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Southern Swell

Canyoneering Cable Canyon - Southern Swell Canyoneering Cable Canyon

Southern Swell

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RATING: 3B

Thu

A slight chance of rain showers after noon. Mostly sunny. High near 69, with temperatures falling to around 65 in the afternoon. South southeast wind 5 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

69 | 50

Fri

A chance of rain before noon, then rain likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. West southwest wind 8 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

63 | 48

Sat

Rain showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

58 | 43

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 42

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 44

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear, Pothole Escape Tools
RAPPELS: 3 to 40 m ( 132 ft. )
WATER: Generally quite a bit. Wetsuit recommended.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate/High

Thu

A slight chance of rain showers after noon. Mostly sunny. High near 69, with temperatures falling to around 65 in the afternoon. South southeast wind 5 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

69 | 50

Fri

A chance of rain before noon, then rain likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. West southwest wind 8 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

63 | 48

Sat

Rain showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

58 | 43

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 42

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 44

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Rappel in Cable Canyon - Photo by Mark Fallentine

Rappel in Cable Canyon - Photo by Mark Fallentine

I always think of Cable Canyon as the Squeezes little brother. Not quite as long, or technical, but still a lot of fun in a relatively short package. Like the Squeeze, you get to do the hard work of the approach first, making this a great summer trip if you get an early start to be in the canyon before the heat of the day.

The canyon contains a few keeper potholes, so is recommended only for experienced canyoneers. I have always visited in the high summer, which tends to find many of the potholes dry and easy to escape with partner assists (shoulder stands and boosts). In more difficult conditions, pack tosses are other means of escape may be needed.

Given the difficulties, a group size of 3 or more is recommended for possible pothole escapes. Beginners and intermediates will enjoy this canyon with an experienced and competent leader. Cable Canyon makes a good stepping stone before doing the Squeeze next door.

Tyler making it look easy in Cable Canyon - Photo by Mark Fallentine

Tyler making it look easy in Cable Canyon - Photo by Mark Fallentine

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