Downclimbing in Adobe Swale.

Adobe Swale
Southern Utah
Technical Canyoneering

          Adobe Swale is a charming technical canyon. For some strange reason canyoneers either really like it or don't care much for it. I'm not really sure why that is. I found the canyon to be a delightful way to spend half a day.

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Scott Card in the soup Scott Card Downclimbs while Sam Gregory watches.

General Information:
          Adobe Swale is a remarkable slot canyon with a number of drops that can be downclimbed or rappelled depending on your skills and desire. The canyon requires complete technical gear. Adobe Swale is rated 3A III using the Canyon Rating System.

          Part of the appeal of this canyon is that many of the numerous drops offer the opportunity to downclimb instead of rappel. There are no bolted anchors in this canyon, let's preserve this feature. Many canyoneers before you have descended this canyon without placing bolts, so please play fair. You might need to locate and construct natural anchors, which should be considered part of the game. Instead of placing bolts might I suggest teamwork and partner assisted techniques. The problem solving involved with using natural anchors and teamwork is considered to be a major part of the adventure with this route.

Sam on rappel The gang marches on

Trailhead Information:
          A vehicle shuttle is not required to complete this route. Any vehicle should be able to access this trailhead in good weather conditions. There is reasonable camping in the area.

Erik Hughes in the slot Scott Card in Adobe Swale

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