Constrychnine Canyon, Poison Spring
Last Candition: April 19, 2012
Road was dry & easy to drive.
No snow to be found, except in small shaded patches down in the canyon. Otherwise completely dry.
The webbing anchor on Rap 1 was 10-15 feet short of the canyon lip and would have added to the many deep rope grooves there. Would also have made the rope pull rather difficult. We extended the webbing to the lip and just rappelled to the ledge 20 feet down. From there, we strung a new webbing anchor around a large boulder. This new set-up should be used by all to avoid any further rope grooves tearing this place up.
Canyon was awesome, completely dry except for a few puddles in the area after you join slideanide. All the anchors were in good condition.
Ugh. Whoever set up the anchors on this before us - how the hell did you get your ropes down? Our test pulls stuck on R1 and R2, and the R3 anchor into the cave was a pulley. You're not qualified to do this safely!!! Damn.
All three anchors re-rigged or extended - the first after jumaring back 190' to the rim. No water, pretty dull except for the anchor exercises - and then a long walk out. This one isn't worth repeating. Stick with Arsenic instead. If you *are* going, take extra webbing and rapides and be prepared to completely rebuild - with pull stations *over the edge*!!