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Canyoneering &/or hiking off the Bull Frog Marina Highway - UT Hwy 276

  • May 16, 2014 · 7:00 PM

Canyoneering &/or hiking off the Bull Frog Marina Highway - UT Hwy 276

                 (camping @ North Wash? Still looking for other camp areas)

The area immediately around our camp area has some nice hikes if non-canyoneers would like to come along. I am told there are even nicer hikes in the vicinity of where we will canyoneer, in various canyons off UT Hwy 276. 

So, day hikers are welcome and even encouraged to come along on this outing as well as canyoneers. Some suggested canyoneering canyons and hiking canyons are both posted lower on this page. 


We would hope everyone will arrive Friday evening so we can get early starts Saturday morning. There may be staggered start times based on what time people can motor-vate themselves to get out of camp.

We may camp at Sandthrax/ North Wash/ Irish Canyons Campground (I looked and did not see any natural camp sites down along UT Hwy 276 though we are going to look down that way again before this weekend.)


All your car camping gear (tent, sleeping stuff, stove n pots, etc.)

• Water - 3 gallons/person minimum

• Tables - large stable tables for serving a Saturday night group salad bar

• Camp/ lawn chairs

• Lantern (battery or white gas since days are rarely long enough by natural light)

• Camp games like horseshoes, slack line, etc.; Musical instruments

• Firewood - have a fire each morning and evening 

• Groover or camp toilet - only need 1 or 2 but bring your own TP. As responsible campers we want to get out of the habit of leaving human waste all over the place as more and more canyoneers and other outdoors-folks camp in the same locations. It can stink, attract flies and other insects as well as attracting rodents and other small unwanted animals.

All your basic canyoneering gear plus pothole escape toys and tools

• ROPE(s) bring whatever you have in lengths and diameters of static ropes

• HELMET is REQUIRED for doing canyons with this group (by the time you are an intermediate canyoneer you should have graduated beyond a bike helmet)

• SHORTIE, FARMER JOHN/JANE or FULL WET SUIT may be used by those doing some of the canyon options.

• Headlamp with fresh batteries

• GPS and skills to navigate with it

• SPOT emergency locator device


Let's work on getting a salad bar together to share that part of dinner as a group. Bring large, stable tables; cutting boards & long knives; serving bowls & utensils, etc. all to make a group meal more fun and functional. 

Bring your favorite salad ingredients and if you will tell in your RSVP or later message what you want to bring we may avoid having 8# of iceberg lettuce, no tomatoes, 3 cans of garbanzo beans but only one 1/2 empty bottle of salad dressing.

Shared desserts would also be appreciated. 

Please bring containers (Tupperware, etc. as well as coolers) so all food can be put away when not in use. We need to not be in the habit of leaving food out in the sun, wind &/or overnight. It can make a mess as well ad attract and feed unwanted camp guests such as birds and small mammals. 

RSVP: Please tell:

• when you plan to arrive & how long you'll stay (Sat? Sun?)

• will you be planning to canyoneer or be a hiker?

• will you lead or co-lead a canyoneering or hiking group into one or more of these canyons (read the links to the beta and look at other info sources before you make this decision)?

• will you have a 4WD vehicle (may be necessary to pass at least one sandy hill or rough wash crossing on some of the trailhead approaches)?

• what you are bringing in the way of group canyoneering gear (rope, pot shots, ascenders, etc.)?

• your planned contribution to Saturday dinner salad bar?

As has become usual for our canyoneering events, 

you may only RSVP for yourself. There can be no 1+ RSVPs, for anyone. The reason for this is so each and everyone 'accepts' the Acknowledgement of Risk'. 


Doug Van Etten  [masked]

DouglasVanEtten @ gmail. com

                           ###  Acknowledgement of Risk ###

Please read this A o R statement and type 'I accept' in the hidden questions. If you do not accept, you will not be considered a participant for this event.


• Middle Fork MaidenWater  3A-B 2-4 hours

• South Fork MaidenWater 3B 3-5 hours

• Blushing Bride- Jilted Lover 2B II 2-6 hours  (more than just a hike but no rappels)

• Trail Canyon 3B 3-5 hours (physical)

• Upper Woodruff Slots 3A-B 1-3 hours each slot  (can be 1-6 hours total)

• Woody Canyon 4B 4-6 hours

• Witches Cauldron 


• Trachyte Falls   2A   1 hour

• Lower MaidenWater   2B  4-6 hours

• Swett & Woodruff Canyons can be 8-12 hour long day or overnight backpack

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What an incredible and memorable weekend. A pleasure meeting you all. A big thank you to Doug for putting this together.

