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Big Water Canyoneering in Kolob Creek

Kolob Creek is one of Zion’s most prized descents, a remote canyon falling off the high plateau near Lava Point. Unlike most of Zion’s technical canyons, Kolob Creek flows year-round, fed by the dammed waters behind Kolob Reservoir. This has a nice side and a nasty one. Nice side: the beauty, music, and magic of a flowing canyon is simply wonderful. Nasty side: it is easy to get in over your head (figuratively and literally) in a flowing canyon, as the hydraulic power of flowing water can be tremendous, deadly, and difficult to predict. Due to its high elevation, the descent season for Kolob Creek is relatively small. 5 cfs is the general MAXIMUM recommend CFS for a Kolob descent; finding a time when the flow volume is under this benchmark can be trying. Though snow melt varies tremendously year-to-year, the water volume is usually too high for a safe Kolob descent until at least June. This year, the flow is still dangerous at the beginning of August, an example of how variable snow melt can be. In addition, during dry years, the water district executes regular reservoir releases into Kolob Creek, typically a week at a time. So even … Continue reading

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Ouray Canyoning Guidebook Now On Sale

For all you canyon hounds looking for a wetter, colder, louder breed of adventures, check out Micheal Dallin’s new guidebook, Ouray Canyoning. Detailing eight fine canyons in the Ouray, Colorado area, the book goes for $16.95 and likely gives you enough info to get into and out of trouble in some hard-rock canyons featuring good flow. We haven’t gotten our mitts on the book yet, BUT you can peruse a few pages at the link above for examples of the natural history, canyon schematic, and logistics information layouts. Which is nice. If you’re hot to get out to Ouray for these canyons, plan ahead. Unlike the near-year-round accessibility of southern Utah’s canyons, the window for Ouray canyons is somewhere in the 30 – 75 day range, right between torrential snow melt, summer downpours, and autumn ice glazing. Hit it right, though, and you’re sure to have some serious Class C fun in some beautiful high country. If you’re in CO, find Ouray Canyoning in Ouray at Ouray Mountain Sports, or in Boulder at Neptune Mountaineering. If you’re further afield, find the book on-line at Canyoneering USA, or just keep a sharp eye out for the book’s eventual arrival at your … Continue reading

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