"Staying high and dry" Hanksville Warnings Or Dangers Tip by goodfish

Hanksville Warnings and Dangers: 3 reviews and 6 photos

  Nowhere to run
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  • Nowhere to run - Hanksville
      Nowhere to run
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  • Flood debris - Hanksville
      Flood debris
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  • No place to be in a storm - Hanksville
      No place to be in a storm
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  • Coulda been worse - Hanksville
      Coulda been worse
    by goodfish

The San Rafael Swell - where Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyons are located - is full of slots with difficulties ranging from easy scrambling to skilled canyoneering. Slots are big fun on a nice day. They can be deadly in a rainstorm. Water falling on the rock above a narrow opening has no place to drain but DOWN. In a hurry. And then it has no place to go but OUT. In a hurry and pushing boulders, logs and other debris along for the ride. Caught in a slot filling rapidly with a torrential rush of water, you have no place to go but UP - which very often isn't possible. Nope, change your plans if showers are in the forecast, and pick a sunny, or at least dry, day to explore the tight spots lest you find yourself in one.

Ending up on the wrong side of a wash during a flash flood can keep you there awhile too: there's no crossing them until the water has receded to a safe level. I'm including a link to the account of some folks who got stranded at LWH during a flash flood. They were lucky to be in a safe place but their vehicles - parked in the wash - were not. Moral of the story? Never park in a wash. Duh.

Website: http://climb-utah.com/SRS/flashflood.htm

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  • Updated Feb 16, 2012
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