ewestesen's Canditions

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 30, 2013

For Medieval Chamber, there was quite a lot of water. Unavoidable wading in several places, only waist deep though, and not too cold. Anchors all looking good. Great day!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 11, 2013

All keepers were tip top full. Swam across every one and lifted ourselves out, not potshots or pack tosses.

No anchors or webbing at the first few drops, we left it that way.

We used one deadman buried in a pothole deep underwater. It was strong and solid, but we were unable to inspect the anchor.

Walked out Muddy Gorge. Flowing, but water was never above our knees.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 18, 2012

The water flow was perfect, not too strong, but plenty strong enough to beat you around in the water falls. I was surprised considering how dry this year is. No swims. Anchors were all in good shape. Took 3 of us 7 hours, including a lazy, leisurely lunch.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2012

We had a nice cool breeze, and no water in the canyon. Easily stayed dry on the hike out.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2012

We had a nice cool breeze, and there was only one small pool that we stemmed/hopped across. Not too hot, and no bugs!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 8, 2012

Water up to my waist in several places (I'm 5'11"). The slippery log with boards nailed on is in good shape- top ladder "rungs" are a bit loose. The second waterfall ladder was covered by the waterfall and a bit shakey, but we got up it just fine.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 5, 2012

East fork completely dry.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 5, 2012

Completely dry, and a ton of fun. Took 3 of us 3.5 hours. Roads were fine in a '93 tercel all the way to the campground.

Webbing on anchors was in decent shape.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 23, 2011

All anchors and webbing in fairly good shape. One set of bolts looked old and rusty, but seemed solid. Down climbed several rappels. Last rappel has bolts that are high and out of reach- not sure how to replace the webbing once it has gone bad... it's a great spot for some good natural anchoring, just bring some extra webbing.

Water was available near camp site two before taking the Telephone Canyon Trail off of the West Rim Trail.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 23, 2011

Behunin was dry and sandy. Stayed in the water course through all rappels-- only one short swim on the 6th rap, stayed dry on 7th.

Water was flowing in the small stream before Behunin pass- not too bad to pump or add iodine to.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 22, 2011

First rap is a smooth and fun 150'. Threw some webbing on a tree and then came back for it to keep the East Rim hikers from getting too curious. Second rap is a two stage, so don't pull your rope until you're down both drops. Webbing was decent on bolts at second rap.

Totally dry.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 10, 2011

Upper half of canyon had some fun downclimbs/rappels with nicely built natural anchors--even a good looking bollard!

We were very glad to have wetsuits in the second half. The one semi-keeper pothole has a nice log jammed in it which can be climbed up, it is even easier to clamber out using the webbing tied to the log.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 18, 2011

Many awkward raps off of natural anchors--just the way we like it!

Anchors were in good shape, but a flash flood could wash them out as many are in the water course. Bring plenty of webbing to re-tie anchors.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 22, 2011

Lodge was in very good shape. On the first rappel, you can either climb high canyon right on a ledge and rap off a large dead tree or you can downclimb the slot and do a short rap off a chock in a crack.

We hopped over one or two pools of water- otherwise it was completely dry.

The last rap is gorgeous- definitely worth the hike up!

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 25, 2011

A great hike through fat man's - just a little tricky getting into the right canyon. Took a wetsuit and was glad I had it as it was a cool day.

At the end of Fat Man's Misery when I got to the East Fork of the Virgin, the river was pretty high, but manageable. The gauge near Springdale read 6 ft/140 cfs, and I don't think I'd want to do it much higher than that.

I got the gauge readings here:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?09404900