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Tom Talboys downclimbs Slideanide

Poison Spring Canyon
Technical Canyoneering


          Slideanide (Slide + Cyanide) is a charming, physically demanding and technically challenging canyon. The route contains large amounts of downclimbing and partner assists. The canyon is hard on clothing and has a bad habit of "showing a little cheek". The technical section ends with one of the most dramatic and angelic exit rappels to be found in a Colorado Plateau slot canyon.

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          Slideanide 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.

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Tom Jones in the Exit Slot Jeff Meierhofer admires the view.

General Information:
          Slideanide is a remarkable canyon with an abundant amount of downclimbing. Slideanide requires complete technical gear. In normal conditions this canyon contains knee to waist deep wading with no swimming required. The canyon is accessible year round unless there is snow on the ground. A vehicle shuttle is not required to complete this route.

          Total time required form trailhead to trailhead is 5 to 6 hours. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate. Slideanide is rated 3A III using the Canyon Rating System. This canyon has a moderate flashflood danger.

          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. The problem solving involved with using natural anchors and teamwork is considered to be a major part of the adventure with this route.

The Emperor surveys his domain. Cool Arch

Trailhead Information:
          The Trailhead is located near the town of Hanksville Utah and is accessible to all vehicles during good weather. Camping is available in the area of the trailhead. A shuttle vehicle is not required for this route.

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