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Lake Mead

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Lake Mead

Overview

RATING: 3A

Sun

Patchy blowing dust before 9am. Sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

63 | 48

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 61. South wind around 6 mph.

61 | 44

Tue

Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 47

Wed

Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 49

Thu

A slight chance of showers.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

63 | 48

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SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring (Hot in the summer)
RAPPELS: 7-10 to 18 m ( 60 ft. )
WATER: Generally none.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate/High

Sun

Patchy blowing dust before 9am. Sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

63 | 48

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 61. South wind around 6 mph.

61 | 44

Tue

Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 47

Wed

Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 49

Thu

A slight chance of showers.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

63 | 48

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Diane getting ready to toss the road in Quarry Canyon

Diane getting ready to toss the road in Quarry Canyon

Sheepbone and Quarry Canyons form a technical canyoneering loop near Lake Mead. The route climbs Sheepbone Canyon, which has a handful of dry falls to surmount, typically with fixed ropes in place. Leaving Sheepbone Canyon, the route hikes over a pass and descends Quarry Canyon, which requires rappelling. Though right next to each other, the two canyons have different characters. Sheepbone Canyon is more narrow, convoluted and lovely, while Quarry is more open. Of the two, Sheepbone was by far our favorite.

With a competent leader, this makes an excellent beginner-friendly canyoneering outing. The obstacles in Sheepbone are a little challenging but never very hard, and the rappels in Quarry Canyon are all easy starts and very straightforward. The description below has rappels for all of the anchors we encountered, though a few of them are easy to moderate down climbs.

Note: Experienced scramblers, or those with a bit of climbing experience, often just go up and back down Sheepbone Canyon, avoiding the more technical Quarry Canyon. This makes a great day out, and sees the best of the two canyons without requiring technical gear. If going up and back down Sheepbone Canyon, make sure you are comfortable going up AND coming down any of the fixed ropes. The hardest of the fixed ropes was the very last one near the top of Sheepbone.
The first dryfall in Sheepbone Canyon

The first dryfall in Sheepbone Canyon

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