align-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcamerachatcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-crosscrosseditfacebookglobegoogleimagesinstagramlocation-pinmagnifying-glassmailmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonplusImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartwitteryahoo

Utah Canyoneering I!

  • Oct 3, 2013 · 5:30 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

 

Utah is full of astonishingly beautiful and mysterious technical canyons. Hidden within these canyons are sparkling swimming pools, soaring walls, exciting rappels, enchanting chambers, spooky slots, fun potholes, and the most beautiful stone on earth. So join us for a technical canyoneering trip to explore these amazing wild treasures. If you are new to canyoneering, check out these websites for more info:

http://canyoneeringusa.com/utah/index.htm

http://climb-utah.com/

http://www.math.utah.edu/~sfolias/

We will decide which canyons we are going to descend as we get closer to the trip, but I wanted to go ahead and give everyone a heads-up on the dates for our canyoneering trips.

The canyons we will explore will be wet canyons with lots of big fun swimming pools! So you will need a wetsuit. A minimum of 3 mm on the torso, 4-6 mm is much better, and get a full wetsuit not a shorty.

We will leave Thursday night after work and drive to Utah. Fri, Sat, and Sun morning we will explore beautiful canyons. We will drive home Sunday afternoon. The trip will either be car-camping or backpacking and we will camp in a remote place surrounded by wild vistas and a huge vault of stars overhead.

Lets go rappel and swim through the most beautiful stone on earth!

Rom

*****************************************************

Updated[masked]

*****************************************************

It's time to start getting prepared for our canyoneering trip. Here are the trip details.

We have decided to go to the San Rafael Swell and do the classics The Squeeze, Cable, Quandary Direct, and Knotted Rope.  The recent huge rains in Utah have filled these canyons to the brim and now they are in a super-fun condition with lots of big pool jumps! My girlfriend Anita has also not been to the Swell and I would love to take her while these canyons are in perfect condition.  We are going to have some huge days so get ready for an epic trip.  Here are some pictures that Evergreen Dean took while descending these canyons last week:

http://canyoncollective.com/threads/the-swell-is-swell.18771/


Canyon Beta:

The Squeeze:

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/squeezecanyon-san-rafael-swell.pdf

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/The%20Squeeze.pdf

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/SqueezeMap.jpg

Quandary Direct:

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/quandarycanyon-san-rafael-swell.pdf

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/Quandary.pdf

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/quandary.jpg

Knotted Rope:

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/knottedrope-san-rafael-swell.pdf

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/Knotted%20Rope%20Canyon.pdf

Cable Canyon:

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/cable-canyon-san-rafael-swell.pdf

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/Cable.pdf

http://files.meetup.com/1640198/cablemap.jpg

The "Technical Slot Canyon Guide to the Colorado Plateau", 2nd Edition by Michael Kelsey has beta on these canyons too. You can get that book at Neptune's or REI.

Itinerary:

Thursday night, October 3rd: Drive to the San Rafael Swell and camp at Hidden Splendor

Friday: Descend Quandary Direct and then UPCLIMB Knotted Rope!

Saturday: The Squeeze, afterwards leave Hidden Splendor and move camp to the base of the Swell at Factory Butte (about a 1.5 hour drive) 

Sunday: Cable Canyon, then drive home

Carpooling:

If you are kind enough to drive then post to the group that you are looking for riders. If you need a ride then post that to the group.

All the roads in the Swell to Hidden Splendor and Factory Butte can be driven by normal passenger vehicles.  

Directions to the Campsite:

Directions to the Hidden Splendor campsite can be found in The Squeeze beta above.  When you get to the Hidden Splendor area make sure to go straight, cross the airstrip, and camp in the large circular camping area above the river.  Do not go to far left and camp in the higher smaller camping areas or else you may not find us.   


Meet:

Your carpool can caravan down with us Thursday night, or just arrive at the campsite whenever you want.

We will all meet at the campsite on Friday morning at 7:00 AM. Make sure you are all geared up and completely ready to go at 7:00 AM! We will split everyone into rope teams and give everybody some group gear to carry. So make sure to have extra space in your pack to carry group gear (mostly ropes, webbing, pothole escape gear, anchor gear, ...)

Wetsuits:

These canyons are totally full of water so you will absolutely need a wetsuit.  See below for wetsuit details.  

Car-camping:

We will car-camp for the entire trip. Since we are car-camping you can bring all of the gear that you need to be happy. The camping will be primitive with no facilities whatsoever, and far from any city, so be prepared with everything that you need.

