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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 18, 2011 - 10:58am PT
Looking for some old photos of something else stumbled into these canyon photos taken nearly 20 years ago or some such.

Buckskin Gulch on a great 2-day walk down river



And the Virgin River in spring runoff just down stream from the Narrows. I found that the buoyancy of the wetsuit made floating easier than walking in the at times chest deep flood. So I floated downstrea, ahead of my mates and emerged from the water right where the tourist trail up from Zion merges into the canyon. There were people standing all about snapping photos and they didn't notice me in the churning water until I stood up. A little girl gasped and some guy lurched back from the edge of the water, a horrified look in his eye. I still laugh about that!









Incidentally, take it from me, the Narrows are no place to be in spring run off. We had fun though!

DMT
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Nov 18, 2011 - 11:18am PT
Love those pics DMT. Canyoneering is great.

Heading to Escalante riverside home rental for the week tomorrow...hooray!
WBraun

climber
Nov 18, 2011 - 12:03pm PT
DMT

I worked on the IMAX "Zion Canyon: Treasure of the Gods" back there.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0105877/

We carried all the speed rails, camera equipment and other sh#t back there in freezing ass water.

One crew member became hypothermic and his lips turned blue.

The ranger said no fires allowed.

I said fuk you this guy here is going to be toast in a few minutes.

I made the fire ......
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 18, 2011 - 12:09pm PT
I think I own a copy of "Treasure of the Dogs".

Local climbers Dennis, Merrill, Doug, Nancy...fun stuff.

Edit to add:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118218/fullcredits#cast

Wow...that's a crew.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2011 - 12:26pm PT
Pretty cool Werner. That water is frickin COLD even with a wetsuit.

On another trip we did Mystery Canyon and a few others. Anyone on one of them as we descended a camera crew came upstream, they were shooting for an old PBS series where this dorky dude went around 'trying out' sports like canyoneering, kayacking, climbing, what have you, getting paid to be the Noob.

I guess this show ran for a few years, like 15-20 years ago. So the host comes hiking by and I say to him, 'hey you're that TV dude.' Not one of my more witty comments. He said 'yeah that's me' like he hears that sh#t 20 times a day.

All sorts of fuzzy mics sticking out of packs and sh#t.

It wasn't IMAX though and I would have recognized you I think.

DMT
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Nov 18, 2011 - 02:25pm PT
Nice. Look like great adventures.

A small Sierra canyon with warm water on this occasion.
A canyoneering trip near Fresno
A canyoneering trip near Fresno
Credit: Paul Martzen
G_Gnome

Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Nov 18, 2011 - 03:29pm PT
Herb Laeger and I used to descend all those rivers. But we had fishing poles and no ropes with us. Seems kinda wussie to bring a rope when you have climbing skills. Some great fishing in those hard to reach places though!
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 18, 2011 - 03:49pm PT
On another trip we did Mystery Canyon and a few others. Anyone on one of them as we descended a camera crew came upstream, they were shooting for an old PBS series where this dorky dude went around 'trying out' sports like canyoneering, kayacking, climbing, what have you, getting paid to be the Noob.

Trailside. John Viehman.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trailside

I think the episode is titled, "Slot Canyon Hiking in Utah."

His "guide" is Dennis Turville.

Yeah, ok, I own a copy of it...
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Nov 18, 2011 - 04:12pm PT


I like the granite slot canyons.





Especially in the winter...

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2011 - 04:12pm PT
That was it. Yep walked right by the crew, we of course made snide remarks about them after they passed, hehe. Not too many though... he was getting paid to do that.

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2011 - 04:13pm PT
Oploplanax that's SICK! Nice.

What's an oplopanax, anyway?

DMT
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 18, 2011 - 04:19pm PT
Normally a place known for ice climbing...Ouray, Colorado...

Ivan's Tail at Ouray
Ivan's Tail at Ouray
Credit: Brian in SLC

Right under the bridge by the campground...

Couple from Middle Oak:

Middle Oak at Ouray
Middle Oak at Ouray
Credit: Brian in SLC

Mike, Ouray canyon guidebook author, in Middle Oak.  Ouray.
Mike, Ouray canyon guidebook author, in Middle Oak. Ouray.
Credit: Brian in SLC

Local venue (silly fun but nice on a hot, summer day, especially with our snowpack runoff from last season):

Rocky Mouth, Sandy Utah
Rocky Mouth, Sandy Utah
Credit: Brian in SLC

Back to Zion:

Keyhole in Zion
Keyhole in Zion
Credit: Brian in SLC

Pothole soup in Imlay, Zion
Pothole soup in Imlay, Zion
Credit: Brian in SLC
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Nov 18, 2011 - 04:56pm PT
Here's a few canyoneering pics from my neck of the woods.

Dropping trou before the swim.
Dropping trou before the swim.
Credit: The Larry

Getting pummeled.
Getting pummeled.
Credit: The Larry

Loose slots.
Loose slots.
Credit: The Larry

Heading down.
Heading down.
Credit: The Larry
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:12pm PT
Hey, that Moab slot looks kinda familiar...

Pleiades
Pleiades
Credit: Brian in SLC
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:50pm PT
brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Reeotch

Trad climber
Kayenta, AZ
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:53pm PT
Cool man, ice in the desert!
mctwisted

Social climber
slacker city
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:58pm PT
great thread dingus!
some good friends on a grand canyon river trip side hike
some good friends on a grand canyon river trip side hike
Credit: mctwisted
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Nov 18, 2011 - 06:11pm PT
G_Gnome wrote,
Herb Laeger and I used to descend all those rivers. But we had fishing poles and no ropes with us. Seems kinda wussie to bring a rope when you have climbing skills.

Ouch! Is it less wussie if I don't have climbing skills? I never do take a fishing pole so maybe you or Herb can tell me how the fishing is in the following spots. Although, I seem to recall Herb not wanting to descend the Jump Trip with Leversee and a few others one time?? Maybe you and he went back and did it without ropes?

Good fishing?
Looking for the wily trout.
Looking for the wily trout.
Credit: Paul Martzen

Looking for the down climb route.
Credit: Paul Martzen

Easy downclimb if you are not a wuss.
Credit: Paul Martzen

To be honest, I agree that you can bypass drops in a lot of Sierra canyons if you are willing to bushwack enough. But it is much more esthetic, in my mind, to stay in the water course as much as possible. Sometimes that requires a rope. But I would also love to hear about some of the canyons you and Herb hiked through.

The photos are all from Dinkey Creek.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 18, 2011 - 06:30pm PT
Some kayakeering in Big Tujunga Cyn near Los Angeles. This is a fun run during a good spring thaw.
Sorry for the poor quality, the firs pic was a scan of a water damaged shot. Kinda cool though:)

Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock

Mill Creek, a tributary to Big Tujunga

Credit: Batrock

Credit: Batrock
Seal launch on Big T

Buried on Upper Big T
Credit: Batrock

New canyon toy that I plan on floating the Virgin Narrows in next season. weighs 4lbs and is tough as nails.
Credit: Batrock
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Nov 18, 2011 - 09:05pm PT
Fun thread. Only in the American West.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Nov 18, 2011 - 09:21pm PT
Hey, that Moab slot looks kinda familiar..

Did you make it to the top? It must've been a hell of a hike in.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 18, 2011 - 09:24pm PT
Oploplanax = devil's club. A fine shrub found in our part of the world, possibly even less friendly than poison oak.

