Back in 2007, my brother and I were camping in Wyoming along this little creek that flows about a mile and a half to a much larger creek. We wanted to fish the larger creek, so we hiked down to it along the "high road." There wasn't any trail, we pretty much just bushwhacked, but stayed along the top of the ridge. It was fairly easy hiking except for one little spot. Well, anyway, after a day of fishing, as we were starting back to camp, I suggested to my brother that we take the "low road" along the creek - and he was dumb enough to listen to me.
What started out as a nice, relatively calm stream, quickly entered a steep canyon and became a little more, well, treacherous.
At this point we were really beginning to wonder what we'd gotten ourselves into.
But we would have had to go almost all the way back downstream in order to get back to the path we knew we could take. So we pressed on. We're kind of idiots.
Eventually we came to a point where the canyon was so narrow you could barely get through it.
Of course, once we got through there, it just got worse from there. It got so bad, in fact, that we had to come back out through that canyon and I had to put the camera away.
Rather than hiking all the way downstream though, we found a relatively easy grade that we could climb up (relatively is the key word here). It was largely a talus slope, however. So it wasn't exactly easy. Not to mention, both of us had carried our rods down to the stream without bringing a rod tube. We we each had to carry our rods through this.
Anyway, my brother led the way, and we began ascending the slope. Considering the loose rocks, we went one at a time until we reached a place we could safely rest.
At one point, my brother yelled "Rock!" and I ducked back behind a boulder just in time as a rock the size of a football careened past my head in a blur.
We finally did make it (obviously, since I'm posting this story on the internet now), though the trip took about two hours longer than it would have had we just taken the high road. But then we wouldn't have to story to tell.