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Seven Teacups (Dry Meadow Creek) - 3C-III

  • May 11, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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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.

Required gear:
@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.

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MEETUP/Carpool Locations, Saturday, May 11th:

Fresno, CA, 6:00am
TBD
TBD
GPS: TBD

McDonalds parking lot, 6:00am
1127 North San Fernando Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91504
GPS: [masked],[masked]

McDonalds parking lot, 7:30am
379 East Olive Avenue & South Plano
Porterville, CA 93257
GPS: [masked],[masked]

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]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnC1CvGXfsc
http://www.dankat.com/swhikes/teacup.htm

http://www.theatsteam.com/adventureworks/the-seven-teacups.html

 

 

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  • Scott M.

    For anyone reading this thread for info, I have a suggestion for crossing the Kern safely. Bring some sort of inflatable to put your backpack on while swimming. It's not a huge deal, but I'm a good swimmer and it wasn't easy. I think that would significantly increase the safety factor for the trip.

    May 13, 2013

  • Luca

    If you liked the teacups, you should do Jump Canyon. 5 times higher jumps, 10 times longer. There's an Upper and a Lower. Both are awesome, but the lower is more intense.

    2 · May 13, 2013

  • Conrad W.

    Did you guys stay at a campsite for this canyon?

    May 12, 2013

    • Conrad W.

      I recall staying at one when I did it, but I can't remember its name.

      1 · May 12, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Logan and I stayed at a campsite along the river about 2 mi from the bridge. I can't remember it's name, but it is after a campsite called Fairview, which also very close. We got their late and there were plenty of sites still available. We stayed for free, because the ranger did not make it to us before we had to leave.

      May 13, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Optimal conditions=Epic Canyon. I had a great time with fantastic friends.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Scott M.

    What an awesome experience with some fantastic friends. The conditions were absolutely perfect IMHO. I want to thank Deven for all the work he put in before and during the decent. He obviously had a plan and he executed it flawlessly. Best canyon I've done in California. All others bow down to the cups.

    May 12, 2013

  • Deven

    Thanks everyone, great trip. Perfect weather and conditions. Dry Meadow Creek is running on the low end of about 15-20 cfs right now and the Kern River is about 600 cfs. The hike in from the top was easy, pleasant, and picturesque. Park an exit vehicle at the bridge and shuttle 1.5 miles west on MH-99 to the only dirt road turning off there to your right. Park on left side of road a few yards down. Cheers.

    May 12, 2013

  • Ursula

    Wow, very cool! Loved the pics!

    May 11, 2013

  • \\Logan//

    7T-Cups is the gold standard of wet canyons in California, as far as I know, and it lived up to its reputation. Thanks for organizing, Deven. Note: normally this canyon should not be attempted by anyone other than extremely skilled wet canyoneers at this time of year due to severe hydraulics and charging waterfalls, but this year the water flow rate is near a historical low so it was fine.

    May 11, 2013

  • Deven

    Weather still looking good for Saturday, sunny and 88 degees in Kernville. Cheers. http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Kernville+CA+USCA0541:1:US

    May 10, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Flow down to about 600 CFS today. Woohoo!

    May 10, 2013

  • Luca

    Hey guys, the Kern will be swimmable, but water in Dry Meadow Creek might still be high since it comes from a different source.
    Make sure you are prepared for high water (see video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnC1CvGXfsc).
    The hike in is the one described by Brennen, I did this the first time, but now I know better. There's a much quicker and better version: hike in along the river, cross over a little bit past the junction of Dry Meadow Creek, climb over the ridge using a faint use trail and drop down into the stream. Shorter in time and distance, it will also allow you to visually check flow of Kern river and Meadow Creek during the approach and bail if you're not convinced. If you need GPS track shoot me an email and I'll send it to you.

    May 8, 2013

  • Craigerino

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~pfd/ Some great deals here and they have coupons up to 45% off. I got this one for $28! http://www.sierratradingpost.com/extrasport-loch-pfd-life-jacket-uscg-approved-type-iii-for-men-and-women~p~4202a/?filterString=s~pfd%2F&colorFamily=02

    I can't make it though. My wife works and my 11mo old doesn't know her water know yet...LOL

    May 7, 2013

  • Alwin

    I really, really want to do this but its my kids' weekend. Have fun!

    May 7, 2013

  • \\Logan//

    http://www.dreamflows.com/graphs/yir.104.php
    The Upper Kern appears to be flowing at same levels as end of Aug., 2011; and even lower than 2012 which was also atypically low.