There's a small group of canyoneers in the Vancouver area, who've descended many of the creeks along the north shore, and up the Fraser Valley. Most got their start in Utah, and decided to see what might be done here.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2011 - 09:46pm PT
Cheers
DMT
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Nov 18, 2011 - 10:43pm PT
Great adventures all of you!

Here are some pix from a trip to UT in 2003:

We just HAD TO visit The Wave...
We just HAD TO visit The Wave...
Credit: BooDawg

A wave within The Wave...
A wave within The Wave...
Credit: BooDawg

Side canyon off Escalante...
Side canyon off Escalante...
Credit: BooDawg

Cathedral In The Desert, 2005
Cathedral In The Desert, 2005
Credit: BooDawg

Subway, Zion...
Subway, Zion...
Credit: BooDawg

Subway, Zion...
Subway, Zion...
Credit: BooDawg

Subway, Zion...
Subway, Zion...
Credit: BooDawg

Buckskin Gulch...
Buckskin Gulch...
Credit: BooDawg

Buckskin Gulch...
Buckskin Gulch...
Credit: BooDawg

Buckskin Gulch...
Buckskin Gulch...
Credit: BooDawg

Orderville Canyon, enters Zion's Narrows from the east...
Orderville Canyon, enters Zion's Narrows from the east...
Credit: BooDawg

I can't seem to remember where...
I can't seem to remember where...
Credit: BooDawg

I can't seem to remember where...
I can't seem to remember where...
Credit: BooDawg

I can't seem to remember where...
I can't seem to remember where...
Credit: BooDawg

Zion's Narrows...
Zion's Narrows...
Credit: BooDawg

There's SO MUCH MORE...
mctwisted

Social climber
slacker city
Nov 18, 2011 - 10:54pm PT
dan and bill on brush creek
dan and bill on brush creek
Credit: mctwisted
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 18, 2011 - 11:20pm PT
Dan, here is my brush picture. Brush is like a amusement park, "minimal" risk lots of fun.

Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock

I think the first time I did Brush was 1994 05 95. Lots of fun, I need to go back.
mctwisted

Social climber
slacker city
Nov 18, 2011 - 11:23pm PT
twisted on the gud stuff
twisted on the gud stuff
Credit: corey rich
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Nov 18, 2011 - 11:59pm PT
Here's a few from Utah

Make sure the parking brake is on.
Make sure the parking brake is on.
Credit: kunlun_shan

Credit: kunlun_shan

Credit: kunlun_shan

Credit: kunlun_shan

Credit: kunlun_shan

Credit: kunlun_shan


Death Valley anchor:

Credit: kunlun_shan
mctwisted

Social climber
slacker city
Nov 19, 2011 - 12:27am PT
grand canyoneering
twisted dog in lava falls, grand canyon. yeh i know its not climbing, ...
twisted dog in lava falls, grand canyon. yeh i know its not climbing, but its still crazy fun
Credit: mikey
mikey
mikey
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Nov 19, 2011 - 12:33am PT
Whoa!!! Pretty wild water there, mctwisted!!! Awesome photos.
Amazing Larry

Mountain climber
so*cal
Nov 19, 2011 - 06:23am PT
kunlun_shan, your Death Valley photo is that the first rap into the drainage for styx and coffin?

Neway, here are a few id like to share, all are from Red Rock NV


Ice Cube Canyon1
Ice Cube Canyon1
Credit: Amazing Larry
Credit: Amazing Larry
Credit: Amazing Larry

Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
the secret topout on the Chockstone Chimney
Nov 19, 2011 - 09:35am PT
Great shots folks.

Nice to see the Californians traveling a bit.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Nov 19, 2011 - 09:40am PT
batrock, love that first shot. Canyoneering on acid!!
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Nov 19, 2011 - 10:52am PT
Boo Dawg,
Those unidentified photos of your with the glowy luminous quality look alot like they are from Antelope Canyon...could that be?
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Nov 19, 2011 - 11:13am PT
Awesome photos, everyone.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 19, 2011 - 11:20am PT
The Death Valley shot is great, I love that area, lots of cool off the beaten path places to explore with zero crowds. The east side if the inyos in the Saline Valley have some great canyons.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 19, 2011 - 02:31pm PT
A few more from Zion:

Keyhole Canyon, Zion
Keyhole Canyon, Zion
Credit: Brian in SLC

Imlay Canyon, Zion
Imlay Canyon, Zion
Credit: Brian in SLC

Hey, he wasn't exactly naked...(harness, shoes, and that all important helmet). Did manage the whole canyon that way...too funny. I have lingering emotional scars from spotting him on the downclimbs however...

Middle Echo Canyon, Zion
Middle Echo Canyon, Zion
Credit: Brian in SLC

Kolob Canyon, Zion
Kolob Canyon, Zion
Credit: Brian in SLC

BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Nov 19, 2011 - 03:41pm PT
Inner City: Not Antelope but nearby...

Such great photos everyone!
Sonic

Trad climber
Hilly, but no rocks Folsom, California
Nov 19, 2011 - 04:02pm PT
Are there any good canyons on the front range of the Eastside of the Sierras? I've always looked at a few spots and wondered, but never explored.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 19, 2011 - 11:58pm PT
Here is the Arroyo Secco near Mt. Wilson, it's also really fun kayaking.
Credit: Batrock

Piru Creek
Middle section of Piru Creek
Middle section of Piru Creek
Credit: Batrock
Upper Piru Creek just above Pyramid Lake
Upper Piru Creek just above Pyramid Lake
Credit: Batrock

The Subway last month with my 11 year old son, he's the one braving it going shirtless.
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock


Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Nov 20, 2011 - 11:00am PT
Nice shots of your son, Batrock.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 20, 2011 - 12:39pm PT
A few shots from across the puddle...

Last rappel in Ha Gorge on Crete.
Last rappel in Ha Gorge on Crete.
Credit: Brian in SLC

Big drop in Paranimfi on Crete
Big drop in Paranimfi on Crete
Credit: Brian in SLC

Furon near Grenoble, France.
Furon near Grenoble, France.
Credit: Brian in SLC

Pissarde last rappel (80m) south of Grenoble.
Pissarde last rappel (80m) south of Grenoble.
Credit: Brian in SLC

Barranco del Infierno in Spain's Costa Blanca
Barranco del Infierno in Spain's Costa Blanca
Credit: Brian in SLC
mctwisted

Social climber
slacker city
Nov 20, 2011 - 12:40pm PT
paul inviting us to the horseshoe bend river run
paul inviting us to the horseshoe bend river run
Credit: mctwisted
Dos XX

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 20, 2011 - 12:46pm PT
Great stuff, Dingus! I hope this thread goes on and on.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 20, 2011 - 12:49pm PT
Paul is nuts, dont follow him. hee hee...
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Nov 21, 2011 - 01:16pm PT
First I was a wuss, now I am nuts! This thread is not looking good for me. Better post some more pictures for distraction, then sneak out the back.

