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Dirty Devil

Canyoneering Bushwhack Boogie Canyon - Dirty Devil Canyoneering Bushwhack Boogie Canyon
Dirty Devil

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TICKS & TODOS: 2 Todo Lists / 1 Ticks
CFS RANGE: 0 - 75
CURRENT CFS: Getting current CFS.... Full Details
LENGTH: 4-6 hours
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear, 100' of webbing.
RAPPELS: 5 to 15 m ( 50 ft. ), but bring enough rope for 50 m ( 165 ft. ) rappels depending on anchor location.
WATER: Generally little, though the Dirty Devil canyon have quite a bit after recent rains or during spring runoff
SEASON: Fall, Spring before or after spring runoff
Tue Hi:76 Lo:50 Wed Hi:81 Lo:50 Thu Hi:82 Lo:53 Fri Hi:86 Lo:55 Sat Hi:84 Lo:54
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Like soul-crushing tamarisk bushwhacking? Want to experience the claustrophobic sensation of a true desert thrash? This is the canyon for you, and I would recommend evaluating what choices you have made in life to have arrived at this point.

In all seriousness, Bushwhack Boogie offers a couple of different approaches and possible exits. If you choose wisely, the soul-crushing bushwhack is minimized and the day dawns much brighter than if you choose poorly. The canyon itself is charming, maybe 2.5 or 3 out of 4 stars, and worth doing. The rappels stair step down when the sandstone layers change, and all short drops offer nice seeps and picturesque small pools.

A very awkward rappel, a brief section of 5.6 climbing, and tricky route finding make this an intermediate or even advanced canyon. The reward is an amazing area with big views, nice but short narrows, and intricate and rewarding route finding.

Two approaches are given:

Alcove Amble Approach - The easiest and best approach lengthens the bad road driving and puts the difficult route finding at the end of the day, but minimizes the bushwhack.

Bushwhack Approach - This offers the best road and gets the tough route finding done at the start of the day. The downside is, you guessed it, bushwhacking.

Note: The route involves one short section of climbing. Likely 5.5 or 5.6 and only 1-2 moves, this is relatively easy to spot from below, but climbing experience recommended for at least one member of the party. This canyon also requires wading the Dirty Devil. I would recommend a flow of less than 75 cfs, and consider bringing a wetsuit in cold seasons. Fall and early spring before spring runoff would be the best times to visit.

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