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Wilbur Canyon

  • May 4, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Wilbur is a 3BIII Canyon in West Clear Creek, with  scenic narrows and some swimming required.  This is a long Canyon requiring about 6-9 hours.  The climb out is 750 ft.  
We will be doing this Canyon Saturday May, 4, 2012.  We expect to leave camp at 9:00 a.m.


Personal Gear List:

Harness

Helmet

Gloves

Descending Device

Wet Suit (Expect Cold Conditions, so 5 Mil to 3Mil full wet suits.)

PSD, i.e., a Personal Safety Device

Several Locking Carabeaners


Personal Skills Required
You must be self reliant and have the ability to reasonably assess your own skills. You are responsible for your own safety.Ability to Swim.  I am facilitating this trip.  I am not a guide nor am I accepting responsibility for your safety.


Group Gear Required
One 200 Foot Rope (9 Mil to 9.5 Mil) One 120 Ft. Rope (9 Mil to 9.5 Mil)

4 Rap Rings

25-30 feet of webbing.

Vehicle Considerations
High Clearance 2 Wheel Drive will be sufficient.We will need vehicles for 8 people.  We will be leaving from the group camp site, so the drive should not be long.  We will not need shuttle vehicles.

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  • Josh N.

    Awesome trip in Wilbur with you all! I enjoyed meeting you guys and gals, and I enjoyed seeing a new canyon with you. I was very fortunate that I met up with you guys, crazy how things work out sometimes! Until the next adventure!!!

    May 8, 2013

  • Zeke

    Great canyon with greater group

    May 6, 2013

  • Josh N.

    Hey all! Never heard back regarding having my girlfriend join us in Wilbur, no worries, it will be easier for her to meet me in the afternoon on Sat after we exit Wilbur. What time approx do y'all think we'll top out and be back in camp? My plan is still to meet you guys at the Wilbur camp on FR142B at 8 am tomorrow. Also, am I reading the info correctly with the AZ Tech Rendesvouz camp being a half mile from HWY 260 on FR144? And another camp for us at the Calloway/Wilbur area? Either way, I will be out there in the am. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!! I drive a white Chevy truck with a camper shell, 4x4, can fit up to 6 people and gear. If anyone needs a ride into the forest from the Hwy let me know, I will be in the area of Hwy 87 and 260 around 7-7:30ish...

    May 3, 2013

    • Josh N.

      Ted, no worries about adding a ninth person. She is going to meet us after Wilbur and we may do X-Pine or Bear on Sunday. She is a climber and knows how to rappel, but she has not canyoneered before. And I am on the same page with you in regards to canyoneering with people you don't know or don't know their skills. We all want to be safe and be able to move fast and efficiently, and it's difficult to gauge a groups dynamics when you don't know them. I have taken numerous friends canyoneering for their first time in the past year, all successfully without any injury or mishap. I look forward to meeting everyone and possibly learning some new tricks and establishing some new canyoneering partners! See you soon! P.s. I will be bringing all of my gear, ropes(8mil) i know u want to use only 9, webbing, etc etc, just in case anything is needed.

      1 · May 3, 2013

    • Josh N.

      And thanks for leading this trip, looking forward to it!

      May 3, 2013

  • Josh N.

    I'd love to join this trip! I've done Bear and Sundance twice and Meadow all last summer, and didn't get a chance to get to Wilbur. I live in Flagstaff, and am planning on driving to the campsite Sat morning arriving at 8am. I do have a 4x4 Chevy truck with lots of room for people and gear! And I have not been out to WCC yet this year, but I imagine that it's very dry out there and thus mud shouldn't be an issue. Did Babes Hole this past weekend and the roads out there were dry as a bone.

    May 1, 2013

    • Zeke

      I also do not have a canyon for Sunday. Bear and X-Pine are both very close to camp.

      May 2, 2013

    • Josh N.

      I am down to do either, I've been down Bear twice, haven't done X-pine. Kinda waiting to see what my girlfriend wants to do, she will most likely be meeting me on Sat afternoon/evening to camp and then get on a rope Sunday...

