Blarney Canyon, North Wash
Last Candition: May 11, 2013
Right/East fork some water, Left/West fork water up to knees. Anchors good. Left fork never ceases to amaze, beautiful canyon.
West/Left fork is dry.
Done by headlamp. Dry. Didn't notice any anchor problems but I think we only used one (the first drop). Approached from the Lep side and had a bit of trouble navigating in the dark. If you don't want to see the graffiti go at night, it was a great looking canyon by headlamp =)
Canyon is dry. Beautiful place but the amount of carved graffiti is beyond disappointing.
East fork is dry. Great short canyon.
Despite all the snow on the drive to North Wash, the North Wash area was pretty dry. No water and just occasional patches of snow in Blarney canyon. Replaced webbing at one of the middle drops in the left fork.
Did the west fork. All anchors okay but are starting to show some signs of age. Canyon is now completely dry. 3 of us took a quick 2 hours to complete.
Saw a very small rattlesnake about mid-way thru the east fork canyon near a squeeze drop. Did not look like other pygmy rattlesnakes I've seen so perhaps an infant of a larger variety that was blown in by the high winds. Winds were so strong Saturday that at the second drop, they literally blew one end of our rope back up and onto us.
Did the right/east fork. Definitely the easier of the two. Good warm-up slot. Completely dry and anchors good. No problem with gnats. Breezy up top, but fairly calm in the canyon.
Did the left fork in the afternoon after completing east fork of Leprechaun. Winds were picking up but no precip had fallen yet when we left at 6:00 PM. All was dry. Anchors okay.
Anchors in good shape. Mud free and water free.
A bit of knee-deep wading (some managed to avoid it all). Blarney West Fork took about 2.5 hours for the 6 of us. Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathysharp/sets/72157626802857379/
New webbing on all the anchors, actually removed some of them as it was too much. Both Forks of the Canyon were dry.