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Spry Canyon Flash Flood Video, July 11, 2012

Flash flood videos can’t do justice to the real thing, but this video from Spry Canyon last Monday (7/11) offers an educative perspective. The narrators’ emotions perhaps say more about the danger than the actual video… these two guys are clearly scared, excited, and riveted by the crashing, dynamic conditions. They literally have no idea what might happen, how high the water might rise, what debris might come crashing down to them. A scary situation. Were these guys in danger? It’s really difficult to say. Obviously, the water came up quite a bit while they were there, and they seem trapped in the alcove they are in by the middle of the video. But they seem to feel safe in their perch, amazed and lucky they weren’t stuck in a worse position in the canyon. As they point out, their next anchor is 1-2 feet under water by mid-video, and even as the waterfall slows toward the end, they point out how the overall depth just keeps rising. The parting shot shows the red webbing anchor filled with debris, hinting at the surge that receded only minutes before. The weather forecast on this date was not obvious: 40% chance of … Continue reading

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Spry Flash Flood Survivors Recount Their Story

We posted a couple articles last week regarding a group of canyoneers who were dangerously caught in a flood in Spry Canyon on July 24. The Las Vegas Review-Journal caught up with these gentlemen (below) after they recovered to gather their account of the story. Lessons? 1. The “chance of rain” for any particular day is relatively unimportant. Rain is VERY point-specific in canyon country. A mountain can easily block the isolated black storm cloud that is right around the corner. 2. In a flooding situation, find high ground and make a plan to find higher ground if needed. These guys did a good job making contingency plans once they recovered their team. 3. ALWAYS carry a headlamp, even when you don’t anticipate being out late. Light is essential for finding your way when things go awry, or alerting help (as in this situation). 4. An early start is almost always a good idea. Most (but not all) Zion storms hit in the afternoon. By starting out early (5:00 – 7:00 a.m. is not unreasonable during storm season), you get the canyon to yourself, the air temperatures are much cooler for your hike in, and you have a much larger … Continue reading

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