A couple of years ago, our plans for Choprock, Neon and Ringtail were modified. We didn't get over to Choprock and vowed to return. Finally, our group of 4 was able to coordinate the trip and we had an amazing trip through Choprock. We arrived about 6pm on Thursday evening and hiked down to Fence canyon, noted the camping spots were occupied and crossed the river and set up camp near the up ramp heading to Choprock. For those familiar with this time of the year, the prominent features of this "delightful" camp were the many biting flies and strong cattle aroma. Luckily it cooled into the 60s from the 98F afternoon temps we had hiking in. We met a group from Colorado who mentioned they were attempting the canyon Friday as well, but we never saw them. Friday morning we awoke at 5:30 am, ate, filtered more water and headed up to Choprock at 6 am. We were fortunate to have no navigation errors, especially since none of us had done the route and dropped into the canyon proper at 8:30 am. Almost from the beginning things got very narrow and spicy. The first 45 minutes we felt like we had gone almost nowhere - it was tight, narrow and doing some challenging down climbs or quirky rappels. This was all before the named first rappel that drops into the alcove. It was great terrain, but in the moment had us a little worried because this wasn't even in the beta we had - which made us wonder if this place was this hard all the way through and what time would we actually get out. Soon enough we were in the riparian section and yes a lot of poison ivy. I don't know how many people get reactions from this stuff, but we are all fortunate to either avoid it or be harmless. But there is a lot of it and some places tough to avoid. We suited up after that section and soon were in and out of cool, but not freezing water. It was a hot day down in escalante with temps approaching 100F, but with the sun shining the water was a welcome feature. We estimated this must be in lower water mode, which frankly made the whole thing pretty fun. There are some tight spots and a fair number of problem solving situations. We lost track of time as we moved through the canyon and were quite surprised when we reached the final rappel around 1:30 or so. We were all down about 2 pm. The grim section is long, but with the sun dancing on the walls most of the time and the ability to skirt underneath the bell shaped constrictions above, we didn't receive the full brunt of why these passages are grim. After relaxing at the end of the canyon for an hour, we hiked back to our camp and arrived about 4 pm. We had originally planned to stay overnight and hike out early Saturday. But the biting flies convinced us we had had enough and we made the trek back up to the car. We enjoyed immersing in the river, which was running cool and clear, before hoofing back up to the top. A couple of hours in the heat and we back to the truck and soon on the way home shortly after 7 pm. Extremely rewarding trip. This is among my favorite canyons for its length, beauty, solitude and relentless challenges. This is a jewel in very rough country. Watching this video makes me yearn to go back and try it again.