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PostSun Nov 24, 2019 12:07 pm 
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Kimberly (Rainee Too), Jerry and I found a three day backpack with good water at Dead Horsre Canyon Spring and Upper Cottonwood Spring.  Both had a flow for yards.  I had explored these springs in a different loop a few years ago.
We chose to modify the standard loop in order to add some challenge and uncertainty but mostly to avoid road hiking of lower Cottonwood Canyon.  Thus, we went up Marble Canyon and over to the side canyon described in Michel Digonnet's book.  Then we did a loop of the slot, Upper Cottonwood Canyon, and back down to Deadhorse Canyon spring.  Day 3 we returned down Marble Canyon.  Kimberly's Jeep Rincon got us to the wilderness boundary TH in Marble Canyon.  We explored a couple of side canyons in Marble as well.
Great trip!

Day 1:

Up Marble Canyon:


Side canyons to explore:


Day 2, climbing out of Dead Horse Canyon and dropping into the Cottonwood side slot:


The impasse requiring bypass:


Backing out to bypass and descending:


Descending the Digonnet bypass, loose!:


Attempt upcanyon to impasse:


(stopped)


Into and moving up Cottonwood to camp 2:


Day 3, back over to Marble:


Side trip to Marble Canyon's 4th narrows:


Back to the TH:


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PostSun Nov 24, 2019 12:20 pm 
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Love all your trip reports.

MY daughter and I go down to explore in the Desert SW every spring.......Such an amazing place.
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