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“I would like to thank all the wonderful partners who made it possible for me to explore these canyons. In listing these partners, I will surely leave someone out unintentionally. Nonetheless, heartfelt thanks go out to: Penny Martens, Eric Godfrey, Dan Ransom, Stefan Folias, Landon Michaels, Doug Noel, Ryan Cornia, John Diener, Steve Ramras, Tom Jones, Nick Wilkes, Tim Hoover, Brandt Hart, Aaron Ramras, Brandon Ransom, Carol Petrelli, Erik Ryan, Lisa Jennings, Malia McIlvenna, A.J. Pastula, and everyone else who supplied tips, directions, comments, and inspiration.”
— Dave Pimental
March 2, 2009
Canyoneering is inherently dangerous and could result in grave bodily injury or death. The compilers of this resource assume no obligations or liability in supplying this information. The environment is a dynamic place and is subject to constant, unannounced change. In using this information, you agree that you are responsible for your own safety and well–being.

Standard canyoneering gear includes any gear that you normally carry for safety and comfort in canyons plus the personal items that you may need. Ropes, helmet, harness, ascenders, Potshots, carabiners, etc. are a few, but not all, of the items you should carry. Many of the canyons listed contain features which will hold water during wet seasons. Be prepared with adequate thermal protection for the current conditions.

The canyons in this guide are in areas generally treated with a “bolt–free” ethic. Please respect the local customs and do not install inappropriate anchors. Replace aged webbing as needed. Many of the anchors are in the water course and will require careful inspection and perhaps rebuilding. Please avoid walking on cryptobiotic soil crusts. Attempt to find and follow micro–drainages and social or game trails through sensitive areas. Carry out all litter that you find or produce.
MORE INFO: Canyoneering Links.

Be aware that most of these slot canyons are prone to flash flooding and often have few or no places where it is possible to escape the drainage. Be sure to check weather reports, and do not enter slot canyons if there is a chance of flooding.
FLASH FLOOD WARNING: Nat'l Weather Service

The quality ratings in this Mini–Guide are subjective and are a reflection of the general experience of the descenders. The quality rating is not a reflection of the degree of technical problems involved in descending the canyon. A canyon with nothing more than a rappel and then hiking in wide open sandstone could conceivably have a 5–star rating if it is beautiful, fun, or has a combination of factors which appeal to most people.

The maps provided with this guide are not comprehensive enough to show the surrounding area. You must carry the appropriate maps to navigate in the region should the exit route described be unfeasible for any reason.

© 2009 Dave Pimental
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