4/11 - Canyoneering With Post 84
The next three days we lead the kids through several slot canyons in the North Wash area and Hidden Splendor area:
4/16: Quandary and Ramp Canyon
The kids leave early on a Saturday morning. Marshall, Jeff, Megan and I talked about descending Segars Hole, but the evening before we got intimidated and decided to sleep in.
After the kids drive away Jeff and I check the plane and go catch up with them.
Once we are up we decide to descend Quandary canyon. This is a pleasant and interesting loop. It starts by climbing an old logging road on the inside of the reef. The road takes you to an interesting set of canyons/parks in the reef. One of these drainages steppes then reaches a drop. This is the start of Quandary We descended the easy upper section which included a couple swims, some intimidating but not too difficult down climbing, and one moderately difficult-to-exit hole.
Lower Quandary involves multiple difficult pothole drops. We exit to the left and descend long slabs, eventually dropping back into the main drainage just before it exits to the outside of the reef. One could turn right hike over to Muddy Creek and then back up to Hidden Splendor. We turn left and hike over to Ramp Canyon.
Ramp provides an interesting trip canyon and down layer. About 3/4 of the way up there a drop which must be ascended on the left face climbing moderately exposed mid 5th class. Followers can be belayed with some risk of pendulum. Upper section contains more fun up climbs. Ramp exits to the inside of the reef and a short walk back to your car.
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