Canyoneering

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Canyoneering

You don’t have to be Spider-Man to do it
Charmaine Noronha rappels over Salome Creek, capping a canyoneering adventure in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest.
The cool water of Salome Creek awaits hikers at the end of a canyoneering trip.
Hikers wear wet suits and helmets as they descend the walls of Salome Canyon, Arizona.
Hikers in wet suits and helmets wade in the creek after a rappel.
If you go

Salome Canyon: Easily reached by car, about 75 miles from Phoenix. Canyoneering tours by 360 Adventures, www.360-adventures.com, $400 for one person, $200 for each additional person; groups of four or more are $200 per person. Fee includes permits, park entry fees, skilled guides, transportation, gear, wet suits, safety equipment, lunch, water, snacks and dry day packs. Hiking time, five hours, but the expedition lasts a few hours longer because of breaks for snacks and dinner.

Tips: Wear comfortable hiking shoes (but not boots) with good grips or consider buying water-resistant hiking shoes, and wear a bathing suit under your wet suit.

Canyoneering

Charmaine Noronha rappels over Salome Creek, capping a canyoneering adventure in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest.
The cool water of Salome Creek awaits hikers at the end of a canyoneering trip.
Hikers wear wet suits and helmets as they descend the walls of Salome Canyon, Arizona.
Hikers in wet suits and helmets wade in the creek after a rappel.
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