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Cottonwood, Capitol Reef seems to have a bit of everything. Not knowing what to expect, Almost Grand turned out to be a true gem. It is in the Navajo layer and has stunning slot sections, sculpted rappels, and even a semi-keeper pothole. In addition to a stunning canyon, the approach hike offers big views of Capitol Reef and the surrounding areas. The canyon has a price, though, with potentially difficult anchors. The current anchors (mostly deadman) could easily wash out in a flood, and there is not much material to work with.
Canyoneers with advanced anchors skills only for this one. It may be necessary to use sand anchors or shuttle rocks from above or below rappels to build deadmen.
A big thanks to John Diener whom scouted the route for this one and extended me an invite to join his group (with Mark and Tyler Fallentine) for a descent of the canyon. We initially thought it might be a first descent, but found recent footprints and anchors. We later found out we had been scooped by one day! Fun canyon.