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    Kiddie Canyoneering 3/10 - 3/12

    Friday evening we set off to Sandthrax campground to rendezvous with Scott Matthys and his family. Saturday morning we woke up & set off to Blarney Left fork with a group of 12 people that included 4 young kids ranging from ages 3 to 10 years old.

    My daughter Jena on the 1st mandatory rappel Age 9.

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    Even got my mom on this canyon, a beginner, making her way down R1.

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    Start of the slot making our way down the 1st down climb.



    R2 - we decided to lower the kids over the top of the boulder with a adult at the bottom waiting to grab them & assist them on the rappel.



    My son Nixon being lowered on R2.



    Group traffic jam in Blarney canyon.

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    We found out that with kids you should double your time frame, and a ratio of 1 adult per child is wise. Time in canyon ~6 hours.

    Saturday night we took a stroll down upper conundrum canyon.



    Sunday morning half of our group left leaving us with 4 kids & 4 adults. We decided to do Leprechaun Right Fork with a shuttle to the top in attempt to save time & energy.

    Scott lowering his son Taylor whole his wife Elisha coaches from the rim.



    After my daughter got stuck on R1 i gad to tandem with her. Thankfully i had lots of help & willing people to assist. Elisha on tandem rappel with my 3 year old son Nixon.



    Life is easier when you fit through the bottom of the canyon. Most of my stemming sections were easy walks for the kids.



    Taylor on a guided down climb and lower.



    Thinking skinny doesn't always make you skinny.





    The walk of fame after completing the canyon



    Time in canyon was ~ 6 hours. IMO I thought Blarney Left fork was easier with the kids. Blarney is wider allowing you to assist people better & the downclimbs were not as difficult. Overall a successful weekend.

    Apologies to Scott. With Max allows leading the pack I didn't get any. Pictures of him. Please feel free to add your own pictures to the thread.

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    You must be buddies with Koda motion? Saw his post on Instagram. Looked awesome.

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    Brings back fond memories of my kids in our first canyons.

    Loved the pics and TR.


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    Was there any water in right fork of Lep?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moab mark View Post
    You must be buddies with Koda motion? Saw his post on Instagram. Looked awesome.

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    We are but one in the same 😜. My nickname is Koda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akavalun View Post
    Was there any water in right fork of Lep?
    No there was not. Everything was bone dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotabelliston View Post
    We are but one in the same 😜. My nickname is Koda.

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    I'm smarter now

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotabelliston View Post
    Friday evening we set off to Sandthrax campground to rendezvous with Scott Matthys and his family. Saturday morning we woke up & set off to Blarney Left fork with a group of 12 people that included 4 young kids ranging from ages 3 to 10 years old.

    Apologies to Scott. With Max always leading the pack I didn't get any. Pictures of him. Please feel free to add your own pictures to the thread.

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    Great TR Dakota! What an enjoyable experience with our little ones. Can't wait to get out again, but next time we will give Max a backpack and weight it down with some rocks!

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