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Woody Canyon - Trachyte Area

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3 people (Ian, Rebecca, and me) 6 hours. Little water. Swam with dead bat and rescued 2 lizards and a stink bug. Used fiddle, 3 pot shots and Ibis hook ... Sandtrap would be useful in many spots. Used 66' and 38', brought 200' but didn't use it. Closed to 80 but didn't use wetsuits and weren't cold. For big pot hole can belayfrom below in arch if it isn't under water.

Only a couple keepers full of water, keepers very time consuming, lots of partner assists. 2 mile approach. Saw small rattler. Two smaller ropes better so person in front can be setting up. Potshot ibis hook. More difficult w bigger group. Juan Ernesto Micah Mike Rebecca and Julia.


With Alec Matthews and Austin Lemon.


Very fun pothole canyon. We tried the pothole fork the next day- but had some large potholes and we only had a team of 3. Not terribly difficult with natural anchors and pot shots. I will be back for more pothole practice!

Did with TJ and group just after rain. Completely full of water and took like 30 min

Part of the NorthWash Outfitters Class run by Jared Hillhouse. 4 students in the group, Jared had 2 assistants helping him for a total of 7 of us. Started at 9 am, finished by 1 pm. We moved pretty smoothly. Used a sand trap as well as a hook in the hook section. slipped in a small pothole (again) but no injury. In roughly the same area (but not same pothole) What is it about Woody that I cannot pass thru without a fall?

U of U Class, Canyoneering III Class. Jared Robertson leading, Nick and Reeves were the assistants. We had 6 students including Alysen. Weather was fair but chilly. Water was very cold. I slipped on one of the potholes and fell 10 ft into a muddy puddle. Luckily I wasn't injured other than my pride. My Bestard boots gave me blisters on my heels and small toes.


Practiced the water pocket out didnt need it. Used at the big pot that has a bridge. We swam under the water to cross under the cold water! Fun canyon

Empty completely. difficult canyon, bailed on the last rap of pothole fork bc nothing to rap off. main woody fun would be better wet

Water levels low. Swam through the underwater passage under the bridge. Fun canyon, but would be super fun with more water. Went into the KPH variation, but couldn't find an anchor at the final rappel, so climbed out (not recommended) & went back into main Woody .

Phenomenal. The approach was a bit of a death march in 95 degree weather, but once you get in... fantastic. The potholes are huge, bizarre, and beautiful. Water was low but still had us swimming at a few spots. Wetsuits were not needed, but it was insanely hot. The "bridge" pothole was interesting and we passed it using meat anchors on both sides of our rope over the top of the bridge, which was strange but effective. We pack tossed and assisted a few times to get out of holes. Each pothole was a fun problem, and every one was different. I love the look of this canyon as well, very flowy and twisted. The drop back into Woodruff is amazing, shockingly green and lush, although the biting flies are unpleasant in that area. If you enjoy pothole and keeper based challenges, this canyons is wonderful.



Super fun and challenging! Dry-ish conditions.

Loved this canyon. It was completely full of water. With the canyon in this condition I found it quite easy. all the potholes were swimmers. Beautiful and fun!

Stinky but fun