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Canyoneering

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Offline RichardM

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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2006, 03:46:40 PM »
Quote from: "Roy"
2-3 years ago (not sure of the date) several people got trapped trying to ascend Cattail Canyon;  don't remember the details but the report said they got trapped on a ledge, Rangers had to help get them out.

I remember that being discussed on the old chat page.  We had to speculate as to the definition of the phrase "ledged out", which was used in the report.

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Offline Big Bender

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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2006, 04:22:50 PM »
Yeah,

I'm not sure that I want to discuss that incident other than to say that it strikes close to home.  There were two people involved, it was Memorial Day 2004, and they were trying to decend the canyon.
What doesn't kill you usually hurts like hell

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2006, 04:30:03 PM »
yeah i remember that incident vaguely. If I recall, they were a couple of 19 yr old kids....

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Offline Big Bender

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« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2006, 05:09:24 PM »
Actually, they were both in their 40's very experienced (at least in my opinion) and were given some incorrect information from a government souce regarding the canyon.

I'll see if I can fill in the details later.
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Offline dave2

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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2006, 10:00:22 AM »
It wouldn't be for me, but from what I saw on my hike last January I think that the Devil's Den area would be good for this sport.

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Offline Buck

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« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2006, 01:52:31 PM »
Big Bender,

I have been in lower Cattail several times, most recently last May.  I will be going in again in September.  I've posted some photos of a scouting expedition at:

http://mysite.verizon.net/markel.simmons/bigbend2005/


Photos from inside the canyon are posted at:

http://mysite.verizon.net/markel.simmons/bigbend2006/


A low-resolution video of the inside is at:

http://mysite.verizon.net/markel.simmons/may2006.htm
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Offline okiehiker

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Canyons canyons everywhere...
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2006, 12:54:10 PM »
Hello fellows Big Benders...  I have been doing serious canyoneering in the park since Jan. 1, 1977.  This year, between Christmas and New Years I will be doing my 31st annual winter trip.  My wife, daughter and I are trying to decide between a survey trip, Basin, Emory Peak, South Rim, Blue Creek Canyon, Elephant Tusk, out at Robber's Roost; or a Mesa de Anguila canyoneering trip.  There are amazing canyons throughout the park with rappels from 200' to 500' in length.  Email me if you want more particular information.  I have spent about 60 weeks in the backcountry over the past 30 years and have info on just about anywhere in the park.
Funny... I have a story about that...

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Offline presidio

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« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2006, 06:15:19 PM »
Quote from: "dave2"
It wouldn't be for me, but from what I saw on my hike last January I think that the Devil's Den area would be good for this sport.


Devil's Den is moderately sporting. It becomes much more interesting when the plunge pools are wet. Going up canyon lets you see what you are dealing with at each pitch.
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