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1 trip Upper Woodruff Slots - Trachyte
Date: 10/11/2021
Did Woodsy with Tammy and Tom. Fun canyon with a couple easy rappels, one of which could be downclimbed. Nice hidden pothole in the end. Can be a bit tight in some places.
1 trip Woody Canyon - Trachyte Area
Date: 10/10/2021
Very fun pothole canyon. We tried the pothole fork the next day- but had some large potholes and we only had a team of 3. Not terribly difficult with natural anchors and pot shots. I will be back for more pothole practice!
1 trip Black Table Canyon - Trachyte
Date: 10/09/2021
Interesting canyon with one rappel in the black rock section. Different than surrounding canyons, but may not be worth repeating unless a safe, short jaunt is in order.
1 trip Merry Piglet - North Wash
Date: 10/09/2021
Fun little canyon! Did with large group of Tammy, Tom, Tim, Julie, Austin, Rebecca and Ann. Was able to do mostly dry, but wet feet. Easy rappels, but with awkward starts.
1 trip Trail Canyon - Trachyte
Date: 10/03/2021
Did this with Kaden, Flo and LG and took 5:30. Wet, a couple swims, barely fit through some of the narrows and had to go high in a few places. The rappels are straightforward. A cairn anchor was at R1 and a chockstone anchor was at R2 although a sandtrap would work here. Much tougher and physically exhausting than described.
1 trip Hog Canyons - North Wash
Date: 10/02/2021
Went with Kaden, Flo and LG. Did Hog 2 first, straightforward and easier than the others. Climbed the prow between Hog 1 and 2 (10' of 5.6 climbing to gain the ridge). Boss Hog was about the same as last time - physical, dry and fun!
1 trip Upper Three Fingers Canyon - San Rafael Swell
Date: 09/05/2021
Pools were nearly full and very stinky! Did this with Leslie and John Schipper, Tammy Berrie, Tom Neff, and Ron Bauer. All short rappels.
1 trip Hyde Draw - Central Swell
Date: 09/04/2021
Did this with Ron Bauer, Tammie Berrie and Tom Neff. Only 1 real rappel that starts with an optional rappel or downclimb. The anchor was stuck in the crack below and I had to rappel from the top anchor to retrieve it for the others. The bottom part is just some downclimbs and one where a handline is nice, but is more grippy than it appears. We continued down to Lower Eardley for a total of 17.2 miles from point to point. Upper Eardley is very beautiful and easy going ,but about halfway down the going gets slow with willows, boulders, mud and just more difficult and steep terrain.
1 trip Zero G Canyon - San Rafael Swell
Date: 09/03/2021
Second time down Zero G. Pools were full and mostly clear with clean water. I set the rappel, but just downclimbed. Pothole was easy to escape when full.
1 trip3 trip Lower Eardley Canyon - San Rafael Swell
Date: 07/05/2021
Did this with Kaden and Rich. Hot day, the hiking approach takes a lot of energy. We found the shortcut, but since none of us had done it, we elected to take the standard route. This added more hiking, as very long, steep and loose gully to get to the canyon bottom (kind of stressful). The canyon bottom is rocky and muddy, so moving down canyon was slow. The pothole section was fun with mostly full potholes. The water was a bit stinky, but not terrible. We did not have wetsuits on 100 degree day and became slightly chilled near the end.
1 trip Upper Greasewood - San Rafael Swell
Date: 06/09/2021
Very nice canyon with more rappels than advertised (~6, although some could be downclimbed). Nearly full of water and not as stinky as 3 Fingers. Went with Tammie Berrie, Tom Neff, Ron Bauer and Leslie & John Schipper
1 trip Larry Canyon - Robbers Roost
Date: 06/04/2021
Went with Kaden, Wan and Wilmer. Hot day, almost completely dry. The first mandatory rappel can be broken into 2 short rappels with a deadman halfway down. Took about 8 hours due to slots of breaks due to heat. Nice canyon!
