quikrockclimber's Canditions

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 16, 2012

We chose to descend from the west rim trailhead, down little blue creek and through the upper left fork, then das boot, and out to the left fork TH. Getting into little blue crk was a bit brushy, both anchors and webbing there were in good condition. The upper left fork techinical section was barely flowing, all potholes topped off and fresh. Some of the logjam rappels had been rearranged and there was some fresh/loose wood in places. We re-rigged two rappells where anchors had flushed off and down climbing seemed too risky. One large log in the upper left fork shifted and fell, luckily no one was under it. In the das boot section a pile of wood spanning a small pothole collapsed under the third person crossing. The short fall resulted in a fractured ankle and knee injury. As always, be cautious with fresh wood! Big thanks to ZNP SAR for the help with evac!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 15, 2012

All potholes topped off, fresh and clean! Achors in place and in good condition, a few ugly webbing handlines are tied around chockstones.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 14, 2012

The recent rain made the road a bit slippery, we chose to park at the top of first steep downhill bit on the drive in and walk an extra mile or so. All anchors in place, the last rappel anchor in the first set of rappels has been extended to make for a 10m and 30m rappell instead of the 40m per Tom Jones' guide. There is some fresh water in Englestead, though nothing more than knee deep, would reccommend waiting to wetsuit up untill the water in Orderville. The first few miles of orderville had puddles, pools, and super slipery mud, the lower section had plenty of flow. beautiful fall colors!!!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 13, 2012

The recent rainstorm topped everything off and added a little soup/wood in places. Flowing <1cfs. Chilly as always.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 10, 2012

all anchors in place and in good condition, no water, awesome and quick canyon.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 9, 2012

super stank! We chose the through the reef adventure with a shuttle. A nice day long adventure across the capitol reef! The 4wd made the pleasant creek crossing fine. Most of the technical bits were easily downclimbed. Most of the potholes/slots had some old smelly water in the bottom. We spent a bit of time stemming over as many wet places as possible. A few spots were full on swim, no wetsuits used. Near the end some tricky stemming avoids a super foul section of thick soupy goo/water/organic rotting death, though one of us fell in waist deep and had to crawl and swim out. Unless you enjoy very nasty pothole funk, wait untill some rain cleans things up!

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 8, 2012

STANK!!! Hoping for wetter conditions we did the full cottonwood with a shuttle. The rough crossing at pleasant creek was too rough for a subaru. the hike in was pleasant, we chose the more northerly tributary/notch to pass over the top of the reef, which was a little brusy. This is a fun way to see the whole canyon, though there is a good bit of open canyon walking before the technical portion. All the rappels had existing webbing and rapides, though we replaced some of the older looking webbing. Most of the canyon was bone dry. There were about 10 poholes of wet slot sections that are possible to stem or maewest over with some effort, otherwise no swimmers, just nasty, smelly pothole water to wade through.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 6, 2012

First time down the middle "heinous" and lower/middle section of gravel and out the "cool exit canyon" described on canyoneeringusa.com. we did an extra rappell thorough a "bottomless pothole", like a mini golden cathedral. The dirt road is a bit rough from recent rains, use caution if 2wdriving. The first few miles of canyon had some easily avoidable wet spots, wait 'till the first swimmer to suit up. everything in the narrows was topped off. Plenty of chilly swimmers, though warm enough in 4mil wetsuits. All rappels had webbing/rapides in place, except the cairn anchor we built for the extra rap.

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

first time for all three of us. Lots of water and swimming! The mud in the creekbed on the hike down was still wet and slippery from recent rain, even where the sun was shining, all potholes and swims seemed as full as they get. comfortable in drysuits or 4 mil wetsuits.