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Overview

LENGTH: 3-4 days

Fri

48 | 33

Sat

49 | 33

Sun

52 | 37

Mon

48 | 34

Tue

46 | 29

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SEASON: Late Spring through early Fall
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear, 20 m ( 66 ft. ) rope, Wetsuit ( Bring a rope even if only doing the non-technical section )
RAPPELS: Technical Section - 1-2 to 7 m ( 23 ft. )
WATER: Generally a flowing stream. Much wading and swiming.
FLASHFLOOD: Very High - Do not enter if it rained recently or rain is in the forecast.

Fri

48 | 33

Sat

49 | 33

Sun

52 | 37

Mon

48 | 34

Tue

46 | 29

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End of the Upper Technical Section - West Canyon

End of the Upper Technical Section - West Canyon

Upper Technical Section - West Canyon

Upper Technical Section - West Canyon

West Canyon likely needs no introduction for the aspiring canyoneer. It is often talked about by those who have been there, and several guidebooks rate it as one of the best adventures on the Colorado Plateau, including this write-up. If access were easier, West Canyon would be full of people. Due to the commitment to reach the canyon, however, you are unlikely to see many others while in the area.

For the uninitiated, West Canyon is one of the premier canyons on Lake Powell. It deserves premier status not because of it's technical challenges, but rather it's relatively easy passage, and stunning beauty. Mile after mile the canyon is breathtaking in its scale and scenery. The upper reaches of the canyon hold a short technical section. Although not particularly difficult, the remote nature of the canyon and difficult access leave this adventure best suited to intermediate or advanced groups. Even visiting the lower (non-technical) sections should be reserved for intermediates. There are a few climbing obstacles to be surmounted along the way that are not well suited to beginners.

Overall, this is one adventure not to miss if you have a competent group, and access to a boat. It is truly one of the great adventures of the Colorado Plateau.

Lowe Narrows - West Canyon

Lowe Narrows - West Canyon

Nice Narrows - West Canyon

Nice Narrows - West Canyon

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