This thread below made me think of unexpected happenings while in canyons... My question for those willing to share... What is an event that occurred in a canyon that was very unexpected or out of the ordinary. Ill share a quick one... Not sure of the year but we were in the black hole when there was the signage at the trailhead about not venturing in the black hole. We decided we would go as far as we felt comfortable and retreat if we felt like we were in over our heads. We were having a great time and every now and then we would get a quick whiff of camp fire smoke and thought that was weird but didn't think much of it. After one log soup section we came to a fire that was wall to wall. We couldn't believe what we were seeing. We looked at each other, thinking, you never know what is going to happen down in these slots. We sure never expected this. This was before we had nice drain holes in our packs so we emptied our packs and transported water for a solid hour trying to get enough confidence to skirt an edge of the blaze. We would periodically test the solidness of where we anticipated where our feet would need to be supported by throwing large rocks into the debris. More than not, the rocks would disappear thus eliminating that spot as a foot hold. We eventually built up enough courage in the areas where the rocks weren't disappearing and finally made it through the wall to wall blaze. We later learned the next week that there was a rescue in the canyon a day or two before we entered the canyon. The sar decided to put the log jam to blaze per the article. I know there are many a canyon tale out there...if your willing to share it would be fun to hear some.