Smith fork is a stunning complex of canyons when viewed from above. The possible adventures seem endless.
Unfortunatley Pothoez is not as scenic as the surrounding landscape. The top half starts out with difficult high stemming that's ugly and rotten. We had a couple of large flakes break off when stemming 30+ feet off the deck.
Tony working hard with a big pack in Upper Pothoez.
That is followed by a couple of hours of stemming over small potholes, 4-6 feet wide.
Being 3 feet off the deck for 2 hours is a serious shoulder/core workout.
Then comes a 30 foot rap with no anchor options.
It would be a downclimb/capture with a large group, but for us,
it became a tricky SandTrap problem (fun!).
After that is the only pretty part of the canyon, a downclimb into a large cold swimmer.
At the end of the day we wandered over to the exit for Phycho D and took a few pictures.
It was FAR more scenic than anything in Pothoez.
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