When I see a sunrise like this I know it's gonna be a great day!
We setup a car shuttle of about six miles and then dropped in! Larry Canyon gets going fast.
Joe and JV already flying down the canyon after the initial rappel in.
Super sketchy anchor
Just plain sketchy anchor (beefed up with rocks.) The initial rappel in can be down climbed on the east side with some fourth class action.
Nice down climbing in smooth sandstone.
The infamous Larry Canyon deer offers JV a hand (hoof) down a short down climb.
Beautiful striations with nodules in the wall.
View down the first real rappel in Larry Canyon. Really sweet!
Joe is the guinea pig going down first.
Aron did a sketchy shimmey into his “crow's nest” for the best photo angle as CP raps down.
JV DCs down into the slot to the rappel anchor.
Bill being documented by Aron
JV gets on down
Aron managed to finagle out of his crow's nest and followed us down
The second rappel in this grand canyon brought us past a small pothole at the base of a smooth channel
Down climbing a by-pass section of a strenous down climb/slide was easier but more exposed.
Give me serious, Bill. Good.
Time to break out the headamps down in the depths of the canyon.
The canyon was narrower at the very bottom and with the soft sand on the ground, crawling was the best way through this section.
After the dark, narrow section the canyon opened up to a wide, bright area.
JV, me and Bill take a moment to relax in a wide section of the canyon.
The final rappel drops hikers down into a large alcove area during a two-stage rappel.
Group photo after the last rappel in Larry Canyon. I bet Joe never had to take a re-take in elementary school photos--look at that solid pose.
Fun stuff on the way out. Big kids in an outdoor playground
A spring-fed pool
The exit crack looms above. It looked worse from afar.
Scrambling on sandstone domes on the climb out.
What canyon is this again? Yeah, stupid.
Bill, JV, CP, Joe, Aron and I.
For the final scramble out I finally busted out my rock helmet. It's heavy and old, very old, but highly fashionable.
Fun with (punk) rocks.
Sandstone mohawks are so 90s but Bill doesn't care.
From rock mohawk to "package" size enhancer. Don't ever reverse the two actions. Ever.
Rock trundling is childish but, in fact, quite entertaining to men in their 30s as well. However, sandstone rocks break up quickly and create serious dust.
Back at the road just a short distance from the jeep. Sweet!
JV's signed book from Aron. JV only received one true WMPH card over the weekend (See Alcatraz Canyon album for details.)
Group photo on Sunday morning back at camp. Bill, Susan, Aron, CP, Jason, Kevin, JV, and Joe.