Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

The Egypts – Not for those who weigh more than 200 pounds

Posted in Utah by canyoneering on May 4, 2009
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Mike Schennum produced this video of the Egypt 2/ Egypt 3 loop along with a hike to the Wave and descent down Waterholes Canyon from the same weekend.


Egypt 2 (descent) Egypt 3 (ascent) loop, 3BIII
4.2 miles
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument


The beta we had read was if you weigh more than 200 pounds don’t attempt this canyon.

After a 235- foot rappel off the back of Chris’ FJ Cruiser to get into the canyon I experienced the narrowest canyon (no it is more a fissure in the earth than a canyon) that I have ever been in. After descending Egypt 2 we climbed a mesa and headed into Egypt 3 for an ascent. It got even narrower, way narrower. I am talking turn sideways, backpack held over your head, stem up 10 feet, then down five feet because it is a little wider, breath in NARROW. Egypt 3 is pure excitement, fun and sweat. Ascending the slot put an interesting twist on it. At one point we took a break in a wider section of the canyon. After a little while, looking like a dorky skateboarder clad with helmet, knee pads and elbow pads, I was pacing back and forth because I was so excited to get back into the crack.



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  1. […] Egypt III since his  trip a year ago and was eager to share the experience with Eric and me. (Click here for the previous Egypt III descent.) He had previously gone down Egypt II and up III. This time we where going down […]

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