Overview4A/B X II
Short 'n sweet sweet sweet. this little crack in the earth drops fast and gives you a nice workout, physically and mentally. Longest drop is ~200'. Bring keeper pothole escape kit for 3 keepers ~10'+ deep. With at least 2 people and a potshot or 2 you should be able to pass the keepers w/ a little thought and effort. Anchor material in canyon is scarce (read - practically non-existent) and the canyon is sculpted and smooth. Some have used this sand bag technique effectively - retrievable sand bag anchor. There are no bolts so far as i know. Flash flood danger is high if it starts to rain.
R1 = 90’ From slung boulder thru 2 potholes.
K1 = 7’. Pack toss &/or climb &/or partner assist escape.
R2 = 50’ From hook placement or chockstone.
K2 = 10’. Downclimb & drop 6’, or partner assist in. Pack toss &/or climb &/or partner assist escape.
R3 = 200’. Multi-pitch. Dangerous anchor, a more suitable solution needs to be found. Deadman material is unavailable. Sand bag's have been used, but know what you are doing.
Thru K3 = 10’. Pack toss &/or climb &/or partner assist escape. Can be bypassed w/ some difficulty while on rope.
K4 = 7’. Pack toss &/or climb &/or partner assist escape.
R4 = 30’ From rock horn.
Once at the bottom scan a tilted rock right there nearby for a 3-toe fossilized print. Pretty cool. Then to get back up to the th and carpark no kidding intersects another side canyon of the main butler canyon complex. Go right and up n' out this side canyon. It is a steep climb in spots but is relatively short lived.
CampingThere is a very used campground on UT hwy 95 just after mile marker 28 known as Sandthrax to many. Also, 3 forks near mile marker 31 has camping. Or anywhere along any of the multitude of dirt roads in the area. Hanksville, UT, is just up the road as well and Ticaboo, UT, or Bullfrog on the shores of Lake Powell are w/in an hour.
External Linkssandbag anchor technique - retrievable sand bag anchor
anchors info - anchors info
no kidding trip report - tr
pics - pics of a descent