(and other non-canyoneers may come along for the camping and varied adventures)
San Rafael Swell
(near Hanksville, UT)
According to www.AJRoadtrips.com:
The canyon contains a few keeper potholes, so is recommended only for experienced canyoneers. I have always visited in the high summer, which tends to find many of the potholes dry and easy to escape with partner assists (shoulder stands and boosts). In more difficult conditions, pack tosses are other means of escape may be needed.
Given the difficulties, a group size of 3 or more is recommended for possible pothole escapes. Beginners and intermediates will enjoy this canyon with an experienced and competent leader. This makes a good stepping stone before doing the Squeeze next door.
According to www.Climb-Utah.org, Shane says:
Cable Canyon is a great slot canyon that packs a very large punch as it traverses through the striking sandstone. Those attempting the route will get their moneys worth. Swimming, wading, scrambling, down-climbing and sliding down ropes are all part of the package.
If we have a "large" group we may split into 2 or more travel groups for the day.
MEET IN THE CAMPSITE BY 6:30 am SATURDAY --- WE WILL DEPART THE CAMPSITE AT 7 am
To reach the camp site:
From Hanksville, go west on highway 95 about 10.5 miles to between mile post 105 and 106. Turn north here, on the well maintained Factory Butte Road (labeled 6650 East). Reset your odometer.
- Follow this road, passing a trailhead at 0.7 miles on the left
- Another sign at 4.5 miles
- Reach a major junction at 9.6 miles. Go left at this junction.
- 10.6, minor junction with a road going off on the left, go left, following it 1.9 miles (12.5 from the highway) The road crosses Salt Wash here, this is the trailhead.
Note: The road is generally passable by most vehicles, but stay out of this area if rain has occurred recently or is in the forecast. The road quickly becomes impassable to all vehicles when wet.
ARRIVE & STAY & OPTIONS:
Arrive Friday night or VERY EARLY Saturday morning. We will depart camp at 7 AM Saturday. When we return to camp you may choose to stay here or opt to move to another location depending on time, energy, etc.
Follow the road instructions above. Based on very vague information from the BLM it sounds like between maybe mile 7 and that 9.6 mile junction (?) there are some rock outcrops. That is where the BLM suggests we camp.
I will bring a large WSA banner and post that where all can see as you drive in, night or day. Come prepared for sleeping in tent or car, bring all your cooking/food/ice/ 3-5 gallons of water/ person, camp chair, firewood, musical instruments, horseshoes. . .
- FULL WET SUIT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE
- Basic but tough clothing in layers (Suggest you wear shorts over the wetsuit for protection of the neoprene)
- Sturdy light hiking boots, running shoes. Sticky rubber canyon or 'approach' shoes are good but not necessary. Sticky rubber soles can always make your day in the canyon safer and more fun.
- Gloves (leather, fake leather or cotton back-rubber face 'Atlas' gloves)
- Knee & elbow pads are always suggested to have in your pack ($5 volleyball pads are great)
- Drybag for clothing, lunch, etc to go inside your pack (you cannot plan to carry anything in your hands, those hands will be needed at all times)
- Long sleeve shirt & sun hat or visor for the walk in. Visored hat that can be worn with helmet
- Water, snacks & lunch
- Beverages - cold and frothy at the car for the return
(minimal list for a technical canyon you do with WSA, please. If you have a rope, bring it. If you do not have a rope, please be responsible for bringing a 30' AND a 60' piece of 1" webbing; and if bringing webbing also bring at least 1 rappel/ rapide link - 10 mm or 5/16" size.)
- FULL WET SUIT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE
- HELMET (required. no helmet-no canyons with this group. Bike helmet is OK)
- Rope if you own one - we can decide later which to take and which to leave in the car
- harness. We need 1 200' rope and one or 2 shorter ones would be helpful.
- rappel/belay device (ATC, Figure 8, Pirana, ATS,Totem, etc.)
- locking carabiners (prefer 4-6/person but can get by with 2 or 3 for your first few trips; they start at ~$9 each at REI or Summit Canyon)
- slings at least 1 12'-long, 1" webbing sling for general purposes &/or to make a safety tether. Strongly suggest 2 15'ers per person. Please bring an additional 30' sling of 1" webbing that can be used for anchors, short handlines or other group uses. When buying webbing, please get natural canyon colors - canyon orange, tan, brown, black so slings left behind will blend in where they might otherwise be seen by hikers, etc.
- rapid links/ rappel rings bring at least 1 per person (10 mm or 5/16" size).
- 30'-60' of 1" webbing that can be left as anchor material where needed (if you are not supplying a rope, please assume bringing this webbing is your responsibility)
- gloves leather/ fake leather for rappeling safety and preventing sandpapered hands on the rock.
- headlamp- ALWAYS have this in your pack (w spare batteries)
- Knife & whistle (both attached w lanyards for easy access and non-drop safety)
- pack - some kind of pack to carry this gear and your portion of the group gear. When we do skinnier canyons you will need to carry all your gear through the canyon INSIDE your pack. In skinny slots and on rappels NOTHING CAN HANG OUT, so please make it a habit on any canyon trip that once you start down canyon, nothing is on the outside of your pack.
- spare shoes and clothing in the car for drive home (canyon should be dry or have just 1 possible 'pool')
CAR CAMPING GEAR:
If you plan to stay over for Saturday night lets plan on a plush car-camping gig. Shade tarps, campfire, group potluck Saturday evening &/or breakfast (or not) Sunday morning and more . . . .
- Tent and all that basic sleeping stuff
- Shade tarps with poles, cord and stakes to set them up
- Camp/ lawn chair
- Cold beverages
- Food to share for a potluck dinner Saturday night
- Horse shoes, croquet (maybe with rubber rather than wood balls for playing in the sand) or other camp games
Great idea. From the description it does not sound like a 4WD/ High Clearance is needed.
Please share gas $$ generously.
CANYONEERING INFO SOURCES:
(some, not all, and not in any order of preference)
CANYONEERING GEAR SOURCES:
- Summit Canyon Mountaineering, in GJ for webbing and 'biners, rappel device, approach or other sticky rubber shoes.
- REI in GJ. Much the same gear as SC but more limited selections
- Home Depot/ Lowes in GJ for inexpensive headlamps, leather or rubber gloves, steel rappel links
- Gear Heads in Moab, everything GJ shops have and a whole lot more
- Canyoneering USA (on-line) is the real thing as far as all canyoneering gear is concerned - packs, harnesses, biners, wet suits; you name it.
CANYONEERING 'MUST READ' LITERATURE:
CUSA Canyon skills tech tips
Canyoneering USA Latest Rave (newest hot spots in canyoneering)
Canyoneering Wiki a potpourri of info we all should learn and be able to apply *****
Climb-Utah Canyoneering Primer about the best booklet around on general canyoneering info that can be printed out as one large file and carried in the car or read in bed *****
Bogley Canyoneering Forum is a list serve-type discussion board for canyons, canyoneers and canyoneering issues. Take some of what is said with a grain of sand.
Crapping in a canyon sounds like a joke but if you did not like swimming in that canyon pool with the dead rat or the dead scorpion.. . . Personally, I do not want to swim with cr...
Canyoneering emergency contacts list(s) County Sheriff's and a few other resources
Carabiners - everything you will probably ever need to know
And more ... .
Doug Van Etten[masked]
Acknowledgement of Risk
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Some of the possible Sunday options:
Knotted Rope Canyon video Mellow
Seegers Hole video Stiff
Quandary Canyon video Stiff
Crack Canyon video (non-technical)
Ding & Dang Canyons video (non-technical)