Hyde Draw |

Central Swell

Canyoneering Hyde Draw - Central Swell Canyoneering Hyde Draw
Central Swell

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TICKS & TODOS: 13 Todo Lists / 5 Ticks
LENGTH: 3-4 hours
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear - Pothole Escape Tools
RAPPELS: 2 to 20 m ( 66 ft. )
WATER: Generally a few swims. Wetsuit in cooler conditions.
FLASHFLOOD: Low to moderate.
SEASON: Spring through fall.
Thu Hi:72 Lo:48 Fri Hi:75 Lo:51 Sat Hi:72 Lo:48 Sun Hi:73 Lo:48 Mon Hi:68 Lo:48
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Hyde Draw has captivated my interest for awhile, but doubly so after the Emperor proclaimed it PDH (Pretty Darn Hard), bolt kit and pothole skills required! Unfortunately, a couple of my early attempts to check it out had been thwarted by weather, but finally in the spring of 2014 we got down to take a look at it. Loaded for bear (250' of rope, 300' pull-cord, bolt kit, potshots, etc...) my partner (new to canyoneering) wondered what she was getting herself into. Would we find a lion or pussy cat in this one? Seems pretty short on the map, but that can be deceiving....

Turns out the PDH proclamation must have been from a long distance eyeball from the rim. The canyon, though very short, turned out to be a charmer and very friendly. A couple of rappels, a little slot, and a keeper pothole that adds a bit of spice, what more could one want?!?! Not a destination canyon, but a fun romp if you in the area, and an excellent entrance into Upper Eardley canyon.

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