Keyhole Canyon

>> Sunday, October 18, 2009

Grade B
Equipment: one 60 meter rope, harnesses for everyone, wetsuits, and drinking water
Time: 2 hours for 5 people
Date: 9-19-09
Conditions: Wet, cold standing water at the base of most rappels
Experience Level: great for beginners, fun for all
Tom's Description

This was a great little canyon to explore. It took us about 2 hours to complete, including the hike to the first rappel. The canyon was narrow and tall (a slot canyon). The red rock walls beautifully reflected the light of the sun. There was a lot of standing water that was very cold, so we were very glad to be wearing our wetsuits, but the rappels were short and easy. It was a great little canyon to take along a first timer.

Some of the drop-downs did not require a rappel, but instead some kindly souls had previously left lengths of webbing or rope to grab a hold of in order to let yourself down. (See my picture above.)

It is short enough to complete it and still have time for some others in the same day. We hiked Angel's landing in the morning and did this canyon later in the day. Another nice feature is that it is a loop, beginning and ending at the same place, so you finish right at your parked vehicle. I'd definitely do it again.

-Dave

4 comments:

April October 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM  

You spelled 'rappel' wrong. :)

Coach Rockwood October 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

fixed it ;)

Linus October 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

I didn't know you could do this ! Cool ! You ROCK !

Coach Rockwood October 23, 2009 at 9:04 AM  

Linus, it is tons of fun. You'd like it.

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WE THE PEOPLE of the Outdoor Lovers of Utah . . . okay, that is just silly. But we really do love the outdoors, especially the many scenic wonders of Utah. We decided to start this blog to document our adventures around the beautiful Zion's National Park and the other amazing places that Utah has to offer. You can follow our exploits for fun or to get ideas for your own adventures. Because we're all connected to education we'll use grades to evaluate the spectacular locations we visit. Happy recreating, and try not to go SPLAT at the bottom.

April

Brains... started it all; outfitter and guide of our many adventures.

Danielle

Scout...the first one in and the last one out.

Dave

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Jill

Mama Bear...always prepared with whatever the rest of us forget.

Monte

Wheel Man...provider of accommodations and transportation.

Tom

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