September 18 - I've got a relative from South East Asia here for the first time. She has never been outside her home country, never been exposed to temperatures below 50 F, never seen a desert, and had absolutely no clue what a slot canyon is. This is gonna be fun! With limited time and knowing that her husband doesn't like heights I need something with short raps, and bang for the buck. Keyhole in Zion is the perfect match. We gear up at the car and with wetsuits rolled down to our waists we wander up the slickrock to the pass. Catch our breath, and descend back down to the mouth of middle keyhole. It's a warm day, and the sun is bright, the shade at the mouth of the canyon feels good to neoprene clad bodies hiking in the sun. Everyone is big smiles. We proceed on, with the noob leading until we hit a minor obstacle with water. I Go first just to show that the water isn't deep and there is nothing to worry about. Still smiling but some there is a bit of uncertainty. Onward and through the middle section, it's about to get real. The crotch deep water is colder than she has ever experienced her whole life. First Rap, I send the hubby the slightly experienced down first. From the top, I explain where to step over the lip and where there is a ledge so he doesn't have to rap into the pool. Hook up the gumby second. Although her English is better than my Thai, the best way to talk her through the rap is by shouting instructions and encouragement to hubby who translates and shouts back. Smile in fear As she is descending two dudes catch up to us and wait for us to complete the rap. We chat and they are making a second loop through the canyon to pickup a lost rope. They are pretty sure that they know where it was lost. They tell me it's between the 4th and 5th rap. Blink Blink Bink, I must have heard them wrong. "Between the 4th and 5th Rap?" "Yes." "Uhm, there are only two raps required, there is a third location that I will rig just because I have a first timer with me." I know I've seen the sand and water levels change, but extra raps, where have they appeared? I offer to let them play through but since they plan on searching for the rope they decline. My first timer disliked the superman across the pool at the bottom of the rap but we are committed. The next downclimb is daunting, so I retake the lead and show them how to duck under the log and explain how to get over the chockstone and down into the next pothole. I rig the second rap and send the other two down. I then watch the two come down after us into the pothole. Sure enough, they throw their rope over the jammed stump and do a barely there rap double strand rather than downclimb. They search the pot for their rope, not there. They mention that they have never seen the rope rigged like I had at the first rap. Was that a biner block? I show my two the downclimb and they opt for the rope. I send them down and then handline down myself. The two following us then stop and say this is where we think we lost the rope. They think they had tosed down the bag into the short slide then proceeded down into the pool and left the bag behind. This is the last we see of them as they plan on doing a search of all of the pools between here and the exit. We proceed onward I refuse to lead and just explain some basic downclimbing as we hit obstacles. Sure enough there are no more new raps in the canyon. I climb out at the first opportunity so I can snag some pictures from the top. Guess what there was a drop-off and she went from wading to over her head. I recognized the Thai words I had to learn to drive with idiots. Perhaps I shouldn't have laughed. And done I love Keyhole for what it is, a short hike, a bit of downclimbing, tiny raps, enough water to get chilled, really it's a perfect place to show someone a canyon without a huge commitment. The newbie doesn't like canyoneering, well it will be over soon. Two months after the trip her favorite part of the month spent in America was the two hours of excitement, fear, cold water, and sculpted stone of Keyhole Canyon. So does anyone out there know where I can find the missing 4 & 5 raps? They only said that between 4 & 5 is where they lost the rope, what if they also located some secret 6 and 7 raps? I fear I'm missing some on rope thrills. Don't believe everything you hear in a canyon.