The Wives

Last Candition: June 16, 2013

4.5

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

wife 5

this was a suprizingly fun canyon! perfect half day trip. no water.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 5, 2016

Wife 5

Great 1/2 day canyon! Equalized the anchors on the first rap, the webbing will need to be replaced soon. All other anchors in great shape showing recent replacement. Kinda disappointing as the anchor options throughout the canyon looked interesting. Group of 4, all managed to stay dry. Took us 3.5 hours. Great hike and killer scenery through Cohab and Betrothed Canyons, easier to find drop in than online beta suggests.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 26, 2016

Wives 3 and 5. Really good canyons. Easy to access and fun; no water. Left rope at top of big rappel on 3 and then retrieved it for 5. A great way to do it. Beta talks about anchor challenges in 5, which is true enough, but all anchors in great shape. First anchor from bush backed up to arch up canyon. Third anchor is a deadman with a BIG rock on top of it. Thanks to whoever pushed that in there somehow. Maybe nature, though no other rocks like it anywhere in canyon. Fourth anchor seems to be as Road Trip Ryan describes, a rock wedged in a small pocket at the edge of the drop. But there is also hole in the rock on the left canyon wall that would probably work. Fifth anchor more traditional deadman.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 9, 2013

Wife 3 & 5

Wife 3 was more of a Girlfriend. 200ft to start was good. Webbing was solid. WHAT a DROP. Good DC'ing and other Rap's down canyon too. Nice slot. No water.

Wife 5 was a good wife also. Webbing was good at the raps. 2 deadman's in the canyon. Good shape and we backed them up with a meat anchor. Bone dry and some deep rope grooves.

Near perfect conditions for Nov/Fall. 58 and blue skies. A perfect day in Cohab. 3 guys 6 1/2hrs from TH to back to TH.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 5, 2013

Wives 3 and 1.

Anchors good on both, but needs a good safety check on the existing webbing at the 200 ft drop on 5. Rope grooves getting bad there...I wonder why folks don't leave the rope & collect on the next wife?

Wife 1 has an anchor/webbing at the top (first downclimb) which I used (not in Luke's beta). My thanks to Bluegnome and AJRoadTrips for the beta.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 16, 2013

Wife 5: BluuGnome's beta was detailed and reliable. http://www.bluugnome.com/cyn_route/cap-reef_the-wives/cap-reef_the-wives.aspx Thanks!

Dry except for a small avoidable pool at the bottom of R2. R1 is off a bush. The bush is still in good shape. If the bush starts to break down, there is also an arch further back from the rap. R3 and R4 are off deadmans. They appeared to be in good shape but were difficult to evaluate due to being well-buried in dried mud. We backed up the R4 deadman by slinging an arch in a solution pocket. This 1 arch appeared to be the only alternative to the deadman. Rock is crumbly or sharp in many places. Beautiful "birthing chamber" near R4 offers a fun series of pour-off downclimbs. Glad that we did this canyon. The waterpockets and rock folds form unusual colors and shapes. It reminded us of Antonio Gaudi.