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Court of the Patriarchs. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
This photo was taken on July 28th, 2006. It shows the river level of the North Creek after just 1/2 an hour of rain that fell north of the main canyon. Six more inches and the banks would have overflowed and flooded the fields to the left. Coal Pits was a total swamp. Now I know why they call it a wash and will choose my campsites a bit more carefully. <br /> <br />It would be a bummer to be halfway up some wall and have a river of this force coming down on you.
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Sandstone erosion caused by wet ropes in Behunin Canyon.
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By Ladd Raine
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From: Plymouth, NH
Oct 18, 2007

Wow, I'll take rope shredding granite and schist anyday over doing that.

By rob bauer
From: Golden, CO
Sep 23, 2008

I bet these were mostly caused by toproping rather than wet ropes. I've seen grooves like this on lots of desert climbs, mostly 1 pitch climbs. We need to be mindful of rap placements and be willing to belay at he top to avoid this type of destruction whenever possible.

By Brian in SLC
Sep 23, 2008

Rob, there's really not a climb here. Behunin is a very popular canyoneering descent in Zion, so, those grooves are caused by rope pull after a rappel is all. Wet or dry ropes would do that, IMHO.
Really hard to prevent on low angle rappels such as this.

By Jon O'Brien
From: Nevada
Nov 23, 2009

it'll cause alien geologists alot of trouble in another few thousand years... either way, its nothing to get worked up about imo, prettier to look at than bolt and piton scars!

By Blitzo
Jul 29, 2010

It's kinda cool.

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Sandstone erosion caused by wet ropes in Behunin Canyon.

Submitted By: Matt McMurray on Feb 6, 2007
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