The trip started at X Fest when Jessica Lawrence mentioned that she had never done Heaps and I jokingly asked her what days she had off in December and when we found out we would both be free the weekend right before Christmas we decided to see if we could get a crew together to do it. I've been jealous of Ram's and Tom J's Christmas Zion canyon stories for a while, they always seem to have epic trips that day, but I usually either work that day or am spending it with family. While the 21st isn't Christmas day it did turn out to be the Winter Solstice which added a nice touch to our plans to descend Heaps canyon. We managed to convince 3 more hearty souls for the trip, Anthony Dye, Cassy, and Tre-C and we sat back to watch the weather and hope that Zion didn't get too much snow and wreck our plans. The day of the trip finally arrived and the weather seemed to be cooperating so we drove down Friday night and were fortunate enough to be able to stay at a friends house so that we could at least start nice and warm. We started hiking at 4am and the temps were actually quite pleasant at the TH, such that we were soon taking off extra layers. Not long past the turn off for Imlay Sneak we started seeing snow on the ground Sunrise at cabin springs was a special treat Everyone's Happy! Anthony observed after the trip that between everyone in the group we had 30+ descents of Heaps and yet we still managed to botch the approach. We missed the knife ridge somehow and ended up about 100-200yds west. Not only did we get to do Heaps on the solstice, but it was class C as well! In some places the ice was thick enough to walk on This is where we lost one of our working ropes In other places the ice was just thick enough to be an annoyance I seem to recall a pothole there last time I came through, also the flow was picking up a little from the afternoon runoff Unfortunately that was the last picture I took, due to being cold, and also being the 300' rope mule all day I was quite tired. At one point at the start of the 3rd narrows the quicksand was bad enough that I sunk up to my waist almost immediately, and getting out with a 40# pack on was quite the ordeal. We made it to the changing room about 4:00pm and got 2 out of 5 down before sunset. I was the last man and it got dark right around the time I was at the big tree right on the edge. We had lost one of our working ropes at the pool before the jump across so we had just enough to get down, but had to use Cassy's 300' dyneema pull cord for each of the pulls and it kept getting hopelessly tangled so it took me a long time to get down, but I made ground (or rather ice) fall about 7:30pm. The entire slope at the bottom of the final rappel was a sheet of ice 2-3' thick which made packing up rather interesting with slabs of ice calving off from time to time and exploding around us. We made it back to the car at 8pm for a round trip time of 16 hrs.