Tuckup to Stairway -Grand Canyon

cmgz

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Back in March, I was invited on a trip down Tuckup Canyon to Stairway Canyon. Non technical but a rope and webbing was helpful for backpacks and a few downclimbs.
Heading down the trailhead into Tuckup
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Cubicle rock, an important route marker for the way back out.
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A stop at the Shaman's Panel.
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Heading down Tuckup
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Willow Creek coming in, beautiful but mineralized water which will make you feel not so good in the end.
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Deepening canyon
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Our first night, next to Conglomerate Arch. An owl was flying and calling through the early evening. It echoed on the canyon walls and made the coolest sounds.
The next day, small obstacles started.
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Then came the chute down to the 20 foot ledge downclimb.
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20 foot downclimb to the end of the canyon. It doesn't look too bad but the rock is smooth and therefore a bit scary. There's a piton at the top or a large nail halfway down, both of which would make a fine handline if you bring rope.
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Then you're at the Colorado River
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Now just 8 miles of bushwhacking to Stairway. Well some was rockhopping, some was bypassing and then there was bushwhacking.
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My friend and my arms. We love bushwhacking!
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Our next night's camp at Fern Glen.
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Fern Glen
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Yuccas in bloom.
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We finished our bushwhacking the next day and had a long afternoon of rest at the mouth of Stairway.
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Time to head up Stairway
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There were two bypasses, the first past this 50 foot fall.
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The second
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past a 200 foot dryfall.

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Finally at the top of the second bypass. A handline was really helpful for the last past of the climb, in order to get the backpacks up.
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The 200 foot dryfall
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Best campsite in the world, unless it rains.
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Next day, up the canyon. The obstacles eased and we were on the Esplanade.
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On the Esplanade.
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By the Dome, then it's back to Cubicle Rock and up and out. Great trip!
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slc_dan

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Nice trip!

I went down a similar route, after a failed technical route excursion, we backtracked and went down Tuckup and then returned the same way. The giant limestone hallways are so mesmerizing. The down (and for me also up) climbs were fantastic.

Funny that you mentioned the mineralized water, we drank it for two days, and definitely felt its affects. While not dangerous, it did make things....loose.

I could spend a lifetime in that ditch.
 

regehr

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Wow!

I always like to say it's not bushwacking if you're not bleeding.
 
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