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Canyon Video: Kolob Canyon Descent by Nick Como

There are only a few Class C canyons in the Zion area, and Kolob is certainly the most reliable for good water flow. Problem is, most of the time there TOO MUCH agua running through it because Kolob Creek is the outlet to Kolob Reservoir, which the Washington County Water Conservancy District uses control river levels downstream. If the District is releasing water, the risk of drowning in Kolob Creek is high and descents should wait until a safer time. If you’re thinking about descending Kolob, be sure to call the Conservancy District (435.673.3617) on a weekday to get the release schedule. If the Creek is flowing 5 CFS or less, it should be reasonably safe for canyoneers experienced in Class C conditions to descend the drainage. If you have your sights set on Kolob, but the flow is too high, consider Boundary Canyon, a near neighbor, which often has a safe flow in high water years.  

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Lake Powell Canyoneering Video from Client John McHugh

Joe was on our 5/6 – 5/8 Canyon Venture trip to Lake Powell, and this is the vid he put together with footage he took during the trip. Just think… next time, it could be you!

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Wet Spring Conditions in Birch Hollow

A few interesting things to glean from this video of a recent (4/29) Birch Hollow descent: • Birch is still flowing (2 -3 cfs, from the vid?), which makes for a fun and interesting decent of a usually-dry canyon. Birch is NOT somewhere I’d want to be in a flash flood, but the relatively constant nature of spring melt makes for great wet conditions. • These guys demonstrate a nice variety of assisted-downclimbing and rappel techniques, along with the benefits and detriments of each. Definitely entertaining and educative to compare. •  The author notes that while the canyon was fun, it was also cold and slow. The entire party was numb halfway through, which probably decreased the fun value. Bringing wetsuits or drysuits would have likely made things a lot more comfortable.

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Canyoneering Movie from ZAC Client Jerry King

A native of Laguna Beach, California, Jerry has taken numerous canyoneering courses from us over the years, introducing many friends to the sport along the way. After his most recent visit this September, Jerry made this video, which includes some basic details on canyoneering AND photos from two canyon descents in Zion. Notably, Jerry and his crew descend Jolley Gulch, a canyon often peered into from above (via the East Rim Trail), but rarely descended. Thanks, Jerry, for putting together the video and sharing it with us!

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Class C Canyoning in the French and Italian Alps

I don’t typically enjoy homemade canyoneering videos… but this one from British adventurer Steve Flanagan is pretty good. Short and sweet, with a great soundtrack to boot, the video features some sweet Class C canyoning in the French and Italian Alps. The slides, jumps, and water quality are brilliant, and Steve throws in some neat effects for our entertainment. On a related note, a brand new guidebook to the canyons of the Ticino, Switerland region recently emerged IN ENGLISH. This region features canyons very similar to those in the above video: lots of flowing water, hard rock, and a good mix of rappelling/sliding/jumping scenarios. With over 100 routes, I’m guessing this book would set a well-trained, well-equipped group up for a great week- to month-long adventure trip to Ticino.

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