Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

Connecting to Insomnia Canyon

Posted in Northern Arizona & the Mogollon Rim by canyoneering on July 28, 2010

Insomnia Canyon, 4BIIIR
6 miles

This is a blog post about a canyon that is both rugged and delicate. It has beauty and challenges both on a grand and small scale. Like others, it is a special place in the Mogollon Rim where rock, water, vegetation and air have come together. I am lucky to have connected to it. Those who have done it before call it Insomnia. Those who do it in the future need to treat it with respect and care.


Rappelling for two in Christopher Creek Canyon

Posted in Northern Arizona & the Mogollon Rim by canyoneering on July 7, 2010

Christopher Creek Canyon, 3CII
3.0 miles
Tonto National Forest


For the past 19 weeks and 11 canyons I have been eating and rappelling for two. David and I are having a baby. This past Monday as the temperature climbed over 105 degrees in Phoenix, David, Cam and I escaped the heat and headed for Christopher Creek. I needed this trip knowing it would be my last canyon adventure for the foreseeable future. Pretty soon I will be too big for my wetsuit and clumsy with my new shape. Prudence says I keep the harness in the closet for now.

Shortly into the canyon we came across a group of three adults and four kids making their way down the first significant drop-off. The smallest youngster in the group was only 4- years- old! The adults were lowering the children down the 25- foot fall. After all the children were safely and successfully lowered down the drop we heard them cheer in unison, “Daddy! Daddy!” as their father rappelled to join them. We then watched the four- year old clad with a life vest cling to her father’s back as he swam across a long pool heading down canyon. David and I could not have been more excited to see them and get a sneak peek as to what is possible with even the youngest of kids!

The day was all I had hoped it would be with the sun shining and mellow swimming through temperate water. This was also Cam’s debut canyon and he rocked it. Yet again, David and I had another happy camper at the end of their first technical canyoneering adventure. So for now I will be taking a break as an author on this blog, but I will most certainly be back and hopefully one day there will be a new regular in the group.