      May 2, 2013

  • Deven

    Ted, et.al.,
    If I remember correctly, there is also a lesser known road option that cuts off FR142 just *before* (??) the big mud holes. Sorry, I'm not real certain on this, but you might consider it if you can't get past the FR142 bog... I think the beta I used previously on this is: Take FR[masked] miles NW to FR142B: near[masked],[masked]
    Drive 1 mile N till split with FR9365F: [masked],[masked]
    and continue left (west then north) on FR142B. Road Check Point1: [masked],[masked]
    Road Check Point2: [masked],[masked]
    Road Check Point3: [masked],[masked]
    Road Check Point4: [masked],[masked]

    End of Road, Exit Parking,
    Calloway TH area: [masked],[masked] Point to walk East to Canyon: [masked],[masked]
    Can walk on road till here: [masked],[masked]
    Descend to Canyon: [masked],[masked]

    Cheers. -Deven

    1 · May 1, 2013

    • Theodore A.

      Thanks Devon! I know we came in earlier then Tod Martin's described road. I can't remember if we skipped the mud bogs or not. But we will try your coordinates and I will check them on a Topo. Hope your doing well. We all miss you. Good to know your still keeping an eye out for us and sharing your adventures.

      May 1, 2013

  • John H.

    Just a note...I do not have a 4X4, just a mountain bike if it's not muddy....I've hiked in before from the mud bog & it's no fun....

    April 30, 2013

    • Theodore A.

      I am hoping several people in our group will have 4X4. So we will drive. Otherwise its a long hike in and a super extra long hike out. So we will hitch rides with those that have the 4X4s.

      April 30, 2013

  • Theodore A.

    Jeff:

    This would require us back track Mucho Miles to the highway and then back again on the same road. I say this assuming the camp site will be near the canyons.

    So, maybe you can meet somebody else coming up Saturday morning to do Wilbur, Bear or some other Canyon. Meetup with them at the intersection and then head into the camp site.

    Or somebody in the Wilbur group might get up early and volunteer to do all the back tracking to go meet you.

    April 30, 2013

    • Jeff W.

      Thanks Melissa, Ted, I will be at the campground at 8am

      April 30, 2013

    • Theodore A.

      Sounds good. Looks Like John did a great job finding a camp spot that should be easy for all to find.

      April 30, 2013

  • John H.

    So this campsite is real close to 260 and not so close to the canyons, correct? Especially Wilbur I'm guessing...
    Will we have a 4X4 or 2 to get us down to the Wilbur entrance or are we hiking most of the way beyond the mud bog?

    April 30, 2013

    • Theodore A.

      Yes, turns out, the camp site is a lot closer to 260 then the Canyons. We will need 4X4s. Hopefully we can by pass the mud bogs. We were able by pass or get through them this time last year. So plan A is to 4X4 in and drive all the way. Plan B would be to hike if we got close enough.

      April 30, 2013

  • Jeff W.

    Ted and group, I will be coming up Saturday, can I meet you at the intersection of 87 and 260? If so what time would be good?

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be in Cali on a climbing road trip in Sierras. I hope you have a great time.

    April 27, 2013

  • Jeff W.

    Out of curiosity, why must the ropes be 9 to 9.5 mil?

    April 25, 2013

    • Jeff W.

      We used Sal's rope in Parker and it is the same type.

      April 26, 2013

    • Theodore A.

      That will be a good rope to try out in Bear, short raps and plenty of water. That rope was good in wet water. The water creates more friction. So the rope will be faster when it is dry. Not ideal for the big rap at Sundance. Again, be careful if you have Newbs with you. Plesha will make the right call on the rope in Bear. He is a great Canyoneer.

      April 26, 2013

  • Theodore A.

    Hi John:

    This is the same Canyon and yes, I listed it as Mike listed it and we want to keep things congruent as possible. However, Mike listed it for Sunday but, I will be doing it Saturday not Sunday.

    We are leaving the Sunday trip Posted in case somebody ends up wanting to lead it. But, again, we wanted to give new members the opportunity to do Wilbur with somebody that has already done it. Wilbur is a long trip, so I would rather do it Saturday as opposed to Sunday, given their will be some Cinco De Mayo celebrating going on and most people may want a lighter Canyon to do following any festivities as well as wanting to get home at a reasonable time.

    April 25, 2013

  • Johnny C.

    Ted, is this the same event that Mike was going to be leading?
    Thanks,
    Johnny.

    April 25, 2013

  • Theodore A.

    Nice Video Devon. Like the rope log technique. I did it exactly a year ago. We found the exit but easily could have missed it. Hopefully we see you out in a Canyon soon.

    April 25, 2013

  • Deven

    Hey Ted. Nice Canyon. Exit from WCC elusive; keep eyes peeled.
    Vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU6hF3JdOdk
    Cheers.

    April 25, 2013

  • Zeke

    This canyon has been on my list for a while. Looking forward to getting out in it.

    April 25, 2013

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