Ryan Audett trekking upslope from the Colorado River towards the canyon rim early in the morning.
One of the many cliff bands we passed through to reach the canyon rim before we could traverse to the head of Cove Canyon.
A view from the top. Cove Canyon falls away on the right. After reaching the rim we traversed several miles of beautiful slickrock to reach the entrance to Cove Canyon.
After several weeks on the river at a much lower elevation, the sight of juniper trees was a novel one.
Looking down into Cove Canyon during our approach to its head from the rim.
Ian Mallinson on one of the first rappells of the day which dropped over a series of undercut ledges before a free hanging section into a dry plung pool below.
A tricky rappell for canyoneer Ryan Audett in Cove Canyon, which feeds into the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Stephanie Williams rappelling next two a hanging garden in Cove Canyon, a tributary of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Ian on a free handing section of a rappell which took us down next to a trickling waterfall and beautiful hanging garden.
Stephanie setting up to lower past an undercut section of a rappell.
Marion Biddle looks on from the far right as Stephanie descends past the lip.
Canyoneer descending a deep limestone slot in Cove Canyon, Arizona.
Stephanie Williams descending a step section of limestone. Cove Canyon, Arizona.
Ryan descending a steep step into a plung pool (hidden by the lip in front of it) while Lesley McClurg looks on.
Canyoneer Lesley McClurg on rappell in Cove Canyon, Arizona.
Marion, geared up in a dry suit for this rappell which ended in a pool of water below.
Descending a deep slot in a limestone layer towards a pool of water in Cove Canyon, a tributary of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Downclimbing via headlamp light, Ian eases his way into the last pool of water, his dry bag floating nearby.
Ryan and Marion placing a nut as a back up to the existing rappell anchor for the last rappell of the route--two rocks jammed into horizontal crevise close to the lip of the drop. We backed up many of the exisiting natural rappell anchors on the route, sending one of our lighter members down last who would clean the extra gear before descending themselves.
A campfire, cold beers, and dinner prepared by our expedition mates waited for us back at camp along the river. All and all an amazing day!
The book GRAND CANYONEERING, by Todd Martin, was an invaluable resource for all our canyoneering adventures on the river. I highly recomend this book for anyone looking for some awesome canyon adventures while floating the Grand Canyon! It is extremely well researched and organized. The writing is both clear and engaging.