Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Great White Icicle - 2016

On June 26th, 2016, Micah, Cristina, Meg, Matt and I descended The Great White Icicle.

Golll-eee we had fun on this one! Passage to the top was quick and easy. We hit the mid-waterfall platform just as the sun came over the mountain, which made the waterfall explode with color. It was one of those days that makes you want to come back and do the same route tomorrow.

Thanks for putting this outing together Micah! It was one of the best Icicle runs yet!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Quandary Direct

On June 13, 2016, Tom, Cristina, Micah, Meg and I splashed our way through Quandary Direct.

Reading about this canyon frightened me when I first got into canyoneering. Keeper potholes? Gosh, they sounded intimidating. Skeleton soup? Gosh, I didn't want to be an ingredient. So I put it on my 'do not attempt' list.

A few years later, and a few potholes later, it still had never made it on my 'we'll do this on our next trip' list.  It had became a canyon that someone else had to arrange. Finally, things came together.

That day there was no intimidation. Quandary was a insanely fun splash park; a relaxed laugh fest led by the skilled and talented Tom Collins, who had been through Quandary a couple of times before. I was still smiling as I wrote this, it was such a great day.

Meg playing the flute at dawn. A great way to start a day of canyoneering. 

Tom doing an epic slide.

Downclimb into a cold swimmer.

Tom using The Force to help bag rope.