Deer Creek in the Grand Canyon.
Credit: Paul Martzen

Credit: Paul Martzen

Credit: Paul Martzen

I wanted to go all the way through which requires a couple final raps and swimming, so being a wuss, I dressed accordingly. By the final photo the other guys are really cold, so we turned back.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 21, 2011 - 02:05pm PT
Thanks Paul, he just turned 11 and is really getting into climbing now. I cant get him to take the trash out to save my life but he will hike 15 miles in a shot no problem, go figure?
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Nov 21, 2011 - 03:25pm PT
Keyhole, Zion: Don't drink the water!
Keyhole, Zion: Don't drink the water!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Last rap for Boundary Canyon, Zion
Last rap for Boundary Canyon, Zion
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Subway, Zion
Subway, Zion
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Top of Orderville, Zion.  300' 8mm single strand rap into the depths! ...
Top of Orderville, Zion. 300' 8mm single strand rap into the depths! Had a buddy who helped by staying on top and hauled the rope out so we didn't have to lug it through the canyon (rest of the raps are 100' or less)
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Subway, Zion
Subway, Zion
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Das Boot, Zion
Das Boot, Zion
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Pine Creek, Zion.  Obviously I still haven't figured out how to shoot ...
Pine Creek, Zion. Obviously I still haven't figured out how to shoot pics in the dark slots!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 21, 2011 - 03:30pm PT
Great pictures. First time in the Keyhole we came upon a bloated dear floating in one of the pools, used it like a kick board to swim across. Last time in the Keyhole we had just finished the first rap and were heading down canyon when we scared a dear that was stuck in the slot or so we thought. He took off down canyon leaping several drops, we thought we were going to find it in a heap but never saw it again. Deer are pretty amazing.
Gary

climber
From the City That Dreams
Nov 21, 2011 - 03:37pm PT
How about some shots of the "anchors"?
Zander

climber
Nov 21, 2011 - 03:46pm PT
I posted these pics in this trip report.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/293546/Crack-N-Up-story-w-mini-photo-TR
They are spread out over the entire thread. I don't think they are quite in order of the descent though.

150 Mile Canyon

Credit: Zander

Credit: Zander

Credit: Zander

Credit: Zander

Credit: Zander

Credit: Zander

Credit: Zander
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Nov 21, 2011 - 05:49pm PT
Anchors?  Big 'uns in Mystery Canyon, Zion <br/>
Anchors? Big 'uns in Mystery Canyon, Zion

Credit: Angela Chan
Anchor Tree to Boundary, Zion
Anchor Tree to Boundary, Zion
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Single strand off the tree entering Boundary. Those of you familiar wi...
Single strand off the tree entering Boundary. Those of you familiar with rapping into swirling waters understand what's going on here..
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Bolt anchor mid-way down Boundary. How deep are those bolts? Thoroughl...
Bolt anchor mid-way down Boundary. How deep are those bolts? Thoroughly wet sandstone makes you wonder! Regardless, standing waist deep in a bathtub sized pot hole with water try to flush you out the down side sure makes you glad there's something to cli
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2011 - 06:10pm PT
Good to see the beef there for the Mystery descent, I recall garbage anchors when I did that one. Pretty cool descent from the trail on down, awesome.

DMT
bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
Nov 21, 2011 - 06:31pm PT
Nice shots from 150 mile; always wanted to go up that one.

I will have to dig around for some shots from National Canyon- a bit challenging at the bottom then spectacular walking.
Ljohnson

Social climber
The land of ice, snow and rocks
Nov 21, 2011 - 07:30pm PT
Credit: Ljohnson
Credit: Ljohnson
Credit: Ljohnson
Credit: Ljohnson

Sorry about the poor photo quality, taken with a crappy P&S. This canyon was a total of about 2 miles. You could walk normally for about 100yds of the whole thing, the rest was about 6" to 18" wide. The 2nd photo was taken near the end where my both myself and my girlfriend had to chimney up about 30ft off the bottom just to keep from getting stuck!
Just getting into technical canyoneering and loving it! Except for what those sick bastards consider "anchors" -sand bags and cairns- WTF
However, kind of interesting that drilled hooks are catching on for raps and getting out of keeper potholes.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 22, 2011 - 12:36am PT
From spring 2005 when Lake Foul dropped low enough for the Cathedral in the Desert to emerge...

Cathedral in the Desert approach from the top...
Cathedral in the Desert approach from the top...
Credit: Brian in SLC

Cathedral in the Desert
Cathedral in the Desert
Credit: Brian in SLC
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Nov 28, 2011 - 02:06pm PT
Up thread there was a comment/question about canyoneering rap anchors. Differnt areas have differnt ethics. This Thanksgiving weekend I was in Death Valley and went down Helios Canyon on Friday afternoon, and Bad Canyon on Saturday. Here's some pictures of anchors in those canyons.
Pebble Anchor; Helios Canyon, Death Valley
Pebble Anchor; Helios Canyon, Death Valley
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Rock Chock Anchor, Helios Canyon
Rock Chock Anchor, Helios Canyon
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Rock horn anchor, Bad Canyon, Death Valley
Rock horn anchor, Bad Canyon, Death Valley
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Johanne demonstrating the "Deadwoman" anchor in Bad Canyon
Johanne demonstrating the "Deadwoman" anchor in Bad Canyon
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Johanne checks the stream-bed block anchor in Bad Canyon
Johanne checks the stream-bed block anchor in Bad Canyon
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
This anchor has Chris and Beto wondering about their state of mind
This anchor has Chris and Beto wondering about their state of mind
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Final rap anchor in Bad Canyon
Final rap anchor in Bad Canyon
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Might as well throw a few in from the rest of the trip:
On the approach to Helios
On the approach to Helios
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Walking north from Dante's Peak in the early morning on the way to the...
Walking north from Dante's Peak in the early morning on the way to the Bad Canyon drop-in.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Down climb around one of the Bad Canyon dry falls.
Down climb around one of the Bad Canyon dry falls.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
medium length rap in Bad Canyon
medium length rap in Bad Canyon
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
In the depths of Bad Canyon
In the depths of Bad Canyon
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
One of the final raps exiting Bad Canyon.
One of the final raps exiting Bad Canyon.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Dec 27, 2011 - 12:31pm PT
Winter Waterfall from Yesterday.
Millard Canyon 12/26/11
Millard Canyon 12/26/11
Credit: Tfish
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 27, 2011 - 12:49pm PT
What a bunch of lunatics! But you are an entertaining lot!
I think I woulda chopped a bollard rather than use that last anchor for
Bad Cyn!
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Dec 27, 2011 - 03:42pm PT
Great thread.
Tozo

Trad climber
East of West
Dec 27, 2011 - 04:44pm PT
Credit: Tozo
Awesome canyon photos! it's like the technical inverse of climbing.
here's a link to a trip in the San Rafael Swell back in September.
Too many photos to load on here

Baptist Draw, Ding&Dang
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Dec 27, 2011 - 05:27pm PT
Great thread, some of those pebble anchors look SCARRY!!!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 27, 2011 - 05:33pm PT
Peggy and Ellen is Spooky Canyon in Escalante, Utah.

Credit: Mark Hudon
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 27, 2011 - 05:45pm PT
That is exactly where I'd like to be right now. Looks like fun.
climblight

Mountain climber
Northern NV
Dec 27, 2011 - 06:21pm PT
Mindbender
Final rap and anchor
Final rap and anchor
Credit: climblight
Fianl rap from below
Fianl rap from below
Credit: climblight
Sierra Ledge Rat

Social climber
Retired to Appalachia
Dec 27, 2011 - 07:38pm PT
The best canyoneering takes place in underground slot canyons.

Descending 500 feet underground Hang 'Em High Cave, Tennessee
Descending 500 feet underground Hang 'Em High Cave, Tennessee
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
BurnRockBurn

climber
South of Black Rock City (CC,NV)
Dec 27, 2011 - 09:40pm PT
zion
zion
Credit: BurnRockBurn
zion spry canyon
zion
zion
Credit: BurnRockBurn
before last rap pine creek
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 27, 2011 - 11:10pm PT
Here are some photos of the more kindly side of canyoneering.

