Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

A rainy, night time jug in Hog Canyon

Posted in Southern & Central Arizona by canyoneering on October 28, 2010

Hog Canyon, 3AI
1.2 miles
Tonto National Forest – Sierra Ancha Wilderness


After an eight hour wilderness first aid class underneath a ramada at Roosevelt Lake, several students and myself thought we could burn off some steam by checking out a nearby canyon. Hog Canyon which drains the Sierra Anchas into Roosevelt Lake seemed like a good candidate. Less than an hour before sunset we parked the car and headed into the drainage. There wasn’t much to this canyon other than the few impressive hoodoos that stood like sentinels above and a short section of quartzite narrows, that were quite interesting in context with the late day light and fast moving clouds. Though there is probably a way to descend the canyon and then escape to the rim and back to your car in a loop, we simply fixed  ropes at the three drops to do an about face and ascend our ropes. As the last of the light disappeared we turned around and headed up canyon. At the first jug we were met with light rain. At the largest drop of about 80 feet, my headlamp stopped working halfway up the ascent. At first it was a little disorienting. This was compounded by the now heavier rain, but the truth is you have a rope to guide you; just slide those ascenders and step up. Nearly out of the canyon I sat on a cholla cactus, my ass only to be saved by the PVC seat in my Petzl Canyon harness. With just a few spines in my butt we drove back down to the lake.



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  1. Stephen Schwartz said, on October 29, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Slide 5 is very interesting. If you didn’t know that you were looking at round raindrops, you’d swear you were looking at the night sky with numerous round planets.

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