Tom Alexander and Mark Schnup in Trachyotomy


Trachyte Creek
Technical Canyoneering

          Tracheotomy - The delicate surgical procedure of placing a hole in a person's trachea (breathing tube) to decrease the work of breathing, bypass an obstruction, or deal with secretions in the lungs.

          Trachyotomy - The delicate procedure of squeezing and clambering through an extremely narrow slot canyon as it winds its way to Trachyte Creek.

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          Trachyotomy 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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One of the manditory swims in the first section of narrows can be body stemmed by the skilled. Mark Schnup downclimbing.

General Information:
          Trachyotomy is an eccentric technical canyoneering adventure. Trachyotomy is rated 3B R III using the Canyon Rating System. This is a physical canyon requiring downclimbing, wading, swimming, climbing, stemming and chimneying. Bring as small and light of pack as possible. Trachyotomy requires complete technical gear. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential.

          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 anchor and teamwork is considered to be a major part of the adventure with this route.

Bruce Neumann in the slot. Tom and mark in Trachyotomy.

Trailhead Information:
          Four wheel drive vehicles will have no problem accessing this trailhead. High clearance vehicles should be able to reach this trailhead in normal conditions.

The 37 foot rappel which marks the start of the final technical section. Tom Alexander on the final rappel that ends the slot.

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