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UT: Zion Heaps report from exiting group 5/19/2018

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Krampus, May 19, 2018.

  1. Krampus

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    I was at the Upper Emerald Pools this morning 5/19/2018 and bumped into a group that had just finished the last rap. Since I'm doing heaps on Monday I was glad to get some intel on the canyon. They said it was full and very cold. One of their group had a 3mm and got pretty bad. Said they ended up spending the night when they were planning on doing the day trip. The guy I talked to said nothing less than 5mm to be safe. They may get on and post a more detailed report but wanted to put out the most current conditions.
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  2. Rapterman

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    Glad they made it ok!
    Must have been ROUGH to get hypothermic and THEN have to bivy....
    Epic stuff!
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  3. Forc

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    Thanks for the intel. Planning on doing this June 23 and will be bringing my 7mm.
  4. Krampus

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    We will be in Heaps on the 9th and able to give you a better report before you go.
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  5. Forc

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    Sounds great, thanks. Did Imlay last June with 7 and it was too much but I would still much rather be prepared.
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  6. Krampus

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  7. Forc

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    Thank you again for the info Krampus. I'll be wearing 7mm for sure. I've got a great group of 5 pushing through with me, and Heaps has been on our bucket list for a while.

    Excited to experience it.
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    7mm suits seem to suck a lot of energy as they are heavy and stiff. A 4/3 suit with a vest that you can take on and off seems to work a lot better at maintaining good temps while also staying lighter in weight. A sharkskin under a 4/3 also adds a substantial amount of warmth.
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  9. Southern Canyoneer

    Southern Canyoneer Desert Hiker

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    4/3 is fine if you keep moving - I think part of the cold/hypo problem arises when larger groups (more than 4) go through and are not moving swiftly and/or efficiently. 20+ swimmers will make anyone cold after extended time in the water.
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