At this first major obstacle, follow the cairns to a pointed bridge-like rock structure sticking out of the wall. As you navigate your way around the point, step across the bridge and ease your way along the other side by holding on tight and stretching your legs to the next foothold and your arms to the next handhold. This is rock climbing, not hiking, only with a big pack. You may want ropes to lower packs at times, especially in this spot, although we did it on the way up with our packs on. Going down, we "gently" tossed our packs a couple times.
Once you've made it around the bridge and down, follow the cairns through the chasm. After carefully stepping down the gully/wash/drainage filled with loose rocks, you will be on very exposed ledges making your way to the next major obstacle. At this point, you're about half-way to the river, but may consider turning around when you come to this next, difficult move. We did, but forged ahead and were glad we made it.
You'll know you've reached the next challenge when you see that the only way down is a ramp-like, rock feature that descends sharply, with a gap between it and the wall on your right. To maneuver down this safely, I went first, without my pack, leaning against the wall while supporting my legs with my feet pressed into the rock ramp. Then it was just kind of a chimney walk down to where I could take the packs and wait for my partner to do the same thing. We cheered after clearing that obstacle, only to realize there were several more challenges ahead.
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