Spencer Canyon

Last Candition: April 24, 2015

4.3

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 27, 2020

The last deadman anchor was well-constructed. It was an 85-degree day but only 70 or so in the morning when we plunged down into the abyss into the water. We brought 3 mm wetsuits and wore them, but most thought they would be fine without them in those conditions. The deep, watery section is fairly short and opens up soon, with no raps to jam up the process and slow people down. Fairly tight in a couple of places on the descent and in the deep section. We rapped the plunge into the blackness, as it is not that awkward and seemed safer than a handline. Jawa Sandcrawler recommended for the exit. If you misread the beta and go up the exit canyon rather than the sandstone nose next to it, you will be fine, by the way. Boulder climbing in a slot may be better than a hot sandstone face in any case.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 29, 2017

Before the first rap in a narrow downclimb, there was water to avoid. Water was in the pool at the first rap. We avoided by doing downclimb instead. 2nd rap is anchored from a dead juniper high above the cliff with a hueco/small arch backup. Webbing was good for now but goes over a sharp edge. Should always inspect this before using. On 3rd rap, watch that you don't drop into a deep pothole in the twisting section. Webbing on 3rd & 4th rap is getting worn. 4th rap anchored from a pothole along the 3rd rap. Used fiddlestick on 2nd & 4th raps. Rap into the narrows anchored. Rope can easily pinch. Be careful. 3 swimmers, very cold, 2 deep wades, plus several other pools. Hot sandy slog back out. 6:45 car to car for 2 people.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 24, 2015

There is a seep at the top of the slot, so this canyon is likely always full of water.

Currently there are three pools. The first one can be stemmed over. The second one is chest deep. The third one is a swimmer. Light wetsuits are recommended.