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Canyoneering in Cave Creek

One of the our favorite summertime treats is the chance to get up on the high plateau and descend the gorgeous, deeply plunging, wet and wild canyons there. Cave Creek is a seldom visited but much-loved canyon, our typical descent for an Extreme Adventure Day. Cave Creek is a world of myriad waterfalls: short, tall, chaotic, elegant, simple, and complex. Behind and alongside the taller falls, beautiful green moss grows, dressing the canyon in fabulous emerald green. The sandstone ranges from light browns to deep reds, studded in places with curtains of huecos, small arches, and “drippings” of rock iron-stained rock. In this raw and raucous landscape, it’s always a treat to find a piece of improbable subtlety: a delicate fern or a lone red flower clinging to a sandstone crevice. Adding to the visual beauty, the sound of rushing, pounding, flowing water constantly accompanies us in Cave Creek. The noise raises everyone’s adrenaline a notch, making it very evident we are in a living, breathing, changing canyon. Sometimes you have to yell to the person next to you, just to be heard. If you’re more than 20 feet from them, it’s usually best to use hand signals or a … Continue reading

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Ouray Canyoning Guidebook Now On Sale

For all you canyon hounds looking for a wetter, colder, louder breed of adventures, check out Micheal Dallin’s new guidebook, Ouray Canyoning. Detailing eight fine canyons in the Ouray, Colorado area, the book goes for $16.95 and likely gives you enough info to get into and out of trouble in some hard-rock canyons featuring good flow. We haven’t gotten our mitts on the book yet, BUT you can peruse a few pages at the link above for examples of the natural history, canyon schematic, and logistics information layouts. Which is nice. If you’re hot to get out to Ouray for these canyons, plan ahead. Unlike the near-year-round accessibility of southern Utah’s canyons, the window for Ouray canyons is somewhere in the 30 – 75 day range, right between torrential snow melt, summer downpours, and autumn ice glazing. Hit it right, though, and you’re sure to have some serious Class C fun in some beautiful high country. If you’re in CO, find Ouray Canyoning in Ouray at Ouray Mountain Sports, or in Boulder at Neptune Mountaineering. If you’re further afield, find the book on-line at Canyoneering USA, or just keep a sharp eye out for the book’s eventual arrival at your … Continue reading

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