North East Fork of TCB
Last Candition: April 21, 2013
Previous post is right - this is not a 'family-friendly' beginner slot. It is however a great place to learn & experience a very narrow slot in sections requiring some off-the-deck-stemming, etc. Don't take a pack except to carry a small amount of water & a little extra food. No harness or rope required. Do take 40 feet of webbing to use for getting back out if you descend & re-ascend the final section after the exit. There are actually two places close together near the end you can easily exit, both from a wash that comes in on the right LDC. The final section out to the big drop is entertaining & worth it for that reason. The drop is spectacular. But the climb back up is strenuous & difficult. Leave a person behind to assist. Never had to go as high as previous report on the stemming, but the three of us were skinnier. Water in numerous spots but never more than knee deep or stemmable. 5 hours RT but killed an hour on the final section & some lunch.
Did this in late afternoon after doing Larry earlier that day. Descriptions said this is "easy" & "family friendly". Not so. Non-stop downclimbing/upclimbing from start. VERY narrow in many spots, requiring high stemming. 3 members of group in 6' 200 lb range & found it extremely tight & difficult. (did Alcatraz the next morning and found it to be walk in the park comparatively). Lots of stinky pools with dead mice only avoidable with very high stem about 50 ft up. 1/2 of group waded through water knee deep. 2 members of group went past exit into last part of slot before the dryfall. They described the down/upclimbs as very strenuous & not worth the effort. Rest of group hiked up to cliff above lower canyon. View from top worth seeing! Exit route was easy but required a lot of slogging through sand to reach SUV parked at oil drill site. 5 people took about 3 hours round trip.