Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

Firsts in Upper Salome

Posted in Southern & Central Arizona by canyoneering on May 1, 2009

Park Canyon – Upper Salome – Workman Creek Loop, 3CV
16.8 miles
Tonto National Forest –  Salome Wilderness
04/12/09 – 04/13/09

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There were several firsts on this canyon…

-FIRST overnight canyoneering trip.
-We were clearly the FIRST people through this season, as the webbing around the natural anchors was very dated looking. We had to reset all the anchors, which on a few of the rappels proved difficult as we had high water flow and the anchors sat right in the watercourse.
-First Simul-rap. (A simul-rap is when two people rappel simultaneously on the same rope on opposites sides of a natural feature, in this case a protruding rock horn. The two people act as counter-weights to each other). Of the six of us Kim and Laura were the most in-sync and David and John need practice.

Other notes on this canyon, the first day of this adventure was extremely strenuous. I would rate it in my top 5 most strenuous day hikes of all time. Laura was very strong on this trip, leading the group up the nasty Workman Creek into camp after dark.

This is also the first post on this blog.

– David

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