Last Candition: May 18, 2013
Small amount of water running from the beginning of the canyon. 2 small unavoidable pools and the hallway is about chest deep. We didn't even take neo socks, the water isn't that cold. There is a large backpack sitting up on a ledge that somebody must have accidentally left coming down the old original spry route with the rebar anchors
Conditions pretty normal for Spry. Cloudy most of the day. Rained on us for a few hours - light sprinkling. Water in the slot section near the end is chest to neck deep. No wetsuits needed. Had to leave 20 ft of rope on a rappel that got stuck.
The canyon is in similar shape to the ones before this. We used the bypass rappel 2 and were glad, the "tunnel" has quite a bit of water. Bottom of 3 had a knee deep pool. Mid pool of 7 is chest/belly deep, and the other is knee. Final pool was chest.
All anchors looked really good, recent replacement on some.
Really good conditions, Rap 1 small trickle. Down climb/rap 3 knee deep or avoidable by stemming. The double drop first pool was waist deep, 2nd pool avoidable by traversing or waist deep. The down climb slide was waist deep or can be stemmed over. Did not have wetsuits and happy for that, the few minor quick spots of wading were not that cold.
All the conditions mentioned on April 1st are still dead on. Maybe a bit more water below rap 3- about mid thigh. Leave your wetsuit at home. It was 80 degrees out and the cool water was a welcome site. Maybe take it if it's cold out.
Great conditions, rap 1 still trickle flow. Dry most of the way except rap 3 knee deep. After the large tree rap, rap 7 the double drop the first pool is chest deep, 2nd pool able to traverse to do it dry. The down climb slide after rap 8 is into chest deep. Glad we brought full suits as it was windy.
All anchors good/fair conditions.
The canyon is in good shape. All anchors and webbing are good to go. Hardly and snow except for small patches at the top or the 1st rap. Easy access to rap 1. Small flow throughout, more of a trickle. Several knee to thigh deep pools 2 short swims but most water avoidable. I was warm in 3/2 with booties.
Rap 5 ( I believe, easily recognized if I'm wrong on the number) from pine tree with huge rope grooves has another anchor set up to bypass pine tree. There is a chokestone with red webbing dropping you 40' into a pool. Do not use this. There is an additional 30' rap at the other side of the pool. It looks tempting, stay away. The pull is nearly impossible, requiring last man down to use the pine tree anyway. ( ask me how I found this out).
Fun canyon, not sure it is with the effort but its off the to do list anyway.
First time through this canyon so I don't have a normal baseline to compare it too. Approach wasn't real bad snow and ice in a few places like pancake falls. Quite a bit of snow almost knee deep on top by the head of spry. The first rappel was rather difficult to get to because of the ice. Some of other rappels also required belaying or setting up small raps around trees to reach the anchors. The canyon has quite a bit of water. Some pools were frozen solid others wouldnt hold body weight and would fall through and others had no ice at all. Only had 1 short spot that was a swim most water was waist deep at most. We replaced some webbing on the anchors but didn't have enough time to do all. Took us a little under 8 hours today could have done it faster we started out with a pretty causal pace then had to spend some extra time plotting out how to reach some of the anchors. Fun canyon can't wait to try it again in the spring/summer.
Canyon is as full of water as I've ever seen it. Plan on being wet for about the last two hours. Bring wetsuit or have dry clothes to change into. Some morons spit blue chewing gum all over the canyon and left toilet paper tulips as well. I agree with the previous comment about bypassing the second drop.
Spry currently contains a lot of water. There is one pool that is neck deep and unavoidable. Bring a wetsuit. There is a 15 foot log/mudjam in the first pool you will come to. It is unstable and would make for a dangerous rappel. Go around it on a social trail (RDC) and rappel into the dry part of the canyon. Right now the park service is OK with this strategy. I give the canyon a 3 rating because it would be much more fun without all of the water.
Very scenic hike-in to this canyon, but sweaty, even in the morning sun. Waist deep water at the first 165 foot drop. First one down could assist others around, but they're going to get wet sooner or later anyhow. Found more water overall than expected from trip accounts. One short swimmer at the bottom of the downclimb slot. The two potholes in series were not swimmers but the first was nearly. Boulder field downclimb is tedious but kind of entertaining in a way. Hot! and the main road traffic noise detracts a little from the experience.
All anchors are in good shape, webbing ok except for all the bright colors. The canyon was very dry as is most of the plateau right now. The only unavoidable water was in the slot before the second to last rappel, waist deep. Took three first-time canyoneers, great time had by all.
Went through with my son and had a great time. Someone has replaced most of the webbing lately and the bolts all looked in good shape. Ran into a party of five, including a couple gals who work at the park maintaining trails and they graciously let us pass. Made sure to thank them for all their hard work keeping Zion a great place to visit. Glad we did not bring wetsuits - you can go the extra effort to avoid getting wet but the pools were only knee to waist deep at best and the water is not that cold. If you are bringing noobs, note that several starts are a bit tough and several of the drops have severe rope groves and will stick your ropes if you are not careful
Getting wet is a choice at (almost?) all raps and downclimbs. With warm weather we had no need to avoid the watercourse however. Some webbing could be improved and replaced soon.
Weather was in the mid to upper 80's. The canyon was perfect, went without wetsuits and we are glad that we did. the water was not that cold like keyhole and pine creek. there were quite a few pools to wade through, but nothing that we had to swim. A dip in the swim hole in pine creek at the end was a perfect way to end this amazing hike!
Air temps were high 70's...wetsuits made it more enjoyable...however, not mandatory. We stayed in the watercourse and were in the water every chance we got. We swam twice and waded up to our waist several times.
Water conditions similar to post on April 29th. Water was nice...didn't stink.
Excellent all around. Anchors are all good, water is not too cold, and NO suits needed.
Water: the pothole at the bottom of the 1st 165' rap is easily missed. The 40' pool below the logjam in the first narrow section is waist deep, but that section can be bypassed on the right with a 40' rap. I don't know about the pool before the logjam in that section since I bypassed it. There's a 15' long V-pool on a DC with a short piece of webbing. Can be done calf deep by finding the small ledges with your feet. There's an optional 15' neck deep wade that can be bypassed if you rap far enough down canyon from the anchor, stepping out along a narrow ledge and rapping inside the next chute down from the main chute. The later mandatory chest/neck deep wade is 15' long at the bottom of a DC (the "scary narrow section" in Tom's book) and it's immediately before the final 2 raps which are within quick succession. Get to those raps before say 5pm and you'll have sun at once on the raps.
Fun canyon. We were able to avoid a lot of the water. Those that were unavoidable were really cold. Air temp was around 55 degrees by the afternoon and were able to warm up in the sun. Thick wetsuits and neoprene socks a must. Get an early start to maximize exposure to the sun.
We did not attempt to avoid the water, so I can't be sure how much was mandatory, but there were several pools and we were fine in 3/2 fulls plus 2mm shorties. Not a lot of sun, so we got chilly at times out of the water. Anchors were all good.
Great conditions. It was full of water. I had a 2mm spring suit with long sleeves. Others had long sleeve 3/4 wetsuits. All of us were a bit cold at times (there was a cold breeze and cloud cover), but generally okay. I believe the high was around 70. All of the anchors looked good.