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Farnsworth Canyon/Old Woman Wash (San Rafael Swell)-Photo Trip Report
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Farnsworth Canyon/Old Woman Wash (San Rafael Swell)-Photo Trip Report

 
Farnsworth Canyon/Old Woman Wash (San Rafael Swell)-Photo Trip Report

Page Type: Trip Report

Object Title: Farnsworth Canyon/Old Woman Wash (San Rafael Swell)-Photo Trip Report

Date Climbed/Hiked: Nov 30, 0000

 

Page By: Scott

Created/Edited: Feb 19, 2008 / Nov 14, 2012

Object ID: 382036

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Farnsworth Canyon/Old Woman Wash

February 16 2008

Richard (brother)and I completed a loop up Farnsworth Canyon and down Old Woman Wash in the San Rafael Swell in Utah. Old Woman, Ramp and Temple Wash were the last canyons cutting through the San Rafael Swell that I still haven't gone through.

The children Kessler (son), Matthew (nephew) and Josh (nephew) along with Mark (brother) and my father went most of the way up the Farnsworth Canyon narrows until stopped by a pool. They spent the rest of the day exploring Goblin Valley.

Approaching the mouth of Farnsworth Canyon
 


Farnsworth Canyon
 


Farnsworth Canyon
 


Farnsworth Canyon
 


Upper Farsworth Canyon
 


Upper Farnswoth Canyon
 


Richard and I continued the loop up Farnsworth and down Old Woman. There were lots of petrified logs on the benches in the upper end and it was found that Old Woman Wash has a pretty good but fairly short slot. There are two raps, 10 feet and 15 feet (but we carried 350 feet of rope since we had no beta) along with several nice icy downclimbs. The deepest pool was almost chest deep. Richard was crossing one of the frozen pools and busted through the ice (about 3" thick) to chest deep. I put on my wetsuit before crossing (so did Richard)! The loop up Farnsworth and down Old Woman took us 7 hours, but with snow, mud and ice covered rock to slow us down.

Climbing icy slabs
 


Temple Mountain
 


Upper Old Woman Wash
 


Upper Old Woman Wash
 


Beginning of the narrows
 


Old Woman Wash
 


Rapping
 


Tunnel section
 


Tunnel section
 


Careful traverse
 


Middle section of canyon
 


A little rock work
 


Busting through the ice!
 


Icy wading
 


Narrows section
 


More icy pools
 


Rap into the icy depths
 


Narrows of Old Woman Wash
 


Old Woman Wash
 

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tanyaWonderful Album

tanya

Voted 10/10

Looks like a crazy place to be this time of year!
Posted Feb 21, 2008 12:34 am

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