We drove down in the dark and got started hiking at 9:40 am, joining my wife and I on this trip were her two sisters Elsie and Abigail, along with my good friend Jake. It took us about 1 hour to hike down Woodruff Canyon and climb up the rock fins to the rim. As we started off hiking across the fins, I noticed some signs of recent water flow in some of the upper drainages including woodchuck’s. It got me worried that the canyon would be brim full of water and I had decided that we would turn around if that was the case due to our skimpy wet-suits. Luckily for us, when we got to the start of woody it looked dry as far as we could see. I don’t know what all that water in the upper drainages was, maybe melted snow? The first section of potholes had great movement and we avoided getting down into any of them by stemming above and jumping across a few. Following the first line of potholes was a hard right turn with a small drop into a filthy ankle deep pool that we were able to jump clear of. Our first pothole escape then presented itself and we threw 3 full potshots over the pothole and put on wet-suits. Jake was the first brave one down to check the water depth and it was only knee deep if you were careful. We zip-lined our packs over the water as we would do the rest of the canyon to keep them dry and we all made it across the first pothole without falling into the deep portion of it. I then skillfully dropped a carabiner into a muddy pothole that we didn’t have to get down into, Elsie volunteered to go get it and we all got a good laugh out of her muddy struggles as she tried to escape the pothole . We took advantage of Abigail’s 14 year old tiny frame and had her do a pack drag into the next pothole after we had all hand-lined off her. I’m not gonna lie, it is pretty nice to have a small person in the group when getting in and out of potholes! There was some fun semi-keepers in the next section but nothing that required potshots to escape. We got to the only mandatory rappel and used a slung arch 20ft back from edge and had a clean and easy pull, no ibis hook needed! Following the rappel was a really cool pothole challenge that involved two back to back with a 15 ft tall hump between them. There was a hole connecting both potholes just above the water level that we hoped we could walk through, not swim through. I managed to stem over the first pothole to the hump between them and tossed potshots across the next pothole. I landed one good shot, one okay shot and one bad one right on the rim, but it held a few good pulls of the rope. My wife Olivia rappelled into the first pothole and discovered that the water was only knee deep. She was able to crouch through the hole between the potholes and ascend out of the other side. The other members of the group followed suit and crouched through the hole, though they climbed out hand over hand instead of ascending. We soon came upon the so called “Monster Keeper” and realized why it has its name. It was at least a 25-30 ft shot you would have to make in order to land a potshot across the pothole. The water level was low enough that you couldn't climb out from the swim leaving potshots as the only option. I made some throws with half the potshot full of sand and only managed to land one shot on the lip of the pothole. Olivia got down into the pothole and quickly determined that it was a swimmer and not possible to escape from the water level. I had read Ryan Cornia’s beta on the possible exposed climb around on the left and we sent sketchy Jake up the slab to see if it would go. Jake loves a good heady slab climb and made it up with a little bit of a partner assist. Jake dropped the rope to us and we all climbed up and around the monster keeper, sliding back down into the canyon further down canyon from the pothole. The keeper pothole challenges were now over and we enjoyed the neat last section of the canyon. The final down-climb was really neat and deposited us in a cool boulder strewn section of canyon with high streaked walls. We changed out of our mostly dry wet-suits and hiked out of the canyon and back up Woodruff Canyon, completing the canyon car to car in 5 hours with a group of 5 people. Woody was a short but fantastic canyon that gave us the challenge we needed. It taught me quite a bit about pothole escapes and how not to do them. I look forward to returning to Woody canyon again this upcoming spring and doing the pothole fork along with woodchuck. Woody has easy access right from the paved road so I’m sure this will be a canyon I will repeat quite a few times in the future.