These 2 canyons are super cool! Yankee Doodle is a true slot canyon with several swimmers and tricky stemming. Wetsuit mandatory, as you are wet the majority of the canyon!
Boltergeist is dry with lots of rappels, the longest being 150ft.
We can do Boltergeist first, make the 2 mile drive up the road, then hit Yankee Doodle so we can end the day cold and wet!
Time Required - 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Distance - 1.1 miles Total, 0.2 miles Technical
Rappels - 4 Rappels, Longest Rappel 100 - 150 feet
Time Required - 2 to 3 hours
Distance - 0.7 miles Total, 0.4 miles Technical
Rappels - 1 Rappels, Longest Rappel 50 feet (but bring a 200 foot rope)
* Please note ** RELEASE OF LIABILITY:
This is not a guided trip. I am not acting in the role of a Professional Guide. Canyoneering can be a dangerous activity with exposure, specific skills, etc..., and therefore you need to have the required skills to attend. Additionally, you are 100% liable for yourself, and you agree to assume all liability by joining us on this trip.
- The ability to rappel
- The ability to rig a rappel device to provide the appropriate amount of friction for rope diameters from 8mm to 10mm rigged single strand.
- The ability to lock off at mid rappel.
- The ability to use a foot loop, rigged with a friction hitch or mechanical ascender, to free a stuck rappel device.
- The ability to climb and down-climb on rock.
- The ability to provide a bottom belay (aka fireman belay).
Rappelling Gear - minimum required for participation in canyon events:
Helmet (meets UIAA standards)
Rappelling device (Totem (http://www.canyonsandcrags.com/collections/gear/products/totem), Figure 8 (https://www.petzl.com/US/en/Professional/Descenders/HUIT), ATS (http://www.sterlingrope.com/p/ats-device), Prana (https://www.petzl.com/US/en/Sport/Belay-devices--descenders/PIRANA), Critr2 (http://www.canyonwerks.com/product/critr-rappel-device/), or similar device.
Gloves appropriate for rappeling
Footwear appropriate to conditions which will be wet in places
You should also bring: a pack, water (2-3 liters per person), Lunch/snack, clothing appropriate to anticipated weather, a wind jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.
Meetup Etiquette and Attendee Responsibilities:
Hiking / Canyoneering is a group activity. All participants are expected to contribute in a meaningful way.
This may include:
Carrying rope and other equipment. Offer to reimburse event drivers for gas and wear & tear on their vehicles.
When doing a hike / canyon:
Safety comes first. No hiker should ever feel self conscious about asking for assistance.