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Heaps, Choprock current conditions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by desertraveler, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. desertraveler

    desertraveler

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    Does anyone know what the current conditions-and expected conditions-for April 20th-29th time frame is for Heaps and Choprock canyons?

    I am thinking it is too early for Heaps?

    thanks
  2. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    I was in Zion this past week and Heaps was still flowing as evidenced by the waterfall at the emerald pools. I would imagine that Heaps is full of VERY cold water.
  3. desertraveler

    desertraveler

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    When is the earliest time of the year that one can do Heaps safely?

    Would May 11th-20th make much of a difference compared to April 20th-29th? (Or is absolute end of May and the month of June) the best bet in MOST cases?
  4. Dan Ransom

    Dan Ransom Staff Member

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    The correct answer is: Depends.

    Conditions are always variable depending on snow pack and waterflow. But, usually as soon as it stops flowing you can go, as long as you have enough thermal protection and experience to handle the exposure to cold.
  5. Bootboy

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    To my knowledge, Heaps has already been done this year. So "too early" is a subjective term. It all depends on your comfort and experience level.
  6. ratagonia

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    Also note that the first few parties through many canyons, each spring, get to replace quite a few anchors. Which requires taking more webbing and rapides and allowing a bit of time to get the work done.

    Tom
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