Timpie Canyon |

Capitol Reef

Canyoneering Timpie Canyon - Capitol Reef Canyoneering Timpie Canyon
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TICKS & TODOS: 10 Todo Lists / 5 Ticks
LENGTH: 3-5 hours
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear
RAPPELS: 4 to 82 m ( 270 ft. )
WATER: Generally little or none.
SEASON: Any, no snow. Hot in the summer.
Sat Hi:51 Lo:32 Sun Hi:54 Lo:35 Mon Hi:60 Lo:31 Tue Hi:63 Lo:36 Wed Hi:63 Lo:39
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Timpie Canyon is a short fork of Shinob Canyon that drains into Grand Wash. The canyon is good, but really short. It most memorable for its stunning beautiful, and stunning large second rappel. This is NOT a good choice for beginners. The second rappel is long, and requires skill and friction to safely descend. Some are using a chockstone mid-way to break the drop into two shorter drops, or downclimbing the last 30-40 feet. This is not recommended. A fall would be catastrophic if downclimbing, and rigging off the chockstone would be an awkward small stance with a high probability of sticking a rope.

The canyon makes a pleasant 1/2 or 3/4 day when combined with hiking Ferns Nipple (the map shows both the canyon and Ferns Nipple Route), and is what I would recommend. The scenery on the approach and Ferns Nipple make for a great day, with the short slot on the return being the icing on the cake. Typically the canyon shouldn't hold much water, making it a good outing in cooler times of the year. After heavy rains, we had one short waist deep wade just after the 3rd rappel, but most will find the canyon dry.

The main canyon, Shinob, is not currently labeled on USGS maps, but is on the visitor center map. Shinob is a Piute word meaning "Great Spirit". In Piute legend, a People of the Sky were restless and travelled into the heavens. According to legend, they can still be seen moving through the heavens every night.

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