The above photos are absolutely wonderful-----but I'm a little stressed.

Jerry getting a break.
Jerry getting a break.
Credit: Fritz

Please don't boulder here.
Please don't boulder here.
Credit: Fritz

Heidi & way-cool ruin.
Heidi & way-cool ruin.
Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz

undisturbed----and left that way.   Ain't the Outdoor Museum "too-cool...
undisturbed----and left that way. Ain't the Outdoor Museum "too-cool!!"
Credit: Fritz

Had to do some climbing to this ruin.
Had to do some climbing to this ruin.
Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz

Keep your eyes open for small, but significant parts of the ecosystem.

Credit: Fritz

and more small, but significant hazards.

Credit: Fritz

Follow the guide.

Credit: Fritz

look in the distance, when you get high.

Credit: Fritz

and you may find something cool.

Fritz & Heidi at a "catch & release" pot in 2004.  Still there in 2010...
Fritz & Heidi at a "catch & release" pot in 2004. Still there in 2010.
Credit: Fritz
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Dec 28, 2011 - 02:01pm PT
Rapping is lame...

Ryan skipping a rappel at Eaton Canyon
Ryan at Eaton Canyon
Ryan at Eaton Canyon
Credit: Tfish

Jesse sliding past a rappel at Eaton Canyon
Jesse sliding at Eaton
Jesse sliding at Eaton
Credit: Tfish
Double D

climber
Jan 11, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
5 year old Peter Eubank on Yankee Doodle Canyon in S. UT
5 year old Peter Eubank on Yankee Doodle Canyon in S. UT
Credit: Double D
5 year old Peter Eubank on Yankee Doodle Canyon in S. UT

70 Year old friend celebrates his birthday on Yankee Doodle... 1st tim...
70 Year old friend celebrates his birthday on Yankee Doodle... 1st time rappelling!
Credit: Double D
70 Year old friend celebrates his birthday on Yankee Doodle... 1st time rappelling!

coldclimb

climber
Wasilla, Alaska
Jan 11, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Awesome thread! Thanks everyone.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 11, 2012 - 03:32pm PT
Great thread! Did any of yous catch the Nat Geo article about those crazy
Aussie whackjobs? Whoa - "mouse sized spiders skittering across the backs
of our necks." Oh, and then there were the canyons - steep slimy death traps.
Kizzie

climber
Crewe, England
Jan 12, 2012 - 06:19am PT
Beautifull images, love reading your memories. TY for sharing :D
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 12, 2012 - 11:15am PT
Freezing my nuts off in the Pine Creek Slot in Zion. It was easily 95 degrees in the sun but that water was the coldest water I have ever been in!

Credit: Mark Hudon
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 12, 2012 - 11:32am PT
The Nat Geo article:


Australia's Slot Canyons

Credit: photos by Carsten Peter

With ropes but no GPS, daring Aussies plunge into the hidden canyons of the Blue Mountains.

By Mark Jenkins
Photographs by Carsten Peter

The Swiss have mountains, so they climb. Canadians have lakes, so they canoe. The Australians have canyons, so they go canyoneering, a hybrid form of madness halfway between mountaineering and caving in which you go down instead of up, often through wet tunnels and narrow passageways. Unlike other places with slot canyons, such as Utah, Jordan, or Corsica, Australia has a rich, deep heritage of canyoneering. In a way, it's an extreme form of bushwalking, something Aborigines were doing tens of thousands of years before Europeans arrived. But without ropes and technical equipment, Aborigines couldn't explore the deepest slots.

Today perhaps thousands of Aussies hike canyons, hundreds descend into them by ropes, but only a handful explore new ones. These driven individuals tend to have a rugby player's legs, knees crosshatched with scar tissue from all the scratches, a penguin's tolerance for frigid water, a wallaby's rock-hopping agility, and a caver's mole-like willingness to crawl into damp, dark holes. They prefer to wear Volleys—canvas, rubber-soled Dunlop tennis shoes—ragged shorts, ripped gaiters, and thrift-store fleece. They camp beside tiny campfires and make "jaffles" for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Jaffles are sandwiches containing all manner of ingredients—including Vegemite, a nasty-tasting yeast extract—cooked inside fire irons over the flames. Above all they search for the most remote, difficult to access canyons. "The darker, the narrower, the twistier the better," says Dave Noble, one of the most experienced canyoneers in the country. "People say, What if you get stuck in there? But that's what you are after. To be forced to improvise to get yourself out."

During the past 38 years Noble has made some 70 first descents in the Blue Mountains, just a few hours' drive west of Sydney. This unexpectedly rugged region has hundreds of slot canyons. The "Blueys" aren't mountains at all but an ancient sedimentary plateau deeply incised by river erosion and densely carpeted in eucalyptus—imagine the canyonlands of Utah covered with Louisiana foliage.

Defiantly unconventional, Noble, 57, has never driven a car. He bicycles nearly 20 miles a day through suburban Sydney to teach high school physics. Although he has drawn heavily annotated topographic maps of canyons that he has explored and named—such as Cannibal, Black Crypt, Crucifixion, and Resurrection—and has posted pictures of them on his website, he won't tell anyone where these canyons are. He won't even let me have a good look at his maps. "It's our ethic," he says. "Wilderness canyons should be left undescribed so they remain pristine and so others can have the challenge of exploring them on their own. That's part of the mystery."

Noble's chief rival in the sport is a canyoneer named Rick Jamieson, who earned Noble's disapproval some years back by writing a guidebook that revealed a few secrets of the canyon landscape. More than a decade ago Jamieson, also a physics teacher, took me on the first complete descent of two big canyons in the Blueys, Bennett Gully and Orongo. A huge, good-natured boulder of a man at 70, he's still canyoneering and still laughing.

"Mighty!" exclaims Jamieson in his thick Australian accent when we get together for a beer. "We're lucky those GPS's don't work down in the canyons. Keeps the adventure."

Canyoneering by sunburned white people began in the 1940s, but the biggest slots weren't explored until the 1960s, when modern climbing ropes and equipment were adopted. Danae Brook Canyon, hidden in the labyrinthine heart of the Blue Mountains, is one of the most difficult. In his guidebook Jamieson describes it as "one very, very long day" in which canyoneers must make nine or more tricky abseils, a climbing term for descending on a rope. Both Jamieson and Noble have done it, yet neither man is available to go with me. But wiry John Robens is keen to give it a try.

We meet at his home in Sydney. Most weekends for the past ten years Robens, 39, has escaped the city to go canyoneering in the bush. A shaggy-haired, wry, soft-spoken, self-employed computer consultant, Robens, like Noble, fearlessly bicycles the city streets, and he has thighs like Lance Armstrong's to prove it. He lives with his wife, Chuin Nee Ooi, also an elite canyoneer and fellow computer programmer, in a compact midtown house that appears to have been hit by a typhoon: carabiners, canyoneering ropes, and mud-clotted clothes are scattered among computers, hard drives, disks, coffee cups, and a grand piano. A large wooden box on the diminutive porch is filled with worn-out Volleys.

Robens and I drive west from Sydney for four hours, camp in Kanangra-Boyd National Park, and by dawn are tramping down the Mount Thurat fire trail. We have wet suits, a rope, and lunch in our packs. After crossing Kanangra Creek, we strike out into the trailless bush, navigating by map and GPS. Canyoneers share an ability to travel swiftly through seemingly impenetrable brush; Robens glides through this giant briar patch so efficiently he's hard to keep up with. Following a compass bearing, we hop over fallen trees and branches and crash through scrub, passing through giant spiderwebs, mouse-size spiders scurrying across our necks.