Water:

There is no water at the campsite, so bring all of the water that you will need for the entire trip.

Going to the Bathroom:

Bring some toilet paper, a lighter, and some hand sanitizer to go to the bathroom. You will use the lighter to burn your toilet paper.

Athletic Ability:

Canyoneering requires you to be in very good physical condition and to be athletic. The approaches require walking long distances in backcountry terrain. Descending these canyons safely requires you to be athletic, with good coordination, strong, and tough. You don't need to be a rock climber because generally you will be going down, but there are many similarities between climbing and canyoneering. Just be prepared to be a warrior and to fight a tough battle!

Technical/Rappeling Experience:

We will do some rappels in these canyons so it would be nice if you had some experience rappelling. Rappelling is easy and anybody can do it. If you have never rappelled or have little experience, try to get out and practice a little bit before we go. It will help you and all of us to do these canyons safely. The canyoneering veterans on this trip will build all the rappel anchors and take care of all the technical issues in the canyons.

Wetsuits:

You need a full wetsuit with at least 3 mm on the torso and 2 mm on the arms/legs, 4-6 mm on the torso and 3-5 mm on the arms/legs is much better.

Pack Size:

Make sure to have some extra space in your pack to help carry group gear such as ropes, webbing, pull lines, pothole escape gear, ... We will be carrying a lot of gear to make sure that we can safely descend the canyons. We spread out the technical gear among everyone so that one or two people are not totally overloaded. The reason I am saying this is that sometimes people show up (especially newbies) with tiny packs and cannot help carry any group gear, which forces one or two people to have to carry everything. A pack size of at least 30-40 liters is appropriate.

Canyoneering Gear:

Here is the gear that you need to come on the canyoneering trip. Please make sure to have this gear because it will be crucial for your survival and the safety of the group.

MANDATORY

Rappelling gear:
climbing harness, belay device, 2 large locking biners, 2 normal biners, rappel glove
We might rappel sometimes on a single 8 mm rope, so it helps to have one of those new belay devices that has a tight toothed section for small ropes. Black Diamond and Petzl make them. However, you can always add more biners for friction if you don’t want to buy a new belay device, but it is better and safer to have a new one.

Rappel Glove:

Some people have asked about the rappel glove. You dont need to buy an expensive climbing glove. Just go to Home Depot and buy a cheap leather glove. Make sure it has some kind of a loop on it so you can attach it to a biner on your harness. Please make sure to have some kind of a glove for rappelling. Having a glove if something goes wrong on rappel can save your life.

Prusik slings:

Bring these just in case we need to go up something, a difficult rappel, or rescues. Prusik slings are a 10 foot length and 6 foot length of 6 mm climbing cord. We will show you how to make the slings. Also bring a 3.5 foot length of 6 mm climbing cord. This can be used as a rappel backup in case we cannot give you a firemans belay.

Webbing:

Everyone needs to bring two 15 foot lengths of 1 inch width webbing. One length of webbing will be used to lower your pack. The other can help with a handline or be used to build an anchor.

Drybag:

Get a big drybag that fits the inside of your daypack. You will put all of your gear in the drybag in the pack and it will keep everything dry when we have to swim a pool. You can get drybags for around $15 at REI or Neptunes.

Helmet:

Bring a rock climbing helmet or possibly even a bike helmet. You need some kind of a helmet to protect your head in case you fall.

Knee/Elbow Pads:

You must have knee pads and elbow pads. These pads are absolutely crucial for down-climbing the canyons. Just go to Sports Authority and get the cheap $5 foam pads. They work great. Cover them with duct tape so they will last longer.

Wetsuit:

You need a full wetsuit with at least 3 mm on the torso and 2 mm on the arms/legs, 4-6 mm on the torso and 3-5 mm on the arms/legs is much better.

Helpful

Canyoneering Shoes:

Most people use some kind of a trail shoe. A shoe that has a Vibram sole or climbing rubber is best because it is more sticky on the rock. You can also use tennis shoes, but they tend to slip on the rock, and fall apart in the canyons. I use an "approach shoe". It has sticky climbing rubber but can also go hiking. Neptune sells the 5.10 Canyoneering Shoes. They are great and cost about $100. Also think about the shoe being in water and making moves on wet rock or with wet shoes.

Clothes to Shred:

Canyoneering eats your clothes. Make sure to go to Savers/Goodwill and buy some cheap clothes for the canyons to shred. The cheap clothes will also be worn over your wetsuit to protect the wetsuit.

