Lower PINTAC Canyon |

King Mesa

Canyoneering Lower PINTAC Canyon - King Mesa Canyoneering Lower PINTAC Canyon

King Mesa

Overview

RATING: 4A X

Sun

A chance of rain and snow before 11am, then a slight chance of rain.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 18 to 23 mph increasing to 24 to 29 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

53 | 36

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon.

54 | 33

Tue

Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 34

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 35

Thu

A chance of rain and snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

53 | 33

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

Sun

A chance of rain and snow before 11am, then a slight chance of rain.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 18 to 23 mph increasing to 24 to 29 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

53 | 36

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon.

54 | 33

Tue

Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 34

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 35

Thu

A chance of rain and snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

53 | 33

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Nice canyon below the narrow slot.

Nice canyon below the narrow slot.

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!
Looking at the lower section on the approach, below the tight slot.

Looking at the lower section on the approach, below the tight slot.

MRK getting started down the canyon.

MRK getting started down the canyon.

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