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3 trip Moonshine Wash - San Rafael Desert
Date: 12/26/2022
Three of us did the loop on December 26, 2022. There was a 10' long pool with a 1/2" thick ice crust at the bottom of the up climb. We broke ice and placed a few rocks on the small but slippery shelf on the left edge and stripped down to avoid the risk of wetting our warm layers and scaled the ledge, which was very tricky.  We made it through with cold blue feet although were relieved that none of us landed in the cold and deep part of the pool, which looked around 4 to 5 feet deep at the bottom. With approach shoes back on, it was still a slippery and tricky climb up and over the round choke stone at the top. My two young and accomplished climber companions went up first and set a short length of rope to provide me protection and help me up. I found one other dry fall problem a little further on to be my crux and again needed a bit of help up.  The rest of the route was spectacular with a few beautiful, iced pools and an extensive ice cascade at the location of the moonshine production concrete vat’s. The temperature as around mid to low 40's, which in my opinion was perfect. It took us a little under 5 hours. On this trips experience, I would class this as 2AII canyoneering. Road conditions approaching from Green River were dry and good.
3 trip The Volcano / Cosmic Ashtray - Escalante
Date: 11/21/2021
Tammy, Kathleen, Biff, Jami, Mark and Cathy. Met Matt and Mary.
3 trip Weavers Caves - Escalante
Date: 11/20/2021
With Tammy, Kathleen, Biff, Jami, Mark and Cathy
4 trip Devils Garden - Escalante
Date: 12/19/2020
3 trip Three Fingers and Uneva Canyons - Eastern Reef
Date: 11/15/2020
Great day. This one did not disappoint. Spent the night in Green River Super 8. We got away later than planned and were boots down 11:08 AM. Me, Tammy, Bennett and Pepper. Highlights were; 1. Perennial pools, 2. Views down the Swell Reef, 3. Petroglyph panel, 4. Exiting Univa, 5. Mid Winter Tailgate. Distance 9.66 miles. Time 6:12. EG 1,808'. Cal 2060. Debated loop vs backtrack at lunch stop just west of petroglyphs. It really was a 51/49 call. We went for it an are glad we did. I'd love to go back and do the out'n back and enjoy the light on the swell from behind.