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Squeezing through Monoxide Canyon

Monoxide Canyon
Southern Utah
Technical Canyoneering


          Monoxide is a fast and fun, the canyon contains two routes compliments of its West and East Fork. The upper section of the West Fork is beautifully molded from the waters that roar through during a thunderstorm. Downclimbing is the name of the game when overcoming most the obstacles the canyon throws at you.

          Like all good slot canyons this sculpted fantasy of sandstone is powerfully seductive and throbbing with temptation.

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Giles Wallace and Tom Talboys downclimbing Giles Wallace on Rappel

General Information:
          Monoxide contains charm, fun and action. The canyon requires complete technical gear. In normal conditions this canyon might contain knee to waist deep wading, there should be no swimming required. The canyon is easily accessible year round unless there is snow on the ground.

          Total time required form trailhead to trailhead is 2 to 3 hours. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. The Canyon is rated 3A II using the Canyon Rating System.

          Part of the appeal of this canyon is that many of the 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.

The Ants are Marching Reminds me of ants on a turd!

Trailhead Information:
          The Trailhead is located near the town of Hanksville Utah and is accessible to carefully driven passenger cars. High clearance vehicles and four wheel drive will have no problem accessing the trailhead. A shuttle vehicle is not required for this route.

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