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Cedar Mesa

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Cedar Mesa

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RATING: 3B

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

63 | 37

Mon

Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Windy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

63 | 43

Tue

Rain likely, possibly mixed with snow showers, mainly before 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Breezy.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

52 | 38

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 51.

51 | 27

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 58.

58 | 32

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
RAPPELS: 2+ to 15 m ( 50 ft. )
WATER: Generally quite a bit. Wetsuit recommended.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

63 | 37

Mon

Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Windy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

63 | 43

Tue

Rain likely, possibly mixed with snow showers, mainly before 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Breezy.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

52 | 38

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 51.

51 | 27

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 58.

58 | 32

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First drops in Duckett Canyon

First drops in Duckett Canyon

Looking back up the first drops in Duckett Canyon

Looking back up the first drops in Duckett Canyon

This short little canyon has a bit of history with me. We first gave it a go Thanksgiving Day in 2005 or 2006. The weather was a bit grim, so I decided it would be a nice, short canyon to check out. Our initial rim walk showed a lot of water in the canyon. I rappelled in from the side in a couple of places to check it out, and found long pools in both sections. My desire for comfort won out over my desire for exploration, and we left that day hoping to get back in the spring to descend it.

As often happens, I didn't make it back for quite some time, finally visiting in 2012. The canyon, though very short, doesn't disappoint! It offers beginner groups several partner assist and team work problems to overcome, while never feeling overly committing or hard. The hardest section is, in fact, at the very start and can be avoided if needed.

I would strongly recommend a wetsuit in most conditions. You CAN find the canyon with very little water, or you can find it with many pools and a lot of water. Err on the side of caution, its no fun to freeze!

Upper narrow section in Duckett Canyon

Upper narrow section in Duckett Canyon

Narrows in Duckett Canyon

Narrows in Duckett Canyon

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