The initial rappel in is from a tied-off 60m rope on the jeep's axle. Aron gets ready to rap in.
of trucks make for bomber rap anchors
It's an overhanging start to the canyon.
Alcatraz is full of tough down climbing and very tight slots.
Thankfully we found the canyon to be dry. When I was last in this canyon the pothole in the right in this photo was waist-high full of water making it a bit more difficult.
And there was water in the hole at the end of the rappel last time too. It was dry this time--sweet!
Advanced canyoneering--jump into sand.
CP shows us some nice stemming technique.
A single bolt and hanger is the rap anchor for the third, and final, rappel in the canyon. In this section, headlamps were mandatory.
Another dry pothole. Excellent.
Well, mostly dry. Aron plopped down in the pothole to find the mud to be ankle deep. Ugh.
Body stemming in lower Alcatraz.
The sunset was quite special seen from the lower section of Alcatraz. Our goal was to find the cut-off to the exit before dark.
We succeeded in finding the exit cut-off just in time and then enjoyed a suprisingly warm and magical moonlight hike out.
In the moonlight we ended up doing a bit of extra hiking that wouldn't be done in daylight but it was still swift and we pulled off the loop in exactly three hours.