Das Boot

Last Candition: July 6, 2018

3.0

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 6, 2018

We entered upper Das Boot from the top, as recommended by RoadTripRyan. Finding the route down into Wildcat Canyon to the point where the Left Fork (Das Boot) begins is a bit tricky. You have to go very high to the base of the cliffs before heading down. The upper section had a couple of nice rappels. One was a floating disconnect and would be a keeper pothole if not for a big friendly log providing a bomber handhold at the exit to it. Anchors were good and it seems like this upper section is getting more popular. It is indeed a very long day, longer than expected. The hike back out to the TH is only 1500 feet or so of elevation gain, but feels much longer at the end of the day in the heat.

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

Upper entrance to Left Fork, exit up Russell Gulch. The canyon was completely full after the recent rainstorms, water was trickling through the canyon. We had 4/3 wetsuits on and all got pretty cold. Since the water was flowing, it was mostly pretty clean. It felt like we spent more time swimming/wading than we did outside of the water. Anchors were in good shape, but there were a couple that are going to need new webbing at some point in the next few months. We downclimbed a couple of the drops that had webbing, so we didn't inspect those anchors. It took us 10 hours car-to-car with a group of 4 moving at a pretty leisurely pace, I thought it would be a much shorter day.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 28, 2018

Lower Das Boot to the Subway- Wasn't flowing until about halfway through. Water was clear after that. Hot day (reported to be a high of 88), but pleasant hiking weather. 2 of 3 of us wore dry suits with fleece and were comfortable. We probably would've been okay with our 3/4 wet suits. the other wore a long 3/4 wet suit on top of a shorty and didn't seem to get too cold but kept moving and went ahead to sit in the sun.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 13, 2017

Mild weather, low water conditions. Just a few holes were swimmers, but no long stretches. Used a 4/3 wetsuit and was comfortable.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 6, 2017

Only 3 short swims currently, mostly wading. Water fairly clean, cold but not a problem with a 3/4 full wetsuit.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 17, 2017

Flowing, all the way full with a few spots of pine debris but otherwise very clean. One of the log jam raps even landed in 6 inches of sparkling foam. Recent rain water made it very bearable with a full wetsuit, pretty much a perfect descent. Didn't see another human until the first Subway rap.

We ended up doing the upper canyon as well, approaching it from Wildcat Canyon trail, about a mile past the das Boot approach and before the actual top of the left fork drainage. This added about 3/4 mile more slot with a number of small log jam raps and downclimbs, quite enjoyable. If you do go up this way, make sure you get into the right canyon (starting at the seeps) above das boot if you only have the shorter rope as there is a longer rap that can be avoided that is in the next canyon over. Had to do some sketchy scrambling to get back over to left fork.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 30, 2017

Trickle flow from Upper Left.

Coldest swim was 42 degrees.

All webbing is new enough.

As always don't jump.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 18, 2016

This information is now probably outdated because of all the rain Zion received last week - but when we did Das Boot into Subway, the Das Boot section had very little swimming - just a couple of short pools. No "flow." Much of it is sanded up so water was not as deep. Still a nice section of canyon with some photogenic spots. Wetsuits still used by all.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 7, 2016

Little bit of flow throughout the canyon so there was fresh, not particularly cold water throughout. Also a lot of loose sand in the pools, the kind that might suck a poorly tied shoe right off. Only ended up rappelling at two locations, one log jam and the final rap. Final rap has anchors on bushes. One at the shelf, bush did not seem to be stable (roots moved in the sand a lot). Used another anchor set far back from but runs the rap through the waterway. 120ft of rope was more than enough to make the distance for the rap and the pull. Had to swim far back for the pull and do so while swimming.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 6, 2016

It rained hard during the early morning hours of August 6th, so Das Boot was flowing when we went through. The hallways and potholes were very full of sand which made passage relatively easy. The fresh rainwater was warm, so my 4/3 wetsuit was almost overkill. Booties and gloves not required right now.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 6, 2015

Canyon in good condition, no flow, no obstacles worth mention beyond the usual. Cold but tolerable with a 3/2 wetsuit. Pools were slightly stagnant and smelly, but I suspect the rain that happened on the 7th probably gave them a bit of a refresh.

All in all, smooth sailing, fun canyoneering.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 21, 2015

First time through. Based on recent reports and reading online I thought that there would be more water. Everyone wore 4/3 and were plenty warm. 2-3 swims. One awkward rap off a log and a 3 foot chunk fell out of the bottom of the log. Last rap there was an anchor off a small tree (live), backed up poorly by some webbing on a rock this is creating a new rope groove. We descended down the water course.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 28, 2015

Pools were full and water would slosh out as you approached the edge of each pool. Water was clear, cool, and mostly clean. We wore 4/3s and 5mms and all were comfortable.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 29, 2015

Flowing a little and completely full. We all wore between 6&8mm. Lots of water

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 21, 2014

All anchors in good condition. Wetsuit and gloves kept the edge off this time of year. Lower water then before, mostly walks only two short sections to swim.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 13, 2014

First time through but from what I'd researched and how the canyon appeared I would say it was definitely on the low water side. Two swims, a couple chest deep pools and lots of knee to butt deep. Did two raps. Lots of log jam downclimbing. I wore a 3/2 and was fine until I got a hole straight through to my butt. Two others had 4/3s and were fine.

Group of three out the Subway in 10 hrs. Maybe 3 of that was in Das Boot.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 8, 2014

First time through and had a blast. Seems like water levels were a little low. A couple of swims but not bad. Down climbs were not bad either. The 3 of us all wore 4/3 suits, gloves, and booties, I would say I was never cold, the coldest in our group got a little cold at times. Was a cloudy day we did not get much sun even in the open areas.

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

Missed the walk-in entrance by 200 yards (needed to hang one more left) and rappelled in off a tree about 20 feet. Wore 7mm wetsuits and was perfect because for two leisurely hours we swam and waded the entire thing. No one was cold, though I think since water was flowing slightly, water temp was a bit better than normal. Several down climbs of various logjams and did not rap again until final 30 foot exit to the Subway. 1 in our group of 4 jumped the final rap into the full pool (swimmer) with no issue. Hiked out up (no Subway pass) and it was a long slog (up 1400 feet). Good day overall.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 7, 2013

Anchors and webbing all looked good. A few spots where we used webbing for a handline down. We had wet suits which were nice but not 100% necessary. Pretty dry at first, then some wading, and a couple swimmers near the end.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 28, 2013

Wetsuits still needed even in this hot weather. Lots of wading, and some swimmers.

Anchors good. Last rap has the anchor on the shelf to a small tree (right side looking down canyon).