Climbing through Boltergiest.

Silver Reef
Technical Canyoneering

          Sometime around 2001 I was told about a nice short canyon named "Boltergeist". Since this information came from the same person who uncovered and told me about Yankee Doodle I was excited to try Boltergeist, after all, Yankee Doodle is a little sweet heart.... but it took me seven years to finally get around to doing the Boltergeist route.

Circle of Friends:
          Boltergeist 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"

Bo Beck on rappel. Your handsome tour guide. You get to write that type of crap if you own the website :-)

General Information:
Boltergeist is best described as short and amusing. Boltergeist requires complete technical gear. The scenery is pleasant and lush. Boltergeist is rated 3A I using the Canyon Rating System. A GPS is very helpful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate. This route is located outside of Zion National Park and a backcountry permit is not required.

Cryptobiotic Soil:
          Follow the route described and you will avoid most areas of cryptobiotic crust. Please avoid disturbing all cryptobiotic crust. Stay on existing trails, walk in wash bottoms or on slickrock. Go out of your way, literally, to avoid cryptobiotic soil. Cryptobiotic crust requires years of undisturbed growth before it becomes visible as an irregular, blackish mat on the soil surface. A single footprint by a careless hiker can destroy years of growth.

on Rappel Bo Beck on the final rappel.

Trailhead Information:
          A vehicle shuttle is not required to complete this route. Any vehicle should be able to access this trailhead in good weather conditions. There is reasonable camping in the area.

Boltergiest has a year round stream. The exit is just above this waterfall.

          Enjoy a short entertaining HD video of a trip through Boltergeist Canyon. Video courtesy of Gary Arnell.



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