Last Candition: May 15, 2013
Water very cold. Potholes not full, and required 6 or so hookings to get out. Tossed PotShots at three locations. Significantly more difficult than Imlay has been in the last couple of years. (Sneak Route)
Right sneak route. Canyon was full of water and flowing about 2-3. No pothole escapes required. A few log jams and one good section of log soup. Only replaced 1 set of webbing. Tom fixed a lot of the bolts so most of the canyon is in good shape. 1 or 2 spots could still use a little work. Great trip
Sneak route, Canyon was full of water. Log soup and log jams at the very beginning. No pothole escape tools were used.
Full Imlay via Potato Hollow, 2 day. Log soup sections near the Crossroads were a pain, but not real difficult. Water at the alcove bivy spot was murky and stained, but filtered OK. Imlay Narrows were completely full of water. Added 3 bolts, re-rigged 4 other anchors. Rigging on several was very suspect - dangerous! Keeper at the end has no wood in it, and will be very hard when the water drops - careful out there!
The water levels were low. I had a 5mm wetsuit and was very warm. Great canyon!
Canyon was very dry. The "log soup" sections were completely dry and we easily walked through them. Most of the potholes are in keeper mode. We wore 3mm wetsuits and thought about taking them off several times because were weren't swimming very often. Overall the canyon was good. We moved very quickly due to low water.
Started at 5:00 AM and reached the Virgin at around 2:00 PM. 5mm of neoprene was ample. We did full Imlay and there was some water in the upper canyon but no flow at the big drop. Lots of keepers using partner assists and hooks in one of them. Great time had by all.
We entered imlay through the right (east) sneak route and finished the canyon at 5:30 with a 5:00 am start.
Two in our group descended the canyon with full 3:2 wetsuits. Two of us wore 5mm or more of neoprene and were glad we did. All wore gloves and neoprene booties.
About 10 obstacles required either hooking, partner assists or pot shot tosses to escape potholes.
An amazing day.
Water levels were fairly low (and very cold!) Many keepers required a combination of talons, etriers, tosses, and partner assists. Couple of beached whale doozies as well.
Wore farmer john/jacket wetsuit (3mm) Should have worn at least a 5mm.
Thick bushwacking between Lava Point and Crossroads.
First time through Imlay, 24 hrs on trail from LP to Narrows, bivied near crossroads.
Awesome!!! Conditions were great, but the water levels are dropping quick. One section of log soup...two potshot escapes, a few partner assists, couple of hooks, and a beached whale got us through. We started at Lava point at 5 am and were to the narrows by about 6pm. I used a 3/2 wetsuit and 2mm neoprene socks. It was also helpful to have a few 50'sections of rope and advance everything as you go. Great time!!!
Did the sneak route. Water is topped up, no pothole escapes. There is a very thick log soup at the first narrows section but it's not bad after that. Water is cold but fairly clean. Some of the anchors could use some work.
Super Awesome Day!!! Canyon has tons more swimming in it this year, I am guessing because of the Dec. floods. Put wetsuits on after the 170 ft. rap and did not regret. Most anchors in ok shape. Only had to do one pot shot. No hooking. Took in 300', 120', and 50' ropes. Worked out perfect. Used the 50' on all but probaby 8-10 rappels. For the 2 of us, taking our time for the most part, 14 hours for Full Imlay via L.P.
Water levels were on the lower side, but they can definitely go far lower. We hooked out of two potholes (talons worked best), and used potshots on a third. Water quality was decent. Anchors in good enough shape that we didn't feel the need to replace any.
Potholes are full. We had to use 2 pack tosses and everything else was beached whaling. Water was cold but manageable. I went through in a 4\3 and was just fine but my brother was cold in a 2. A couple bolt hangers need to be replaced but alternate anchors are set up by slinging stumps. Bring webbing and quick links just in case.
Always AWESOME. Pools full, water mostly clean. Some anchors messed up, we re-rigged a couple and more are needed - bring webbing. Some Log Soup in the corridors section before the first technical narrows. Had two pothole exits to do - the toss-past-the-stump in the first narrows, and the scary keeper at the third to last rap required a toss.
Second to last anchor blown out. We tied off a log (good) and other people used the ancient bolts (bad), one of which popped off (scaaaaary)!
5 am start for the east Sneak Route was just early enough.