Death Valley: Scorpion Canyon
I have been to Death Valley many times but I’d never done a technical canyon. I had been just about to reserve some rooms in southern Arizona when I heard some friends were going to do several canyons in the park at the same time that I was leaving town, so I changed plans and met them for a couple of hikes.
The first day we did Scorpion Canyon. We started by hiking through the maze of badlands off of Twenty Mule Team Road. This was a two car trip with the second car 20 minutes away at Desolation Canyon.
The steepest part of our climb was up this cool mini canyon of steeply tilted slabs.
The first rappel followed by some interesting downclimbing.
Rappel 3 was listed in the beta as 105 feet.
Rappel 4 Alternative route was a two stage rappel.