"'Tis only the spiders that live in the ground that can kill you," Robens says brightly.

After less than an hour Robens has guided us precisely to the top of Danae Falls, although he's never been here before. A brook rushes to the edge of the plateau and leaps off.

"Our first abseil is off that," Robens says, pointing to a tree jutting precariously out over the cliff. We stretch into sticky wet suits, clap on helmets, cinch up our harnesses, and sail out into space. It's like rappelling off the edge of a green-cloaked Grand Canyon.

Up this high, Danae Brook hasn't yet cut a slot in the rock face, so we rappel through plumes of spray beside the waterfall, our feet slipping on giant fern fronds. By our next rappel the Danae has sliced a fissure that's only four feet wide but cuts 50 feet back into the stone. We descend at the back of the crack, looking out at a vertical seam of blue sky.

At the top of the third rappel we're deep in the dark slot, standing on a slick, sloppy ledge in a pouring waterfall. "To keep the rope from getting stuck," Robens shouts, "we'll have to pass to the inside of that dodgy ralstone."

"Ralstone?" I yell.

"You know, roll stone," Robens says with a smile, nodding toward a chockstone the size of a refrigerator in the slot below us. It's a canyoneer's hard-knocks joke: "roll stone" for "ralstone," referring to Aron Ralston, the American who was forced to cut off his arm when a boulder rolled on top of it in a Utah canyon.

The walls are covered with moss. Sliding to the inside of the giant stone turns out to be like squeezing into a narrow, ten-story elevator shaft pouring with water. We're forced to swing into the pounding waterfall, an awkward maneuver that slams us both into the rock. But it's worth it: Standing in a pool at the bottom, we easily pull our rope down.

Below the big boulder the slot closes up, and the silky water flows horizontally along the cavelike chamber back out to the edge of the cliff. We still have a thousand feet of air below us. We rappel directly into the bludgeoning waterfall. Halfway down I make the mistake of looking up, and the blast of water almost tears my head off.

The next three descents are just as extraordinary and drop us into hanging ponds of frigid water, like swimming pools midway up a skyscraper. We backstroke across these ponds, using the dry bags in our backpacks for flotation.

At 10 a.m. we share lunch on a sunny boulder with a water dragon, a two-foot, dinosaur-like lizard with a brilliant crest, and drink directly from the cool, delicious Danae. Holding my head under the emerald water, I spot blue-shelled yabbies, the native crayfish, clawing their way along the bottom of the pool. Then we both strip off our wet suits.

Robens is perfectly happy to continue in his birthday suit, but I pull on heavy nylon pants. Two weeks earlier in another canyon I managed to step into a stinging tree, a uniquely horrific plant that burns like stinging nettles and leaves a painful rash that doesn't go away for a month. Mine is in an unreasonable place.

Several short rappels and two huge jumps follow. Robens throws himself off the stone, howling like a free man, arms and legs spread wide in the air, closing them like a butterfly right before he hits the water 20 feet below.

When we reach the bottom, the Danae becomes a steep boulder field, which Robens, naked but for his pack and tennies, practically runs across. He leaps, lands on a slimy, snot-slick stone, almost loses his balance, finds his balance, and leaps again, all in one fluid motion. It's amazing to watch, like witnessing the movements of some earlier, better adapted human. In an hour we cover a distance that typically requires three. Stumbling and falling, I watch Robens dancing and hopscotching as if he'd been born for it.

Where the Danae meets Kanangra Creek, our descent is complete. But like climbers who reach a summit, we can't celebrate yet. In canyoneering what goes down must come back up. We cross the creek, rest for ten minutes, then begin the agonizing, bushwhacking ascent. We could go up a slope like Murdering Gully but take a rocky rib instead, nicknaming it Manslaughter Ridge. The climb is so vertical we're pulling ourselves up branch by branch.

Wet with sweat, we reach the peninsular plateau of the Gangerang Range, directly opposite Danae Brook Canyon, shake hands, and whoop. From here we can take a trail, the Kilpatrick Causeway, and the going will be easy (although in 2006 a hiker fell off a 230-foot cliff on the same trail and died).

Striding along the track, the sun at my back, dreaming of the avocado-tomato-prosciutto-provolone jaffle I'll cook over our campfire tonight, feeling warm and tired, my body and mind cleansed by the descent of Danae, I see Robens swerve off into the bush.

"Wanta show you something," he says over his shoulder.

We curl around a sandstone knob on a ledge, and suddenly before us is aboriginal art. A row of stick figures drawn in ocher red, obviously naked, all with their arms and legs spread wide, all quite obviously rejoicing.

Credit: photos by Carsten Peter

Credit: photos by Carsten Peter

Credit: photos by Carsten Peter



More photos by Carsten Peter:

Carsten Peter Canyoneering Photos

Video:

Drowning while abseiling
Baggins

Boulder climber
Jan 13, 2012 - 02:14am PT
40 mile gulch, Escalante
40 mile gulch, Escalante
Credit: Baggins

40 mile gulch, Escalante. About to go swimming!
40 mile gulch, Escalante. About to go swimming!
Credit: Baggins

Egypt-3, Escalante
Egypt-3, Escalante
Credit: Baggins

The Joint, Canyonlands
The Joint, Canyonlands
Credit: Baggins
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 14, 2012 - 09:05pm PT
Credit: StahlBro

Carbon Canyon - Havasupai

Credit: StahlBro
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Feb 22, 2012 - 04:01pm PT
Just spent another long weekend in Death Valley: Darwin Canyon, Rainbow Canyon, and Styx were descended.

Pool at base of Darwin Falls
Pool at base of Darwin Falls
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Rapping Darwin Falls
Rapping Darwin Falls
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

First rap in Rainbow
First rap in Rainbow
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Rap anchor into Coffin on way to Styx
Rap anchor into Coffin on way to Styx
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Styx Color
Styx Color
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Typical DV anchor, and a big one at that!
Typical DV anchor, and a big one at that!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

After almost a vertical mile of descent, we can see the bottom ahead.
After almost a vertical mile of descent, we can see the bottom ahead.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Top of final rap in Styx
Top of final rap in Styx
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

View back up final rap in Styx.
View back up final rap in Styx.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
part-time communist

climber
Feb 22, 2012 - 04:32pm PT
Major kudos to underground slot canyons and australian slot canyons.

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The joys of wild places no one has been in for years, like Hall canyon is you find stuff like this:


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As well as stuff like this slithering up the canyon walls:

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Imlay
Imlay
Credit: part-time communist

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Hows this for a rappel anchor?

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Inyo bushwhack
Inyo bushwhack
Credit: part-time communist


KabalaArch

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Feb 23, 2012 - 01:39am PT
I am humbled.

I've thought about the Inyo E side, since I can actually get there and back.
Snorky

Trad climber
Carbondale, CO
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
Right Fork North Creek, Zion
Right Fork North Creek, Zion
Credit: Snorky

Subway, Zion
Subway, Zion
Credit: Snorky

Mystery Canyon, Zion
Mystery Canyon, Zion
Credit: Snorky

Mystery Canyon, Zion
Mystery Canyon, Zion
Credit: Snorky

Pine Creek, Zion
Pine Creek, Zion
Credit: Snorky

Behunin Canyon, Zion
Behunin Canyon, Zion
Credit: Snorky

Neon Canyon, Escalante area
Neon Canyon, Escalante area
Credit: Snorky

Spry Canyon, Zion
Spry Canyon, Zion
Credit: Snorky

Echo Canyon, Zion
Echo Canyon, Zion
Credit: Snorky
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Jul 29, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
A little trip on Saturday 7-28-12 down "Canyon...of the Dammed."

