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Best canyons to do solo in escalante area?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Canyonguypat, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Canyonguypat

    Canyonguypat

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    I'll be in Escalante the 27th through the 29th, I'm looking for canyons without potholes, no R/X, ideally no raps over 100 ft, no tricky pulls. I'm pretty comfortable with exposure and have a 2wd vehicle. I know there's a lot of knowledge on here, I was wondering what fit the bill in the area.
  2. dakotabelliston

    dakotabelliston Living life to it's fullest

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    Egypt 1 = Short & sweet. No raps over 100 ft, low time commitment.
    Egypt 3 = Only 1 rap at the end that can be bypassed which I would recommend. Long way to carry your rope for 1 rappel. VERY SKINNY & cool.

    Peek-a-boo & Spooky Gulch = Non technical canyons, but great short outing to experience some narrow & beautiful slots.
  3. 2065toyota

    2065toyota

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    Similar to Dakota other than I don't recommend any canyons to be done solo.
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  4. Scott Patterson

    Scott Patterson

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    Spencer/Metro might be good. For something non technical, Little Death Hollow is a good one.
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  5. 2065toyota

    2065toyota

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    Spencer isn't too technical and you can bail before the drop down into the dark narrow section that generally has water in it
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  6. Scott Patterson

    Scott Patterson

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    Davis Gulch might be another good one.
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  7. Canyonero

    Canyonero

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    I heard Blue John is a really good one to do solo.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/127_Hours

    I guess solo canyoneering is probably less risky than free solo climbing though.

    I'd probably do Egypt 2 down and Egypt 3 up solo, now that I've done them in a group. When Dakota says skinny he means it. I had to take my harness off to get through Egypt 3. Not quite bad enough that I couldn't turn my head (it gets wider 6 feet off the ground than below 4 feet) but it was close. If you don't do very well in skinnies, might not want to be in there solo.

    The first Egypt 2 rap is over 100 feet (it's over 200 feet actually) but you don't have to pull it or carry the rope.
  8. 2065toyota

    2065toyota

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    Pretty sure Egypt 2 first rap was more like 260 or 270
  9. Canyonero

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    Yes, definitely want the 300er and a car with a good parking brake.
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  10. Kevin

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    Easy to bypass on canyon left. There is a rap there, but it's much shorter.
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  11. 2065toyota

    2065toyota

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    It looked a little sketchy getting down to it though, but I havnt actually tried it

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  12. Kevin

    Kevin

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    It's not, though I do know what you're saying. Looks a little steep up top. I've done it twice, walk the rim for a couple hundred yards you'll see the easy way down. Anchor, when I was there, is tied to a big boulder down the slick rock slope.
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  13. Canyonguypat

    Canyonguypat

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    Ended up doing upper red breaks today, didn't go out to Egypt didn't want to cross 25 mile wash. Ironically still ripped my lower radiator hose off on a road that was way better than the one out to squeeze and quandary :( might try and borrow a mountain bike and get out to Egypts as an overnight. Thanks for the suggestions.
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  14. ScottM

    ScottM Looking for a canyon, you got one?

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    Please use the small jug handle/arch on the right-hand side to build your anchor. BLM frowns on parking a car in that drainage, or taking a vehicle off road into the area required to stage a vehicle anchor.
  15. Matthew_R

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    I did Egypt 2 off the car two weekends ago I would definitely suggest doing it where Scott says. Unfortunately I did it the way I thought was normal. Didn't see the far superior arch anchor spot till the car anchor was all set up. Lesson learned.

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  16. dakotabelliston

    dakotabelliston Living life to it's fullest

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    I did it off my car in March. Never even looked for a natural anchor as I thought the car was the norm. Most beta I found people were using their car.

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  17. Deagol

    Deagol too many hobbies

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    I think Alcatraz is the real canyon to use the car-anchor on..

    Egypt 2 has the arch
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  18. John Styrnol

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    I'm sure things have changed, but in the early 2000s if I remember correctly the car anchor for Alcatraz and also a car anchor for Egypt 2 we saw being used.
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