Adobe Swale

Last Candition: October 20, 2012

4.2

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 30, 2013

There was snow in the canyon, which made it fun. All anchors in good shape, didn't need to replace anything although we did modify the 3 stage mass of webbing. Beyond one of the early downclimbs where I punched through the ice to water the whole canyon was frozen solid. We more or less did our own exit, but it was free of snow and a nice jaunt.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 17, 2013

Completely dry, perfect conditions. Bring 100 feet of webbing to rebuild the deadman at the top of the pothole sequence. The webbing there is old and will need to be replaced soon. IMO, the exit hike would be unbearable after mid-April.

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

No water at all to report anywhere in the canyon. All potholes on the main drop dry. First buried deadman anchor has a long length of sling attached to it to aid in the pull & was solid, but sling is aging. Last rappel deadman was dug up & inspected & one section of aging webbing replaced. Our group rapped on the main long section to the 2nd pothole, then used sandtrap for rap to the third pothole to avoid difficult rope pull. Several of the downclimbs below the last required rappel have pre-rigged rope or sling to assist but these are good, skill-building downclimbs to try w/o aid. Long hike out is only reason to reduce rating. Spectacular views.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 20, 2012

Easy approach, fairly long and steep/strenuous return. However, the views are fantastic! Not to be missed.

Multiple water sections up to waist deep, with 2-3 sections that are short swimmers. Wet suit required. Anchors in very good condition. Second rap anchor can be used to rap into the first pool, and has extended webbing for the next 2 stages for an easy rope pull. Deadman anchor at third rap in great shape. Subsequent sections are challenging downclimbs, or optional raps.