The hike downThis is the trip report for the our trip down to deer creek falls in the grand canyon. So we drove down to the grand canyon and parked at monument point to take the old bill hall trail from the rim. We got there at about 2pm and the plan was to get down there by 5 or 6 and go down the slot canyon maybe three times then head back up that night. It turned out that the hike was a little tougher than we had expected. Maybe it didn't help that it was during the heat of the day or that we were carrying 120 meters of rope and canyoneering gear. We also decided we should have packed a lot simpler on other things as well. Like a bivy sack instead of a sleeping bag would have done, instead of bringing the entire mess kit just bring one bowl, pretty much just stick to the necessities.
On the way down we ran into some guys heading back up. They gave us some great advice. They told us we should have plenty of water and make sure we came back on the right trail. It turned out that they had smoked a bowl before they headed out at 5am and they had gotten lost on the wrong trail for a while. So the joke of the trip was "woah, you can't get out of the grand canyon by getting high, you need gain elevation dude."
Surprise valley was a lot of fun to hike through, not. It was like surprise, there's no shade. Or surprise you're going to die here. It was really hot there and the switchbacks just above surprise valley are brutal and seem like they never end.
After the surprise valley we eventually made it to deer spring which was a wish come true. The delicious spring water was much better than the warm water we were carrying.
The creek by the campground was very nice as well. We cooled down our core body temperature by playing a little bit in it.
We got to the camp at about 8pm so it took us a lot longer than we had expected. As such, we decided to put the overnight permit we got to use and we stayed the night.
Deer Creek CanyonThe next day we went out to go through the slot.
This could have been one of the most enjoyable canyons I've been through. There was water throughout the whole canyon and deep enough in parts to need to swim. But the temperature was great. We mostly used one of the 30m ropes we brought for all the shorter drops. We got to a longer one where we used the 60m but a 30 can be used, you just have to down climb or jump off into a pool the follows right after. There are rocks though, so you have to have someone check the area before you jump into it. Sorry we don't have any pictures from inside the canyon but the waterproof film camera we had really wasn't waterproof.