram

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    Jenny and I headed north, leaving Wes and Todd behind. We had a plan to see them 4 days later, along with some other folks, for a descent of Waterholes. First we had a permit for three days in Tatahato and down the river. When we got to the turn out off the pavement, it became apparent that heavy rains had fallen locally. We would find out that 3 days of rain had changed many a road into muck. Still we persisted, even finding a way around the notorious stock pond. But when our tires sunk half way to the hubs, on the final descent, we, with disappointment, pulled the plug on this plan. We hemmed and hawed, but it was suppose to rain for two of the next three day. That final news tipped it and we went out to Marble Canyon to see what we could salvage.

    We decided on Soap Creek. We had camped at the top but never done the canyon...or really it is 2 canyons. We would descend, the north fork, go to the river and ascend all the way up the south fork. A lovely day, we ambled down the flowing north fork. It got technical. We armored up and found what we think is the rap station of the recent accident. It is a long way down and I am both surprised and pleased that no serious injury resulted. We rapped from a different station, a little up canyon, down two drops. A lovely and colourful slot was experienced. Another rap and we were out among the boulder hopping. Not special, but not unpleasant either.

    Another rap, with spray cooling us down and then we found ourselves at the confluence. A sunny and pleasant spot. What to do? We put on the overdrive and made for the river. Down felt like it took forever. We sat mesmerized by the Soap Rapid of the Colorado River. Tick, tick, tick, alas we must go. A condor held Jenny's attention, as we strolled up canyon, neck bent, watching the bird glide and glide and glide. The confluence came quickly. It still glowed in the afternoon sun. The ascent up the south fork was not trivial. One must route find through huge boulders. Which way is best? Not always clear. We slid into camp right as last light extinguished. A fine day.

    Over the coming day, rain came and Waterholes was cancelled. We descended the lovely non tech Cathedral Canyon and hiked up into ferocious wind, wet and cold, up on the bench via the Spenser Trail, staying active, yet staying safe. I had one more thing I wanted to do before heading home. I lobbied Jenny, as we headed west and a bit north.

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  2. wisconnyjohnny

    wisconnyjohnny Lagargar pockets

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    Yes yes. Great report. Soap is definitely all about route finding on way out!!!!!
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    wisconnyjohnny Lagargar pockets

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    did you notice the bolts at first big dryfall in cathedral wash? great practice place.

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