Stevenson Creek meanders down from Shaver Lake in the Sierra foothills. Lots of slides and jumps with a few rappels. Then suddenly it drops 500 feet pouring over a vertical face, crashing to the rocks below. Dave Red led this section not knowing where the anchors were below, soon discovering an intense pendulum potential into the raging falls. This is only the start of the lower section. You can see the bottom of the big falls, followed by numerous big drops into pools with swimming disconnects and slippery lips you have to be careful not to get swept over. The watercourse narrows to a "hallway" section that has to be stemmed, followed by more....and more rappels!
An amazingly beautiful route that holds it's own to any other big Sierra canyon route.
We initially approached it as a first descent, set-up by Dominik. However the night before we discovered it had been run before, that's about all the beta we had. This meant we didn't have to bring quite as much gear (no 10lb power drill!). Not sure if this was a good or bad thing though as we spent lots of time looking for anchors.
We ended the last rappel just as it was getting dark. At least the 4 mile hike out wasn't hot!
A short clip just after the main falls. Dominik is at the anchor while Dave is on Rappel. I'll be assembling a full length video of the route
Thanks do Dave Red and Domink, solid canyoneers! This is truly an amazing canyon. Beta to follow on Ropewiki.