Psycho D

Psycho D
aka: Psychological Damage,
Bum Fodder, Silo Canyon

Smith Fork
Lake Powell

Technical Canyoneering

          A canyon of many names, but a canyon this fierce has probably been called many more. The canyon was well known in the senior canyoneering community as Bum Fodder in the early years of the sport. But in 2005 a party of canyoneers became stranded over night in the slot during a flash flood. When telling their story after the epic they laughing referred to the psychological damage they suffer, and a new name was born.

Circle of Friends:
          Psycho D is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

"Circle of Friends"

Bruce Neumann in Psycho D There is a reason the canyon was known as Bum Fodder

          If you attempt this canyon, every member of your group must be a highly skilled canyoneer and rock climber. This canyon is deadly for beginners. Psycho D is NOT suitable for the general canyoneering public and is rated 4A X III using the Canyon Rating System. Errors in technique or judgment will likely result in serious injury or death. Do not underestimate the difficulty and danger of descending this canyon. A rescue in this canyon would be hazardous and extremely troublesome. This canyon has a moderate flash flood danger.

General Information:
          Psycho D is a technical canyoneering adventure that requires complete technical gear. This route is considered by many to be one of the most difficult slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. All waypoints and maps for Psycho D use the WGS84 datum.

Hike to the rim is slightly exposed as it drops away on both sides with nice views. Tom Alexander and Mark Schnupp high stemming in Psycho D

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is located near Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell. This route is accessible from both land and water.

Psycho D suddenly ends Tom Alexander and Mark Schnupp and the end of Psycho D

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