I've done the Subway 10 times of over the past 20 years. It is a beautiful place and I never grow tired of it. I've always done the standard route from the top down. I probably won't ever do the bottom up. I may try the "Das Boot" route sometime, but I hear that REQUIRES a wetsuit and having taken a wetsuit three or four times on the regular route, I prefer not having to take one if I can help it.
11th time - October 29, 2014 - hiked down into Left Fork from the base of North Guardian Angel with CP, AA, Tom Jones & Jacob Snow. After doing a side hike to the top of South Guardian Angel and back, we then went on down through the Subway - it was remarkably not too cold (we had wetsuits) for the end of October.
Yes, its down right COLD in Das Boot. You need a nice big thick one for this route too.... or just rent a dry suit. Nice and light and since its a rental you won't mind the damage all the rock in that canyon will do to it.... Just don't tell the rental shop guys I said that. ;)
Most beautiful canyon in the world Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2013
Most recent time was June 16 2013.
I have seen a lot of the world, but I have never seen a canyon as beautiful as this one for scenery per mile beauty. As far as places in the world, the only place that I have found that can equal it's beauty is the Annapurna Sanctuary, but it's a completely different kind of beauty. I have been there several times dating back to when I was a kid to last year, but will go again and again.