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By xxxxx
Apr 16, 2010

Me and my friends are looking to do some slot canyons in southern Utah for our graduation trip. We're not looking for anything terribly technical, but we would like some repels, water, or both. We either want one that will take several days, or several canyons that are pretty close to each other. We're planning on our trip being about 4 days long. If we can find one with good hiking/biking/climbing close by then that would be even better. We're totally willing to get a permit to do anything cool. We don't want to be surrounded by hoards of moms and their families on summer vacation.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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By Robert 560
From The Land of the Lost
Apr 17, 2010
Secret Crag

Check Tom's page


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By Robert 560
From The Land of the Lost
Apr 17, 2010
Secret Crag

Or the Bogleys page


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By Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Apr 17, 2010
Me scaring years off my mom's life

I second Tom's page and Bogley. Stay away from Zion if you don't like families. Try the North Wash. And I hate to be that guy - but it's "rappel".


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By Warren Scott
Apr 17, 2010

What's wrong with Mormon moms?


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By Joey Faust
From Pocatello,ID
Apr 17, 2010
San Rafael Swell

Go to zions web page. there is road construction going on. I heard Pine creek, Spry and Keyhole will be closed. No Parking. Expect longer delays going thru the tunnel. Hope this helps you. I was going in June but now decided to go elsewhere.


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By Jason Kaplan
From Glenwood ,Co
Apr 19, 2010
avitar pic <br />

Tom's site is good, so is bogley, I used climb utah at first and found it pretty good also. I'd recommend the north wash area for sure, all the leprechauns are good (just finished them all off this weekend with middle lep). There are alot of easy options around there, not to mention your really not that far from the roost(depending on how far back you plan on going in the roost that is) or the swell, poision springs, the maiden water/ trail area, the black hole area(cedar mesa? either way it's the glen canyon rec area). Keep us posted and post up the TR's.

Here's a little teaser for mine, keep your eyes peeled for the TR.

nice little downclimb.
nice little downclimb.


good light narrow slot.
good light narrow slot.


Great light!
Great light!


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By RoadTripRyan
From Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 19, 2010

Also lot's of info on my site:

Average Joe Road Trips

I'll throw out the Swell as a good choice as well. Interesting canyons, usually solitude, and great primitive camping. A day or two in north wash, a day or two in the swell would be a good trip to see a variety of canyons.


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By Kyle Freeman
From Oakland, CA
Apr 19, 2010
First 14er

You gotta check out Alcatraz...if only for the rappel off of your car in the beginning. It's also a pretty good starter canyon, without many technical parts.


Kyle

Car rap into Alcatraz
Car rap into Alcatraz


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By Charles Vernon
From Tucson, AZ
Apr 19, 2010

I'm not much of a canyoneer, but a number of years ago some friends and I did a loop down Quandary Canyon and back up Ramp Canyon in the San Rafael Swell (this is on Tom's page). This was truly one of the most incredible trips of my life--so beautiful and remote. There is some rappelling in Quandary canyon, but nothing too bad if you avoid the direct route at the bottom. Ramp canyon has a 5.4 R section on the way back up but is otherwise non-technical. I'm sure there is much more to do around there too.


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By xxxxx
Apr 19, 2010

Thanks for the info, everyone. Jason, those are some sweet pictures. Warren, Mormon moms bring hoards of kids. Joey, I'm glad you warned us. We'll try to work around that.

Based on suggestions and research we are looking at alcatraz or the middle narrows of gravel canyon. concerns? comment? derogatory remarks?


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By xxxxx
Apr 24, 2010

And one more thing- Where is the best place to camp in Zion?


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By Mishel
From Littleton, CO
May 11, 2010
Work it Girly!

Kia, I highly recommend doing Mystery Canyon in Zion! It's unforgettable at the very end you rappel off a tall cliff/waterfall into the Narrows....LOVED IT! I plan to do it this summer - just need to find a partner to do it with.


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By Brian in SLC
May 11, 2010
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch

Mishel wrote:
Kia, I highly recommend doing Mystery Canyon in Zion!


Probably on summer break or the trip right now...but...in case not...

Pretty sure access to canyoneering in Mystery is closed right now due to spring run off and that the Virgin flow is over 120cfs.

Best place to camp in ZNP is the only place to camp? South and Watchman Campgrounds. My bet is that Lava Point is still under snow.


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By Jasonn
Nov 26, 2010
P 3 Summit wall

Kia how have you been? Here is a shot of a slot in Zion, Keyhole Canyon I believe. Come east sometime... Ill be living in the Daks next semester!

Keyhole
Keyhole


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