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1 trip Misery (Fat Mans) East / West Forks - Zion East Side
Date: 05/22/2022
Very nice to finish the canyon into the E.F. of the Virgin River! Warm day, took wetsuits but didn't use them. Just got wet to waist. Scenic but long approach and exit.
1 trip Das Boot - Zion West Side
Date: 05/21/2022
Das Boot! Quite the experience. Beautiful, cold, rigorous, long. Used my 2-piece, scuba wetsuit (~5:10); wouldn’t have wanted any less neoprene.
1 trip Englestead Canyon - Zion East Side
Date: 05/20/2022
First and especially 4th raps are nice. 1st time rappelling onto ice. Mud splash-down! 4WD exit TH is worth it. Beautiful.
1 trip4 trip Singing Canyon - Burr Trail
Date: 04/10/2022
Fun short canyon. Cool old cattle trail ramp. The canyon starts as just a mellow wash, but abruptly finishes with a bang--several successive raps ending in the echo chamber. Last rappel is very nice. Took us < 3 hours. We saw no rattlesnakes; I will start calling it Midget Rattler after I see one there.
1 trip Neon Canyon - Escalante
Date: 04/09/2022
Beautiful fun drop into the Golden Cathedral. The pool was about 3' deep. We took wetsuits, but didn't use them. The keeper pothole was mostly dry and deep! Most of us used the rappel to get past it. Went down Fence Canyon, but used the direct, sandy route for the exit.
1 trip Micro Death Hollow - Escalante
Date: 04/08/2022
Good half-day canyon. Was quite dry for us though--would have been more interesting with pools. The narrows were cool, but if you need to go high, it takes some effort. One in our party needed to go high for the first half of the narrows, but was able to drop down and squeeze through the 2nd half (by exhaling). Kind of interesting 4th class crack exit.
1 trip Behunin Canyon - Zion Main Canyon
Date: 05/03/2021
8:30 hours. Couldn't completely avoid water, but mostly. Last rap free hang was spinning due to rope twist; not awesome. Beautiful canyon though, including approach (after leaving the masses behind at Angels Landing).
1 trip Pine Creek - Zion Main Canyon
Date: 05/02/2021
Awesome. Very wet, very cold water. I thought the first pool was going to be about a foot deep. I eased in and disappeared! Glad I had my THICK wetsuit on. Super cool canyon.
1 trip Dunham Slot - Paria
Date: 05/01/2021
Very pretty, but very very short. Dry, fun. Worth it. Last deadman anchor in place and fine.
1 trip Double Arch Canyon - Eastern Reef
Date: 04/11/2021
Cool technical section, although brief. Used hook to get into semi-keeper pothole. We were all able to climb out.
1 trip Buckeyes Canyon - Eastern Reef
Date: 04/11/2021
Very pretty. Ages well as a memory. One of the deadman anchors was garbage though--easily pulled up by one hand. We totally redid it with a much bigger rock and burried. Fiddlesticked 4 raps. Couldn't avoid all water; just had a neoprene top, which was fine.
1 trip4 trip Upper Black Dragon Wash - Central Swell
Date: 04/10/2021
Jumped into one hole. Approach funky being close to I-70 and fence. Came across bighorn sheep.
1 trip Baptist Draw - Southern Swell
Date: 10/11/2020
Very nice. Exceeded expectations in terms of slot length and beauty. DC 1st rap. Time 4:20. Completely dry. Nice day, once out of the wind up top.
1 trip Benign Canyon - Dirty Devil
Date: 10/10/2020
Some fun down climbs. Saw no one else. Completely dry. The keeper pothole wasn't a keeper at all. Dry and easily climbed out of. We weren't even sure which pothole was supposedly the keeper until thinking about it after we were done. There were 5 anchors I think; we used 3 and DC the other two. Last downclimb (rap) was fun. Bushwack at bottom was ugly. Time 3:20.
1 trip Inferno - Bullfrog
Date: 05/09/2020
High stemming. Very energetic. I was sweating like Raffa. Climber's exit was a grunt. Very top 2 downclimbs were sketchy so we avoided. Destroyed my pants. We avoided all water. Side-rimming one pothole was tough!
1 trip Yellow Brick Road and Tik-Tok Bridge - Trachyte - Land of Oz
Date: 05/08/2020
Fun Cayon. Took 4x4 road to the end at the top! Avoided all water--walked ledge around last one in Emerald City. Ledge walked last rappel. Rappelled Tic Tok hole--cool! Watch placement of anchor--needs to be back.
1 trip North Fork of Iron Wash - San Rafael Swell
Date: 05/03/2020
High stemming, but not too difficult. Rap from log had a tricky start but was cool. The dark, aweful pothole was spooky--avoided.
