Although it is true that novice hikers should not attempt Quandary Canyon, Steve Allen's description of this adventure
as one for only the truly proficient canyoneers seems quite inaccurate. "Obstacles" do abound. However, one thirty-foot strand of webbing was more than sufficient to get us safely down each minor cliff
. Allen's description led us completely around the "major obstacle
", the only really gnarly part of the course where actual ropes, harnesses, and rappelling equipment would be necessary.
In fact, it would be entirely possible for an experienced climber and canyoneer to race the whole canyon, following Allen's route description, in a few short hours without any protection or serious gear. If, on the other hand, a party chose to attempt the major obstacle Allen directs people to avoid, they should be prepared for an apparently arduous adventure worthy of Allen's strongest warnings. Which of course, looking back up canyon at that obstacle made us wish we had attempted it, and caused us to make plans immediately to return again to "test our mettle." Nevertheless, the quality of the scenery and views
, as well as the excellent diversity of obstacles and skills exercised in navigating his described route were well worth the sacrifice of skipping the Major Obstacle, and will keep me coming back for years.
With that qualification, Allen's description of the hike is sparse but adequate. The following notes and comments are meant as supplemental information.