Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

Friends in Little LO Canyon

Posted in Northern Arizona & the Mogollon Rim by canyoneering on June 19, 2009

Friends in Little LO Canyon
Little LO Canyon, 3BIIIR
5.8 miles
Coconino National Forest, tributary of Sycamore Canyon


Canyoneering is a social sport. In addition to teamwork being critical to descend a canyon, it brings together people that would not necessarily spend time together or even know each other if it were not for canyoneering. The planning of a weekend descent often begins with two people and before not too long the group mushrooms to include a half dozen or more.

In April of 2008 Laura and I met Chris in a beginners American Canyoneering Association (ACA) class (he was participating in the class as part of his ACA Leaders training). A few days later Laura and I met John in an ACA advanced class. Through these two I have met others including John’s wife Kim and Chris’ friends Pat and Jessica.

Several months after those ACA classes a descent down Little LO Canyon brought a number of these people together for the first time. Little LO is a fun, somewhat challenging Mogollon Rim canyon. It has all the features to make it a worthwhile descent: beautiful scenery, rappels, tricky down climbs, jumps, a tough pot hole escape, strenuous hiking and putrid water. Since then numerous adventures have been shared together. It is crazy to think that I have only known them for just over a year. I guess our rich collective of wilderness adventures has skewed the perception of time, making it feel like we have known each other a lot longer.



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