Canyoneering experience is not required. The desire to learn and try are most important. We ask participants to meet the following requirements:
Exceptions to the above requirements are handled on a case-by-case basis. Please inquire if you have questions or concerns about the prerequisites.
North Wash 3-day Canyon Adventure
Designed to help you experience canyoneering in the North Wash and learn a little bit about it.
North Wash 3-day Basic Course
Learn and apply appropriate canyoneering techniques in the North Wash canyons
In either of the above, we will descend some of the classic North Wash slots over three days like the Blarney or Leprechaun forks. Your guides will select the specific canyons based on weather conditions, instructional goals, group ability, and group interest. Some canyons take all-day to descend, while others may require a few hours or a half-day, which potentailly enables us to have separate morning and afternoon events.
North Wash 3-day Basic Course Curriculum
Canyons in North Wash are very physical. Please expect LOTS of downclimbing, squeezing, and stemming (climbing between two walls like Spiderman), often without the protection of a rope. Using your body for friction against the canyon walls is imperative, so "body armor" (see What to Bring) is essential. Rappels will range between 10 - 80 feet, and are definitely the easy parts of this trip. Teaching will focus on moving through the canyons safely and efficiently. Incidental instruction on natural anchor methods can be included for motivated students.
We will plan to make the most of our days. We rise, make breakfast, and pack for the day within 90 minutes after sunrise. Generally, we have about the same amount of time at day's end to unpack and change into comfortable, warm clothes before darkness falls. In the evening, we'll enjoy dinner and relaxation around the campfire, discuss canyon options for the next day, and try to stay up late enough so we sleep until dawn.
Participants must bring these items for canyon descents:
Participants must bring these items for camp:
A pit toilet is available near the camp (no running water)
Zion Adventure Company will provide:
You can meet us:
Hanksville, Utah is the "gateway community" to North Wash. Hanksville is home to the nearest phone, ice, cell service, gas, etc. Please do not expect anything like Springdale, however; amenities in Hanksville are bare-bones.
Directions - From Hanksville, UT, drive approximately 28 miles south on State Route 95 to the Sandthrax Campsite, an unmarked dirt road loop on the northeast (left-hand, from Hanksville) side. Whether you arrive Thursday evening or Friday morning, you should see our party there in camp. If you reach the Hog Springs rest stop and picnic area, you've gone five miles too far. If you reach the Dirty Devil River, you've gone WAY too far.
Approximate driving times: 5 hours from Salt Lake City, 6.5 hours from Denver, 5 hours from Springdale
Dates for 2016: