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Heading to the US for two weeks - looking to meet people!

Discussion in 'Meet Up' started by Ibarro, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Ibarro



    I'm a Brit who's heading over to the USA for two weeks, 17th to 31st August.

    I got the slot canyon bug a few years ago and always look forward to getting out to the Colorado Plateau. I'd started planning a trip for this year but my friend who would normally join can't make it now... and so I'm keen to meet some people who fancy joining for any of the days, or I'd be equally keen to join any existing plans people might have made, etc.

    First, a little bit about me:

    In 2013 my friend and I made various plans for the National Parks, including taking the riverboat shuttle to The Maze in Canyonlands. The NP shutdown took place and we had to frantically make alternative plans, and this led to us heading to Escalante and doing Round Valley Draw, Zebra, Tunnel, Spooky and Peekaboo slots. Quite fortuitous, as it turned out, as we loved them.

    We returned a few years later in 2017 eager to expand our skills and tackle more technical canyons, so we did a 1 day course at Lambs Knoll. Unfortunately, my friend then had to head off last minute for some work and I was on my own - but I'd already secured a permit for Subway and wasn't going to miss out. So I ended up soloing Diana's Throne and Subway as my first technical canyons before we then met up again and did Keyhole together. We'd also had a crack at Fry Canyon but even though the forecast seemed fine, I didn't like the look of the clouds above us right when it was time to rappel, and so we turned round on that one.

    I took some time to read up online and practice various things we hadn't covered in the course (e.g. tying ropes together with a fisherman's, which we ultimately needed for Benson Creek as we've typically rappelled double strand) and in 2018 we did another trip and rattled through Benson Creek, Birch Hollow, Egypt 3, Goblin Valley and Tenaya Canyon (Yosemite). Want a trip report and lots of photos? Go here.

    My Initial Plans

    I'd contemplated doing something along these lines:

    19th August - TBC
    20th August - a Zion Canyon, perhaps Misery
    21st August - another Zion Canyon, perhaps Pine Creek

    22nd August - a North Wash Canyon(s), was looking at Leprechaun, Blarney, Arscenic as options
    23rd August - more time in North Wash, same options

    24th August - hike down from the Grand Canyon South Rim to Bright Angel campground (already got the campground permits)
    25th August - do Garden Creek Canyon, camping again
    26th August - hike out the Grand Canyon (or another night camping, permit covers an additional day)

    Anyone fancy tagging along for a day or two?

    Or alternatively, does anyone have any plans to do other canyons during these dates and wouldn't mind me tagging along? I figure its all a great opportunity to learn new things (and there's plenty that I don't know!), meet new people, etc. Just want to squeeze as much in as I can, really.

    (Also cross-posted to Bogley, apologies if anyone reads this twice.)

  2. The Choat

    The Choat

    Hey, I don't post on here much but since you haven't gotten any responses I thought I'd give you a few comments...

    1. I assume you realize that all of your itinerary will be very hot (not the typical season for Grand Canyon or North Wash canyons) - not impossible, but be aware and plan accordingly
    2. Most of your previous experience was on the very easy scale - Your North Wash plans look fairly easy so shouldn't be a major problem. (GPS can be helpful.) Garden Creek (which will likely be quite low flow) isn't overly difficult but be aware of slippery surfaces and don't rap past one of the anchors lower in the canyon (As I did. Not vertical though, can get back up the rope.). I also recall a small drop at the start that we downclimbed that was somewhat difficult - can't remember if there was actually an anchor there or not...
    3. As stated, you're in the peak of summer - likely will not get a lot of takers for canyons except maybe Zion. Most people are looking to Ouray, the Northwest, or Cali this time of year...
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  3. ratagonia


    Mount Carmel, Utah
    Garden Creek is quite a step up from what you have done before. It would be great if we could find some local Arizona talent to join you for that... does your campground reservation allow for more people?

  4. Ibarro


    Thanks for the replies chaps, I really appreciate it!

    Choat - that's fine, all the canyons I did last year were at the same time of year, I don't mind that heat to be honest. I'm assuming the point about not going too low is on the large 400ft drop, where there's another anchor point pretty much halfway down, yup?

    Tom - that would be ideal.... at the moment the campground is just for 2 people, but I can check with the NPS what the availability looks like. Looking at the most recent NPS corridor availability report, August still looks fairly wide open - so happy to expand that if this floats anyone's boat! I figured Garden Creek would be a sort of logical step up from Benson Creek - faster flowing water and some longer raps, but (apart from the first rap, as far as I know) should still be bolted.
  5. Tirrus

    Tirrus Rope rider.

    Garden is a huge step up from Benson Creek. It can have true class C conditions, much more challenging anchor locations, higher chance of sticking a rope, the big multi-pitch-esque waterfall in the middle... Not to mention the brutal hike out of the canyon with lots of wet heavy gear.

    I would definitely try to get some talent to get out with you if you intend to step into the ditch.
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