It’s a slow day in canyoneering-land - slow enough that I have to spend my time thinking about canyoneering instead of reading about it. Consequently, I had an epiphany, and it hit me pretty hard. I was ignorant when I joined the canyoneering community. I read about people with secret canyons who chose not to share them. I convinced myself that secret canyons were an exclusionary tactic intended to divide the canyoneering community. Consequently I felt hurt and excluded whenever the topic came up. I realize now that it is not fair of me to feel this way. There are many arguments for publishing secret canyons. Some of the big ones are: If we share canyons then everybody has a chance see them. Open communities can collaborate on best and safest practices for a particular canyon. All secret canyons will be discovered and published eventually. Secret canyons create a clubhouse mentality. People feel excluded. Those are valid arguments and I agree with every one of them. None of these reasons compare to my really big, important epiphany and THE REASON people should keep them secret: Canyoneers don’t keep canyons secret from others, they keep them secret for others. In other words, they are letting me discover those canyons on my own. We live in a time where canyons are out there waiting to be discovered. They have no public names, no public beta, no bolts and no rope grooves. Thank goodness. This means I can still hope to have an unbeta-ed, "first" descent. I am thankful to you pioneers who have chosen not to publish all your canyons. I am especially grateful that you are following Leave No Trace principles so that when I do discover these canyons on my own, I will never know if I was the first person in them or not. Finally, thanks to everyone who publishes information on sand traps, fiddlesticks, and other ghosting techniques. Because of your forethought, I will be able to have the same experiences as you and even carry on this tradition to the next generation of canyoneers. Again, we are so lucky to be canyoneering in this short time span where we have access to many published canyons as well as unpublished ones. Soon there will only be published canyons. Why would anyone work to end this era of exploration so quickly?