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RATING: 3A

Mon

Sunny. High near 74, with temperatures falling to around 71 in the afternoon. Southwest wind 3 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.

74 | 47

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 66. Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

66 | 40

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 74.

74 | 36

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 74.

74 | 45

Fri

Sunny, with a high near 71.

71 | 41

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SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring
RAPPELS: 3 to 11 m ( 37 ft. )
WATER: Generally little or none.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate to high in a short section

Mon

Sunny. High near 74, with temperatures falling to around 71 in the afternoon. Southwest wind 3 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.

74 | 47

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 66. Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

66 | 40

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 74.

74 | 36

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 74.

74 | 45

Fri

Sunny, with a high near 71.

71 | 41

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Team effort building an anchor in Herm Pollock.

Team effort building an anchor in Herm Pollock.

Herm Pollock Slot is an interesting, short slot canyon with a big approach! The canyon is unique in that I have never seen such a slot so completely sand-floored. It is like a day at the beach!

A couple of notes about this outing. First, it is a bit of an approach requiring some route finding for a short section of technical slot canyon. If you are an adrenaline-fueled canyoneer looking for a hardcore adventure, pass on this one. If you like a long amble in the desert punctuated by a bit of technical slot, this is a lovely day out.

Second, this canyon, though short, requires good natural anchor skills. The sandy floor doesn't leave much to work with. We used a sand trap for the first rappel, and it worked really well. Without a sand trap, rock mining from outside the canyon would be needed. The other anchors can be chockstones, but if flooding happens to change or remove them, there isn't much else to work with.

The slot section of Herm Poillock

The slot section of Herm Poillock

Diane checking out the sandtrap configuration.

Diane checking out the sandtrap configuration.

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