mt charleston in the distance
The view to the north
Our friend Jay Snow, with Charleston in the distance again.
Beautiful Death Valley and the snow capped Panamints
Finally at the ridge crest!
It's very easy to dislodge a rock from the loose stuff all around you, and it has nowhere to go except down towards you partners down canyon. That's why helmets are a must as soon as the descent begins. Sometimes rockfall is bad enough that only one person can negotiate an obstacle at a time, while everyone else stands aside and avoids falling objects.
The first of 17 (I think) rappels for the day
Luke, a.k.a. Bluu Gnome, and canyoneer extraordinaire, who has been present on several of the first descents of the Death Valley canyons. Luke also loves to collect the data on the canyon and maintains an awesome canyoneering website at http://www.bluugnome.com/
The angle looks a little funny, like that rock might flip over, but it's way better than it looks. One of several common anchor types utilized by the canyoneer.
Tom doing a little playful upclimbing
What do you think, would you trust YOUR LIFE to JUST this rock stack?
Notice the tiny climber just in the sunlight walking down canyon. Once again several of the rappels were approaching 100 feet, with one that was a little over.
Rick standing under a rock that I would love to have seen fall from it's previous home!
Once again, notice the tiny climber at the bottom of the fall
And for the third time we finished in the dark. Now that's my kind of day. All out fun from before sunrise till after dark. It took us thirteen and a half hours to gain almost 3000 feet, and lose 5000 over a total distance of about 10 miles. What a day!!!