Download Agreement, Release, and Acknowledgement of Risk:
You (the person requesting this file download) fully understand mountain climbing (“Activity”) involves risks and dangers of serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis, and death (“Risks”) and you fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for losses, costs, and damages you incur as a result of your participation in this Activity.
You acknowledge that information in the file you have chosen to download may not be accurate and may contain errors. You agree to assume all risks when using this information and agree to release and discharge 14ers.com, 14ers Inc. and the author(s) of such information (collectively, the “Released Parties”).
You hereby discharge the Released Parties from all damages, actions, claims and liabilities of any nature, specifically including, but not limited to, damages, actions, claims and liabilities arising from or related to the negligence of the Released Parties. You further agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend 14ers.com, 14ers Inc. and each of the other Released Parties from and against any loss, damage, liability and expense, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by 14ers.com, 14ers Inc. or any of the other Released Parties as a result of you using information provided on the 14ers.com or 14ers Inc. websites.
You have read this agreement, fully understand its terms and intend it to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and agree that if any portion of this agreement is held to be invalid the balance, notwithstanding, shall continue in full force and effect.
By clicking “OK” you agree to these terms. If you DO NOT agree, click “Cancel”...
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.
Looking down the class 3 gully.
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.
Donna on the first rappel.
Kevin on the first rappel.
Kevin on the first rappel.
Sweet rock anchor, ey?
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.
Donna coming down the second rappel.
Donna comming down the second rappel.
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.
The start of thefree hang on the 3rd rap. 100 feet of bliss.
Donna on the third rappel.
Third rappel fun.
Donna working her way down. Kevin can be noticed on the top.
How can you beat that scenery?
The ledge on the north side of the canyon.
Looking back at Tier drop.
Bummer, Park Avenue trail. Couldn't it go on forever?
Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.