Gloves:

Some people like to wear those Atlas Thermal Fit Nitrile gloves for canyoneering and keeping your hands warm in water. You can get those at McGuckins or Home Depot for $5.

Socks:

Some people like to wear neoprene socks to keep their feet warm when swimming or wading in cold water.

Anchor Gear:
If you have any webbing, cord, rappel rings, and quick links please bring them to help with building rappel anchors. The more webbing and anchor gear that we have the safer we will be.

Ropes:

If you have any ropes, bring them. We can use multiple ropes to move people more quickly through the canyons. Old ropes and especially shorter sections of ropes are very useful and allow us to bring a rope that matches the longest rappel in the canyon.

GPS System:

If you have a GPS system, then please bring it to help with navigation. Backup GPS is extremely valuable in case mine goes down.


Okay, looking forward to our grand adventure in the desert!

Rom

 

By participating in this event you agree to the following Release of Liability:

http://www.meetup.com/Spectacular-Adventures/pages/Spectacular_Adventures_Release_of_Liability/

 

 

Join or login to comment.

  • orlando

    i loved it =)

    October 11, 2013

  • Rom M.

    Well we had a good time on the Utah I trip. The weather on Friday was cloudy and questionable so we ended up just hiking and practicing Fiddlestick and Potshot rappels. Saturday was better and we had a great time descending Quandary and upclimbing Ramp. Sunday we did the always fun Zero Gravity and had a great time at the Jumper pool. A fun trip with fun people.

    2 · October 7, 2013

  • Matt

    Totally awesome trip. 3 new canyons in 2 days! Great jumps into pools!

    October 6, 2013

  • Julie

    Had I known the govt was going to shut down and my military weekend was going to be cancelled this weekend I could have come... Grrr! You're lucky to be missing this wonderful Oct snowstorm in CO. Hope you guys are having fun - Stay safe!

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Anton S.

    Aww wish I were driving I-70 now!

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Rom M.

    Hey Phu, I can't remember your truck. If it rains will our gear get wet? It's probably going to rain in Colorado during the drive on Thursday night so we need some way to keep our gear dry. Should we bring some tarps or something?

    October 3, 2013

    • Rom M.

      I will bring some big trash bags too. Hopefully that will work.

      October 3, 2013

    • Carson G.

      I'm at Wooly Mammoth, which sign?

      October 3, 2013

  • Bonnie

    It looks like Orlando and I will be meeting Matt and riding with him. Trip report from people who did Quandary Direct on Saturday is they used two potshots and a hook. The Squeeze was still full, swim in and out however, it was cold even in a 7mm. See you in Utah!

    October 2, 2013

    • Rom M.

      That's interesting that they needed potshots for the keeper. Usually when Quandary is full you can just swim across the keeper. Maybe the water level is lower than I thought. Hooks are unnecessary.

      October 3, 2013

  • Peter

    I'm getting a lift with Russell, leaving thursday AM - does anyone know the approximate drive time from Denver?

    Also, will the campsite be mostly empty, or should the first to arrive stick a meetup sign on their car window?

    October 1, 2013

    • Peter

      Sorry for the late reply - Just heard back from Russell. We can fit one more into his car. We'll be leaving Denver area around 10am.

      October 2, 2013

    • Kevin F

      Hi Peter, thanks for getting back. However, it looks like Julian, Tom, and I will be riding out together. We'll be in a blue Forester- see you all tomorrow night!

      October 2, 2013

  • Rom M.

    Okay I just posted all the canyon beta, Hidden Splendor campsite, and 7:00 AM Friday start time. We need to start figuring out the carpool. So far Matt has volunteered to drive. Can anyone else drive? Anita and I are looking for a ride. If we can't find any more vehicles then a rental car is an option. I just made a free rental car reservation for the trip that costs $160 including insurance. The car is a pretty big "Standard" vehicle that could easily fit 4 people and gear, so the cost would be $40/person.

    October 1, 2013

    • Kevin F

      Tom/Julian: How does meeting at the Wooly lot at 11:15am sound? (The earliest I can pick up my wetsuit rental is 10 on Thursday w/o getting charged for an extra day...However, I'm fine paying for an extra day if it will make the carpooling more efficient.)

      October 2, 2013

    • Tom

      That time is fine with me.

      October 2, 2013

  • Rom M.