Danger!
Danger!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

1st rap thru "Inversion Falls"
1st rap thru "Inversion Falls"
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

In the thick of a lower fall, "Canyon...of the Dammed"
In the thick of a lower fall, "Canyon...of the Dammed"
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

skewed photo to capture the dome we skirted.
skewed photo to capture the dome we skirted.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
If you look close you can see Heather about a quarter of the way down on the left side of the fall.

nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Jul 29, 2012 - 07:47pm PT
Thanks Dingus for starting it, and thanks everyone else for chiming in for one of the best photo and adventure threads ever. In a few days I'll post up some way more mild but family-friendly canyon adventures just south of SF Bay Area.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2012 - 08:02pm PT
My pleasure nutjob. I'm way overdue for a canyon adventure. Anxious... COOL! That's granite, no?

DMT
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Jul 29, 2012 - 08:12pm PT
Dingus,
You got it! Nice water polished granite. Got to be sure to wear your sticky shoes (and a warm wetsuit!)

Swimming away from one of the falls.
Swimming away from one of the falls.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
My backstroke is definitely not Olympic by any means. and a pack full of dry bags certainly comes in handy as a floatation device!

Lots of the raps on this canyon dropped you into deep pools. I'm learning to excel at the "beached whale" pothole exiting technique!
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Aug 26, 2012 - 11:50am PT
Another day in a Sierra canyon, this time descending 7 Tea Cups (Dry Meadow Creek) to the Kern River, yesterday, 8-25-12.
Herve' between the 2nd & 3rd tea cup
Herve' between the 2nd & 3rd tea cup
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

As you drop into the 4th tea cup you go thru the funnel shown below, then slip behind the fall into the "Champagne Palace." Its a fun spot to be, treading in the bubbling water,and gazing out at the sunlight granite walls from behind a showery curtain of falling water.
Herve' in 3rd to 4th tea cup funnel
Herve' in 3rd to 4th tea cup funnel
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Out of the tea cups, we still did a few more raps into long swimming holes. I had a 1/2mm wetsuit, and Herve' wore a farmer john and a rashguard. Temps in the water were perfect for a hot summer's day.
from the end of a swim looking back at Herve'
from the end of a swim looking back at Herve'
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

At this point we can start to see the Kern. Just a few more raps to go. Wish the canyon was a bit longer, but for what's there, it's pretty sweet!
Only a couple more to go!
Only a couple more to go!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

If you drop straight down from the last anchor, you end up in a nasty-thin slot with some strong hydraulics. To avoid it, you pendy left a bit to another, re-direct anchor with a quick-clip on it. This dumps you into the swimmer after the narrows.
Herve' at the re-direct anchor
Herve' at the re-direct anchor
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

With a final swim we reached the banks of the Kern. Luck for us, this time of year (and this year in particular) the flow was low so we were able to easily wade and swim across. And even sweeter was the bikini clad gal on the far bank that welcomed us to the trail out!
Final 7 Tea Cup swim. Can you spot Herve'?
Final 7 Tea Cup swim. Can you spot Herve'?
Credit: Anxious Melancholy




mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Aug 26, 2012 - 01:06pm PT
"I wish this thread could go on and on and on and on and on."--To Excess

Here are a few shots taken in the eighties by Jim Shirley on a solo venture down the Paria R. canyon. I have only a few of these, as I have technical probs with my photo files which only occur to n00bs! If/when I fix the error, I will post a few more. Jim's one of the talented ones, his stuff's really good.

All this wet footage, you'd think folks would be better prepared for a dunking on EC or other walls...just sayin'. :)

Paria R.
Paria R.
Credit: Jim Shirley
Paria R.
Paria R.
Credit: Jim Shirley
Paria R.
Paria R.
Credit: Jim Shirley
Paria R.
Paria R.
Credit: Jim Shirley
Paria R.
Paria R.
Credit: Jim Shirley
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Aug 27, 2012 - 01:48am PT
Wind blown waterfall
Wind blown waterfall
Credit: Paul Martzen
The most interesting section is hidden around the corner.
The most interesting section is hidden around the corner.
Credit: Paul Martzen
Stevee B

Mountain climber
Oakland, CA
Aug 27, 2012 - 02:55am PT
SOS Canyon, Escalante, UT
SOS Canyon, Escalante, UT
Credit: Stevee B

Lower Oak Creek, Ouray, CO
Lower Oak Creek, Ouray, CO
Credit: Stevee B

SOS, Escalante, UT
SOS, Escalante, UT
Credit: Stevee B
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Aug 27, 2012 - 10:55am PT
Here's something you don't see too often in a slot canyon, at least not me.
Rachel, the Subway
Rachel, the Subway
Credit: Stimbo
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 27, 2012 - 12:40pm PT
Freekin' Awesome thread!
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Aug 27, 2012 - 02:00pm PT
All this wet footage, you'd think folks would be better prepared for a dunking on EC or other walls...just sayin'. :)

Mouse, you aren’t kidding. When I first started hanging with some of the hardcore canyoneering folks, they really dis'd me and my rock and mountaineering background. Sure lots of stuff translates, particularly if you're good with your rescue stuff (mine honed mostly on glacier travel, but also some stuff from big walls, too). But some of the canyonering techniques are truly great, and I wish I had known them a long time ago. Just the simple strategy of rapping with the rope in a bag could have made a huge difference on those days of retreat in extremely windy conditions....

Don't know if I'll ever completely fit in with the canyon crowd, but then again, I never really did fit in with you rock climbers either! :-)

Can't lose, though: both landscape perspectives are worth every minute of anguish.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Sep 22, 2012 - 11:00am PT
Bump - this is a cool thread which it appears not many folks saw.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2012 - 11:08pm PT
Awesome. Haven't visited this thread in a while you people ROCK!

Amazing!

DMT
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Sep 24, 2012 - 12:28am PT
Just got back from a long weekend in Zion. Annual ACA rondy. Here's a couple of pics from my Das Boot/Subway excursion.

Das Boot depths
Das Boot depths
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Exit Das Boot Darkness: Enter Subway Light
Exit Das Boot Darkness: Enter Subway Light
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Final Subway Fall
Final Subway Fall
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
This alternate rap is so fun, and it was with sadness I leaned of the fatality that occurred here just a day earlier. RIP brother.
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Sep 29, 2012 - 01:01pm PT
My wife Cinda and I took a little side trip from Sedona and went over to Bear Creek, Mogollon Rim, AZ.

Note short-rope in picture below for ease of swimming disconnect
Whoops! This is colder than I expected, wish I had a full suit!!!
Whoops! This is colder than I expected, wish I had a full suit!!!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Bear Creek
Bear Creek
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

warming up at Oak Creek
warming up at Oak Creek
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Sep 29, 2012 - 01:35pm PT
RocK!
RocK!
Credit: The Larry

Darrrr
Darrrr
Credit: The Larry

Beer back
Beer back
Credit: The Larry
Michelle

Trad climber
the f*#king peninsula.
Sep 29, 2012 - 02:12pm PT
I need to take a trip!
Quasimodo

Trad climber
CA
Sep 29, 2012 - 09:49pm PT
Zion Canyoneering (a few other locations mixed in)

Oak Creek
Oak Creek
Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Rock Canyon, Zion
Rock Canyon, Zion
Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Tar Creek
Tar Creek
Credit: Quasimodo

Seven Tea Cups
Seven Tea Cups
Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Credit: Quasimodo

Rock Canyon, Zion
Rock Canyon, Zion
Credit: Quasimodo

Pink Coral Sand Dunes
Pink Coral Sand Dunes
Credit: Quasimodo
















Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:23pm PT
Got a couple of days of decent descents in Death Valley over the Thanksgiving weekend.


