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Rainbow Canyon

Death Valley 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. Karl Helser
    December 25, 2020
    Karl Helser



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    Group Size:

    2 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 4 hours

    Rainbow Canyon… 12/25/20

    Approach…Parked off Hwy 190 then went cross-country to the head of the canyon (Santa Rosa Wash).

    At the head of the canyon there’s a 20’ drop that is easily down-climbed (DCL).

    Rap 1…90’ We anchored off big boulder about 10’ above and behind the edge.

    Rap 2…170’+ We anchored off a set of nicely placed bolts near the edge. We first had to clean somebody’s ropes and cordage left behind. Not sure what the story is, but they sure left a lot of shit for us to carry out…

    The keeper pot at the bottom is empty…and fuck’n deep…maybe 25’+ and overhung all the way around. Both of us were able to scramble the exposed ledge (DCL) to safety but if you have someone in your party that is sketched, have them rap to the bottom and wait till you are able to throw them a rope and have them ascend out of the hole on the safe side. Funny story…we did everything we could do to stay out of the pit, then one of our rope bags rolled over the edge and into the pit. Since it was a NORHEX bag, we threw the rope down, rapped in to get the bag, and prusiked out.

    Rap 3…80’ Nice red webbing anchored from a big rock about 15’ back, plus an old blue webbing from a pile of rocks near the edge. Both tested strong… Again, we found a shit load of abandoned rope and cordage hanging from the anchor. Whatever the story, must have been a good one. Glad there were no bodies at the bottom.

    Exit… Ugh! A slog up a ridge DCR. You’ll see it… Followed by the .4 mile walk of shame back to your vehicle.

    4 hours car to car…

    Team Karl & Deb…

    Posted Dec 28, 2020
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