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Canyoneering Cable Canyon in San Rafael Swell- Others besides canyoneers welcome

  • Sep 27, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Canyoneering

(and other non-canyoneers may come along for the camping and varied adventures)

Cable Canyon

San Rafael Swell

(near Hanksville, UT)

DETAILS:

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.

WHEN/WHERE:

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.

CAMPING LOCATION:

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. . .

BRING:

  • 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

CANYONEERING GEAR:

(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)
  • Knifewhistle (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

CARPOOLING:

Great idea. From the description it does not sound like a 4WD/ High Clearance is needed.

COST:

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 ... .

CONTACT:

Doug Van Etten[masked]

Acknowledgement of Risk

Please click the link, read the document and at the hidden questions, type "I accept". If you do not accept, you will not be considered a group participant in this event.

 

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)

 

 

 

 

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  • Doug Van E.

    Awesome group of 12 did Cable Canyon Saturday while 5 others were successful negotiating The Squeeze. Congratulations to all who hiked and rapped, waded and swam in these very remote canyons. While the road down to Salt Wash was passable this weekend with HUGE mud cracks in it this road may not be usable for more than this year and maybe next without some serious repair or re-routing work. Hope that does not become the case because while the Squeeze can be easier accessed from Hidden Splendor, the Factory Butte Road is the only practical access for Cable Canyon. Thanks to Dale, who had been there before for getting us directly to the drop in spot for Cable and thanks to all for the great teamwork that kept a very large group moving smoothly, finishing the canyon in camp-to-camp time of 10 hours.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know if Dell tell you about our adventure doing cable canyon and the squeeze canyon, we had to spend the night by the river, the river was to fast to cross when got out of squeeze canyon. Anyway ,I would keep the groups small. 4-5 if possible. It was a long day thats for sure.

    September 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My son Trystan and Dell's wife. During the labor weekend.

      September 10, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      thanks for the info, Jose.

      September 11, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Here is a Bogley post that some of us going this weekend may want to read ALL the WAY THROUGH and take the advice to heart. With large groups there can be lots of time wasted and unfortunately it is often the 'fault' (well maybe that is a strong word) of the experienced people not paying attention to how and where they are needed. http://www.bogley.com/forum/showthread.php?69756-Diagram-Managing-Large-Groups-Though-Canyons

    September 10, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    We are getting HUGE so we really do need some more people to step up as canyon leaders.

    HINT HINT Very strong HINT to some of you with experience. . . We have 19 confirmed as of Tuesday afternoon and I expect about 5 more will renew their interest from the YES lists on WSA and Backpackers web sites. YIKES . . . . too many people wanting to have too much fun. Such a problem we should have, yes? No! No problem if more people step up to be canyon leaders for Cable Canyon.

    August 20, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    WET SUITS -- I see that Glenn says he wore a shortie wet suit in Cable when he did it before. If you are at all COLD by nature, PLEASE do nos show up without a wetsuit. There WILL NOT be time to rewarm and rewarm and rewarm you after each and every pothole (if we have water filled potholes, never can tell Full? 1/2 full? or dry?) Anyone even contemplating the Squeeze if we have leaders for 2 or 3 groups of 4-5 there, Glenn says he wore a FULL wet suit there. In the Squeeze it is 100x more important that you be properly clad in black rubber since there are many more potholes than in Cable and much more time in them.

    WEATHER ---- Lots of recent rains around the SE corner of UT but . . . no way to know if it has fallen and accumulated in our canyons. Here is the weather outlook http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?map.x=218&map.y=275&minlon=-115.5&maxlon=-108.5&minlat=36.96&maxlat=42.68&mapwidth=354&site=slc&zmx=1&zmy=1#.UhMCsJK1GSo

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are still planning on going. We will camp with you on the Factory Butte side of the swell. I will have my ropes and pot hole escape equipment. I can lead a group in whatever wave you want. If we have some inexperienced groups, perhaps my group should go last so I can make sure everyone gets through the canyon.

    August 14, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      With your previous experience here and your attention to safety, Dale, I like the idea of you leading a 2nd or 3rd wave (if we have that many who show up ready to canyoneer). Plan to see you Friday evening up along the Factory Butte Road. I am going to try to get over there in time to scope things out and get a base set up in the daylight and hopefully hike down to Salt Wash and across to the start of the Moroni Slopes/ Cable Canyon approach.

      August 15, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    May I please suggest that you read BEFORE the CABLE CANYON weekend this Technical Canyoneering Primer Please pay most attention to the sections on:
    *** Moving Groups Along
    *** Pothole Exiting
    *** Useful Stuff List http://files.meetup.com/1653930/Technical%20Canyoneering%20Primer%20formatted%20highlighted%20and%20slightly.pdf

    August 14, 2013

  • Ralph

    Yes - Cable Canyon. Planning to be there Friday evening. Cassidy Arch might be a good one for Sunday.

