Album: Zion NP - Spry Canyon & Mount Spry
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 10/22/2005 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Not far from the road we encountered Zion quicksand! Courtney and Mike managed to free themselves before being fully engulfed (ok it wasn't that dramatic). This shot was just after Courtney pulled his feet out of the mud.
Courtney and Mike as we make our way toward the upper end of Spry Canyon
Approaching the first rappel. The rappel anchor is just visible left of the water.
Courtney on the first rappel. Our route description said this was a 165 foot low angle rappel. It may have been a bit shorter than that but we did use two 60m ropes.
Mike descending to the lower pool on the first rappel. If you're careful you can bypass the water on a thin ledge a few feet above the water to the left.
2nd rappel? We left the canyon at this point to conquer Mount Spry before dropping back into the slot near the 6th rappel.
Mount Spry. We approached from the ridge to the right.
Courtney looks down from the summit of Mount Spry
This was one way to drop back into Spry Canyon, but we opted to ascend back up the canyon a ways to where we could more easily enter the canyon.
Back into Spry Canyon, Courtney approaches our next rappel.
We skipped several short rappels in order to go bag Mount Spry. This rappel was our first "interesting one". I believe this is the 6th rappel (of 13) in our route description. Try as we might we couldn't see the bottom. It just looked like a deep, dark, bottomless pit. Wondering what was below, I dropped a rock into the pit that seemed to take forever to reach the bottom. A loud deep sounding splash echoed out of the pit and the three of us all groaned simultaneously.
Mike attempts to get a GPS fix in the canyon. The rap anchor is behind his right arm.
Looking up from the bottom of the slot. Turned out that the deep pool at the bottom was avoidable. We stayed fairly dry (for now). This was one of the more interesting sections of the canyon: deep, a bit dark, and narrow.
The next rappel was from a tree into a sandy open pool below.
At this point I had to put away the camera because things soon became very wet.
11th rappel (if you do them all). Immediately above this rappel was a narrow section of the slot where we had to swim in water that was over our heads. Needless to say, we got quite wet.
Mike rappels down from the just past a deep pool above.
Rappel #12. This is about a 70 foot rappel off a tree above. At this point you can bypass the 13th rappel further down the drainage. But don't do that! The 13th rappel is the best!
Rappel #13. This is a rappel off an overhanging cliff. While not evident at first, this one offers a good deal of air time. On most of the rappel you are hanging free in the air. This makes for an exhilerating climax to a very memorable day.
This is the tree you rappel from on the 13th rappel.
We exit to Pine Creek below and then proceed down the right side back to the first U-turn switchback where we have one of our vehicles parked.
Exiting at the bridge over Pine Creek (left) at the first U-turn switchback.