A_J's Canditions

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 14, 2016

Love this route. A short route (usually can do it in 1 - 3 hours, depending on how fast we want to go, and how long we enjoy the spectacular views from the summit.) Contains a fun variety - climbs, chimney, rappel, overhanging rappel, etc. On Sat 5/14, the anchors were good, and all water was avoidable.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 19, 2012

AKA Purgatory.

Our group went through, and nobody took wetsuits and they weren't needed. (Don't remember if it had any water at all, but any water was not significant.) Fun canyon, and no bugs on bottom, exit or top.

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

Went through, and did pothole section. Carried wetsuits, but didn't need them as temps were in the 80s. Pothole section had one thigh deep pool and one swimmer, but it was a short swim.

Anchors were good, and canyon was very fun. Was able to downclimb and/or partner assist the pothole section, so no 300' rope used. Could get by with 200.

No bugs on bottom, exit or top.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 27, 2011

We finished our trip with the classic Elephant Butte. Access is on a paved road, so any car is fine, and any water could easily be avoided.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 25, 2011

Road was fine up until the last turnoff, and then the final road out to Undercover had some deeper sandy sections. A skillfully driven passenger car might be able to make it, but 4wd would be better. Canyon was dry, and about the duration of other Moab slots (i.e. half day or less.) This was the best canyon in this area by far, followed by MMI.

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 24, 2011

Road was fine up until the last turnoff, and then the final road out to MMI had some deeper sandy sections. A skillfully driven passenger car might be able to make it, but 4wd would be better. Canyon was dry, and about the duration of other Moab slots (i.e. half day or less.)

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1 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 24, 2011

Road was fine up to the 4wd road marked on Shane's map. Instead of using the 4wd road from the beta (which isn't drivable), continue South to the first pullout on the left, and hike from there. There is an emerging trail there. Canyon was dry, and very short.

However, I'd recommend skipping this canyon for two reasons. 1) It's not very good; worse than Winter Camp Slot (which is the same type of canyon - one rappel with a hike; but this one is shorter with a more convoluted exit) and 2) there was a cow trapped in the canyon which we tried to help get out for three days, but even with the owner/rancher's help we were unable to do so. So, the aroma will not be pleasant in there for quite some time.

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3 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 24, 2011

Road was fine, should be passable by any carefully driven passenger car. Canyon was dry, and quite short. Essentially, it's just one cool rappel with a walk.