Friday we did what's known as Lower Bridge Canyon. From the parking lot at the bottom of the canyon we walked about a quarter mile south an then scrambled up almost 3,000', then dropped into the the Bridge drainage.

Trail-head/cars in the background as we gain height
Joe L.
Joe L.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

DV Anchor
DV Anchor
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Last scramble identified by the beached whale washed upon the shore of the wash below
There be Turons here
There be Turons here
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

the bridge
the bridge
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Saturday we did one of the longer canyons, North Fork of Cerberus, descending almost 6,000' from Dante's View to below sea level (near Bad Water). F10 joined us on this little adventure, starting at dark-thirty and ending just after the sun set. Of the 27 raps in this canyon many are over 100' long, and two are right at 300' long.

1st rap in Cerberus
1st rap in Cerberus
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Dawn from NF Cerberus
Dawn from NF Cerberus
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

How many eons has it taken in this dry environ to carve this polished shoot?
water groove
water groove
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Joe hanging on one of the 300 footers
300'
300'
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Just as the sun set over Telescope Peak, we found our selves at the last set of raps before easy alluvial slopes lead us back to the car we'd left at the bottom the night before.
I see the car!
I see the car!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:57pm PT
QUESTION: How are a lot of you only descending one rope when you're canyoneering?

My canyoneering experience is just bringing a rope and caving harness to some of my fishing spots, so I don't know anything about "real" canyoneering, but are you guys just leaving fixed lines places?
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Dec 1, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
limpingcrab,
We do not leave ropes behind. There's a lot going on here behind the scenes for single line raps. Many times, we rig the single line with a contingency knot (munter-mule and block) at the anchor. This way, if the rope's short, then we can untie the mule and lower the first man down. If the rope's too long, we pull up the tail and have the option to toss the second strand and use it to pull (if its long enough). Beta's only so good, and conditions change.

A lot of these techniques apply particularly when descending water filled canyons. When you get to a pool or slot filled with rushing water, the last thing you want is a tangle of rope around your feet and body. People die that way.

Ya got to remember that also on long canyons, we are carrying several ropes with us so that we're leap frogging each-other downwards. A way to keep the weight and bulk down is to bring 6mm pull cord(s). So that's another reason you don't see the second strand. Last man down will usually have the pull cord tied to the main line, but feed it out of a rope bag on the way down, rather than toss it.

There's more, but if a told ya, then I'd have ta, you know....best get out there with some other "canyoneers" and get er dun.

back up?
back up?
Credit: Anxious Melancholy



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yur gonna die!
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Dec 1, 2012 - 02:00pm PT
Thanks, that makes sense. Great pictures of some of these Sierra creeks by the way. Some of my favorite places.

secret spot
secret spot
Credit: limpingcrab

The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 1, 2012 - 02:42pm PT
Morning glory arch
Morning glory arch
Credit: The Larry

Rappelling into Grandstaff Canyon.
Rappelling into Grandstaff Canyon.
Credit: The Larry

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages
Credit: The Larry
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Dec 1, 2012 - 03:00pm PT
Looking at Badwater from Helios, Death Valley.
Looking at Badwater from Helios, Death Valley.
Credit: kunlun_shan
Helios, Death Valley
Helios, Death Valley
Credit: kunlun_shan
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Dec 1, 2012 - 05:39pm PT
Kunlun, donde va?
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Dec 1, 2012 - 11:08pm PT
Fun time with AM and his friends on my first canyoneering gig,

Not so sure about those rock piles as anchors for rapping, I'll see about posting some pics
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:49pm PT
Finally did a canyoneering trip after many invites from TD aka AM
As mentioned earlier we did Cerberus in DV, around 27 raps and over a 5k elevation loss
Figured this would be a good first one !!
We started at 0 dark thirty and finished in the evening twilight, it was a long blurry day.
I did manage to take some photos

Nothing like harnessing up in the dark and looking for the first rap point


Lots of rappelling and down climbing


Bomber anchors


Repeat..... more raps




Bottom of the the last rap with daylight to spare,
That was a fun day but I like climbing UP better
sunflower

climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 03:09pm PT
Some cool stuff there Dingus and to everyone who contributed to this thread. Awesome.
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Dec 2, 2012 - 03:32pm PT
Quick night lap down Rubio Canyon after work on Friday.

Night Canyoneering at Rubio Canyon
Night Canyoneering at Rubio Canyon
Credit: Tfish
Josh on the 2nd 100ft rap.
Josh on the 2nd 100ft rap.
Credit: Tfish
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Apr 23, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
Canyoneering and packrafting? Yup, Grand Canyon Tatahatso Wash descent, then down the river 7 miles to the Eminence Break exit.

Leaving the truck Saturday Morning
Good By Truck
Good By Truck
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Tatahatso Wash rim in the distance.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Entrance Gully
Gets Steeper
Gets Steeper
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Boulder strewn wash
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Whats for dinner? Technical canyon descent in to the Red Wall narrows
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Desert? A night on the river and a float down stream.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Credit: Anxious Melancholy

I'll add a few more later.......




Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:19pm PT
so we jump in our packrafts and float 7 miles (2 portages)
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

OK for now
OK for now
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Everything was going good until Herve' popped his raft.
Patch Time
Patch Time
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

But we made to the exit beach at the base of the Eminence Break.
dry and org
dry and org
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Since we had to get Herve' on a plane in Phoenix the next day, and I had to drive back to San Diego, we decided to tank up and head for the rim as soon as the shade started hitting "trail," ready for a dry camp 1,500' above the river.
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Herve' sleeping in
Herve' sleeping in
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Just before the top, I had to take one last picture
magic
magic
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Did I mention we had cold beer waiting for us back at the truck?
Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Them Away
Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Them Away
Credit: Anxious Melancholy


Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
That looks like a spectacular trip, I want to do that!!!!! Very cool.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
Great stuff, keep it coming.
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Apr 24, 2013 - 11:14am PT
Random from the Tatahaso adventure
WTF Is This?
WTF Is This?
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Credit: Anxious Melancholy

The Bar's Open
The Bar's Open
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Can you spot the Anasazi Foot Bridge?
Foot Bridge
Foot Bridge
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Close up
Anasazi Foot Bridge
Anasazi Foot Bridge
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Peek-a-boo!
Peek-a-boo!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
crunch

Social climber
CO
Apr 24, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Fabulous photos. Love the Anasazi Bridge. Also the creative use of natural features for rappel anchors.

Climbing's going so far in the other direction, toward more safety and convenience, more bolts. Really dig seeing people making the commitment to avoid them.

Credit: crunch

Credit: crunch

Wild Horse, San Rafael.
Wild Horse, San Rafael.
Credit: crunch
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Apr 24, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
Crunch,
Like that Wild Horse shot!
Ghosting a canyon is the goal, yet I'm hard pressed not to leave a sling here and there. It's hard to let go of my rock climbing roots, yet there are so many ways to safely rap useing retrievable anchors its a shame I don't take more advantage of them. In the mean time it's slings over wedged rocks and carins.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:12am PT
Credit: StahlBro
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2013 - 12:18am PT
Keep em coming boys.

