Late May was a good time to join Dave and Nicole, together with Mitch, Chantal and Tom from SUBW for some canyons in the Gardens of Stone National Park.
Many of the canyons in the Gardens of Stone are dry and so can be done in the cooler months without too much hardship. The canyons are quite spectacular and so are the surrounding areas above the canyons. There are a lot of intricately carved rock formations ranging from large pagodas to small delicate rills.
When you visit this area a canyon is a must. So are careful feet. A lot of the rock formations are very fragile. Blundering through will cause unsightly and permanent damage.
The first canyon we visited is one of my favourites in the park. It had a number of large acoustic chambers along its length.
The second canyon was much narrower and more technical. It had a few tricky down climbs and a short abseil in the canyon, and another to get to of it at the end.