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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2 comments:

Matt Taylor said...

Awesome trip report Aaron, looks like a really cool place. Good job on the podcast too.

Scott said...

Somehow my trip to New Mexico last weekend got a lot less cool. Thanks.