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Zion beta posted by Jeremy Freeman

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As with all beta, use the information on this page with caution. Obstacles may change or may be dependent on conditions, as well as group skills and comfort levels. Rap counts may increase if downclimbs get rigged as rappels, anchors may get altered or re-rigged, and conditions will vary. Always be prepared for the unexpected (mental, or physical challenges, or gear needs that you did not anticipate), consider your options, and look for the safest alternative for your group to descend the canyon.

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  1. Yellow Dart
    July 22, 2016
    Yellow Dart

    Difficulty:

    Moderate

    Skill Level:

    Intermediate

    Water:

    Swimming required

    Thermal:

    None

    Group Size:

    7 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 12 hours


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    Road
    - The road to the approach at present is easily passable for a full-width pickup; while the washouts are creeping in you can drive an additional mile past Tom’s carpark / cattle watering hole to where the road turns south and you depart for Dakota Hill - hugging the wall will give you +3’ of good hard-packed road between your right wheel and the washouts, of which only two are notable. Though it is worth mentioning, that mile between the carpark and the TH is all downhill, so maybe that extra mile doesn’t bother you. That said, I could see it only taking a handful of hard rains to make those washouts wash the rest of the way out. Generally useless sidebar: currently the road is passable down that south turn to within 1/4mi of Walker Gulch.

    Anchors
    – All webbing was in good order, naught needed replacing, some had been replaced this season.

    Use
    – Nobody had driven the approach since the last rain, whenever that was. Walking down to R1 from Pt6817, thought I saw a human print, but it was muddled, and could have been a canyonape’s.

    Approach - Do not recommend the approach I did unless you've done the approach before and know what Pt6817 looks like. Better to follow other beta.


    Notes:

    • No pots stank.
    • Nothing dead in the pots.
    • There was zero water for the first 4 hours of technical, and thereby 6.5 hours through. Recommend bringing more agua than you’ll think you’ll need; it’s a long ways to filterable water.
    • Lost count of the actual number of raps, but aside from the first and last (both bolted), almost all had awkward starts. While I trusted all the built/natural anchors, it was a lot of slinking over the edge, and chimney/stemming starts.
    • No real point in trying to avoid water; while the first 2/3s of the canyon are dry, once water does show up, you’re almost instantly swimming. Best to buck up and take the plunge.

    Posted Jul 25, 2016
  2. 2065toyota
    May 25, 2014
    2065toyota

    Difficulty:

    Moderate

    Skill Level:

    Intermediate

    Water:

    Deep (waist to chest)

    Thermal:

    None

    Group Size:

    6 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 11 hours


    Navigation to the canyon a must
    Only a few bolts so be prepared with webbing and/or fiddlesticks for natural anchors

    Posted Jun 17, 2014
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