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PostSun Dec 17, 2017 3:11 pm 
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PostSun Dec 17, 2017 7:43 pm 
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I'd also consider Death Valley this time of year. Not that far from Vegas. Drier canyons.

Michel Digonnet's guidebook is 2 thumbs up. A climber, he details and calibrates the dryfall moves in the canyons.

https://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Death-Valley-Natural-Wonders/dp/0965917835

Flying into Vegas puts a ton of good choices within reach.

And, thanks in advance for one of your most excellent trip reports!
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PostSun Dec 17, 2017 8:10 pm 
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PostSun Dec 17, 2017 9:41 pm 
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Not sure DV canyons, canyoneering are the kind you are picturing for Zion, etc. Perhaps google for pics?

Part of my reply was thinking that this time of year Zion slots are cold, deep shade, icey pools of water. Not for me but I don't want to prejudge your choices
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PostSun Dec 17, 2017 10:09 pm 
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Most technical canyons in Utah that have potholes will be wet in winter (like all other months), and I'd venture to guess from my (admittedly limited) experience that most technical canyons of have potholes. I'm certainly not an expert, though. Local knowledge would reveal the exceptions. There's some pretty thorough canyoning guidebooks as well.

Also, canyoning can be very different from rappelling on climbing descents. Why not kill two birds with one stone and do some guided canyoning trips?

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