DB dropped us off at the old geological survey road where we'd start our journey.
Andy (AA) and CP headed down ”Monkey Business“ (The west fork of Butler Canyon's west fork.) I think it's rated 3 B III. We'd meet up with them at the junction with our canyon, Shenanigans (the east fork of Butler's west fork.)
Bill and Andy starting the descent into Shenanigans. The canyon is rated 3 B III with some super tight, sustained slot action.
A view into the depths as the canyon begins to slot up.
Figuring out how to get down into the slot
Ah, that's it! Just slip in and shimmy down
Apparently a very secure wedgie
Now we're down in it. The going gets tight and dark.
This section was tight enough that we were forced to take off our packs and drag them behind us. It was also off-camber making it more strenuous.
The slot was super dark. This is without the flash, see the next shot for the same shot with flash...
Ah, now I can see Bill.
Really cool narrows with a nice sandy bottom.
After the off-camber tight slot section the canyon opened for a bit so we could catch our breath before it really got tight...
Dropping into the real depths. To this point, everything we encountered could be downclimbed (DC'ed)
But now it was time to harness up and do our first rap in the canyon.
That's Andy on rap down into the darkness
Bill found a pothole within a pothole where he could hide and scare us! After all, it was Halloween!
OK, now for the real business. It got very narrow for a couple hundred yards. The description said people over 180 lbs should not try to go through the narrows. I weigh right at 180 lbs and am fairly skinny and I barely squeezed through!
The (super) narrows. It was so tight that in a couple spots I had to unbuckle my harness because the buckle protruding out was enough to keep me from getting through the slot.
Ahh, a much deserved “wide” section and a break.
At this section of slot, I opted to stem and stay high about 30 feet above Bill down in the slot.
Andy followed my high road over the slot to keep things fun.
At the pour off of the slot where it drops down to the open canyon. It was a 40 foot rappel down into a waist deep pool. Andy went first!
Andy swam briefly but I would find out it wasn't necessary to full-on swim.
Bill stripped down for the pool section.
Wonder if it's cold?!
Now for a cruise walk out in a beautiful section
We met back up with CP and AA at the confluence where they had waited about 35 minutes for us.
Yeah, that's the exit gully. Loose, crappy 4th class. Yahoo!
Andy breaking out some tedious moves on poor rock to even poorer dirt.
Ah, near the top of the gully we're finally on some more solid rock.
The sandstone is endless out there!
Once we exited west Butler we cross-countried it over to the head of Leprechaun Canyon's East fork for some bonus canyon action that would take us pretty much right back to camp. (See http://picasaweb.google.com/halladay/EastForkOfLeprechaunCanyon3BIII20081031# for photos of East Lep)