1 trip Horse Play Canyon - North Wash
Date: 05/24/2021
I'd give it 3.5 stars. Went with Kaden. Not for claustaphobes or folks not comfortable stemming for long periods of time. It was a lot of work, but a challenging canyon. 3-star for the beauty, 4-star for the physical challenge.
1 trip Angel Cove Slot - Angel Point
Date: 05/24/2021
With Kaden. Went down the South Fork and climbed up the North Fork on fixed lines. Round trip was 2.5 hours. Upclimb may be possible without fixed lines with advance partner assist, but the lines made it much easier!
1 trip Monkey Business - West - West Butler
Date: 05/23/2021
Did with Kaden. Nice canyon that has fun downclimbing, but not too narrow compared to it's neighbors. The 2-stage rappel was nice off of a deadman. Would do again.
1 trip Upper Stair Canyon - North Wash
Date: 05/23/2021
Went with Kaden after Monkey Business. We did it in a little over 2 hours. A bit strenuous but fun. Dabbled in the "R" section, but we were tired, so backed out. At least as nice as Horse Play. Good end of day bonus near good camping.
3 trip Crack Canyon - San Rafael Swell
Date: 05/16/2021
Hiked down this and up Chute. A couple of easy downclimbs and decent scenery,
3 trip Chute Canyon - Southern Swell
Date: 05/16/2021
Started "behind the reef" at Crack Canyon. This was a nice loop hike. A couple easy downclimbs found in Crack, but Chute was just a pleasant walkthrough. Took 4:15 for the 13.5 mile complete loop.
3 trip Ding and Dang Canyons - San Rafael Swell
Date: 05/16/2021
First time into these canyons. Went up Ding and down Dang. A little bit of scrambling and downclimbing, especially in Dang Canyon. Some water in Dang had to be stemmed over, but I stayed dry. A small rope or webbing may be useful for those with less experience.
1 trip Music Canyon - Southern Swell
Date: 05/03/2021
Hike in ~1.5 hours till it gets good, a bit of a slog. Very fun canyon, we did without harnesses. Fixed webbing to assist in up climb, but may not have been necessary. Deadman anchors were the anchor of choice and were in good condition. Made it to Muddy Creek then ascended back up - fixed webbing helped, but may be done without. Total ~6.5 hours there and back. Muddy Creek was flowing ~25 cfs - you would get plenty wet going downstream, but looked beautiful!
1 trip Southern Baptist Canyon - Southern Swell
Date: 05/01/2021
Did with Kaden, about ~4 hours for the loop, most on the Faultline return route. Big exposure rappel with a slightly awkward start with climb over the lip. Arch anchor will always be solid. May consider rapping in single stage if anchor extended over the lip. Boulder below is solid, but takes at least 20' of webbing to reach edge, plus what is needed around boulder.
1 trip Baptist Draw - Southern Swell
Date: 05/01/2021
Went with Kaden. DCed the first rappel without a problem. Rap to Chute Canyon was easy off of the bolts at ~85'. Tried to go downstream with fixing lines back up. First big chokestone formed overhang that was difficult to ascend, Abandoned downstream idea and completed the short loop - very nice! Dry except for a few small ponds, one of which we had to wade upper calf deep.
1 trip Slideanide Canyon - Poison Spring
Date: 04/18/2021
Great time, fun downclimbing. Last rappel can be done in stages with a shorter rope (~30m) or downclimbed with caution
1 trip Arscenic Canyon - Poison Spring
Date: 04/17/2021
All dry. First rappel is done with 3 stages on 60m rope, Possible with shorter rope and anchors at each stage. If single rope, leave at top and get later due to long pull. No more mandatory rappels below. Good times!
1 trip Angel Cove Slot - Angel Point
Date: 03/21/2021
First trip down with Ron.
1 trip Hogwarts Canyon - North Wash
Date: 02/15/2021
1 trip Hog Canyons - North Wash
Date: 02/14/2021
Hog 1 and exit gulch hike

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