Monkey Business -West , West Butler

Last Candition: March 30, 2012


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 25, 2020

No water. Great anchors. Good road. Fairly exposed climbing on the way out in a couple of places, especially if you stay in the same slot all the way to the top instead of traversing around like most beta suggests. Added some spice to the canyon. Really fun canyon, we thought. Has some good downclimbs, rappels, potholes and climbing and nothing too difficult. 6 hours for a big group of 10. First rappel is good to do with a courtesy anchor and placing the rope below the V-slot for the pull.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 4, 2019

Rattlesnake at very beginning of slot! Deepest water was crotch-height. No wetsuits needed. The corkscrew rappel was way too awkward on rope and would have been better without. There is an anchor at the bottom of it that requires exposed reaching to grab. Someone locked off on rope swung over to set up a new rope from it.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 4, 2019

Monkey Business is filled with chilly water right now! The semi keeper pothole is a swimmer. Wetsuits very highly recommended around this time of year. There is a 2nd anchor set up to convert the 1st rappel into 2 to reduce rope drag on the pull. Very difficult to pull from top anchor otherwise.

Road conditions were fine, easily done in a Subaru Outback (and could have been done easily with less)

Stuck a rope and ascender at semi keeper, if found please email

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 10, 2018

Road out there was a bit rough, probably normal for the road. Do-able by the right 2-wd car and driver.

The canyon was dry. All anchors well set up. The long two-stage rappel even has a second anchor for the second part of the drop, though it should be replaced soon.

Excellent canyon.

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

Completely dry. I recovered a brand new 60 meter rope that someone had gotten stuck on the first rap, cut off the end, and then they left the other 2/3 of it at the 3rd rap. Thanks for the free rope ;)

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

One of my favorites!! Very dry and hot on this trip!! All anchors looked good and were left in place. The keeper only had ankle deep water. I was able to get in and out on my own then setup a guided rappel off the near by horn (down canyon) to get the rest of the group and packs across.

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

Some water, up to knees. Rebuilt the dead man bomber. Used a hook into the pot hole. Pack toss on the "keeper". The hike out is kinda brutal, would not wanna do that in the dark. Best canyon of the trip.

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

All anchors are set up well, but the first anchor (deadman) could definitely use some more rocks or a backup of some sort. There are two knee-deep pools, one is possible to avoid, but difficult. The other is very difficult to avoid, but only one person needs to get into it. The final anchor needs to be tied better around the slung feature so it doesn't slip off. The road conditions are very good.

Very fun canyon.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 31, 2014

Still had water in the last portion; we swam through the pothole below the 2nd rappell. Both parties content with no wetsuits. The upper portion was hot and long.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 19, 2014

Knee-deep water. no wetsuit needed.

Agree with earlier comment that the exit is more dangerous than the canyon itself.

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 20, 2013

There is waist deep water in one spot and a couple other shallower wades.

No one wore wetsuits and we were fine.

Anchors are present at all mandatory rappels.

There is some mud, but it's not too much of a hindrance.

Use care on the Kelsey Exit as it is steep and loose.

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

Very little water and all avoidable. The final rap has a shallow pool beneath it, but the rope fell just in front of it. Watch the rope toss. Kelsey exit is a crumbly mess--wear a helmet.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 31, 2012

Not a lot of water in the canyon, but you will want a wetsuit and neo booties. Air temperature was about 15-20 degrees when we went through. One puddle is shin deep, another, in the final keeper pothole, is mid-thigh. Once we put our wetsuits on, they stayed on until we got to the car. All anchors are in good condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 17, 2012

KPH has waist deep water and slippery mud. A couple other pools were knee deep. We cleaned some anchors up, although they still could use some work to remove some of the redundant webbing.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 29, 2012

The "Keeper Pot Hole" has waist deep water in it. A few places had knee high water too. Water isn't bad at all (smell, temperature). We didn't replace any anchors but did dig up all the webbing we found for inspection.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 11, 2012

Still no water...

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 20, 2012

Great canyon, no water...

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 30, 2012

Nice little run through, every thing was dry and clean.