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.

Swimming through Log Soup in Imlay. Photo: Julie Burton

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 been eroded down a lot, but the water level is still 5 feet below it. We used a toss to create a guided rappel.

The gaper pothole right near the end was fairly full of water, with a remnant of a stump in the exit. I went in and tried to climb out, but though I could reach the holds, I could not pull the moves — solved by Phil tossing a tied-off ropebag over the stump. I tied off the big log in the next pothole to set up a guided rappel (since the penultimate anchor is unusable).

Another great day in Zion. The Narrows exit was not floatable, as the water was really low. Floated a lot, bumped a lot of rocks, couple of good faceshots…



About Tom

Tom Jones is an inventor, author, entrepreneur, gear tester, photographer, and, first and foremost, a canyoneer, living in the hamlet of Mt. Carmel, Utah, on the east side of Zion National Park. Tom is also a valued member of the ZAC Guide Corps, weaving in numerous training and guiding days amongst his myriad adventures and responsibilities.
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