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Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Michael W, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. Michael W

    Michael W

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    It looks like it's been an extremely dry monsoon season for the Grand Canyon. KGCN Airport got 1.5" of total rain from July to September, compared to 6" in an average year: https://www.wunderground.com/history/monthly/us/az/grand-canyon/KGCN

    Does anyone know what that means for pothole water, or have any other information about water? Specifically, is there likely to be any water in Redwall slots? And is there any chance of water in the Esplanade potholes (in the western GC)?
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  2. Tnugent

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    Just returned from a 3 day trip down Cove. Almost all of the springs are dry. Found 3 spots for filterable water otherwise all potholes were empty.
    Heading out to 150 mile Olo loop this weekend, can update when we return
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  3. ratagonia

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    Just back from Tuckup / Hades Knoll Canyon. Water is sparse, but there is a little bit there. But not on the Esplanade. Over 3 days we found 3 places to get water, all in the Redwall, and not near the top.

    We found it wise to increase our water-carrying capacity by putting water in (brand new) clean drybags in order to camp a mile from our water source. Please be aware that drybags are not designed for carrying that much weight. We put 4-5 quarts in 24 liter drybags.

    Tom
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  4. Scott Patterson

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    I'd would guess that there is close to a zero percent chance of water in any of the Esplanade potholes anywhere in the park.
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  5. Michael W

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    Thanks for the information, everyone. Tom and Tnugent, did you end up wanting wetsuits in Cove or Hades Knoll?

    Tom, you don't seem like the type to mix units like that ;-)
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    No Wetsuits. Heck, the bit of water we waded through felt real niiiiice...

    I am an engineer, not a scientist. Quart, Liter... they are interchangeable.

    Tom
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    No need for a wetsuit, did not get our feet wet. Did not use one on the float down to Lava.
  8. Brian in SLC

    Brian in SLC Brian in SLC

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  9. ratagonia

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    AWESOME!
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  10. Canyonero

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    There's always water at the very bottom of the canyons. :)

    Just strain it with your teeth.
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