Tuesday, May 26, 2015

South Fork of Maidenwater Canyon

On May 26th, 2015, Jason Pease and I took a leisurely stroll through the South Fork of Maidenwater Canyon.

Oh wait, it wasn’t leisurely at all. I’m pretty sure we did 25 downclimbs. Plus I did 5-6 rappels, while Jason did 3-4 rappels.

The downclimbs are especially challenging because most of them start from a polished granite boulder. Your upcanyon hand, normally used as an anchor for the first 5-6 feet of each downclimb, becomes relatively useless. Plus the drops are realtively wide, normally 5+ feet, so stretching your feet waaaay out (back to feet) without using your hands becomes your go-to move.

Free advice: Once you start getting to wades that are thigh deep, put your wetsuit on. They only get deeper from there. We had 4-5 full swims at the bottom. I was happy to have my 3/2 on.

This adventure took us 5.5 hours at a very casual pace.

Special thanks to Jason for going through this canyon again (his 5th lap). It was a good canyon with great company.

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