Monday, April 20, 2015

Egypt 1.5

On April 20th, 2015, Steph and I took a quick lap through Egypt 1.5. The last time we descended a technical canyon together was 18 months ago, so this was a real treat for both of us. Egypt 1.5 has a lot more meat on the bone than we expected. A 35 foot chimney and 2 rappels got us warmed up. We then got creative with 5 or 6 partner assists. The last 50 feet of canyon are very tight, which was a fun way to finish. Our car-to-car time was a very leisurely 3 hours.

We celebrated our epic victory with a couple of ice cold beers then headed for the top of the canyon. During our not-so-precise exit we encountered a 5.7 upclimb; the last 15 feet of vertical before reaching the top. This upclimb proved to be quite the challenge while trying to hold our beers. Using some very clever sequencing, we shuttled the beers up the climb and made our way safely back to the cars. A shining example of beautiful teamwork to finish a fine day of canyoneering.

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