    May 18, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    As always, North Wash is fabulous camping and canyoneering. Saturday 7 people and Hammie the canyoneering dog did Witch's Cauldron and 4 did Missy Piggy. Sunday most of us did on or the other of that pair of Irish canyons whose name is Sha. . . (something Irish). From what I saw and hear, it was a good time had by all.

    May 18, 2014

  • Sandy

    Great weekend! Great peeps!

    May 18, 2014

  • Sandy

    I will be riding down with Chris and Wojciech - we probably won't arrive til after 10pm. I will bring my 120ft rope, a potshot, a talon, an etrier and an ascender. I will be contributing steak, blue cheese, lettuce, balsamic dressing and some whole wheat nan to Sat's dinner. Also bringing some chips and salsa for apres canyon/pre-dinner knoshing.

    May 15, 2014

  • David G.

    Any reason why RSVPs are closed? I had some stuff to take care of so I couldnt commit but I'm free now and would like to make this.

    May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring some avocados for the salad. I'd like to do some of the 3B canyons. I'm new to canyoneering, have taken a 101 course 3 weeks ago in Hogwarts, which I was comfortable in. I come from a climbing background (was at a 5.11b but that was awhile ago). Gear: two 9.2mm, 100' static canyon ropes, two 6mm pull cords, 50' of loose webbing plus my slings, decent starter rack and all the prerequisite personal gear (no wetsuit).
    extra: 2 handheld radios and a PLB.

    Vehicle: Forester (am willing to shuttle)

    Question?? Which area of the Sandthrax camp are we hoping to get?

    Looking forward to meeting you all.

    May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carpool offer: If anyone would like a ride. I have room for one, maybe two. I'll be leaving from Layton, Fri afternoon (sometime between 3 and 4 pm) and returning Sun.

    May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Given Doug's comments I think I'll bow out as it sounds like there are too many people going and there is some sort of vetting process ... which is understandable given the remoteness and potential technical nature. Hope everyone has fun and maybe I'll meet you all some other time.

    May 13, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Between the two meetup groups, this one and Western Slope Adventurers, we presently have about 14 people RSVPed. That is too many for any one canyon so . . . . there will need to be a couple of groups or if more people show up, even 3 groups. I say this now so everyone is aware not everyone can go or should go (depending on skill, experience, body size & shape, etc. ) on any one canyon on this trip. As I think it says above, these are not 'guided' adventures so please, especially if you have not been out with us before so we may not know your skills or abilities, do not develop an expectation of entitlement. Here is the WSA web posting for this event:

    May 13, 2014

  • David G.

    This sounds like a blast, not sure if I can make it but I hope to. I've been in Maidenwater a little and would love to explore that area more, so beautiful!

    May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a boat, but isn't West Canyon near Page?

    May 1, 2014

    • Wojciech

      I would be interested!

      May 1, 2014

    • Liz

      That West Canyon sounds exciting! I'd love to get in on that too if there's space available. I have a kayak - does that count? ;-)

      May 6, 2014

  • Sandy

    Checked out the beta you listed for this area and the ones that sound good are S. Fork of Maidenwater, Trail Canyon, Upper Woodruff slots, and Witches Cauldron.

    I'm still very interested tho in doing the canyons in the Lake Powell area: Hard Day Harvey, Good Day Jim, Paradiso and Upper Ticaboo. Those sound awesome and I would love the opportunity if other intermediate to advanced folks are into it. Any takers? And the most awesome of all is West Canyon! Need a boat and a permit for that, but wow! it sounds amazing! Anybody with a boat out there????

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Carl

    Has there been anymore discussion about this weekend. Talked at work and I can get the time off. Places to camp/stay? What time to get there? Any canyon supplies that I should get. Will a wetsuit be needed? Or just get wet it should be warmer.

    April 5, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    When you RSVP names will first go on a Waiting List. After we have our phone conversation your name may be moved to the YES RSVP list.

    September 9, 2013

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