Friday, April 30, 2010
Woods Canyon Photo Podcast Trip Report
Please click on the Podcast above to listen to this trip report. Im going to start doing some TR's this way and hope to get better at the podcast thing. Let me what you think ?
I was lucky enough to journey through Woods Canyon in Arizona that has been run very few times. I can say it was one of the most amazing places I have ever been. Normally Arizona is Gamble we were lucky to catch Christopher Creek and Woods Canyon when we only had 3 days of paddling. Listen to the Podcast for the full story....
Day Two Randy heading into the unknown...
Me Enjoying the Supai Gorge Photo: Randy Binder
Loaded and waiting at the put in for our shuttle just off the busy interstate 17
Gettin into the business... Photo: Matt Mcfadden
This was a super long drop above with a short pool that ended with this big hole - Paddler: Matt
Hard to count the numerous drops like this one - Paddler: Randy
Matt getting ready to plug the first hole
Matt enjoying more of the Woods Canyon goods
Gotta love boofing and I got more then my share this day
This is one of the last drops before the big 70fter-Paddler Randy
You know when you paddle up to this horizon line its...going to be BIG
Not feeling this one
I contemplated for a few moments but the portage seemed to easy! Basically a 20footer on to rock and then into a big wall check and then if your upright its all good to the bottom
This is near the end of the huge boulder gardens. We found it was easier to run these drops then to portage. When you see this big sandstone wall with a large cave your very near the first narrows section.
This is the first entrance to the narrows and we were a little concerned considering the entrance had a large log that was directly at the bottom of the rapid and we were lucky enough to duck under. We moved downstream in hopes of no more logs
Heading into one of the most gorgeous canyons I have ever seen. With 20 minutes to spare we found a great camping spot within the inner gorge.
Settling down for the night
An amazing place to be and paddle
Morning of day two was filled with more drops and more tight gorges
each gorge had big boulder drops just before the entrance and after the entrances..thankfully no wood yet!
Entering the Supai Gorges
Randy getting his turn on a drop we nicknamed 50/50
Unbelievable place and so far away from everything at this point
Deep breathes before the next section
You cant tell but I have a huge smile on my face!
escaping the gorges and preparing for the paddle out and taking in the canyon landscape
Paddle out was alot of this that needed more water but we were super psyched to have been lucky enough to journey through this amazing canyon.
Randy getting surfed in one of the sticky sandstone ledges on the paddle out
BIG Thanks to Cody Howard for giving us the Woods Canyon recomendation
Video of the trip
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