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Dry Canyons with low flash risk?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BrianD, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. BrianD

    BrianD

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    Do these exist?
    If so, are there any near Zion and surrounding area that we could do under these current rain conditions?
  2. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    Canyons form when water flows. In the desert, this action occurs during relatively infrequent and intense periods of precipitation....
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  3. Scott Patterson

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    Watching a flash flood from a safe distance is actually quite spectacular. That said, I wouldn't do any technical canyon when flash flood danger is high.
    In Zion you could do something like hike around the Kolob Canyons and watch the waterfalls spill off the canyon walls, but I'd stay out any even moderately narrow canyon or canyon bottom. You could hike any trail that doesn't follow canyon bottoms.

    There are areas in the Main Canyon you can see similar things as well. Here is a photo from the climb-utah website showing Refrigerator Canyon.

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  4. ratagonia

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    Love that pic.
  5. BrianD

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    I realized I made an oxymoron like statement soon after posting this. I just want to use my rope and rappel something other than a tree instead of having to ascend it first.
  6. hank moon

    hank moon kinetically bulbous

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    Brian, you might consider Water Canyon. It's wet w/high flash risk, but also has many escape possibilities, some of which can be identified on the hike in (especially with good beta). You'd like to have a good 4WD vehicle though, to avoid a long park n' slog. Great place to rap-lap with an easy circuit near the bottom.
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  7. BrianD

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    Thanks Hank,

    We had that on our to do list but need to find a partner with a 4wd. We were lucky to get our Ford Fusion to escape the MIA road in the rain the other day.

    Anyone interested? I'll carry the rope if someone supplies the truck!
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    I'm afraid to recommend anything to anyone who has to ask ... now if you were asking about canyons near Zion having short narrows with exits between, you might have better luck.

    Gordon
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    Thanks Gordon, I got my fix today but that's what I'll do next time.
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