Anxious! NOICE!

DMT
Stevee B

Mountain climber
Oakland, CA
Jun 24, 2013 - 08:11pm PT
Ascending out of potholes, Capitol Reef, UT

Pothole escapes in Capitol Reef.
Pothole escapes in Capitol Reef.
Credit: Stevee B
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Jun 25, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Sweet! I love those Tahataso pics, so much fun to combine with packrafting! I need to do some of that!
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jun 25, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Two of my favorites while canyoning.

Beers and babes
Beers and babes
Credit: The Larry

Great view from this canyon.

Rock Of Ages
Rock Of Ages
Credit: The Larry
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Jun 25, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Cherry Bomb Gorge, Cherry Creek CA
Cherry Bomb Gorge, Cherry Creek CA
Credit: Inner City
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Jul 18, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
Great Falls of the Fox last weekend

Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Credit: Anxious Melancholy
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Jul 18, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Hey Inner City, tell us more about Cherry Bomb!
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Oct 17, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
Did a little two day trip thru the Great West Canyon, Right Fork in Zion over a couple of days last month. Very minor in a technical aspect, but remarkable for its lack of human impact.

The Start
Ready Go!
Ready Go!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Off into the thickets
Into the Breach
Into the Breach
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

A bit of interest after the bush
out of the woods
out of the woods
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

As we get further into the first half of the canyon, the Right Fork Head Wall becomes visible in the distance
Way to Go
Way to Go
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Had to drop into the Left Fork (drains into "Das Boot" and the famous "Subway" portion of the Left Fork, before we could escape and climb over a pass into the Right Fork drainage.
Left Fork
Left Fork
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Eight hours in: No foot prints, rising sand stone walls, & nearing the Left/Right pass.
No Tracks
No Tracks
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Looked closer, but do we really need to go to the base of those shadowed cliffs to drop into the Right Fork? Yup...
Really!?
Really!?
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Towards the end of what's called the Giant Staircase, before doing a final drop on our approach into the Fright Fork, we encountered more marvels.
Giant Staircase
Giant Staircase
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Good weather allows a solid sandy slumber.
Slot Sleeping
Slot Sleeping
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

The early morning provides a chilly embrace.
Chilly
Chilly
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Another rap into a very deep and cold pool
Hey!
Hey!
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

I need to skip pictures of the Grand Alcove. When trying to capture such an impressive feature, my abilities are inadequate. Simply amazing. Yet I still attempted to capture some images of a couple water falls on my way out.
2x+
2x+
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Double Falls
RF Fall
RF Fall
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Miles to go
Keep on Trucking
Keep on Trucking
Credit: Anxious Melancholy





kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Oct 18, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
A week ago.

The tight spots are over. Rapping off a chockstone into a pool, and out.

Shenanigans exit, North Wash.
Shenanigans exit, North Wash.
Credit: kunlun_shan
bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
A recent trip to a very remote part of the Grand Canyon; this one definitely pushed us. Ropework, lots of moving, and some packrafting:



http://mikeshikes.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/this-time-olo-too/
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
David Knopp,
Cherry Creek, including the incredible Cherry Bomb Gorge, is a kayaker's mecca that doubles as a rarely done multi-day canyon adventure. The route is super fun and non-technical, though some cold water protection is advisable for the Cherry Bomb section pictured above.

The upper part of the canyon is fantastic flowing granite and water and is a granite paradise of the first quality. I might even say that it is my favorite place I've ever been.

There is a ton of remote climbing in the canyon if you are looking for unknown/rarely done steep stuff. Clint has posted info on that on Cherry specific threads here somewhere.

I took my wife and three friends through this past summer and we had a fantastic four day/three night trip. The boat shuttle exit is also advisable and you can get it from the Boat Doctor at Pine Mountain Lake, Paul Belluomini--though it aint' cheap. You can also hike out from near the bottom of the creek up to the Kibbie Ridge trailhead,where you start out, but that is a bushwhacking of the brutal and long variety.

Scenery in Cherry Creek in general is phenomenal..email me for any other questions you have. Jumping a few drops like the one in the picture above is the only thing and good legs-bent technique for that along with dry bags for your gear are the main things...it is amazing in there. Must wait til water flows are low, which is late Aug in an average year.

I think I will try and do this canyon every year or two until I can't. These kayakers get into the best places it seems. They be hecka daring too.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
Subaru, I mean plaeides
Credit: Jaybro
Credit: Jaybro
Credit: Jaybro
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
Bob,
Nice GCNP work!
We were in there last weekend (Cove). So SWEEET!
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
Great pictures beautiful places --- but there is something seriously wrong with wearing a wetsuit in the desert.
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Nov 3, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
How about a canyoneering-packrafting TR starting at the end point and working backwards?

Love this notice at the top of Lava Falls "trail" on our way out from a three day adventure in the Grand Canyon, starting at Tuckup Trail, down Cove Canyon, float the river a few miles, then exit the up Lava: 2,500' in 1.5 miles.
The End
The End
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Nov 3, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
I felt sorry for Jeff. His buddy Joe talked him into going with us and represented to the rest of us that he would be just fine. Not only had he never done a grade VI canyon before, he hasn't been out in a long while, never been "canyoneering" nor packrafting. All in all, he did remarkably well....
Jeff looking for solid ground on the Lava Exit
Loose Footing
Loose Footing
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Nov 3, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
Ready to hit the water
Beach
Beach
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Looking back upstream. Cove Canyon, our route of descent, is a large defile perpendicular to the river and coming in left of sunlight wall.
Upstream
Upstream
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Boys and their toys on the mighty Colorado deep in the Grand Canyon. What's not to smile about?
Pool Toys
Pool Toys
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Love taking in the views while floating the big river.
Little Boat, Big Canyon
Little Boat, Big Canyon
Credit: Anxious Melancholy

Jeff's been leaning back in his $20 pool toy and watching the walls go by...what, I need to prepare to get out before we get swept into Lava Falls Rapid?!
Huh!?
Huh!?
Credit: Anxious Melancholy
Double D

climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
Heaps last May
Heaps, Zion, 2am start, 22 degrees sometime last May.
Heaps, Zion, 2am start, 22 degrees sometime last May.
Credit: Double D

Stopping for breakfast looking out towards St. George
Credit: Double D

Phantom Valley... cool place
Credit: Double D

Somewhere at the start of coldness
Credit: Double D

Lots of short, wet raps
Credit: Double D

The rust room before the rust room
Credit: Double D

The Rust room
Credit: Double D

More Rust room... pretty place, cold water.
Credit: Double D

The exit, Emerald pool below.
Credit: Double D

The last 300' rap
Credit: Double D

The crew...
Credit: Double D

Thanks to my buddies Jeff Erickson and Christopher Rau, this was an adventurous 18 hour journey with about 6 hours in sub 40 degree water. Lots of cool places, lots of grunting and smiles.
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Nov 12, 2013 - 09:48am PT
I saw this amazing pic in a new how to canyoneer book. I guess its cool to dress like a kook and cross load the sh#t out of your biner.
Wtf? This is in a how to book?
Wtf? This is in a how to book?
Credit: Tfish
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 12, 2013 - 10:13am PT
That looks very similar to my canyoneering threads.

DMT
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Dec 28, 2013 - 10:37pm PT
Quick rap down Switzer Falls testing out the Ruffwear double back harness.
Canyoneering with Odessa
Canyoneering with Odessa
Credit: Tfish
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