What to expect at BluuGnome

The BG-Gear Store Now Open
The SQWUREL rappel / belay device, Smooth Operator retrievable anchor system and the Las Vegas Slots Canyoneering Book are available as well as downloadable GPX files for many of the canyons listed here.

In addition to the waypoints, the downloadable GPX files also offer routes and tracks for the canyon.  Over time more GPX files will be added.  If you want to avoid manually adding waypoints into your GPS or mapping software, want the additional routes and tracks or simply want to support the efforts put into BluuGnome, head over to the BG-Gear Store and grab the files that interest you.

The beta here is written with the intent of being "used" by those that wish to go enjoy the canyon as well.  The route descriptions are not just "show and tell" with little to no information.  Route descriptions for the canyoneering routes include GPS Coordinates, Maps, Written Descriptions and other bits of information.  There are also links to pictures for each canyon which can help get a feel for what the canyon will be like.

The canyoneering route descriptions attempt to appeal to two kinds of people, those that like a lot of detail and those that do not.  The quick facts at the top of each description will give basic information for those only looking for that.  Reading further will provide the details others like to have access to.

In another way the route descriptions attempt to relate to two kinds of people, those with GPS and those without.  GPS is very helpful and sometimes almost needed.  But the route descriptions are also intended to be used by those without GPS by providing step by step directions to, through and from the canyon.

I live in Las Vegas and life has me tied to this specific geographic location for now.  This limits the area of canyoneering routes covered.  Canyons in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah are primarily what are covered here.  Some of the main areas covered are Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Zion National Park, Death Valley National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and North Wash (including Cedar Mesa, Poison Springs, Robbers Roost).  There will also be canyons in other areas like Coconino National Forest - Arizona, Escalante National Monument - Utah, Mount Charleston - Nevada and Grand Canyon National Park - Arizona and Utah.

Looking for pictures in the canyons?

On the route description page for each canyon is a link to pictures from one or more trips in that canyon.  If you want to look at pictures from a particular canyon, find the route description page for that canyon then click on the picture link(s) on that page.

Once you have found the pictures for a canyon and are viewing the gallery, you can also navigate within the gallery to check out pictures from any other canyon.  This is good for those who are just interested in checking out pictures.  When viewing the picture gallery, use the up arrow icon in the control pane to move up a level.

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BluuGnome Safety Net


Added Eastern Sun
Added Eastern Sun to the Zion Area.  Thanks to Kip Marshall for showing us this route.  First descent story coming to Canyon Collective soon..........

Site Maintenance
My picture software for the web site needed to be updated.  As a result I was getting some hiccups with it.  I am in the process of upgrading things a little.  At present most of the picture albums are not viewable.  I am in the process of re-uploading them and trying to get things back to normal.  This should not take more than a couple days to get it back to something I am ok with.

5 New Canyons Added
Added 5 more of the Angel Canyons to Dirty Devil River area of Utah.
Angel Slot (was already there but has been updated a little), Angels Advocate, Angel Cove North Fork, Angel Cove South Fork, Lost Angel and Hidden Angel.

Updated Angel Slot information in the Dirty Devil Area.

I had a request for info on Redemption Canyon and I finally got around to working my way through my info and just added it to the site.

Added Egypt 1 and Egypt 1.5 canyons to the Escalante Area.

Added Egypt 5 (Upper and Lower) to the Escalante area.

Added videos to the Sqwurel Rappel / Belay Device page showing the Hard Lock-Off Method and the Soft Lock-Off Method for the Sqwurel.

Added a short page about the SQWUREL to the How To section.  The How To page for the SQWUREL has links to a few videos about how to use the SQWUREL.  3 Videos uploaded for now.  I will add a few more when time permits.

The SQWUREL rappel device for canyoneering is now available for sale on the BG-Gear store.

Updated Pine Creek Canyon in Zion.  A drop that has been a downclimb for each time I had visited is now a 30 foot rappel.  As it turns out there has been a glue in anchor for this drop but I have never noticed it.  Now that sand has washed out the 6 foot downclimb is now about 30 feet and uses the glue in anchor.

Added the Right (east) Fork of Good Day Jim.  The Good Day Jim Route now includes info for both the Left (west) and the Right (east) Forks.

Added Trough Canyon to the Ticaboo Mesa area.

Added Pinworm Canyon to the route description for Pottymouth out at Ticaboo Mesa.  Pinworm Canyon is a short non-technical side slot near the end of the Pottymouth drainage extending about 650 feet.

Also updated the Sinusitis route at Ticaboo Mesa.  Found a few mistakes in the description while visiting last week.

Added Shuffleboard Canyon to the Smith Fork area of Ticaboo Mesa.

Updated the Double Deuce Route in Ticaboo Mesa.  Added the Right Fork of Double Deuce to it and also changed the exit route information to show a much easier exit.  No difficult exit Up Seven Mile Creek.

Updated Smokestack Canyon route.  Some friends told me they had trouble locating the canyon with my description.  When I got time I went back and did the route again to check.  Sure enough it was a little vague in a key spot.  So that has been updated.  While doing the update scout hike also scouted out an easier route for the last part of the approach which is now updated as well.  To help make things better I added some navigation images to the route description as well.

