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2011-09-26  
Sidestep Slot Canyon, UT
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10 by photographer avatarRickVincent
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Sidestep Slot Canyon, UT 
Sidestep Slot Canyon, UT
 
Canyoneering avatar Sep 26 2011
RickVincent
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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
Risky - Extraordinary risk factors exist; solid skills/judgement reqd; no beginners
I - Short 1-2 hours
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This is a short but fun slot canyon that requires one 20 foot rappel, some technical downclimbing (chimneying, stemming), and a few tight squeezes.

From the parking area, we made our way east towards the white canyon. We walked along a shallow wash for about 1/4 mile before reaching a vertical drop-off that is the start of the fun. There is a shrub-like tree that we used as an anchor for our rappel. Someone had left behind webbing and a ring. We used this, but since it looked sunfaded, I elected to set up a back-up anchor for my rappel.

My friend Dean followed me down and we continued on. We came to a chock stone and a drop off of about 8 feet. We downclimbed the drop-off and continued walking and sometimes stemming across the muddy bottom. In some areas, the slot is so thin, that we found ourselves stemming across the higher more wide open gap. After awhile, this left us about 25 feet above ground level. We decided to descend through a 12-15 inch gap back down to floor level.
This required taking off our packs and camera gear to make passage easier. Dean lowered the gear then joined me at the bottom.

Now the challenging squeeze portion was next. The next 40 feet of travel was anywhere between 8 and 12 inches wide. We pulled and wiggled and distorted our bodies through the distorted sandstone walls. Finally, the slot opened up to about 24 inches and it never closed up tighter than that again.

The slot opens up into a 8 foot wide canyon that is about 80-100 feet deep. Continuing along we found our exit point to the north, a sloped gorge that required hand use and scrambling up and out of the canyon.

It looks like there is one other slot in this same canyon. I look forward to coming back and venturing down into it this other slot when we return in November.
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