Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

Sierra Canyon, as a Mom

Posted in Southern & Central Arizona by canyoneering on March 22, 2011

Sierra Canyon, 3BIII
4.25 miles
Tonto National Forest – Superstition Wilderness, tributary Lower Fish Creek
03/12/11


A descent down Sierra Canyon was my first technical canyon outing since Wyatt was born nearly four months ago. Two factors made this trip possible for me. 1) Wyatt is sleeping better at night so I have more energy during the day and 2) my dad was in town and couldn’t wait for some grandpa alone time.

Accompanied by David, my sister Abby and our friends Cam and Mark we set out for Fish Creek Canyon and on to Sierra Canyon. I was particularly excited to share another adventure with Abby who fell in love with the sport in the Jug last May while visiting from Boston. Sierra was certainly a step up in difficulty from the Jug, but we knew she was up for the task. I have not been in a technical canyon since last July and although I felt somewhat rusty on rappel I was happy to be back. As we hiked up the mesa we spotted a couple people ahead of us and sure enough they were fellow canyoneers also on their way to Sierra. When we caught up to them, David recognized one of them as Tom whom he had taken a wilderness first aid class with several months ago. Our two groups ended up merging together for the afternoon and Tom was extremely gracious in setting up a guided rappel so we could avoid getting wet by rappelling over the pool. Walking out of Fish Creek it felt good to be dwarfed by towering cliffs and to know who was waiting for me at home.

-Laura

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  1. Abby Segall said, on March 23, 2011 at 1:23 am

    The photos are great, and so was the adventure! You are right in that it was definitely a step up from the Jug, but now that the shock is over I am pumped for the next round!

  2. Stephen Schwartz said, on March 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Do I get to go also?


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