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Worst Part of Canyoneering

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Scott Patterson, Mar 29, 2020.

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What is the worst part of canyoneering?

  1. Keeper potholes

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  2. Cold water

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  3. Nasty stinky water

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  4. It's hard on gear

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  5. Canyoneers are jerks

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  6. Slogging approaches and exits

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  7. It removes skin

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  8. High stemming

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  9. Big rappels

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  10. Other (apparently I'm not allowed to add more poll choices)

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  1. Scott Patterson

    Scott Patterson

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    What is the worst part of canyoneering for you? Of course one person's worst might be another person's best.

    I also wanted to add "nothing" as a choice since some may enjoy everthing there is about canyoneering.
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  2. yetigonecrazy1

    yetigonecrazy1

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    A lot of what you have offered as options are technical difficulties overcome with skill and/or practice. To me, the people are what can make, or break, the equation.
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  3. Scott Patterson

    Scott Patterson

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    Bushwhacking and poison ivy should have been choices too.
  4. John Styrnol

    John Styrnol

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    People can make a big difference, for sure.
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  5. gajslk

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    And rattlesnakes. Don't forget rattlesnakes.

    Edit to add: Dead cows. In unavoidable swims ...
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  6. ratagonia

    ratagonia

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    Okay, now you talkin... large dead animals are a definite undesirable element in canyons. Cows, Deer, Elk, Bighorn Sheep. yup. that bad.

    T
  7. ratagonia

    ratagonia

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    You don't like rattlesnakes? Rattlesnakes are cool, and so polite. They tell you: "Leave me the F alone".

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  8. gajslk

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    I don't mind the ones that rattle. I very nearly stepped on one that didn't in Kolob. His buddy a few feet away rattled and when I started peering into the grass I saw another that was not. Right where I was going to step next. Perfect camo. Spooked me for a while. I've probably seen a hundred plus, but I've never killed one.
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  9. Canyonero

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    I dislike open canyons with frequent exits. Basically I don't like canyons where all or most of the canyon difficulties become optional. I like the commitment I guess.

    I also dislike worrying about the safety of the vehicle (it's usually mine) while we're approaching and doing the canyon.

    I dislike the long drives to canyons. There's not much worth doing less than 4 hours from where I live.

    But I've even learned to appreciate the approaches as one of the enjoyable parts of the canyon.
  10. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    Disgusting neoprene socks that are way overdue for replacement.

    Cedar gnats. (They love me)
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  11. Bogie

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    Keeping secrets.
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  12. Brian in SLC

    Brian in SLC Brian in SLC

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    Ha!
  13. Ram

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    I understand the sentiment. I do recall doing a canyon with you that had multiple exits, some we utilized for expedient bypasses and yet we descended a couple of thousand feet via climbing and raps. Perhaps 25 raps. And at the edge of dark we reached a rap we did not have enough rope for. I was relieved that we could escape the canyon then, making camp right at dark. The commitment was not there, yet we had scores of problem solving moments and we had the opportunity to see places like these that day. One of my favorite days in the last few years, my friend
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  14. Canyonero

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    It was a good canyon. But it would have been better with a little more commitment! It was convenient to skip the last drop that evening though. 10 more minutes and 20 more feet of rope and we would have had it!
  15. wisconnyjohnny

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    I dislike approaches and exits especially in the heat. I also hate cold wet canyons. So yeah Zion is kinda low on my list of places I like to go. I'm a different bird obviously!
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