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Canyoneering DDI Canyon - King Mesa Canyoneering DDI Canyon
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RATING: 4B X
LENGTH: 9-11+ hours

Mon

84 | 59

Tue

84 | 57

Wed

86 | 54

Thu

85 | 57

Fri

83 | 55

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SEASON: Spring, Fall
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear
RAPPELS: 2+ to 20 m ( 66 ft. )
WATER: Generally a couple of pools. Wetsuits in cool/cold conditions.
FLASHFLOOD: High

Mon

84 | 59

Tue

84 | 57

Wed

86 | 54

Thu

85 | 57

Fri

83 | 55

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A more open area in lower DDI.

A more open area in lower DDI.

For a canyon named Don't Do It! (DDI)I have done it far too many times! When I was working up to Sandthrax, DDI Canyon was one I did several times over a year or so to gain some confidence in X-Rated canyons. The canyon, at least to my eyes, isn't particularly pretty. I do, however, find the climbing fun, engaging, and hard enough to challenge, but not hard enough to feel desperate.

Why the name "Don't Do It"? I am not sure of the history beyond the lore Steve Allen named it after his descent. My suspicion is the name comes from the exit, where the canyon becomes a swamp/brushy beast to hike through.

Warning: This is a hard canyon for expert canyoneers and climbers only. You will be stemming for at least a couple of hours, unprotected, and 12 m ( 40 ft. )+ off the canyon floor. A slip could easily be fatal. All members of the group must be at an expert level! Particularly at the start, the rock quality is also poor, adding to the difficulties.
Final rappel in DDI

Final rappel in DDI

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