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Central Swell

Canyoneering Hyde Draw - Central Swell Canyoneering Hyde Draw

Central Swell

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RATING: 3B

Sun

A 50 percent chance of snow.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

41 | 24

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south in the morning.

41 | 23

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 28

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 29

Thu

A chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

42 | 26

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SEASON: Spring through fall.
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.

Sun

A 50 percent chance of snow.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

41 | 24

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south in the morning.

41 | 23

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 28

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 29

Thu

A chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

42 | 26

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A local being a jackass near the trailhead

A local being a jackass near the trailhead

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.

Bottom of the first rappel.

Bottom of the first rappel.

First avoidable pools

First avoidable pools

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