WorkBad's Canditions

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 5, 2017

Started from Fence camp. Walk-in start, above the confluence. Plenty of cold water with swimming but was very comfortable in my 4/3mm Hyperflex Voodoo. Easily swam over last keeper and never saw the other potential keeper. 4.5 hours Fence to Fence with 3 people.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 9, 2017

Beautiful hike this time of year, temps in the 60's. Used a 200ft rope and pull cord with fiddle stick. On Rap 1 the rope came up a little short but was easily extended with additional webbing, ~40ft was used on rap one (bring lots). There was a bunch of rope groves on rap 2, people should pull the rope from further back and additional grooves will be avoided.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 26, 2015

No water in the canyon. Rebuilt three anchors, removed tons of old webbing. Road out was unremarkable. From the top of Slideanide back to the truck took 3hrs 20min.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 26, 2015

Canyon was bone dry. We rebuilt most the anchors which ate up tons of time. We removed/packed out a massive amount of webbing from this canyon. Combined with Slideanide, the trash webbing completely filled a medium sized backpack. Truck to the top of Slideanide took 4 hrs 20min.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 25, 2015

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.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 9, 2014

Pool at base of Pool Arch rappel was empty, but after the "V" it was knee deep. That rap is awesome! Only ankle deep encountered through the rest of the canyon. No mud either. The second rap (50ft) needs webbing added to the steel rings (bring ~15 feet for this anchor alone). I rebuilt the anchor off the two hangers on the last rap, that's a rush. Two people, 3.5 hours car to car. $2.00/person entrance fee, bring cash.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 30, 2014

All water is avoidable/non existent. Anchors are good for now. Only mud is THIGH deep, right before the last rap, is avoidable with some strenuous stemming. Semi-keeper has two bolts, stemmed by our tallest member, assisted others across. With shuttle, 6 hours.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 27, 2013

Outside temp was in the low 70s. Canyon water was cold! The problem with this canyon was that it clogs with people very quickly. Standing around, wet, in the shade made for a couple of cold shivering moments. I wouldn't do this canyon this late in the season without some kind of cold water protection. Three swimmers total.

All anchors were good, except the last (not the new one) which I replaced. Car to Car with waiting for anchor access, 5 hours.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2013

Road out is full of deep sand. Our two Tacomas made it only in 4L, this is a true 4x4 road for sure. Be prepared to spend the night if ya get stuck. For the most part the anchors are in good shape. Watch your pulls because there are a few raps developing rope grooves, these are avoidable grooves people! The largest rap is 110ft and is very scenic. It is worth mentioning that coming up from Misery the day before, the log jam wan't difficult to get up with a flow rate of 38cfs. French Canyon exit is full of poison ivy that takes MacGyvering to avoid.

PS

If someone goes through this in the next while, after exiting Rock go up stream about 100 feet and look on the right side. Someone left a dry bag with beer in it and no note. If the bag is still there, this is canyon trash and should be removed/drunk :-)

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 25, 2013

Explored from Rock Canyon to Labyrinth Falls. This is some mighty fine river walking. Beautiful red walls and clear water with plenty of optional swimming. Fresh springs, green foliage, huge cottonwood trees, small creatures, old Indian sites, and soaring sandstone walls make this a must for any adventurer. River was flowing at 38cfs which seemed perfect.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 25, 2013

We brought wetsuits but didn't need them. Leave the wetsuit at home it is way too hot for it. Didn't use any webbing and all anchors were in great shape. It was crowded, we saw probably 50 different people. East Fork of the Virgin was flowing at 38cfs and was really fun to wade through after a very hot afternoon. Potholes weren't more than waist deep, the last was stinky but very short thankfully. Exited up French Canyon (short and beautiful!). The log jam wasn't hard to get up but someone already placed a rope so that helped a bit.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 14, 2013

Wow what a fun canyon! Alcatraz is in soggy mode from recent moisture and upper-thigh deep water is unavoidable. There is one spot that is waist deep toward the end whose depth took one member by surprise (is stem-able). It was a cold day on the rim but very pleasant one in the canyon, no wetsuits used or needed. Semi-Keeper has shin deep water, defeated with pack toss and partner assist. Be careful on that lip, a fall over the other side would be possibly fatal. Two people were 200+lbs and fit with a little stemming, this canyon is way easier than Middle Lep. 3 people 4.5 hours.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 13, 2013

What an amazing canyon! Rebuilt/simplified all anchors. Water throughout the canyon, deepest being at crotch level. Pulled a pile of trash out of the canyon. Wetsuits not needed. The crack exit isn't bad, crux is at the very top. Hike out is a lung buster. I wouldn't want to do this canyon without a shuttle (park shuttle at the loop toward end of dirt road).

2 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 12, 2013

Canyon is dry. I replaced webbing where needed and extended to eliminate rope-pull groves. We brought a 200 foot rope and pull cord and could have gotten away with a 110ft rope and pull cord. That final drop needs about 45 feet of webbing to properly reach the edge if using the juniper as an anchor. Bring plenty of webbing! Found a small rattle snake after the final rap. For the first time I'd say that the walk out of a canyon is more impressive than the "slot". Checked off the list, probably will never do this one again. If one has limited time in the area skip this one and do Undercover.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 11, 2013

Canyon is a little muddy and has small avoidable pools. The webbing on two of the three raps was in good shape. All raps are bolted, the last having chains. The exit hike feels really exposed in places and would be hard to protect on its slabby surface, exercise caution. I wouldn't consider the exit noob friendly.