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Capitol Reef

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Capitol Reef

Overview

RATING: 4B

Sun

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

46 | 28

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon.

46 | 26

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

50 | 29

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 49.

49 | 31

Thu

A slight chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

45 | 29

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear, Wetsuits in Spring/Fall
RAPPELS: 3+ to 60 m ( 197 ft. )
WATER: Generally some pools, wetsuit recommended in all but the hottest conditions.
FLASHFLOOD: High

Sun

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

46 | 28

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon.

46 | 26

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

50 | 29

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 49.

49 | 31

Thu

A slight chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

45 | 29

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Satelite image of the canyon/approach

Satelite image of the canyon/approach

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.

Mark Looking down one of the downclimbs.

Mark Looking down one of the downclimbs.

John making the first downclimb

John making the first downclimb

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