A professional canyoneer for the day in Parker Canyon
Parker Creek Canyon, 3BII
approximately 2 miles
Tonto National Forest- Sierra Ancha Wilderness
Canyoneering has always just been a hobby, a hobby of deep passion, but never any form of livelihood. That all changed, for just one day. I am a full time staff photographer for the Arizona Republic for a profession. For a number of reasons, I have never had all that much interest in pushing to have my canyoneering photographs published in the Arizona Republic. Recently, however, 12 News whose operations are integrated with that of the Arizona Republic, asked if I would mind producing a short video on canyoneering for a new series they are producing called “Explore Arizona”. With that, fellow Arizona Republic staff photographer, Michael Schennum, one of my primary weekend warrior canyoneering partners, and I produced a video on canyoneering in Parker Canyon. I normally use a high end point and shoot camera with a water proof housing to document my adventures. But for this descent we wanted to get real high end quality HD video so we used our professional Canon EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR cameras which we also shoot video with. The challenge became keeping our cameras dry in the canyon. We kept our cameras in canyon kegs filled with towels. We succeeded in getting some great footage and keeping the cameras from getting destroyed in all of that water. It was a lot of work, that took a lot of time (we spent six hours on the descent that would normally take Mike and I less than three hours). It was pretty awesome getting paid to go canyoneering, even if just for a day.