Last Candition: July 9, 2011
Great canyon. New rappel statoin for the first rappel under the arch is muuuuuch improved. It must have a lot of use in the last few months as there're already rope grooves. All the anchors were solid, great time. Took 7 of us 4.5 hours with lots of pictures and goofing around.
Great new rappel station for the first drop. Fabulous canyon. Quite busy on a Fall Saturday. 7 people, 4 hours car to car.
Pretty canyon, no water, can walk stairs down or rappel by bridge. More people then anything else in Capital Reef. Also did Wonderland, Nighthawk and some Wives on this trip. Right now all those canyons have good solid anchors with a few spots of waist deep water. Could change with a flash. Cassidy great intermediate level canyon, Nighthawk and Pandora's best 2 canyons in this area in my opinion.
All anchors in good shape. Most looked recently replaced. No water as usual. At the third rappel, when we pulled our rope, it got wedged between a large boulder that leans against the canyon wall in the flat section between the first & second drop. The end of the rope managed to twist itself into a little piglet tail & then wedged. Climbed back up the second drop using tiblocs to see what happened. Then created another sling anchor with rap ring around another large boulder to get back down. Might be good to leave that additional webbing in case this happens to someone else, though this was all probably just a rare incident.
I'm posting this under Cassidy because its in the same area. We did the Timpie Fork of Shinob. Some water at the bottom of the first rap we avoided by ghosting off a tree RDC and rapping to just beyond waters edge. The big, 270 rap - anchor okay. Serious rope grooves are unavoidable. We had a 300 foot rope & equal pullcord. On the pull, rope got stuck on some rocks about 20 feet up from the bottom. Was easy enough to climb up & retrieve, but otherwise, the pull went well. A little avoidable water there. 3rd rap was into a pool chest deep. Pinched sling with rapid link there below a chockstone. Took about 2.5 hours for 4 to complete the canyon itself plus hike in time of another hour. Very impressive rappel & canyon & of course, high views of the Reef.
Great beginner canyon with big rappels and wonderful scenery. First anchor is currently extended beyond the edge about 1ft to ease the pull and illeviate rope grooving, although making the first rappel a bit awkward. All other anchors are in good condition.
Removed webbing on first rappel. Geometry on two first rappels is perfect for using the Smooth Operator/Fiddle Stick. Canyon was bone dry. for the largest arch in the canyon please single strand through the hole and place retrieval strand over the arch and pull from a distance to minimize chance of rope grooves. Luke from Bluugnome.com explains it well. Car to car 3 hours.
A wonderful canyon, worth doing as a day trip from a couple of hours away. The fall colors were particularly beautiful. All anchors in good shape. Someone had left webbing around the tree at the first drop. We removed it to set up a retrievable anchor. I think that only retrievable anchors should be used here. See http://www.canyoneeringusa.com/techtips/tworingretrievableanchor/ for an easy method that requires no special gear.
Dry. Pretty easy to find the canyon. Very pretty and aesthetic. Hardly any downclimbing. Anchors in good shape. Tree on the Left (LDC) is being affected by its use as an anchor. 2 Hours car to car with an experienced group of 7.
All anchors in good shape. No water even though Monday before saw rain in this area. A very "vertical" canyon. "Zionesque" feel. Scenic approach hike. The fun of this route is all the rappels - two big ones to start, one takes you into an almost cave like formation. No major stemming or squeezing. 4 hours for 2 people round trip.
Completed this canyon with a wee bit of rain falling. It made some cool small waterfalls throughout the canyon. Even with rain, only one spot that was thigh deep. Drainage is quite small, so risk of flashing is very low. The biggest risk in the rain is the Grand Wash flooding and not being able to get your car out. All webbing is solid.
Dry, all anchors in good shape.
Rappel #4 now has a new 2-bolt anchor (not placed by us) instead of a cairn anchor.
all anchors in place and in good condition, no water, awesome and quick canyon.
Super fun. There are a couple puddles in there, but otherwise totally dry. All the anchors are in good shape.