Quandary Canyon |

San Rafael Swell

Canyoneering Quandary Canyon - San Rafael Swell Canyoneering Quandary Canyon

San Rafael Swell

Overview

Tue

Rain and snow likely, becoming all snow after 8am, then gradually ending.  Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then becoming sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 22 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

41 | 34

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 41.

41 | 21

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 52.

52 | 25

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

59 | 32

Sat

A chance of rain.  Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy.

56 | 37

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SEASON: Late Spring through Early Fall
GEAR: 50 m rope, pothole escape gear.
RAPPELS: 2-7 to 20 m ( 66 ft. )
WATER: Generally quite a bit. Wetsuit recommended even in the hottest times of the year.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate.

Tue

Rain and snow likely, becoming all snow after 8am, then gradually ending.  Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then becoming sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 22 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

41 | 34

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 41.

41 | 21

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 52.

52 | 25

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

59 | 32

Sat

A chance of rain.  Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy.

56 | 37

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Open area after the first slot

Open area after the first slot

Quandary Canyon is one of the San Rafael Swell classic canyons. It offers great scenery while giving the adventurous a chance to try their hands at pothole escapes and creative natural anchors. A bypass is available to avoid dealing with the keeper potholes, but if you are doing Quandary, the direct section through the potholes is the recommended way. It makes the canyon, and is one of the most beautiful sections.

Because of the potholes, and anchors, a minimum group size of 3 is recommended, as well as having pothole escape skills and good natural anchor skills. Most potholes yield fairly easily to a good pack toss, but a cheater stick with a hook on it could also be useful. A hook can also be useful for one tricky downclimb in the pothole section as an anchor.

Looking back on one of the keepers

Looking back on one of the keepers

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