Lower PINTAC Canyon |

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Canyoneering Lower PINTAC Canyon - King Mesa Canyoneering Lower PINTAC Canyon
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Overview

RATING: 4A X
LENGTH: 7-9 hours

Wed

95 | 72

Thu

95 | 69

Fri

96 | 69

Sat

98 | 71

Sun

98 | 70

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SEASON: Spring, Fall
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear / 20 m ( 66 ft. ) webbing
RAPPELS: 2 to 22 m ( 73 ft. )
WATER: Generally little or none.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate/High

Wed

95 | 72

Thu

95 | 69

Fri

96 | 69

Sat

98 | 71

Sun

98 | 70

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Pain In The Ass Canyon, or PINTAC as it is more commonly known, is said to be a beast! I know of only one group of expert climbers that descended the whole canyon. They reported hours unprotected of off-width up and down climbs - some of the hardest climbing they had done. I am a climber, but multiple unprotected 30-40 ft off width up/down climbs are way beyond my comfort zone.

This route is LOWER PINTAC, the bottom part of the canyon. Though tamer than the upper section, this section is still X-rated, with much exposed high stemming.

Unlike its neighbor DDI and Big Tony, the high stemming section is a bit shorter, maybe around 1-1.5 hours for most groups. The lower part of the canyon, below the high stemming, is quite beautiful.

Warning: This is a hard canyon for expert canyoneers and climbers only. You will be stemming for 1-1.5+ hours unprotected 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!

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