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 Peak(s):  Tier Drop Canyon - 4,968 feet
 Post Date:  04/16/2010
 Date Climbed:   04/12/2010
 Posted By:  Furthermore

 Tier Drop Canyon, Avoiding the People of Arches   

Tier Drop Canyon
April 12, 2010
~1:45 hours.

Tier Drops Finest.
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Well, now what? We just got gumbied off of the Medieval Chamber and still had 4-5 hours of daylight left. Arches was close, so we did Tier Drop Canyon. After making the short 20 minute drive from Medieval Chamber to Arches NP, we ended up parking at the south trailhead for Park Avenue.

We reorganized our gear and started hiking west, away from the people, along the south side of a large cliff toward a low angled ramp in a gully at the junction of two massive walls. Once we reached the ramp, we started climbing upward on class 3 terrain.

Class 3 gully to gain the plateau.
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Looking down the class 3 gully.
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After we reached the top of the plateau, we headed north-northwest just left of a dome and looked for our tree anchor which led us to our first drop. Since it was windy, we found a small alcove and geared up. Donna rappelled first down the first of three rappels and although it was low angled rappel, we ended up using double 60M rope for this rappel. Shortly thereafter, we found our next anchor. A pile of rocks.

Walking the plateau to the tree.
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Donna on the first rappel.
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Kevin on the first rappel.
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Kevin on the first rappel.
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Sweet rock anchor, ey?
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This second rap could be done with a single 60M rope but we just used our double. The second rappel was shorter, ~50-60 feet. From the bottom of the second rappel, the views were amazing as we gazed down a side canyon of park avenue The best part is we were avoiding the hoards of people in Arches.

Kevin starting the second rappel.
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Donna coming down the second rappel.
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Donna comming down the second rappel.
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Our next anchor for our final rappel was two massive boulders. All the anchors had webbing slings, so we didn't have to get too creative. Two double ropes were a must as the next rappel was ~130-140 feet. I went first and enjoyed a sublime descent back to the canyon floor.
Once we all got to the bottom, we pulled our ropes and followed a ledge on the north side of the canyon to bypass a small cliff. After the bypass, we followed the wash and intercepted the Park Avenue trail back to the car and the people. What a sweet canyon.

Drop 3 anchor. A little better.
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The start of thefree hang on the 3rd rap. 100 feet of bliss.
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Donna on the third rappel.
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Third rappel fun.
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Donna working her way down. Kevin can be noticed on the top.
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Kevin's turn.
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How can you beat that scenery?
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The ledge on the north side of the canyon.
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Looking back at Tier drop.
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Desert flowers.
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Bummer, Park Avenue trail. Couldn't it go on forever?
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Route Map.
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