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still planning on Cable Canyon Saturday and leaving Sunday afternoon.

    August 14, 2013

  • Stacie B.

    Still planning to do Cable Canyon. Will camp Friday night with the group and leave Saturday night after the canyon. I will have to work Sunday.

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still planning on Cable Canyon. Would suggest a mellower canyon on the second day.

    August 14, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Please get a good night's sleep the night before, bring a headlamp, lots of drinking water, a very good attitude and realize we will all have to move quickly and without hesitation to do this canyon. If you doubt your ability to look at a canyon challenge and follow the person in front of you to JUST DO IT, please consider NOT doing this canyon. This may be one of those canyons where each person's 1st concern needs to be THE TEAM and what is best for the team rather than their own desire or self-interest.

    August 13, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    We are going to need to spread some strong, experienced canyoneers out among the newer people and very likely will need to have 2 or 3 groups of about 6 each on Cable Canyon.
    There has been so much rain recently I am expecting (but have seen no reports and a call to BLM in Hanksville did not produce any additional information) to have a 2.5 mile longer walk on each end due to road washout or mud. It will be a long day; with The Squeeze the next day being even longer if we can pull that one off. If the potholes are full of water that will make the day quicker and easier but .... this is not Zion with people there every weekend so the most recent report I have read was from June 8th and that does not help us at all.

    August 13, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    TRAVEL to the TRAILHEAD - sounds like as many 4WD &/or high clearance vehicles as we can muster will be the best bet for getting all the way to the Salt Wash trailhead. So, if you have this kind of vehicle and can drive this weekend, please plan on that. WE WILL ALL CHIP IN ON COST OF GAS.

    August 9, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    A report of Cable Canyon from one of our very own WSA members was posted on Bogley as follows from Julie Zak's late May - early June trip: http://www.bogley.com/forum/showthread.php?68994-Cable-Canyon-June-8-2013

    August 9, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    DRIVE IN description --- if the Factory Butte road is DRY and there is not rain forecast for Saturday, high clearance &/or 4WD can get to the trail head at Salt Wash. Some of our canyon friends got there in May in a small 2-WD scraping bottom on a loose. dry road. If things are damp, we'll need more 4 WD vehicles. If road conditions are wet we will not be driving down to Salt Wash in any vehicle due to mud with no trees or rocks to even winch off of to get out of a possible mire.

    August 9, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    CAMPING - look on a good map of Utah. Where the Factory Butte Road crosses the Emery-Wayne County lines, is where we will camp. It is a lot of clay hills out that way but BLM in Hanksville tells me there are some rock outcrops for a little bit of shelter.

    For camping & food be sure to bring:
    ** tent that can withstand wind
    ** shade tarp if you have one so we can sit around and not bake.
    ** firewood for evening and maybe morning fires
    ** 3+ gallons of water/ person if you will camp one night; add 1-2 gallons if you plan to be there 2 nights
    ** camp chairs/ sturdy tables
    ** let's do a SALAD BAR (everyone bring something to add to salad Saturday night) like we've done a few times before

    August 9, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Right now it is looking like if weather will allow a select group of 6 (or at most 8?) hopes to do Segers Hole, a highly technical, advanced canyon on Sunday. For others who want a 2nd adventure this weekend I suggest driving over near gOblin Valley State Park to do Ding & Dang Canyons. Details are on-line at http://www.meetup.com/WesternSlopeAdventurers/events/133684712/

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring my wife Rachel and Hammy the canyoneering dog. We will be camping at the Hidden Splendor air field Friday night if anybody wants to join us.

    August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have not done Cable, so Saturday will be an adventure. Hammy and I have done Quandry direct, Knotted Rope, Ramp, Squeeze and Baptist Draw canyons and would be happy to take friends through one on Sunday.

      August 4, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Can we approach Cable from Hidden Splendor, Dale? I read that a way or the way is from Factory Butte on other side of Muddy Creek. But u know the area much better than I do.

      August 4, 2013

  • Barbara L.

    Not yet an experienced canyoneer in these terms.

    July 2, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      you can come hike and camp and enjoy being in the San Rafael Swell, Barbara.

      July 18, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    If we do get an opp to do Seger's Hole aka The Squeeze tomorrow, Sunday, it will have to be a very small team - say 6 and I suggest you look at this series of photos to get an idea of what that would be. http://www.13ergirl.com/Squeeze/

    I strongly suggest having done both Knotted Rope Canyon and Quandary Direct (QD) before attempting the Squeeze. As you can tell by the photos, it is VERY LONG. Much better that we also have someone along who has done it before. If we do not have that, I suggest 2 teams for Sunday canyons - 1 for Quandary and one for Knotted Rope, both spectacular and beautiful canyons. And, Quandary By-pass can probably accommodate a much lower skill and experience level than QD.

    July 18, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    I put this on Saturday so some of us may want to do the Squeeze on Sunday and others may head for other canyon options.

    July 2, 2013

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