Quandary is named after a canyon in the southwest corner of the San Rafael Swell. There are several rappels, some swimming, potholes if you want them, and a long walk back to your car. This was where my partner and I were introduced to Class 3 canyons in 2013. If you’re new to canyoneering, checkout the great website, www.canyoneeringusa.com, for more info before heading into the Swell.
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Longs Peak is Colorado’s northern most 14er, or mountain whose summit is over 14,000 feet above sea level. It was the first “real” mountain I ever climbed, and it holds enough adventures for a life time. I’ve been to the summit twice, and hiked all ’round it.
This place risks being loved to death, so take care of this fragile place.
And take care of yourselves! It seems that at least one person dies on this mountain every year.
Thank you to Dustin Gaffke for making his amazing photo of the Diamond from Chasm Lake available.
The San Rafael Swell is a place with deep history and narrow canyons. You drive through it on I-70 as you pass through Utah, and most folks I talk with don’t know about the hiking and historical artifacts all around them. Indigenous people have left their marks on the canyon walls, and Western settlers and outlaws scratched out a living before moving on. Meanwhile, the cactus still bloom.
My wife and I have hiked and rappelled many of the canyons in the southern Swell. It is one of my favorite places in the American Southwest.