adolfo-isassi's Canditions

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 16, 2021

The only places with water were:

- Entry pothole: full

- Cathedral: Waist deep and short swim to exit

- Corridor after cathedral: Waist deep

- Exit spring: Waist deep

Very cold water. Some in the group had dry suits and were OK, some had 4/3 wetsuits and were a bit cold.

Al anchors in good condition.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 26, 2021

Canyon not flowing and mid pool at mid point frozen. Did only lower half portion of the canyon. Water in lower pools very cold. 2 people with dry suits and one with wetsuit.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 30, 2019

Totally dry and all anchors in good condition. The spring at the first mandatory rap is all frozen.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 12, 2019

Water still flowing. Cold in the shaded narrow sections but warm enough in the sunny sports. 4/3mm + under vest combo was warm enough. All anchors in good condition. 6 hrs car to car 2 people.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 4, 2019

3 areas of concern at this date:

- A narrow passage was blocked by a vertical tall tree trunk. Climbing under was not possible due to log jam. Climbing over it, was possible for some team members, but other needed assistance. Climbing down was possible for some, others needed to jump after depth check.

- The exit for a long swim under large boulders was almost blocked by a log jam. Passage was a difficult swim with a thick log soup that made progress slow and difficult. Flotation aid is a must in that passage with that soup.

- Some of the semi dry areas between swims had deep quick sand. A team member sunk in one and got stuck for a bit.

Other than these...

About 4,5 loooong very cold swims. Team members with dry suits and thick under layers were ok. 4/3 mm wetsuit was not adequate for another team member.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 27, 2018

Water cold and clean. 2 sections with deep pools (swimmers). Used a 4/3mm wetsuit and I was OK through the canyon. Webbing in anchors was ok, but starting to show some wear, bring some just in case.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 22, 2018

2 swimmers and several knee/waist passages. No wetsuits needed, as day temp was still on the warm side. Courtesy anchor at the Comb keeps getting de-riged/miss-used, ans people keep placing master points behind the first set of edges, thus grooving the rock. We removed a bunch of webbing knotted with half-hitches.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 24, 2018

No wetsuits needed. Deepest pool was waist deep close to the end.

Anchors in good condition. It looks like people are using the tree far back in Rap 5 to avoid the exposed station, damaging the tree and creating groves. Use the station. Rap 6 has 2 choices, side entrance to slot, front entrance to slot. The station at the front entrance develops less grooves, but the webbing rubs a lot against abrasive stone. It is showing fuzzy spots. Inspect this station before using.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 22, 2018

Very dry. Low water level made for a semi difficult pothole escape, after the 3rd rappel. Currently there is webbing with hand/foot loops to assist the escape. The webbing is anchored by a choked stone. If that stone shifts/moves that webbing will be gone. Be prepared for a strong partner assist or bring a single potshot to throw over the next chock stone. 4/3 wetsuits were ok, some people got chilled by the end.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 9, 2018

We did the variation multi-pitch entry (~90' + 200') + Narrows exti. Bolts at mid-station were showing some rust, but still ok. All other anchors were in good state. There was a dead-man at the last rap. All the Englestead section of the hike was almost dry. The only waist deep water was at the pothole close to the exit. We carried wetsuits, but only used them on the lower part of Orderville were there were 2 swimmers past the guillotine.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 5, 2018

All anchors are in good condition.

We used the "chamber + slide" exit, so do not know about the "beach" exit anchor.

Water was cold, especially the dark corridors after the cathedral.

I used a 4/3mm wetsuit with 2mm vest and shorts underneath and 5mm booties.

I was pretty chilled by the end of the dark section before the open section. Open section was warm and sunny.

Neoprene gloves are a good idea. I did not put mine at first, and my hands got numb.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 27, 2017

Water still flowing a little at the top 300' entrance. Used 4/3 wetsuits and we were chilled just a bit. Once out of the deep dark section, we were ok. We found a hung/stuck rope (7.7mm Petzl Paso) in rap no. 6 (or 5?). It looks like the previous party cut about 25' of their 200' rope. This rap has 2 small choke stones on a very narrow passage that are just perfect to get your rope stuck on the pull. Be careful on this pull by pulling slowly and avoid whipping the tail around the chokestones.

There is one small pothole keeper that is easily defeated with a partner assist in dry/semi-dry conditions. Be ready to toss a pack or pothshot is this one has enough water to make it a swimmer.

We exited downstream Orderville to Narrows.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 2, 2016

After a stormy Aug 1, the upper half of Mystery had a couple of waist and chest deep pools. Someone built a cairn anchor close to the end of the upper section. The anchor is not necessary, the drop is a downclimb and the anchor is shaky. Do not use it.

Lake/Damn middle section was super damp and with some ponds but all avoidable. Lower section was drier and more in line with typical conditions. Bottom of spring room rap was full and cold. Short awkward rap into pool had a new anchor with supper thin red webbing wrapped around a rock. Be careful with that anchor as the webbing comes loose easily. Better yet, just downclimb this drop on canyon right. Partner assist if necessary. All bolted stations were in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 9, 2016

Water levels were about 3/4 making some potholes a laborious solo exit. Partner assist on a handful and pack-toss on about 2,3 ones. No log soups, but plenty of climbing high over logs jammed in narrow sections.

Webbing was OK on all anchors. Some in the middle section will need replacement after a couple of more flash-floods.

Team wore 4/3 wetsuits and we only got cold in the last section of narrows.

Anchors are in good shape in the last 3 rap exit sequence.