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Zion - Spry

From Canyoneering USA:

Located in the heart of Zion - the rugged approach and a bit of spicy downclimbing give Spry a more-serious air than many canyons at the same rating. Best done in spring or fall, or with an early start in summer.

Spry Canyon is not named on the map, but is the canyon between Twin Brothers and The East Temple, dropping into Pine Creek below Mount Spry. Mt. Spry is named for William Spry, third governor of Utah [masked]), and an early supporter of Zion National Park. He is most famous for signing the death warrant of labor organizer Joe Hill. The case generated international attention, with critics charging the trial and conviction were unfair.

Spry has a delightful slickrock approach, though its charms can be lost if it is hot out. After the slabby first rappel, Spry has about 10 mostly vertical rappels, some interesting downclimbs and a few swims, all but one of which can be avoided. In summer, after rainstorms, wear a wetsuit so the whole canyon can be enjoyed. The one mandatory swim is near the end and short - so wetsuits don't NEED to be carried if it is hot out. Spry is RELATIVELY safe from flashfloods, as there are escape spots after MOST of the rappels, and the catch-basin is small, requiring a direct hit from a thunderstorm. In 2010, a flash caught three canyoneers and swept them over a rappel, only one receiving serious injuries. Only outstanding performance by ZNP Ranger staff allowed for a successful, timely rescue.

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