    Anita and I can leave at 4:00 pm on Thursday. Phu we could take your truck but that thing is huge and is a gas guzzler. That truck can easily fit 4-5 people and gear. We could take other people to split up the gas cost. Julie? Carson? Talya? By the way I just checked and the rental car cost has dropped. It's now down to $77 total or $125 (with insurance) for a Standard car that can fit 4 people and gear for 4 days. When can you guys leave?

    October 2, 2013

    • Carson G.

      I'm in for either the rental or Phu's truck if there is still room. Getting to the Wooly lot earlier than 5 is going to be tough for me, but I will try to get there at 4:45.

      October 2, 2013

    • Rom M.

      It looks like our car is set: Phu, Rom, Anita, Carson. I guess we can take Phu's truck. It will definitely be less hassle for me. So let's plan on meeting at 4:45 pm on Thursday at Wooly Mammoth at the JJ sign.

      October 2, 2013

  • Matt

    Any others out there need a ride that have to work till 5?

    October 1, 2013

    • orlando

      ya I can be at the wooly at 5 I will get off at 4 and be ready

      October 2, 2013

    • Matt

      Hi Bonnie, you are certainly welcome to ride with Orlando and I! I guess you can meet Orlando at Wooly at 5, then you two can take one of your cars and drive up to Keystone (either thru the tunnel or over the pass, not sure it makes a difference), leave that car at my place and hop in mine. I will send directions and cell phone number today. I have a blue Subaru outback wagon with new snow tires (just in case).

      October 2, 2013

  • Julie W.

    My foot is still messed up, and on top of that, I'm coming down with a cold :( I will have to catch up with you all on the 2nd trip. Sad to miss this :/

    October 2, 2013

  • orlando

    hay I cant go one the like I planed so I want to go on this one, do you think I can find a ride I have gas money. do you still have room matt?

    September 30, 2013

    • orlando

      and I don't know who ells but any one that want too go too to jump on the car pool

      October 1, 2013

    • Matt

      That's ok. I will send you my address and directions tmrw.

      October 1, 2013

  • Peter

    Google maps tells me it's an 8 hour drive. Sunset is just after 7pm.

    October 1, 2013

  • Kevin F

    I can drive and have room for 2 other people. I would greatly prefer to leave early, (I can leave anytime Thursday). Lastly, I'll be leaving from Boulder and my car has a manual transmission...so bonus points if you could help with the drive, but no problem if not.

    October 1, 2013

  • Annette

    I wish I saw this meetup earlier because I'm driving to Moab this Thursday but don't own all the gear to attend... otherwise, I would have detoured and joined in a heartbeat!! Looks like it will be a lot of fun!

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks like so much fin. I really wanted to go, but I'm not going to be able to make it :(

    October 1, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Don't think this week will work for me, but will try to make trip #2!

    September 30, 2013

  • shawn

    Wish I could make it but I can't get friday off :-(

    September 28, 2013

  • Matt

    Carpool: I am willing to drive and can carry 1 to 2 passengers. I live in Summit County so you would have to drive at least that far, and park there.

    September 27, 2013

  • Rom M.

    Okay everyone I have posted details about the first canyoneering trip. We are going to the San Rafael Swell and will do the classics The Squeeze, Cable, Quandary, and Knotted Rope. Recent rains have filled these canyons and now they are in perfect condition with huge pool jumps. Plus my girlfriend Anita has never been to the Swell and so I would like her to go when they are perfect. I know we went there last year but this time we will do two new canyons in Cable and Knotted Rope.

    Julie, I know you were hoping for Sleepy Hollow in the Escalante, but we also went there last year, and we went to the Escalante twice this spring. We have already made plans to go to Sleepy Hollow and some other awesome King Mesa canyons next spring, so don't worry. We have an X canyon planned so start working on those Mae Westing skills!

    For the Utah II trip we have decided to do some new canyons in Ticaboo Mesa. I will post that next week. So we will all get some new canyons on the second trip.

    1 · September 27, 2013

    • Anton S.

      Love the Hidden Splendor and Ticaboo is very tempting! Why can't we have two Octobers in a row and with no oncall shifts?

      September 27, 2013

  • Russell

    Are any of you Spectacular Adventurers musically inclined? I'll bring my banjo if you wanna do some campfire jamming.

    September 27, 2013

  • Timothy K.

    Great list of gear! I've never gone canyoneering, but I am a technical rock climber. Cool to see that I have everything on your list except a wetsuit and dry bag. I could expand into the canyons with a couple of gear purchases.

    September 21, 2013

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Start the perfect Meetup for you

We'll help you find just the right people

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy