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"Old Man of the Owyhees" Exploration

Top 3 photos courtesy of Dan Paulson, taken on Aug 13, 2010 when Dan and R.J. explored this area. Bottom photo cortesy of Jerry Wiseman, taken on Jul 15, 2010

DO NOT rsvp for this event without reading all of the event details to make sure this particular event is right for you or not

This particular event is not the regular group event I do each year to the waterfalls and the West Rimrock Trail hike up to the plateau. We will schedule that event soon

Your Safety Is Your Own Responsibility

LET'S SEE IDAHO SERIES, taking you to some of the best places in Idaho

INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED EVENT

THE PLAN the main objective is to reach the "Old Man of the Owyhees", the top 3 pics (face in stone) which might include going directly through poison ivy and maneuvering over and around technical sections of the exploration. Also will trek in to the 60 foot waterfalls of Jump Creek Canyon and for some of us to vertically climb up Devil's Ladder to the top of the waterfalls without ropes

Devil's Ladder - requires scrambling up a slope and vertically climbing a rock crevice to reach the top of the waterfalls and the upper canyon which is highly dangerous and discouraged. I climbed this chute on July 24, 2011. I did slip and fall a few feet that day

The poison ivy this time of the year shouldn't have any leaves on it yet, but that will change quickly within a few weeks. However the toxic oil of poison ivy, called urushiol is still very much active in the stems if handled or broken. Recently at Poison Creek Canyon we trekked directly through large areas of poison ivy and came through unscathed, just need to be aware of it and to be careful

We also might encounter areas of water (creek crossings and pools) that we might have to go through. Also areas of NO existing trails, areas that may have some extremely challenging terrain, scrambling, using hands for balance, being on loose rocks (scree), and on off-angle valley sides, etc

The three-point rule

Both feet and both hands, taken together, provide you with four points of support. At any given time while climbing, at least three of these points should be securely supporting your weight. This is the "three-point rule". When this is true, and you are ready to continue up/down the rock, move only one point of support to a new location - at all times leaving the other three points secure. When the fourth point is secure, you may move one of the others. A point of support is secure when your entire weight, including everything you are packing, can rest safely on that point

MEET in parking lot at Lowe's (Meridian) on Overland Rd. Map link above

CONTACT Jerry at 830-8793. 4 door silver Chevy Colorado

BRING camera, layered clothing, gloves, lunch/water, snacks, etc

I also would bring extra bottled "cold" water to wash off within 10 minutes if you think you touched any poison ivy

BE PREPARED for ticks, there "might" be some. Everyone needs to be responsible for having their own tick spray and/or check yourself often during the event and to make sure you don’t transfer those critters to anyone’s vehicles. I personally simply brush them off as I move forward and enjoy the event

YES bathrooms facilities at trailhead

COSTS approximately 86 miles roundtrip from Boise. The best way to see Idaho is with friends and share the expense associated with the trip, no one person should bare all the costs. We ALL should share in the expense of gas and graciously give a few bucks EACH to whoever is using their vehicle and doing the driving of the carpooling

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  • Julie R.

    Jerry said a lot of it for me but you can't describe how beautiful a bunch of rocks can be! Thanks for setting this up Jerry and ALWAYS looking forward to the next adventure.

    April 21, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    WOW! This was indeed an adventure. Very steep trekking down to the creek and back out later. Multiple waterfalls, creek crossings, going directly through poison ivy that was everywhere, 600' canyon walls, 60' Jump Creek waterfall, etc. Yes, we found the "Old Man of the Owyhee's". Some of us went further upstream exploring and seen some amazing areas of the canyon. For the most part for all of us, every step forward down in the creek was challenging at times. A beautiful adventure, but highly dangerous to and beyond the face. The one negative, even though there were many times each of us helped others to scramble and get across some areas, I was disappointed that there were just as many times if not more that we all were way too spread apart (multiple times) throughout this adventure where we wasn't in sight of each other or where we could even hear each other. We were highly lucky that no one got seriously injured and needed each other's help.

    April 20, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    Ok, I am out the door, if anyone else needs to contact me about this event, call me at[masked]

    April 20, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    Hi Larry, welcome to the Idaho Hiking Club. We shouldn't need ropes, but that depends on how folks feel if they choose to climb up Devil's Ladder. Where at in Marsing will you be?

    April 20, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    See you in the morning. I am looking forward to going on this adventure with all of you and finally after all these years go on this quest in search of the "face". Afterwards, I will finish off the day with another hike at 6:30 PM.

    April 19, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    We will catch you next time Sean.

    April 19, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    Weather Update for this hike: Around noon time, sunny, 67 degrees & will get warmer, 0% chance of precip. 5 mph winds from SW. Looks like it's going to be a nice day in the canyon.

    April 19, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    From the large round boulder traveling gets difficult. Continue up-stream and climb over waterfalls and work your way through heavy brush. Be careful of poison ivy and rattlesnakes. PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS HIKE ALONE. SLIPS AND FALLS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY. THIS IS NOT AN EASY HIKE.

    April 19, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    Almost immediately on the right side of the creek (going upstream) will be the mysterious Owyhee Face. The face is 36 feet to 40 feet in height. It is well above the stream bed. To view the face one needs to climb out of the stream on the left side of the creek and gain some elevation.

    April 19, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    Reaching the "face". Trail is unimproved & creek will be crossed several times. Eventually the stream bed will become solid rock/broken rock with multiple small waterfalls. You will eventually run into a very large round boulder in the middle of the stream (at least 8 feet tall). There is no need to guess if you have the right boulder - you will know it is a genuine Idaho boulder.

    April 19, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    Good, it looks like we have our regular slot canyon explorers on board. With 4 of us rsvp'd, we will need another driver if anyone else wants to join us, but please read the event details. Happy Exploring.

    April 17, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    Thanks Jocelyn for all the information you provided to reach the "Old Man of the Owyhees". I have been to Jump Creek quite a few times, but never got around to searching for the "face".

    April 17, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    Thank you Dan for permission to use your photos when you and R.J. explored the area on[masked]

    April 17, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    I don't mean to make this particular event scary, but I need to know everyone is physically fit to swiftly, but safely make it through some technical and very steep sections of this canyon. I will schedule the regular Jump Creek waterfalls event that I do each year later.

    April 16, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    Ken, go soon as you can if you want to get to the "face". The poison ivy is getting really close to start blooming. If not soon, wait until winter and I might go again then.

    April 16, 2012

  • Ken G.

    Would love to go if it were scheduled for a Saturday... maybe a repeat sometime soon?

    April 16, 2012

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