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Telephone CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar Jul 24 2010
Vaporman
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.03 mph
3,000 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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The first day of 4 amazing days playing in Zion! :y: We hiked up the West Rim trail past Angels Landing, past Behunin Pass, up on the West Rim and then north to drop into this upper Telephone Canyon. :sweat: This canyon was mostly dry & kinna warm this time of year, has great down canyon views of Zion canyon in the distance, and featured a dozen or so interesting rappels. :sweat: The canyon starts off with a 30ft slanting rappel/down climb to a tree rigged for a mostly free hanging 100ft drop. After a quick snake thru some narrows, you hit a 50ft drop and another 30ft drop from bolts. The next couple rappels come soon afterwards and are slanting angled rappels which are quite awkward to descend. :roll: This is followed by a normal 70ft vertical half free hanging rappel into a half-grotto that made a great place for a lunch break before down climbing some slickrock. After a short walk, we hit the next section with a handful of short rappels in the 15-40ft range. Most of these had awkward starts from chockstones and dropped you further into the light narrows before ending with a larger 60ft drop. After that final rappel the canyon snakes a bit with some light obstacles and bushwhacking, but the canyon soon opens up into Little Siberia. :D

We've canyoneered a few times together, so we've gotten pretty good at rope management and leap frogging each other on the many rappels to prevent us from getting slowed down at any of the many rappels. :sweat: We were planning on doing Behunin Canyon afterwards but a major thunderstorm rolling across the east rim in the distance crashed our party. :roll: Instead we ran down the West Rim trail, back past Angels Landing, and down the the valley floor while watching the canyons & buttes across get hammered with lightning & walls of rain. We later learn that three canyoneers got injured when Spry Canyon flashed on them. :o
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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