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Capitol Reef

Overview

Sun

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.  Little or no snow accumulation expected.

44 | 28

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind 6 to 13 mph becoming south in the morning.

44 | 26

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

48 | 30

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

47 | 31

Thu

A slight chance of snow.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

43 | 29

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SEASON: Any, no snow
RAPPELS: 0+ Depending on Canyon
WATER: Wife 5 can have a few pools to waist deep.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate

Sun

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.  Little or no snow accumulation expected.

44 | 28

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind 6 to 13 mph becoming south in the morning.

44 | 26

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

48 | 30

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

47 | 31

Thu

A slight chance of snow.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

43 | 29

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Wife 3 Canyon - Anchor

Wife 3 Canyon - Anchor

The Wives are a total of 7 short canyons in Capitol Reef that are side drainages of Cohab Canyon. The canyons are all very short, so only take an hour or so once the approach is made. A competent group can do 2-3 of them easily in a day.

That being said, if you are OCD, such as myself, you will undoubtedly do all 7. For those more quality oriented, Wife 5 is head and shoulders above the rest. Wife 3 is also fairly good. Beyond that, I would not highly recommend the others. Wife 4 and 1 are OK, next I would put Wife 2, and TOTGA. I would not recommend Wife 6, it is brushy and not particularly interesting.

Warning: Wife 4/TOTGA have very tight crack downclimbs. Members of the deuce+ club (200+lbs) may find these very difficult. You have been warned! Not a good choice for claustrophobic canyoneers either.

Note: Wife 5 is sometimes rated as harder because the 4th rappel was originally done from a small rock wedged in a solution pocket that is difficult to inspect/replace the webbing on. While this is true, look around at the rap, and there are a couple of solution pockets that go all the way through creating an easy thread. These make for better anchors; they are up out of the watercourse and easy to inspect.

All of these canyons are fault canyons, and contain a lot of fragile, crumbly rock. Helmets recommended and be sure to evaluate anchors carefully.

Wife 3 and TOTGA beta image

Wife 3 and TOTGA beta image

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