Last Candition: June 25, 2011


4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 6, 2019

Most anchors in functioning form. A few absent, which we ghosted. One sketchy single-bolt rappel on loose bolt that should be replaced. Group of 6 strong, fast, experienced canyoneers, but trip still took us most of 18 hrs car-to-car. We'd collectively done Heaps 20ish times; none had seen it in anything even close to the "extreme hard mode" it's now in (crazy-low water levels, so much slower & far more technical progress). Required full team with pothole gear & ingenuity to get through. Numerous nasty potholes normally not meaningfully even visible. Cold water! All wearing 5mm+, with shells used as well.

(Hit trail a bit after 3:30, took break at Camp 4, got to first approach rappel at first light (about half hour before sunrise). Took longer break at entrance to gear up & eat. Began canyon around 9:30am; maybe slightly later. Took single break in sun to eat more, between narrows 2 & 3. Otherwise, kept moving. Got dark early in exit sequence.)

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 1, 2018

Team of 6. Started first rappel around 7:45. Water levels are low and there are some challenging but very doable pothole escapes. Anchors were mostly in good shape -- we replaced a couple. We all wore 4/3 wetsuits and were fine as long as we kept moving. Fun day!

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: June 9, 2018

It hasn't rained there in the last week so the water is a little lower than the previous candition.

4 potholes were about 2 feet below the lip and may require partner assists or pack tosses to get out. And there is that one pothole right before the first long hallway that always seems to be empty but you can stem over it.

There's always lots of debris, but no sections to crawl through right now.

We packed out a rope and carabiner from a previous group. If they are yours, let me know and I'll get them back to you.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 2, 2018

team of 3, all Heaps Virgins. Lava point start at 3:15 am. first narrows by 8:00, Crossroads by 10:40, finished narrows 3 by 2:50, 1 hour break at the top of the last raps, shuttle by 6:00pm.

water almost full, mostly beached whale exits, one or 2 pack tosses. i wore 3mm farmer john, 5 mm vest with hood, 3mm full with gloves and neo socks, i was plenty warm.

be wary of the last 3 rappels, not for the faint of heart! over all the most epic canyon ive ever done!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 3, 2018

Approach from Lave Point was mucky and slick from the recent rains.

This also created some very brittle sandstone flakes on the approach ridge line. The nice part was that this yielded a very subtle flow throughout most of the canyon. All swimmers in the 3 narrows with the 3rd being the coldest. The hiking in between had some quicksand up to knee-deep in places. The final rappel was flowing with a nice spray to the rappeler's right. 2 had 7mm wetsuits while 2 had drysuits.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 18, 2017

Pretty cruiser, couple of semi keepers. Didn't hook out of anything. 2 pack tosses on keepers did the trick. Replaced the final rap anchors. Mostly full. 3 people. 2 of us were more than happy with our 4/3 wetsuits, my wife used and extra layer of Neo and was slightly chilled towards the end. Up down route from

Car to final rap stations in 12 hours. Spent some extra time there rigging new anchors and what not. First time through for all 3 of us. Great day!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 1, 2017

First time through for us through mostly full I am guessing. Had about four keepers we did pack tosses for. Nothing really too hard to get out of. Just long and cold. Had dry suits but still where chilly.

Last rappers were awesome. All anchors seemed good.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 2, 2017

5 of us (TS, CB, AI, JW & SM) completed Heaps on Sept. 02. 4:00 AM departure from WRT and suiting up prior to 9:00. Phantom Narrows had 2 or 3 potholes that were in keeper mode that partner assists were necessary. 1 additional pothole required a rope (bag) throw to deploy a handline. The last pothole prior to 90 deg right-hand turn (upper narrows) required a body bridge to traverse across vs. landing in the 8-10' pothole and climb out. Once stemmed over we used a meat anchor for to counterweight and 2:1 lift. Lower narrows (post crossroads) required 1 or 2 partner assists as well, just prior to the Iron Room and immediately prior to the Green Room raps contained keepers that required pack toss or partner assist. 12 hours from WRT to removing wetsuits prior to last sequence. 14 hours on the ground back to the car. A bit different than late July where everything was full and far more jumping options. Most wore 5mm wetsuits and were comfortable.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 10, 2017

Maybe 13hrs from Lava Point to Shuttle at a very slow pace, took a few long breaks for food and water. Pretty full and cold, some effort required to escape small lips on many potholes but no pack tosses or partner assists necessary.

We wore from 4/3 up to 7mm. A few of us got fairly chilled with only 4/3, but not enough to actually pull more neo out of our packs.

One of our party hauled a snake through most of the third narrows until we found her a nice sandy area. She was also quite cold.

Anchors were generally in good shape.

There's a fixed rope at the first drop into Phantom Valley that should be hauled out, maybe someone hiking the West Rim Trail?

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 3, 2016

All potholes were completely full. It looked like the canyon flowed on 9/2. There was a trickle of water flowing from the end. 4/3 wetsuit was a little chilly, 5mm recommended. Anchors in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 24, 2016

Everything full, day the fire shut it down. Bolts and webbing good. Left grotto at 0330 and got back at 1115 to go for imlay. 5/3 wetsuit was fine

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 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.

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

Left grotto at 7 am touched down at the E. Pools at 3:30 pm. No difficult exits, no hooking. Passed a group of 3 on Rap 2 off ridge. They said their 200 foot rope was not long enough and had to ascend? ? We scampered down ridge to other alternative Rap 2. 120 feet to huge tree on steep slope then traversed over to main decent. My Suunto watch said water temp 43 degrees. Feet a little cold near the end but overall very warm and pleasant with 5/4 suit with extra 5 mm vest and hood. Neoprene socks under trail runners worked great.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 20, 2015

Canyon was full to the brim after flash flooding that had happened earlier in the week. Beached whale escapes for all pots - nothing very challenging. Quicksand everywhere - added to the fun - several spots where we'd step in and be up to our knees in quicksand instantly. Camped at the crossroads on wet sand - a bit miserable with temps in the high 30's / low 40's overnight. Water felt nice - I wore 3/2 full with a 2/1 shorty layered on top - never got cold. We had a buddy at emerald pools who brought a 300 foot rope and we attached it to some pull cords. Highly recommend stashing rope / having friend at end - made the experience much more enjoyable than lugging 300 footer through canyon. Will try Heaps direct route next time instead of bird perch.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 1, 2015

Potholes still full. Beached-whale exited just about everything. 14 hours from West Rim to Zion shuttle. Went with 3/2 wetsuits + 1 mm rash guard. A little chilly. First time using neoprene gloves, which are genius. Beautiful canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 25, 2015

Diddo on the previous report. Still full of water, no keepers. The webbing on one or two anchors could be replaced soon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 21, 2015

Heaps flashed on the evening of July 20, right before we went down. Every single pothole was full, there was even a slight flow through the canyon (leftover from the night before), so everything was tip top full. 0 keeper problems, we swam right out of everything. Water was fairly warm too, 55 degrees according to a little thermometer. We all had 6mm core and 3mm limb coverage on our wetsuits and were warm the whole day. It was my first descent down Heaps, but it seemed like several of the log jams had webbing that washed out. We downclimbed all of them, but I'd be prepared to sling some of those. Great trip. We took it easy and got through in 15 hours. West Rim/Phantom Valley Approach.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 18, 2015

Phantom Valley approach. The potholes are still pretty close to full. One pothole at the very end of the first set of narrows is fairly difficult to get out of, but you could stem/rappel over it with a little stretch. The potholes in the final set of narrows are still fully underwater. There were a few anchors that should be replaced somewhat soon.