Apr 17, 2014 at 10:15 am #1315787
@lopezLocale: San Gabriel Valley
Craig and I recently did some really fun canyoneering in Zion. We were meeting there for the annual BPL ultra run, but our running was not up to par for this one, so we needed something else to do….bingo.
Phone pics kind of suck. Many opportunities were missed due to phone snuggled up in ziplocs for the swims and waterfall jumps.
Orderville CanyonApr 17, 2014 at 10:33 am #2094018
Ben CBPL Member
Thanks for sharing. You managed some pretty nice pics anyway. Zion is such a interesting place.Apr 17, 2014 at 11:03 am #2094033
Full awesome. I did my first bit of intro canyoneering in Utah a couple years ago, and I think I was smiling the whole time (even when swimming for 300' in cold water). I sure wish we had more slot canyons in California! Thanks for sharing!Apr 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm #2094063
I've got some good pics to add to this, I'll try and get them up later.
While these were pretty straightforward/simple canyons, I'm super interested in more canyoneering-oriented adventures, more technical stuff. It's a great mix of hiking and climbing and getting down and dirty.Apr 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm #2094155
Here are more pics and a brief writeup of my own;
No offense to the runners on this trip, but I was pretty happy to be exploring these canyons instead. I smell a new habit.Apr 17, 2014 at 9:31 pm #2094174
@davecLocale: The West Slope
Nice. Put mystery and spry on the list next.Apr 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm #2094180
Mystery is definitely on the list though I don't know how easy it is to get a permit in June.
So far I'm also looking at
A. linking Birch Hollow with Orderville
B. Pine Creek
C. Heaps sounds wild but is probably above my experience level unless I went with someone who's already done it. Though I've read up on it, I have no experience escaping water filled potholes.Apr 18, 2014 at 6:28 am #2094252
@davecLocale: The West Slope
The canyon permit deal has gotten a bit ridiculous. I've had luck in the last year using the week-in-advance lottery. Birch is a very nice canyon.
Heaps is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever been, the lower narrows especially. Potholes are certainly a concern, but running the ropes for the last rap sequence seems to get more people in trouble. The final perch is EXPOSED.
Once you get in Escalante and the Roost your mind will truly be blown.Apr 18, 2014 at 7:00 am #2094255
Brendan SwihartBPL Member
@brendansLocale: Fruita CO
Nice pics guys. Sounds like you had a blast.Apr 18, 2014 at 9:33 am #2094302
Jacob DBPL Member
@jacobdLocale: North Bay
Nice report and pics Adan (you too Craig, just read the report on your blog).
And no offense taken regarding doing this instead of the run. I had to admit I was a bit jealous of you guys!Apr 19, 2014 at 6:26 am #2094531
@owenmLocale: SE US
Sweet. Slot canyons are a thing of beauty.
Helmets wouldn't be a bad idea!
The shutdown last fall interfered with my being able to buy plane tickets ahead of time, so canceled my trip that included doing 5 canyons with a small group, but I can't wait to do Orderville top-down(maybe Birch Hollow with it), and either get with another group or do a couple of easy canyons solo.
For canyoneering stuff, check out Bogley.com's forums if you aren't already a member there.
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