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Awesome Right Fork Trip Report on CUSA’s “Latest Rave”

After taking a year off in 2011, Tom Jones has reinitiated his popular canyoneering blog The Latest Rave in a beautiful, updated format, making high-quality, illustrated trip reports even more accessible to canyoneers searching for canyon beta, pictures, and stories. The Latest Rave is a “canyoneering diary,” featuring accounts of recent canyon descents and trips throughout the canyoneering world, but primarily focused on Colorado Plateau canyons. Tom has expanded the Rave a bit, inviting long-time canyoneering partner Steve “Ram” Ramras as a regular Raver, as well as publishing well-written and illustrated canyoneering stories from other canyoneer/authors in his Guest Rave section. Fortunately, quite a few Rave trip reports are about Zion canyons, which are, of course, our favorite. Mark Duttweiler published a particularly nice trip report last week on his party’s descent of the Right Fork of North Creek, a less-travelled canyon deep in the Zion Backcountry. Mark and his crew descend the “Hammerhead” variation of the Right Fork route, adding a great, technical start and a number of rappels to the package. The meat of the Right Fork, however, is the Direct Variation, a formidable section of slot that, though relatively short and not particularly difficult, threatens inexperienced canyoneers with shadows … Continue reading

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Trip Report: Right Fork, via The Hammerhead

This trip report was posted by Kip over on the Yahoo Canyons Group. Though folks might be interested in Right Fork beta here, though it’s worth noting that while a 12-hour descent might have been “casual” for Kip & Co., this descent is typically done over 2 days because it is fairly long and can be quite challenging for some parties. One of Zion’s lesser travelled routes, Right Fork via The Hammerhead presents a few different route-finding challenges, the first being simply finding the head of the canyon amongst robust manzanita. In addition, while Kip reports full n’ easy potholes, it’s impossible to predict the pothole situation ahead of time (without a very recent report), so they might be much more challenging during your visit. Thanks to Kip for the info & pics. **********       We made a casual run through the Right Fork yesterday in a little over 12 hours. Here are my notes: The Hammerhead has undergone considerable landslide damage but remains in a mostly clean state with very little snow. We had to redo every anchor but what snow remains allowed us to bypass the last rappel. The direct route was in amazing condition. All … Continue reading

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