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Imlay Canyon Trip Report, 9.2.2012

Went through Full Imlay Canyon with Steve Brezovec and Kelly Birdwell – to enjoy the canyon, of course, and to work on the anchors. Found some interesting things. We started the canyon from Potato Hollow, from the very tip-top there, a few hundred yards higher than I had before. We used a retrievable anchor off a tree in order to not leave a sling visible to the public. Downcanyon a ways, we found a tied off rock for the third stage of a rappel that can be done as a three-stage rap. This rock as cleverly wedged in a slot, but was tied off with some cord which was quite pretty, but had a core of paper (indicating that this cord was never intended for any purpose requiring strength). Further down, we found an anchor tied with a non-knot (versus a Water Knot)… but I guess it held for whomever tied it. Quite a few anchors in the canyon were tied with the Minnesota-clip style of equalization – especially scary since on a lot of these two-bolt anchors, one bolt is an ancient eroded stud-type bolt (very unreliable). We re-rigged 4 or 5 anchors usually with fresh webbing. The upper … Continue reading

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Imlay Canyon Anchors In Poor Shape – Bring Webbing!

Descended the Imlay Sneak Route yesterday with Julie from Australia, Anna and Phil from ZAC/Springdale, and Shaun Trackrunner from… Salt Lake? Still a grunt climbing those hills. 5 am start worked well. My main point is the anchors are in horrible shape. We replaced only two; 4-5 more need re-rigging. If you’re going in, please bring plenty of webbing. The anchor for the second-to-last rappel blew out. There were some giant Ponderosa logs in there that are gone, gone, gone. My two bolts on the left are still there, as are the aluminum hangers, but the webbing was pulled from the hangers – without breaking, leaving a slit in the hangers. Wow! Some fools have been rappelling off of the old bolts on the floor – also WOW! Those things are J I n G u S ! ! ! We rigged a long sling back to a log back aways, using the last of our available webbing, just long enough. The canyon was full, full, full, and there were only two pothole escapes. Water was clean and not all that cold. Some Log Soup near the beginning. Near the end of the first narrows, the stump in the V has … Continue reading

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