March 24, 2018
Fun times practicing skills and meeting new aspirants.
It rained the entire night and through the morning of the first day. We in Excursions for a while waiting for the storm to clear while Rick showed us how he navigates weather websites and determines what canyon to do on a given day.
The clouds cleared out and we went through Beau Beau. Surprisingly, the canyon was the driest I have ever seen it. There were a few scattered pools and most of us made it through the entire canyon without getting wet.
At the beginning of the canyon we practiced different ways to partner capture.
The finale of partner captures was stacking people and having the top person do a multi-level pyramid capture.
We then practiced chimneying and various forms of traversing within the canyon.
Not much different from the day before, so only one picture.
We started Egypt 1 by splitting into to two smaller groups. One group rappelled in while the other group down climbed the first rappel. The down climb was exposed but doable - especially with a top-rope belay.
We down climbed many of the rappels using partner captures and teamwork instead of ropes which made for a more enjoyable and efficient experience.
One rappel we slung the rope through a backpack and used the rope as a hand line. As people went down, we added a second backpack for additional counter weight. Much quicker than building a deadman anchor.
There was one section of water that could be stemmed, several sections of mud, and lots of fun down climbs to be had.