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Devil's Den Tinajas

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Devil's Den Tinajas
« on: February 19, 2019, 05:37:48 PM »
There is a facebook picture showing what appears to be Devil's Den Tinajas with water in them. I asked the person who posted the picture, and she said it is from yesterday and those are the Tinajas and they did have water.

How reliable are these tinajas?

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156060542743085&set=pcb.2193825107330915&type=3&theater&ifg=1


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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2019, 06:32:12 PM »
Extremely reliable. Iíve been in that canyon several times. I drew 4 gallons from the east end, near the start of my 2016 cross-park attempt. Iíll look for the photos. There is usually water up and down the canyon, but it is often situated between pour-offs of varying challenge. The east end has three or four large tinajas right at the mouth. Tricky getting past them from either direction though, because the water-polished bedrock stretches from one side of the canyon to the other and is very slick. Wouldnít want to tumble into those tinajas. Iím not sure a person could climb out.


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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2019, 07:00:22 PM »
Hereís my 2016 trip, a large portion of Day Two of the TR covers my experience at Devils Den, including photos.


https://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=14903




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Re: Devil's Den Tinajas
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2019, 09:07:17 AM »
Thank you HMOD. Is Devil's Den Canyon passable? Are there any impassable pour-offs?

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Re: Devil's Den Tinajas
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2019, 10:03:32 AM »
Thank you HMOD. Is Devil's Den Canyon passable? Are there any impassable pour-offs?
 

The short answer is yes but not easily.  Here is the definitive thread on that subject.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Re: Devil's Den Tinajas
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2019, 11:22:49 AM »
Thank you HMOD. Is Devil's Den Canyon passable? Are there any impassable pour-offs?

Downstream when it's somewhat dry it's easily passable

upstream would be much more difficult

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2019, 05:43:49 PM »
Been teaching all day. Yeah, a lot depends on the seasonal conditions (mostly how wet itís been). Also on which direction youíre going (climbing up or climbing down the pour offs). And on how wet youíre willing to get. Also, in a few places in the western sections, with a moderate tolerance for exposure, you can climb up out of the canyon to bypass obstacles. On the other hand, itís extremely easy to follow the canyon southern rim the whole way up and then drop down to the tinajas at the eastern entrance.


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Re: Devil's Den Tinajas
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2019, 08:21:46 PM »
On the other hand, itís extremely easy to follow the canyon southern rim the whole way up and then drop down to the tinajas at the eastern entrance.


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But going into the canyon would be much more interesting! I will try going downstream. I will be approaching the eastern entrance from Dagger Tank.

I will look for your unnamed spring.

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2019, 09:25:11 PM »
On the other hand, itís extremely easy to follow the canyon southern rim the whole way up and then drop down to the tinajas at the eastern entrance.


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But going into the canyon would be much more interesting! I will try going downstream. I will be approaching the eastern entrance from Dagger Tank.

I will look for your unnamed spring.




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