A relaxing half day in two easy but scenic slot canyons
Dominic, Dwight and Kevin start up pleasant slickrock slopes in early morning. We're hoping to descend both forks of Blarney Canyon with plenty of time left for the long drive home.
We hike along the rim on the east side of Blarney Canyon. This is also the approach for Shillelagh Canyon and we'd come to know it well.
Dwight and Kevin compare GPS readings as we head for the head of the canyon. The Henry Mountains form a beautiful backdrop.
Dominic enters the right fork of Blarney Canyon.
Dwight kicks off the aesthetic, laid back romp. Its the perfect outing after two very full days of canyoneering.
Dwight climbs over a pesky chockstone.
Kevin rappels a small drop near the end of the technical portion of the canyon.
Dominic enjoys an easy stroll through the scenic canyon.
Dominic and Dwight aren't worn out enough yet so they opt for another little workout.
Blarney Canyon as seen from the rim. After descending the right fork we repeated the approach in order to explore the left fork.
Dominic hikes toward the head of Blarney Canyon under the warm mid-morning sun.
The guys scope out the beginning of the Left Fork. They determine that the best way down is right below Dominic. From this angle the downclimb looks intimidating but it ends up being easy.
Dominic rappels a smooth chute at the beginning of the canyon.
Dominic catches a few minutes of rest while the the rest of us do the rappel. Its been a tiring couple of days!
Kevin rappels; Dwight's next in line.
Dominic in some mellow but lovely narrows.
Kevin starts down a short elevator.
Kevin concentrates on a critical move.
Kevin, Dwight and Dominic line up for a rappel.
Dominic rappels down into the darkness.
Some more unnecessary screwing around.
Kevin gets in some pushups to round out the day.
Kevin walks along some convenient ledges just above the canyon floor.
Dwight elevators down to terra firma.
This picture speaks for itself.