Micro Death Hollow

Last Candition: September 1, 2012


1 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 11, 2019

Even thought it hasn't rained in Escalante in 6 weeks, there are still two swimmers in the canyon. The second swimmer is long, and had ice floating on the surface. At least 5mm of neoprene is recommended.

But that wasn't the most difficult challenge...

At the bottom of the 300 foot rappel there is a very serious keeper pothole. The exit lip is 13 feet from the floor of the pothole and is severely overhung. It is impossible to partner assist out of. The potshot throwing stance is tiny. The landing area is very small, and slopes toward the pothole. The bottom of the pothole is filled with 18 inches of freezing slippery mud, which also coats the walls of the pothole.

It took us about 2 hours to potshot our way across. We did not bring hooks, but they *might* have come in handy. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE DIFFICULTY OF THE CURRENT SITUATION. COME PREPARED TO ASCEND YOUR LONG ROPE. ADVANCED GROUPS ONLY.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 27, 2018

Get in there. Like right now... Full, the lower canyon surprise is perfect right now. Play through to the river with the right tools.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 28, 2017

knee deep water at big rap.

Pothole at end was a swimmer. The underwater arch swim should not be avoided. Go all the way to the river to get a full canyon adventure and exti

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 30, 2016

The long rappel is not as long as the description suggested. I measured it at 230ft (at most)...of course that would depend on where you are anchoring from. We used a good existing anchor consisting of a dead tree and a deadman to back it up. We left the long rope in place and did not need to use our other rope for the rest of the canyon.

The canyon is really short. Car to car in 2.5hrs for our group of 4.

I was able to get wet only up to the knee. but my 3 friends did 1 short refreshing swim as we decided to leave the wetsuits behind. The "keeper" there was waist deep at the leap and not much of a keeper as everyone was able to exit on his own.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 17, 2015

Spectacular. I love this canyon, and it was full to the top. No pothole escape, just a swim, and water most of the way through the narrows.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 10, 2014

Minor changes noted from previous years. Big pothole just after entering canyon by the 64 meter rappel has eroded deeper and getting over the lip is now more difficult. A waist deep pothole has appeared in the sand further downcanyon. No serious new difficulties.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 12, 2013

The canyon is nearly dry, except one thigh deep pothole that is difficult to avoid.

The pothole at the very end of the canyon is full. Not sure how deep it is. We skipped it.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 1, 2012

Canyon was straightforward. Upper pothole was filled about 3 ft below lip but footing was solid to give the first person a boost. No water in narrows. Exited at hiker entrance but scouted bottom section and water levels there were low also. Note: a 65 m rope does not quite reach bottom from the tree at the head of the canyon and a sling needs to be run to the canyon lip.

Update: hiked in the area on Sept 21 and noted that recent rains had refilled most of the visible potholes in the area.