Technical potholes require serious skill! These canyons should be reserved for experienced canyoneers that understand
pack tosses, shoulder stands, floating pack assists, and all the other tricks of the trade for dealing with potholes.
So, what are potholes? The best comparison is to imagine a 12+ foot deep swimming pool without any exit ladders. How
would you get out?
Full of water? Swim to the edge and mantle out. Easy-peasy. Empty? Maybe you can create a human pyramid to get the first man out and have them throw a rope down for everybody
else. 1/2 Full? You'll be treading water until you drown unless you have a plan before you get in!
Pothole escape skills are best learned from an experienced canyoneer or professional instruction. I will say potshot tosses
and swimming assists have served me best.Pothole canyons vary in difficulty GREATLY depending on water level. Be
sure you have the skills for the worst possible water level, because you never know what the level will be until you
reach the pothole.
Escalante area is likely best known for its stunning backpacking opportunities. There are also plenty of hiking and canyoneering adventures. This makes a great spring and fall destination and would take a lifetime to fully explore.
Canyoneering is king in North Wash, and likely the reason most visit. North Wash canyons tend to be short, narrow, and physical. This is the place to bring long sleeves and long pants. With easy access, next to the highway, this makes a good choice for groups.
Quite possibly the canyoneering capital in the US, Zion offers canyoneering, climbing, and hiking among towering sandstone walls. The park itself is a destination, but within a short distance of the park are many additional wonders to be visited.