After many weeks at home due to family obligations and various injuries I had a serious case of canyon fever. I was invited to Parker Canyon, but had to be on-call Saturday morning. By 10 am I was off the hook, but my regular canyoneering partners were all out at Parker already, so I needed something I could do solo. I contemplated some of the shorter trips in the Supes like Headdress, but given that I was still recovering from a back injury also, I wanted to do one I had done before. So El Capitan it was. Paying $1.67 a gallon also made it much easier to decide to do something farther out.
On the approach, I was huffing and puffing up the hill to get to the entrance gully, when I looked over my shoulder to see a huge group of bighorn sheep!
The canyon itself was as great as it was the first time around. This time I had a helmet mount for my camera, though its placed a little high so not as easy to capture good footage as a gopro. But it seemed to work.
El Capitan is an underrated canyon in my opinion. Easy entrance and exit and really first rate narrows. The rappels are not too exciting - five, and only two of them over 10 feet - but that's just the ticket for a solo trip. It was just nice to be back out in some good scenery, and to have it all to myself.
As some friends like to say, a great day to be in the canyons!