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Slot Canyons?

Postby tlongpine » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:23 am

I'm headed to SE Utah for a week with some friends, and they're interested in experiencing Slot Canyons if possible. We're not headed as far west as Buckskin, or as deep into Escalante as Zebra, and I'm curious if any there are any on the East side of Glen Canyon / Lake Powell (other than antelope).

Any ideas?
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Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby J-RockandRockpile » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:36 am

There are some near Powell/Glen Canyon Damn. Really wish I could remember the name of the canyon, you also need to be careful as some of those are on Navajo Land and you may need to get a permit.
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Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby MUni Rider » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:50 am

Tom's Utah Canyoneering guide is a good source of info:

http://www.canyoneeringusa.com/

Plus Kelsey books are great. I have several of these. Great way to plan your trip, as well as find a "plan-B" on the fly if for some reason the canyon you had in mind doesn't pan out.

http://kelseyguidebooks.com/
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Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby Scott P » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:08 am

I'm curious if any there are any on the East side of Glen Canyon / Lake Powell (other than antelope)


Lots (100+ of them), but Powell/Glen Canyon is ~100 miles long. Which part you headed to, i.e. Hite, Halls Crossing or Page? Because there are so many, it would make it easier to answer the queston.
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Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby tlongpine » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:22 am

Scott,

We're staying near Monticello, but will be heading to the Page. I'm curious about anything near Natural Bridges or Good Hope Bay?
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Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby tlongpine » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:27 am

Scott P wrote:
I'm curious if any there are any on the East side of Glen Canyon / Lake Powell (other than antelope)


Lots (100+ of them), but Powell/Glen Canyon is ~100 miles long. Which part you headed to, i.e. Hite, Halls Crossing or Page? Because there are so many, it would make it easier to answer the queston.


Sorry, so we're speaking the same language... In order of preference, 1.) Hite 2.) Halls Ferry Crossing, 3.) Page
I am unable to walk away from the mountain without climbing it. An unclimbed mountain tugs at my consciousness with the eternal weight of time itself. Until I've pressed my face into it's alpine winds, hugged it's ancient granite walls, and put it's weathered summit beneath my heal I'm unable to resist it's attraction.Knowing nature gives the mountain more time than she gives us adds urgency to the obsession. As has been said before; the mountain doesn't care.

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Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby Scott P » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:29 am

In that case, the White Canyon stuff isn't very far out of the way (Natural Bridges is part of White Canyon).

Here are some canyons to try (google or bing these, plus see the guidebook mentioned above; all have info except for Birch-which I can send if you want it):

Birch
Cheesebox
Fry
Cowboy
Long
Gravel
Short

There are some good ones south of Good Hope Bay and around Halls Crossing, but many are definately R and X rated and are advanced. The ones above are beginner/Intermediate and fun.

On the Bullfrog side, there are several more intermediate ones.

On the west side of Powell/Hite there is all the North Wash and Maidenwater stuff, but maybe that's getting too far out of your way. The stuff listed above is closer and is close to Natural Bridges.

If you head to Page, much of the stuff has been closed off by the reservation. You can still do Waterholes (possibly not lower though, this seems to change almost monthly) or West Canyon (but this one take several days). Blue Pools too. That's about all that is available to the public. There are more, but you have to pay big money for a guide.
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Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby J-RockandRockpile » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:52 am

Scott P - is the canyon master!
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Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby tlongpine » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:09 am

Scott P - that is so perfectly what I was looking for. Thank you, sir!
I am unable to walk away from the mountain without climbing it. An unclimbed mountain tugs at my consciousness with the eternal weight of time itself. Until I've pressed my face into it's alpine winds, hugged it's ancient granite walls, and put it's weathered summit beneath my heal I'm unable to resist it's attraction.Knowing nature gives the mountain more time than she gives us adds urgency to the obsession. As has been said before; the mountain doesn't care.

It can wait forever. I cannot.

Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby Furthermore » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:06 pm

This is a pretty sweet link for figuring out canyon locations. With some additional research, you can figure out what each slot entails.

http://www.bogley.com/forum/showthread.php?62130-The-Super-Amazing-Canyoneering-Map

As for the Kelsey books, they are very good but yet so terrible. He has excellent information (some of the best) but you have to decode his size 6 font, run on paragraphing, hand drawn maps, and use of meters/kilometers. Who in the hell uses kilometers? ](*,) #-o

Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby Bean 2 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:28 pm

Slot Canyons of the Southwest is a great resource.
Of course, it's hard to look cool on a mountain bike in these places, so I don't stoop to visiting such locales.
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Re: Slot Canyons?

Postby tmahon » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:37 am

We did the Black Hole of White Canyon, just east of Hite Marina. Really fun, mandatory wetsuits though.

http://www.stuckintherockies.com/2010/05/the-black-hole/

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