Last Candition: December 10, 2011
Fun trip to take a friend who'd never been canyoneering. Set up a semi-guided rappel to avoid a swim/wade in the second-to last rappel. Last rappel can be split up into two with a rap ring off a tree for a 40', can reasonably be done in two with one rope if you've got a 200' rope, or you can swing to the right and down climb the last section after the big drop. Took a refreshing dip in the silty swimming hole below the waterfall before we made the climb. It was still early so we ran over to Yankee afterwards.
Had a great time in Boltergeist. All anchors were in good condition, including a couple that weren't in the beta where some just walk around. We enjoyed doing five rappels instead of three. Stemmed over puddle at the base of the second mandatory rap, it sure looked skanky. 4 hrs at a very leisurely pace.
Spring temps forecast for Leeds was low 70s and felt great. Very little water in canyon. Took four local high school students (3 noobs) through for their prom "day date" with one other adult. The six of us took four hours car to car. Beautiful day!
Got to the TH and bailed on descending it. The road had been recently graded and was nice...until the snow hit. 4" of snow that morning. Extremely muddy. Got stuck in 4x4 for an hour. Would not recommend taking this road until it drys out a bit. As we passed Bolter, there were MANY waterfalls pouring into it. Expect a lot of COLD water and snow on the exit climb out.
Some ice and snow in the canyon early, making it a little slippery, but it clears up by the time you start rappelling. Several pools of half-frozen water, all it avoidable with careful footwork and in one case using an alternate anchor higher up the wall to make a diagonal rappel.
Good, but dry. Route was short and fun. The large rap at the end has an easy approach. Dry spell left little to no traces of water in the canyon. The Exit out Water canyon was a little over grown but no bad. Stream was flowing but all water was avoidable.
Dry/avoidable mud. Stream/waterfalls on exit route worth hiking up to the top; very scenic, worth dodging the trees & brush for.
A decent canyon. We installed a new anchor on Rap 1 (for us Rap 3). We cut off 3 unused and 1 used anchors. Come on folks, if you install a new anchor, haul out the old stuff. Narrow water at the bottom of Rap 2 (Rap 4 for us) was waist deep (I'm 6' 1"). Recommend sending pull side down before last person and have others pull it high to LDC so it doesn't get on top of rappel side groove. Makes the pull much easier. Last rappel lots of fun. Beautiful waterfall in Water Canyon on exit.
3 of us went in. All the anchors were in place, It was wet in a few places. Had to do some stemming over standing water. Lots of misquotes in a couple of spots. very unpleasant. But the canyon overall was lots of fun.
Anchors and webbing looked good. The second rap had some standing dirty water but not smelly that we had to rappel into. The water went about waste deep. All other water was avoidable.
Replaced webbing on two rappel stations. A little avoidable water at bottom of one rappel. Lots of goat droppings.
Another bolt has been placed on first rap with chains so it has 2 there now. Still not sure why even the first one was done. Webbing at 2 & 4 will need to be replaced before too long. New webbing was placed on last rap. Use fiddlestick or throw pull cord RDC on last rap and pull from lower ledge to help with the grooves getting any worse
Everything good. Some snow & ice at the top. The one slot is full of waist deep water, either awkward stem it or stay high LDC to avoid
Canyon was only holding a small amount of water that could be avoided if you wanted. I just walk through it because it isn't worth the effort to stay dry. All anchors good, however there is now a bolt place LDC on the first rap. There was a guide service there using it when we caught up to them. Not quite sure why this was needed. there is a large tree for the first rap and the bolt is in a terrible spot. One of their clients even got injured on the rap and they had to take her back to the car
We had a nice cool breeze, and no water in the canyon. Easily stayed dry on the hike out.
Anchors all ok.
Water avoidable by stemming, although we just forged through calf deep.
No need to wade at all on the exit.
No bugs in the canyon, a few at the trailhead.
Mostly dry, any water could be avoided by climbing around or stemming. Bugs were barely noticeable.
Conditions were good. Small puddles present. Deep pool at the bottom of the second to last rappel (with all the chokestones), but avoidable with some rope work. Anchors are in good shape. Might consider replacing or adding a second webbing at aforementioned rappel. Muddy hike out. The more I do this canyon, the funner it is.
Dry conditions in the canyon. Bolts and webbing are in good shape. Added a larger more beefy rapide to the final rappel. Water canyon was running pretty good.
Dry with a few potholes which are easy to avoid (and no more than thigh deep). All webbing in good shape. Water flowing well in the exit canyon, ankle deep at worst. Road accessible by all vehicles.