    May 6, 2013

    • Conrad W.

      Hmm looks like I was wrong. Well then have fun everyone. Just check the flow at the exit and you should be fine. Part of me wants to go... I might schedule another meetup to do this next month.

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Conrad W.

    :( Wish I could do this. Will be busy on Saturday. Oh and you're going to die if you do this canyon. I recommend waiting another month.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Ursula

    Seems awfully early in the year for this?

    May 5, 2013

  • Deven

    The 2.5mm Neosport vest is also a nice versitile way to add some extra insulation to a thinner full suit: http://www.amazon.com/NeoSport-2-5-mm-XSPAN-Black-Large/dp/B004MCJGJS/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1367800355&sr=1-2&keywords=neosport+vest
    Cheers.

    May 5, 2013

  • Deven

    The Neosport 2mm neoprene socks work fairly well for $12. I use two pair for 4mm if you have shoes to accomodate them... http://www.amazon.com/NeoSport-Wetsuits-Premium-Neoprene-Water/dp/B003554EFO/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1367800169&sr=1-1&keywords=neoprene+socks

    May 5, 2013

  • Deven

    If you need a dry bag, Walmart Sporting Goods sells a 20L "Outdoor Products" white/clear bag for about $6 that works pretty well with an extra trash bag inside.
    For wetsuits I recommend a 4/3mm (or perhaps 5/4mm) full suit. There are lots of possible manufacturers, but Hyperflex makes a very comfortable suit in $[masked] range: http://www.amazon.com/Hyperflex-Wetsuits-Cyclone-Black-X-Small/dp/B000OC8MZO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1367799426&sr=8-6&keywords=hyperflex+wetsuit
    http://hyperflexusa.com/size-chart/
    A wetsuit must be properly fitting and snug, or it will not provide you with the intended insulative properties.

    May 5, 2013

  • \\Logan//

    I'm gonna drive up Friday and camp on the river. There's plenty of free primitive camp sites. If anyone wants to carpool let me know.

    May 5, 2013

  • Deven

    Scott, Re PFD: For Class C heavy flow, recommended for safety. About any cheap ($25?) vest-style ski/wakeboard/boating PFD will work. Personally, rather than kayaking style vests, I think these newer Wake-Boarding vests are better configured for Canyoneering... O'Neill Outlaw Comp Vest is not USCG approved because it does not guarentee face-up float for unconscious swimmer, but it is definitely much lighter (about half the USCG ones), close-fitting, and very comfortable even if you have a pack on over it. Provides some additional core warmth. About half as bulky as normal vest. Not sure what the boyancy is, but even if it is 50% of a USCG rated, with a wetsuit on it should be plenty.

    May 5, 2013

  • Scott M.

    BTW my rope is 120' not 100'

    May 5, 2013

  • Shane H.

    Damn! The one thing I dont have is a wetsuit....

    May 5, 2013

  • Scott M.

    I have a 200' and a 100' rope. 30' of webbing

    May 5, 2013

    • Deven

      Thanks Scott. Welcome. Bring it along and we'll see what we need depending on participation. Thanks. Cheers.

      May 5, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Hey Deven, I need to purchase a vest this week. Do you have a recommendation? I'm really looking forward to next weekend!

    May 5, 2013

  • Deven

    Weather forcast to be sunny and 90 degrees in the foothills, 82 degrees at higher elevations, light breeze.

    May 5, 2013

  • Deven

    Distances:
    ------------
    From road to Drainage over saddle: 0.6 mile [masked]ft)
    Down drainage to Dry Meadow Creek: 1.2 mile [masked]ft)
    Seven Teacups Canyon: 0.5 mile [masked]ft)
    Kern River Exit: 2.1 mile [masked]ft)
    Exit to Entrance on MH-99: 1.4 mile [masked]ft)
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    Total: 5.8 mile [masked]ft)

    May 5, 2013

  • Deven

    GPS:
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    Start TH Turnoff from MH-99: [masked], [masked]
    (1.5 miles west of MH-99 Bridge)
    Hike up over Saddle: [masked], [masked]
    And into Gully: [masked], [masked]
    Follow Gully NE to Canyon: [masked], [masked]
    Top of Seven Teacups: [masked], [masked]
    Confluence with Kern: [masked], [masked]
    Exit Parking Lot: [masked], [masked]

    May 5, 2013

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