South Fork of Badger Canyon

Where: Marble Canyon, Arizona
When: April 2009
Partners: DB

DB in the south fork

Since we missed out on the Grand Canyon Canyoneering Rendezvous in February 2009, DB and I decided to head on over in April to check out the scene. The short version goes something like this:

With a short approach, we encountered three short rappels, a quick bit of pretty narrows, and then the confluence with the north fork, where we found a mother, father and baby bighorn.
A baby bighorn at the confluence

Once in the north fork, we found one more rappel and then made the short walk to the Colorado River. Pretty as hell, we then walked a bit down-river to a class 4-5 escape via the next drainage on the right. A short walk back to the car followed.
At the Colorado River

Heading for the escape

Although we'd planned on spending a few days in the Marble Canyon area, we weren't particularly impressed and decided to head for greener pastures. While the south fork of Badger was nice, it wasn't a destination canyon.