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
Created On: Feb 19, 2008
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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


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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tanya - Feb 21, 2008 12:34 am - Voted 10/10

Wonderful Album

Looks like a crazy place to be this time of year!

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