This is a 5.8 mile 3/4C-III canyon requiring rappelling (possibly in falling water), jumping, down climbing, scrambling, and a Kern River crossing. It requires 5-8 hours to complete. Depending on conditions there are 5-9 rappels up to 60ft. (12ft, 6ft, 8ft, 20ft, 15ft, 6ft, 10ft, 60ft, 40ft, 50ft, & 12ft with strong backflow).
Located in Sequoia National Forest about 20 miles north of Kernville, California. Loop hike; no vehicle shuttle necessary. Elevation is about[masked]ft. 3mm+ wetsuit, life jacket, and dry bag required. You will spend an hour or two in and out of cold water. Participants should have at least an intermediate skill set and comfort with rapping in a heavy waterfall. Meet 9:30am at Johnsondale Bridge parking, or earlier to Carpool.
140 miles (3 hours) from Fresno, CA
175 miles (3.25 hours) from Burbank (LA)
510 miles (8 hours) from Pheonix, AZ
Limit 8 participants, plus waiting list.
@TEAM: 120', 120', 70' & 50' ropes, 30' webbing, 2 rapides, 2 potshots for guide line if needed.
@INDIVIDUAL: full wetsuit, neoprene socks, life jacket, dry bag, harness, helmet, descender, knife, prusiks, whistle, locking biners, PAS or 4' sling, food/water, and any other typical personal gear.
MEETUP/Carpool Locations, Saturday, May 11th:
Fresno, CA, 6:00am
McDonalds parking lot, 6:00am
1127 North San Fernando Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91504
McDonalds parking lot, 7:30am
379 East Olive Avenue & South Plano
Porterville, CA 93257
Parking Lot just west of Johnsondale Bridge
over Kern River on MH-99, 9:30am
4 miles east of Johnsondale, or
20 miles north of Kernville
GPS: [masked], [masked]