No Mans Canyon
Last Candition: April 20, 2013
Water in a number of spots, but never deep. Will probably drain out in another week or so. Final big rappel is bolted in two places, so the rap can be done in two sections. We re-rigged the first, extending the webbing so that on the pull, the rope would not be pulling around the rock corner. One piece of webbing there was fraying some. Second bolt has at least 15 - 20 feet of webbing dropping you well down the narrow crack before you drop into the rappel. Pull from the bottom went cleanly. Overall, an excellent little canyon.
My brother and I enjoyed all but the return hike in the dark. Water was up to the knees. Anchors were fine. Interesting rig for the final rap but it worked and I couldn't see a better way without drilling new bolts. We started at 4:30, finished in 5 hours.
Despite snow and rain north of I-70 the roost was dry. No water in the canyon. A few muddy spots but they were mostly avoidable. All anchors were present and solid. We entered the canyon walking down a sandhill approx 1/4 mile down canyon on the left LDC side. There is a deadman anchor set up at the head of the canyon but we didn't use or inspect it. Had a really hard time with the rope pull on the final rappel. There is a deep groove/crack right at the lip that our rope got stuck in. Lots of interesting route finding on the way out. 5 hrs round trip. 5 people 2 experienced, 3 newbies.
Water up to our knees, no wetsuits and we were never cold. Great canyon, nice features, and some good obstacles. Probably beginner+ to intermediate level canyon.
Use both stages for last rappel. Last rap anchor was horrible (not equalized, and unsafe knots and mess). We got rid of the entire octopus mess. We replaced with an equalized one piece webbing to single, suspect bolt and a good chock stone point. Rap is 100', and we easily did it with a clean pull retrieval with a 200' rope.
We got caught on the cliff exit after dark. Rapid and dramatic topo with lots of hazards, ups and downs, and fake capstone summits. Do not attempt exit in the dark.
6 hours 40 minutes with party of 4 (2 beginners and 2 advanced).
Slots were completely dry. Avoidable pool at the bottom of the last rappel.
2nd to last rappel (50â€™) webbing is janky and needs replacing. Consists of 4 pieces tied together, 20-30 feet needed to rerig. Ensure your 60m rope is run at the middle or you wonâ€™t reach the bottom. Fun canyon. Last anchor is one bolt, a small chock, and a dead man. Webbing is not equalized, in many separate pieces, and needs rerigging.
The canyon exit was hard to find. Climb-Utahâ€™s GPS coordinates for the exit did not seem correct. The slickrock cliff ridge was hairy with considerable exposure. The route finding was difficult. We almost ran out of daylight.
A little disappointing, not much for slots and a big, long, hot exit. Last Rappel is pretty cool, a hanger was missing from one of the bolts. Very little water.
Waist-deep water. No wetsuits required. Used the cattle trail exit. Probably took 45 minutes deciding the best route back to the cars by committee. ;-) The trip took 11 of us about 7.5 hours. Found some quicksand on right LDC at this place:
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Quite a bit of water in the canyon, one chest deep wader, but use underwater ledges for stemming across most of it. Also, the last drop can be done with a 200 ft. rope. It's a long haul out, with some very good route finding skills.
Wading to nipple deep (depends on the nipples). Anchors okay. Did not wear wetsuits.