It isn't hard to find new zones in Utah that I have never visited. I have lived in Utah over 8 years and typically get out camping or climbing more than 20 or 30 weekends each year. And yet, this is the second weekend in a row (last weekend was Moonshine Wash, just south of Green River) that I have gone somewhere that I have never visited.
Angel Slot is the first technical Canyon that Kenneth and Millie have completed. This meant that we had a few more down climbs and some rappels to descend.
The first rap had a bit of a tricky start. There was a bit of a shelf to drop over and the short free hanging section. Once we dropped over the lip, we made quick work of the free hanging sections and then descended the remainder of the full 90' rappel.
Angel Canyon started out more open and not as deep as some if the other slots that we have done. Soon, however, we dropped down another 85' rappel and found ourselves at the base of an amazingly deep and narrow slot canyon. We got to work on a few kitty-hand-offs in the more challenging down-climbs. Basically, either Craig or I would climb down first, either all the way or just halfway, and then the other person would help shuttle the cats from the top down to the lower level. It works great.
Once again, we camped in an amazing zone with spectacular views over the Dirty Devil River. We woke on Sunday to see the sunrise over the canyon(s) and then scouted out the starts to a few potential slot canyons for future trips. Can't wait to visit the North Wash again soon!
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