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Middle Waterholes

Marble Canyon beta posted by Andrew Larsen


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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.

  • The Hype

    Has anyone done Waterholes lately. We have a permit for sunday and are exiting at the midway point. I am looking for more up to date beta because the most recent i can find is from 2014 and all the beta I have found has major discrepancies. Thanks

Condition Reports for Middle Waterholes

  1. stropsa
    February 25, 2017



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    Ran thru waterholes in feb of 2017, i was using the beta from the grand canyoneering book. The beginning is similar but the middle section of the canyon is quite a bit different, there were more shorter rappels than the book listed, Unless it has changed substantially since then, a 200' rope more than gets you through everything in the canyon. The take out spot was obvious if not continuing down lower, and the trail back to the car was pretty easy to find. During one of the down climb/rappel sequences, i looked back into a chockstone cave and found the handline for the old downclimb well buried by sediment.
    A note, i would imagine the canyon has changed further due to the heavy flooding we saw this monsoon.

    Posted Nov 7, 2018
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