ratagonia's Canditions

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 19, 2018

jyjor - please email me ratagonia at gmail dot com so we can take care of that rope. Thanks.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 20, 2016

Full full full from recent monsoon activity. Water somewhat warmer than usual, at least at the start. Lots of sand still in the canyon, especially at the start of the Final Narrows. Despite the water, no particularly long swims. About as easy as Heaps gets.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 21, 2016

Awesome as usual. Right Sneak. 5:40 am start was perfect.

The driest I have ever seen it. Log soup in first section not an issue - low water helps. First two potholes were tippy top full, after that the water went away, big time! Big Bertha pothole was still shoulder-deep at the exit. Shoulder-stand required two hook moves to get out from there. Near the end, several potholes required hooking to get out. Very comfortable in 4/3 wetsuits.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 29, 2013

Did Imlay Left Sneak after rain the previous couple of days. The canyon was completely full, though not flowing. Left Sneak = 5 hours to the suitup spot, though we rappelled through the arch on the approach, rather than downclimbing. Log soup in the corridors section. Water quality very murky. Water surprisingly warm (as in, just cold, not really cold). Anchors in excellent shape. Many logs moved around. Zero pothole exit problems. 12 hours car to last rappel.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 17, 2013

Fixed 2 bogus anchors. One spot waist deep was the most water. Super hot hiking out!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 15, 2013

Water very cold. Potholes not full, and required 6 or so hookings to get out. Tossed PotShots at three locations. Significantly more difficult than Imlay has been in the last couple of years. (Sneak Route)

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 19, 2013

Classic. Mostly dry, even "the pool" was only knee deep. All anchors in good shape with no trash. Amazing. (Boy Scout group on April 20th, so could have changed).

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 19, 2013

Wet and cold. Splish Splash. Not full, but far from empty. Lots of swims. Got quite cold in a 4/3 with boosters. Two full-on pothole escapes were deep. Second one is kinda difficult. Anchors in good shape.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 1, 2013

All anchors were a mess - five pieces of webbing in some places. Reworked and cleaned up all the anchors. Canyon pretty much dry. Last anchor really good and had long enough webbing, for once.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 25, 2012

Deep snow, lots of ice, some ice-breaking-swimming. Very, very cold. 2 feet of snow on the approach. 11-1/2 hours car to car. Very beautiful.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 24, 2012

Went through (group of 5) on Monday. Potholes about half-full of water, so not full splasher, but plenty fun. Not many full swims. We replaced a lot of anchor webbing that was tat. Removed a clothesline handline (ick!). 4/3 wetsuit kept me warm 90% of the time. We put them on too soon, then took them off, then back on again 15 mins later. Used new miner's trail approach from Hidden Splendor - recommended.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 22, 2012

Went through w/ large group on Saturday. Was expecting full, but potholes were down substantially. Two big keepers required Potshot tosses. We used the Sandtrap twice (deadmen would also do). Removed one drilled angle. Second drilled angle used for last rap, our only taint. Water was cold but still lots of sun in the canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 3, 2012

Full Imlay via Potato Hollow, 2 day. Log soup sections near the Crossroads were a pain, but not real difficult. Water at the alcove bivy spot was murky and stained, but filtered OK. Imlay Narrows were completely full of water. Added 3 bolts, re-rigged 4 other anchors. Rigging on several was very suspect - dangerous! Keeper at the end has no wood in it, and will be very hard when the water drops - careful out there!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 24, 2012

No flow into the canyon. Dry as of June 24, 2012. We did not do the canyon but walked by the head.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 24, 2012

Awesome lighting. about 2cfs of flow coming from Das Boot, zero from Russell. There is a log tangled with the Bowling Ball - we backed up and went around. TJ Cottam said the climb up over the log is not bad (but he's a strong young kid). New Bolt anchor at the first rappel not really in the best place for rapping down the face.