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Canyoneering at North Wash (28 miles south of Hanksville, UT)

Canyoneering at North Wash

Beginner, Intermediate and 

extreme canyons all here

(28 miles south of Hanksville, UT ~2.5 hours from GJ & about 3.5 hour from SLC)

End of March ought to be a near perfect time to jump into a full weekend of canyons, canyoneering and canyoneering friends.

This will be a good place for some of our newer canyon hounds (I do not mean hounds as in dogs, Andy or Dale!) to get into introductory canyons, some folks to make the next step up and for some to take on canyon challenges as demanding as anywhere on the Colorado Plateau.


Plan to arrive Friday evening to camp as a group and share an evening fire; or, arrive Saturday morning in time to depart with waves of canyoneers. Some will want to be out of camp by 8 AM or possibly earleir. Others will be happy to migrate toward canyons by 9 or 10 AM. I suggest morning arrivals be here no later than 7.30 if you want to have choices for the day.

We will camp 28 miles south of Hanksville at the Irish Canyons aka Sandthrax camp area. It is not a campground. There is no development except for sandy, level areas to pitch a tent or large trees that may hold a hammock.


Bring whatever main course for dinner you want and please plan to take part in a huge group salad bar as part of Saturday's dinner. Bring LOTS of FIREWOOD for evening and morning fires. I know some people like to cook dinner wrapped in foil in the coals. Please do not plan on that this time. With a dozen or more people around a fire it will be tough to keep rogue pyros from adding logs and torching your dinner.

If anyone would like, we could have a separate cooking fire complete with charcoal and room for Dutch Ovens &/or aluminum foil cooking. If you might want to participate in this idea please mention so in your RSVP comments.

GROUP GEAR we need one or more persons to bring:

• Large tables for meal prep and serving

• Large propane stoves for your own and possible group use; extra propane, property fittings and hoses. 

• Assorted large bowls and serving utensils for salad bar; Tupperware, etc. for leftovers

• Ax or hatchet for firewood prep; newspaper, waxed cups (like soda cups) or other fire starter material

• Major First Aid Kit (and knowledge of how to use it)

• Toilet System (toilet box or bucket and a separate pee bucket; hand wash items; paper) Need 1 or 2 systems depending on # of participants. You will be expected to use the bucket toilet system or drive 5 miles down the highway to Hog Springs Rest Area and a pit-type indoor toilet. If you do that drive, take a car-full of people for efficiency. 

CAMPING bring: 

• All your tent and bedding needs

• Camp/ lawn folding chair

• Animal-proof way to store your food (rodents, raccoon, etc.)

• Spare changes of clean dry clothing and shoes/sandals for after canyons and leisure time

• Camp games - slack line, horseshoes, badmitten (sp?), etc.


• Static rope, if you have one or more[masked]' in length

• HELMET required for meetup canyoneering events

• Harness/ rappel device/ safety tether/ 2-4 locking carabiners/ 1-2 non-locking general purpose carabiners. 2' - 4' loop of 5-7 mm nylon cord for prussik; 4' - 6' loop of 9/16" webbing or sewn nylon sling for step-up safety loop

• Rappel rings (1 or 2/ person), 1" nylon webbing 15' & 30' piece each and other assorted lengths

• Gloves- rubber faced w cotton backs ~$4-6 at any hardware store or at Stan's Burger Shack in Hanksville. Leather or fake leather gloves if you like those to rappel. Many North Wash rappels are short so gloves may not be needed on many of those.

• Sturdy running or sticky rubber approach-type shoes or light weight hiking boots


On meetup canyoneering events you may only RSVP for yourself. 

Each person is expected to provide personal contact information, emergency contact information and accept the terms of the Acknowledgement of Risk document. 

When you RSVP on a computer rather than a smart phone 'hidden' questions will pop up for you to respond to. PLEASE respond to ALL the QUESTIONS each and every time you RSVP for a canyoneering event.

SOME of the CANYONS we may choose from. Search information from these sites:

• Leprechaun's

• Blarney's

• Hog Warts

• Morocco

• Hog Canyons (long walk in or need high clearance vehicle)

• Others as group size, skills, interests and transportation suggest or allow 


Please read this and in the hidden questions, type "I Accept" if you do so. If you do not accept, you may not be considered a meetup participant for this event.


Doug Van Etten  [masked]

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  • Connie

    Wondrous trip.....fantastic rocks, peeps, climbing, scenery, organizing, safety, instruction.....I was anxious going....especially since I did not know any of the people......but it was all Doug/Rick said, 2 Blarney's is a heck of a! I was very happy to hear Doug's decision to not canyoneer Sunday as Rich and I were leaving...and as we drove toward SLC in the dark clouds++ Thanks to all for a 5 star weekend. Sal and Stacey.......great cooking (Sal over the fire). Anyone with pics I could get a few of?

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Like Rick Thompson said in an email today - 2 Blarneys is a heck of a good way to spend a day. And, of all days for a few of us to be feeling - literally - under the weather. No way to know if the rain hit north wash though we got hammered in Fruita Sunday afternoon. Ahh good time to not be in any canyon, especially not at North Wash! Thanks to all for a wonderful Saturday of canyoneering, thanks to Sal & Stacie for food extraordinaire and thanks to Amy, Connie and Rich for rising to the challenge.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • stirlynn

    Are any of you car pooling from salt lake or driving alone?

    March 27, 2014

    • Rich B.

      Hi Mike~ Connie and I are carpooling from Provo, but I only have enough room for two with gear and firewood:(

      March 27, 2014

    • stirlynn

      Hi Rich, thx for the reply. I'll have to catch up with the group on another outing.

      March 28, 2014

  • Kim D.

    I'm a plus one

    1 · March 19, 2014

    • Kim D.

      Do we already have a toilet system set up or do we need to bring our own?

      March 27, 2014

    • Rich B.

      Doug said he was providing one for the group, but bring your own T.P.

      March 27, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • Kim D.

      hahahahaha! until it reaches 80, it's all winter to me!

      1 · March 27, 2014

  • stirlynn

    Are any of you car pooling from salt lake or driving alone?

    March 27, 2014

  • Adam B.

    My girlfriend and I are interested in going but she has never done any technical canyoneering. I was wondering if any groups were planning on taking beginners. I have taken some workshops and done 6-7 canyons. I'd love to introduce her to the sport.

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Do you have the necessary gear for her, Adam? A HELMET is required (can be climbing, bike or boating) and of course harness, rappel device, a few locking carabiners and a 10' piece of 1" webbing we can tie into a safety tether for her.

      March 26, 2014

    • Adam B.

      Thanks for the replies Doug. I'm very sorry to say that we had other obligations surface This week and will not be able to attend. I hope that we get a chance to cross paths later this summer. We would definitely provide the necessary equipment. What canyons are you planning on doing this trip?

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Rich B.

    Hi Doug~ I have some experience and the necessary equipment, I just havn't been in a long time. I was looking at this activity as a good entry point to the group. I tried texting you, but I have a couple questions, one is exactly what Adam asked about a beginner group. Rich

    March 23, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Some of the canyons we want to do have sections that are pretty skinny. Being just big is ok since you can often 'go high' up the canyon walls to get to a wider section. However you mention being out of shape too. That 'going high' can often be exhausting work and require no fear of heights, good strength and good stamina. So. . . . you tell me.

      March 26, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Rich (and others of you I do not know) will you please tell us a little about your experience. Canyoneering is not a casual walk in the park - we need to know who we are out there with.

    March 23, 2014

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