Sunrise at camp. Awesome. We camped less than 100 yards from highway 95 which sounds bad but there is less than one car an hour on average driving through there at night.
DB and CP (and Bill's legs) as we ride in the North Wash Taxi service (Andy's truck bed) to the trailhead for Woody Canyon.
The “trailhead” off of highway 276
Starting the hike down Woodruff Canyon's main drainage en route to the side canyon, Woody, a 4 B II canyon.
Sadly, I left my rack in New Mexico
Great fall color and light in Woodruff Canyon
Heading up the slickrock rib so we can get to the head of Woody Canyon
Up on top of the slickrock traversing to the head of Woody
DB and CP
AA in the middle of the short DC
Everyone but me stayed high while traversing to the head of Woody.
Now we drop into Woody. The small potholes at the start were a good warm up for the larger and frequent potholes to come.
The gang looking at the first major pothole. I was able to serve as the anchor for the handline while everyone scooted down in. I then DCed down with a bit of a short jump.
Andy doing some body stemming over a small pothole.
Thankfully we didn't have to get down in that one.
A dry pothole problem
Andy pulling out from one pothole into another. Are you seeing the theme of this canyon? Pothole after pothole. Great fun!
Bill serves as the “meat anchor” for another pothole. We had to wake him up after we were done getting down.
Andy rapping down 15 feet into a major pothole off a great Ibis hook anchor.
The only real swimming pothole we encountered. Other potholes were typically wading up to waist deep. Here, CP gets ready to make the swim while AA and I look on. We're there to help pull CP out.
CP finishing the swim.
Bill in the swim.
Andy getting his swim on. The rest of us had wetsuits but Andy just went bare back
A super cool section of narrows near the end of Woody
And we're out! In the open part of the canyon just before the confluence with Woodruff Canyon.
Looking back on the exit of Woody
De-gearing in Woodruff before the hike back to the car.
The Henry Mountains are marvelous looking.
Another highway view down 276.
Back in the North Wash Taxi!
A big camp fire is always a great way to end a great day in the canyons.