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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ratagonia, May 15, 2018.

  1. ratagonia

    ratagonia

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    I have a canyoneering friend coming from Costa Rica for a few days, after hitting the highlights in Zion. I have three days to show him a different kind of canyoneering. He is small, energetic and a good climber.

    What canyons should we do?

    Timeframe: this year, end of May.
    One-car canyons preferred, unless you would like to come along!

    Ready - go!
  2. John Diener

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    - a squeezy canyon, e.g. Pandora's
    - a pothole canyon, e.g. Squeeze or Quandary
    - last, maybe something classic in the Escalante region...
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  3. Mike Zampino

    Mike Zampino Canyon season never ends.

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    We will be in the Roost, if you end up there (25-28). That would open up the shuttle options.

    Looking at:
    -Alcatraz
    -Larry
  4. Scott Patterson

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    Late May can get pretty warm. If do something with water. Zero G, Gravel, Short, Cheesebox, Boulder Creek side slots, 40 mile/Willow, Death Hollow, Sulphur Creek, Crescent Creek, Professor Creek, etc. Canyons like Pandoras Box are high enough to be a little cooler. Burro, Cottonwood, and Fivemile can be nice this time of year too. If Cable and Squeeze are still wet, they might be OK too, but if they are pretty dry, they would be hot.

    Although since Tom is asking this, I'm surprised he's leaving Zion this time of year.
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  5. ratagonia

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    Doing Imlay and Heaps in Zion. Then wanting to show him the other kind of canyons we have 'round here.

    Tom
  6. Scott Patterson

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    I'm not sure which ones you have already done but Flagstaff and Vegas areas have some good canyons at this time of year. It seems that that area would be as close to Zion as some parts of Utah, so it might be worth consideration.
  7. ratagonia

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    A fine answer to a different question.
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  8. Southern Canyoneer

    Southern Canyoneer Desert Hiker

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    The full Micro Death Hollow. A little bit of everything (big fluted entry, rap, super squeezy narrows, and plenty of practice at the end with deadmans, sand and water anchors ending in the lush Escalante River. Pleiades is unreal being that its higher altitude, may have to dodge cows, in an aspen grove, and a wonderful flowing short test piece with an arch at the end.
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  9. Craig

    Craig Feeling My Way

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    Yep, Southern Canyoneer is giving good advice.

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  10. wisconnyjohnny

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    A guided canyon that owner operators are pissed about “becoming Escalante’s Pine Creek”
  11. ratagonia

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    Day 0: We did Cassidy Arch Canyon on the way to North Wash, starting about 7:30 pm and finishing in the dark. It was good.

    Day 1: Next day we did Shenanigans starting at the crack of 8 am (or so). The hike out was miserable at 3 pm. Instead of sending the troops down East Lep then, we went back to camp, had a snooze, chilled out, and then I drove up and dropped them off for East Lep at a more reasonable hour, again finishing in the dark.

    Day 2: We got an earlier start and did Trail Canyon, the approach done before it got hot. Then we struck camp and drove to Hanksville. Big thunderstorms around that day, and it was quite black over the Roost. Going into the Roost and potentially getting stuck was not a chance we were willing to take, so we headed back to North Wash, set camp up again and did Hogwarts.

    Day 3: We did Morocco in the morning, then headed for home.

    Thanks to everyone for their input. A good time was had by all!

    Tom
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  12. Scott Patterson

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    How were the bugs in North Wash?
  13. ratagonia

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    Feasting.
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