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Circle of Friends:
AKA: Segers Hole
San Rafael Swell
The Squeeze is easily the best technical slot canyon in the San Rafael
Swell. It is also one of the most difficult and not a route for beginners. The canyon
slices through the Moroni Slopes and ends with a marvelous plunge into the beautiful Muddy
River Gorge. The Squeeze is the drainage for the large bowl located on top of the Moroni
Slopes known as Segers Hole.
The Squeeze is extremely dazzling
with sculpted sandstone and never ending water filled potholes. Many of the potholes are
referred to a "keeper potholes" because they are extremely difficult to exit.
Squeeze 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"
The Squeeze is a technical
canyoneering adventure. The Squeeze requires complete technical
gear. The technical portion of the canyon consists of wading, swimming, downclimbing,
rappels, pothole thrashing and plenty of fun. This route is suggested for experienced
canyoneers only. The route contains several keeper potholes.
The canyon contains numerous bolted
anchors; some of the anchors are of questionable quality so use caution. If you must
replace a bolt, do a skillful job. Please do not add additional bolts to this canyon, it
contains all the bolts required.
A GPS is extremely useful. Good map
reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate to difficult. The
route involves several miles of cross-country navigation and route finding through rock
The Squeeze is rated 4B III using
the Canyon Rating System. This canyon has
a high flash flood danger, check the local
weather report before entering this canyon.
The Squeeze has two popular trailheads; both have their good and bad
points. Any car during good weather can access the trailheads. I describe the good and bad
of both trailheads and you can make your own decision on which is best.
The Squeeze has two has two popular approach routes known
as the Standard Approach and the Miners Approach; both have their good and bad
points. Any car during good weather can access the trailheads. I detail both
approach routes and you can choose the route that best suits your needs.
Enjoy a short video from The Squeeze. This video is
provided courtesy of Summitseeker.
Direct link to the
video on YouTube.
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