Yankee Doodle on Friday
Second time through this canyon. First was last November. No one
wanted to go with me on Friday so I went solo. I first checked out
the pothole on the South Fork option, and then head back to the main
fork for the rap.
Someone has bolted the first rap. To discourage removal it's been
covered in a glue/cement like substance. Unfortunately this makes the
bolts very sharp that could cut the webbing. I'd recommend to the
guides who placed the bolts to place some quicklinks between the
anchors and webbing. There are tons of other natural anchors to place
a temporary anchor on. Very little water in the canyon. Two puddles,
one ankle deep, and the big pothole water to the knees.
Spry on Saturday
First time through Spry. The plan was to get a bunch of old college
roommates and teammates together for a trip through Spry. Several had
done it before. Some were feeling sick and the others wanted to chase
girls. Why would you want to date a girl that doesn't like
canyoneering. What a miserable life.
So that left just two of us, a former college teammate Nate, and
The scramble up to the canyon was tuff in parts but more pleasant
than expected. We made good time hiking from the Pine Creek parking
lot to the first rappel in just over an hour.
At the rappel there was a group of six already going. We sat and
watched and I noticed a few of they guys looked familiar. Started
talking and it turns out it was the ATS guys (Travis, Darren &
others) out of So Cal. Mentioned I'd seen several of their videos
online. Seamed shocked that someone actually recognized them. Even
got to see their floating rope called "C 4". They had brought it to
Zion to test its durability. Nice to have met you in a canyon Travis.
After they finished we took a short brake and set up the rappel. Went
OK other than I messed up the pull cord. We both thought I had made
the perfect coil but it sure didn't come out right. Took a long time
It was interesting dealing with the problems in a canyon neither of
us have ever done before. Most were easy and straight forward. With a
little thinking none are too hard to figure out. I like the different
problems the canyon throws at you. Kind of want to go back now and
test what I think would have worked better.
Neither of us thought it was a spectacular canyon, but still fun.
Probably do it again sometime. Since it's been a couple days I want
to go back and retackle some obstacles. Overall it took us 7 hours.
But easily feel I can go faster now that I know what to expect.
Current conditions: any mandatory water areas are about waist deep. A
couple spots are swimmers but can easily be steamed. Unless of coarse
you fall in while pulling and bagging the rope, it happened to me.
Just like Ram pointed out rope grooves at every rappel, at every
rappel! Some so deep that I'd recommend SRT and place the main line
and pull line in different groove. Glad I had Nate test pull on one
rap before I went or else we would have had a rope get stuck.