Changing this meet up to Shake Tree Canyon weather permitting. Will keep everyone up-to-date as conditions change.
Waterslides Canyon, located in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness NE of Roosevelt Lake, is a technical canyon with 6 or 7 rappels followed by a really cool section of waterslides. We'll be sliding down the slick rock into large pools of cold water. There are a number of down climbs in the canyon requiring good climbing skills, as well. This time of year, wet suits are required (3/2mm to 4/3mm are fine).
We'll drive up Friday evening after work and car camp somewhere along Cherry Creek Rd. We'll get up early Saturday morning and park a shuttle vehicle at the end of the canyon. The top of the canyon is at an elevation of 4,700 ft. From the road, it is a short hike to the drop-in for the canyon. We'll work our way down the 3 mile canyon encountering several rappels and the watersides section before reaching the Cherry Creek Rd and the end of the canyon.
After gearing down, we'll pick up the other shuttle vehicle, head back to Phoenix and grab some dinner along the way. We'll plan to get back to town Saturday evening.
If it wasn't already clear from the title, you will get completely wet on this trip and you will be swimming in deep pools of COLD water. You must provide the following: personal rappelling gear (helmet, harness, descender, carabiners, PAS), 3/2mm or 4/3mm wetsuit, neoprene socks, canyoneering shoes with good traction, dry bags or canyon keg (your gear will get wet), lunch and snacks.
You must have prior rappelling experience in a canyon or have taken a canyoneering class from an established organization or company. Canyoneering is a dangerous sport requiring good rope skills, good climbing skills and experience hiking over difficult terrain.
All those who sign up on the wait list must be approved by the hike leader. If I haven't hiked with you before, please list your prior canyoneering experience.