1 trip3 trip Lower Eardley Canyon - San Rafael Swell
Date: 05/02/2020
Nice pools. Did without wetsuit and was only chilly for 20 minutes. 2 jumpers, 1 quite exciting, even though water levels were low. Shortcut descent was tricky to navigate; we did it in 2 rappels.
3 trip Upper Muley Twist - Burr Trail
Date: 03/26/2020
Long, awesome hike with Meg, Maya, and Shawn. Gaia GPS said we went 10.4 miles, including a visit to the nice slot. Scrambled up the moki steps above the slot, but did not go too far (I should next time). Shmypass would have wigged out Bridget a bit. Awesome views from the Rim. Took us 6:45 from 4WD TH.
3 trip Headquarters Canyon - Notom Road
Date: 03/26/2020
Beautiful hike with Meg, Maya, and Shawn. Saw no one else. Fun narrows down low.
3 trip Lower Muley Twist Canyon - Notom Road
Date: 03/24/2020
Pretty wash. Hiked down 3 miles, then returned, with Meg, Maya, and Shawn.
3 trip Bloody Hands Gap - Notom
Date: 03/23/2020
Hike with Meg, Maya, and Shawn. Could have ridden mtn. bikes all the way to the hands, had we understood the initial river crossings. Lots of cow hoof prints on the trail would have made it bumpy though. Eriogonum inflatum.
3 trip4 trip Capitol Gorge - Capitol Reef
Date: 03/22/2020
Hiked up from eastern park boundary to the tanks, then explored Waterpocket Canyon, which is cool, with Meg, Maya, and Shawn.
3 trip4 trip Capitol Gorge - Capitol Reef
Date: 12/23/2019
Hiked down to tanks from main TH with Conor, Meg, Maya, Dave, and Shawn. Tanks were frozen.
1 trip Pool Arch Canyon - Moab
Date: 11/10/2019
Very nice. 1st Big drop by the arch was impressive. Only needed to get one foot wet (pool below arch). Bolts at last rappel. Nice weather for us. Quick side hike up the fin definitely worth the time for the view.
1 trip Tierdrop Canyon - Arches National Park
Date: 11/09/2019
Fun. A bit of an intimidating transition to free hang on last big rappel. 1st rappel off tree definitely > 100' and requires a pull cord if using a 60m rope.
1 trip Knotted Rope Canyon - San Rafael Swell
Date: 05/26/2019
Beautiful canyon! Pothole Alley was great. All potholes full--no keepers. No need for a rope this time. I should have brought a full wetsuit! Time for 3 of us: 6:50 (waited to pass one group for a bit at the narrowest part).
1 trip Hyde Draw - Central Swell
Date: 05/25/2019
Short, fun little canyon. Explored down Eardley a bit, as well as up, before the exit. Potholes full; a few short swims and wades.
1 trip Witch's Cauldron - Trachyte - Land of Oz
Date: 06/04/2018
Sketchy. Conor and Jhole went HIGH, I went through. Lots of spiders in the dark on the wall. Don't slip. Didn't have wetsuit. I got wet. Didn't need escape tools with the water level in the cauldron.
1 trip Woody Canyon - Trachyte Area
Date: 06/03/2018
Water levels low. Swam through the underwater passage under the bridge. Fun canyon, but would be super fun with more water. Went into the KPH variation, but couldn't find an anchor at the final rappel, so climbed out (not recommended) & went back into main Woody .
1 trip Cable Canyon - Southern Swell
Date: 06/02/2018
Nice, but would have been way better with water! It was dry, due to the dry year. Had to use hook to get down one section. Party behind us used it and returned it to us. Dead ringtail cat in one pothole.
1 trip Stegosaur Slot - Capitol Reef
Date: 05/04/2018
Fun with Bridget and Conor
3 trip Gold Strike Canyon - Black Canyon
Date: 02/14/2018
Very nice. lovely hot soak. Helped a lost guy get out of the canyon.
1 trip The Wives - Capitol Reef
Date: 10/15/2017
Did wife 5. Nice. Pretty. Wet up to thighs in pothole alley.
1 trip Pandora's Box - Capitol Reef
Date: 10/14/2017
Long! but nice. 11.5 hours, with 5 hours in the 1-mile slot. Fall colors towards the end of Spring Canyon were nice.
1 trip Upper Greasewood - San Rafael Swell
Date: 10/01/2017
Fun canyon, lots of swimming! Saw 6 anchors, did 4 rappels (and some spicy down climbing). Two stage rappel can be done in one stage (top) with shorter rope. Then down-climb or rap the 2nd stage separately (there was an anchor there).
1 trip Upper Three Fingers Canyon - San Rafael Swell
Date: 09/30/2017
Great canyon! Fun down climbing, swimming, and a pothole escape. There was a 4" scorpion in the keeper pothole.
5 trip3 trip The Chute of Muddy Creek - Southern Swell
Date: 05/26/2017
Awesome!! Floated it in a Pack Raft @ 180 cfs. One of the best floats ever. Might be able to enjoy it with less flow, but not tons less.
1 trip The Squeeze - San Rafael Swell
Date: 05/06/2017
The canyon that keeps on giving.
1 trip Quandary Canyon - San Rafael Swell
Date: 05/05/2017
Excellent canyon. Exited up Ramp, which is beautiful. I wish there was a little more water in the potholes, but it was still awesome.
1 trip Dragonfly Canyon - Arches National Park
Date: 03/21/2017
Rather dry--only needed to get wet in last pot hole before the 1st rap. Middle is deep, and can be jumped into, but a ledge on the right side allowed for a waist deep crossing.
1 trip Trail Canyon - Trachyte
Date: 03/12/2017
Did it without wetsuits. Swam the diamond pool. Did not see how to fit through the narrows (I'm 5'9" & 160), so went up and over; fairly rigorous & a bit nervy.
1 trip Constrychnine Canyon - Poison Spring
Date: 03/11/2017
Great canyon. Totally dry. Love the last, dark rap.
1 trip Monkey Business - West - West Butler
Date: 03/11/2017
Fun, but heinous rope pull from the 2-stage rappel, which can be split into 2 raps, which we did. Top anchor should probably be extended closer to top edge of rap. Exit is a grunt; we did it in the dark.
1 trip South Fork of Maidenwater - Trachyte
Date: 03/10/2017
Fun down climbs at end
1 trip Lost and Found Canyon - Arches National Park
Date: 11/12/2016
Fun. Nice last rappel. Climbers exit was fine.
1 trip Winter Camp Wash - Lost Spring
Date: 11/11/2016
Great rappel! 2nd stage is cool.
1 trip Fooling Around - East - West Butler
Date: 10/30/2016
Slot after slot. Last section is tight! And dramatic.
1 trip3 trip Leprechaun Canyon - North Wash
Date: 10/29/2016
Did west Lep. Great downclimbing. Very worthwhile.
1 trip Morocco Canyon - North Wash
Date: 10/29/2016
Short and very sweet. 3 of us did it in 1:20.
1 trip Death Canyon - North Wash
Date: 09/30/2016
Fun down climb instead of 1st rappel. Used knot for anchor on last (only) rappel.
1 trip3 trip Lisa Falls - Wasatch Front
Date: 09/23/2016
Pretty, but pretty busy. No real technical challenges.
1 trip Birch Hollow - Zion East Side
Date: 09/19/2016
Really fun and beautiful raps.
1 trip Spry Canyon - Zion Main Canyon
Date: 09/19/2016
Fun canyon, a swim or two, but no wetsuits needed.
1 trip Duckett Slot - Cedar Mesa
Date: 09/04/2016
Nice, with a few fun downclimbs. Drier than normal.
1 trip Shillelagh Canyon - North Wash
Date: 09/03/2016
2nd rap is nice.
1 trip Pleiades Canyon - Moab
Date: 08/07/2016
1 trip Keyhole Canyon - Zion Main Canyon
Date: 04/30/2016
Descended from the top. Nice canyon! Cold in March though; full wetsuit needed, neoprene gloves much appreciated!
1 trip White Roost Canyon - White Roost
Date: 04/03/2016
Did the main (east) fork. Fun and awesome!
1 trip Blue John Canyon - Robbers Roost
Date: 04/01/2016
1st canyon in the Roost. Descended Little Blue and ascended the Middle Fork. Nice narrows in the middle. Got a work out climbing up.
1 trip The Subway (From the Top) - Zion West Side
Date: 03/29/2016
COLD at end of March (I bought neoprene gloves after that), but awesome!
1 trip2 trip Elephant Butte - Arches National Park
Date: 03/13/2016
Very nice!
1 trip Granary Canyon - Moab
Date: 03/12/2016
1 trip Hogwarts Canyon - North Wash
Date: 10/09/2015
Sweet canyon! Fun rapping through the arch.
1 trip Slideanide Canyon - Poison Spring
Date: 10/07/2015
Fun downclimbing and great exit from the last crack!
1 trip Blarney Canyon - North Wash
Date: 10/07/2015
1 trip Hog Canyons - North Wash
Date: 05/24/2015
Did Hog 1 and 2. Hog 2 was awesome! great downclimbing at the exit, exciting blind rap to a pool, and crazy 1st rap from a deadman.
1 trip3 trip Leprechaun Canyon - North Wash
Date: 04/25/2015
Did east Lep--very fun!
1 trip Cluster Canyon (aka Entrajo) - Moab
Date: 04/14/2015
1st canyoneering adventure!

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