Added the Little West Fork of Bluejohn Canyon to the Robbers Roost Area.  Aka Little Bluejohn Canyon.

Added 3 forks of Bluejohn Canyon to the Robbers Roost area.  East Fork of Bluejohn Canyon, Squeeze Fork of Bluejohn Canyon and Main Fork of Bluejohn Canyon.

Updated the Pandora's Box beta to word the exit options as Upstream Exit and Downstream Exit rather than the previous wording of Short and Long exit.  The Short Exit has difficulties the long exit does not and the word short may entice canyoneers to choose the short exit not realizing it can be a challenge.  Also fixed a few typos and cleared some stuff up along the way.  Thanks to Malia for the suggested changes.

I finally got the real store up and running.  Very little is listed and the store will likely remain small for ever.  For those of you looking to pick up a Smooth Operator, Rick Ianniello's book - Las Vegas Slots or grab some GPX files to accompany the route descriptions listed here, jump over to BG-Gear.com

Updated Hidden Canyon in Zion National Park.  It was brought to my attention that the trail system has changed and been re-routed since I had written the beta back in 2008.  The new updated route description reflects the changes and highlights the differences between the old and new trail system.

Tripoli Canyon
added to Ticaboo Mesa area.

A New Online Canyoneering Store has opened.
Todd and Desiree have opened a canyoneering specific web store.  At the moment all they have are rope bags (very cool rope bags).  But stay tuned there are more products on the way over the months to come.
If you want to get yourself a rope bag or just check out their store it is at

Death Valley Canyon
Added Miracle Max Canyon to the Princess Bride area on the Cottonwood Range in Death Valley National Park.

Death Valley Canyons
Added 3 more canyons to the Princess Bride area on the Cottonwood Range in Death Valley National Park.
Humperdinck Canyon, Buttercup Canyon and Inconceivable Canyon.

Vinegaroon Canyon
Added Vinegaroon Canyon.  After checking out Scorpion Canyon, we were curious what was in the canyon just north of it.  No signs of any visitation so we assume its a first.  Vinegaroon turns out to be a very similar canyon with some additional 360 degree scenic views on an approach ridge.

Happy Thanksgiving
Devils Drain Canyon
Added to the Lake Mead Nat. Rec. Area

Lake Mead Canyons

Added Sheep bone and Quarry Canyon loop to the Lake Mead area.  Also moved Keyhole Canyon and Motorcycle Canyons into the Lake Mead section.

Death Valley Canyons

Added Scorpion Canyon in the Black Mountain area.
Added 3 canyons in the Cottonwood Mountain area; Cliffs of Insanity Canyon, Fire Swamp Canyon and Pit of Despair Canyon.

Halls Creek Canyons.  Happy Dog Canyon and Smiling Cricket Canyon (aka Poe Canyon) have been added to the route descriptions.

More new Zion stuff.
Added Pipe Springs Canyon.
Also made a revision to the MIA Exit now reflected on the Boundary and Pipe Springs Canyon descriptions.  Shaved off a little distance on the route through the web of roads by showing the most direct path through the roads.  Thanks to Mike Cressman for pointing out the shorter route.

2.5 New Canyons Added
Bulloch - Salamander Fork (aka Right Fork of Bulloch Canyon) and Walker Gulch have been added to the Zion area canyons.

Also Checkerboard Canyon has been updated with a major approach route change shaving off 1.7 miles of travel and some elevation gain / loss.  The route now goes up over Dakota Hill following ridges to short cut part of the original route Thanks to Kip for showing us the short cut!.

6 New Canyons Added
I Finally got around to working on a small bit of my back logged data. 
Recent additions are:
Sinusitis, Pottymouth and Warm Springs Canyon in Ticaboo Mesa.  Cassidy Arch Canyon in Capitol Reef.  Deadeye Dick and Mighty Mouse in Zion National Park.

Photo Gallery Update
The photo galleries for the canyons were down for a day while being upgraded.  If you find a picture album link not working feel free to contact me to let me know,

Irish Jihad 2013
Successful Close
The Irish Jihad has now closed.  See the Irish Jihad Community Page to see how much we raised, stats, drawing winners etc.

Smooth Operator
How To

New page added to the How To section showing how to use the Smooth Operator.

The Smooth Operator is the BluuGnome version of the Fiddlestick with some added features.

I attempted to cover everything I know about the Smooth Operator / Fiddlestick in an attempt to keep people safe and well informed.  Experienced users may find some useful information should you take the time to wade through it all.

Irish Jihad 2013
Registration opens on February 1st for the Irish Jihad 2013 event!!
A fundraiser for SAR.
Strong, creative and fun loving canyoneers have the opportunity to try to complete the 7 Irish Canyons in a day while supporting a good cause.

Canyon Collective
Dan Ransom has started a new place for the community to share beta, share canyon conditions, view a map of known canyons, interact with the canyoneering community in forums and more.  The CanyonCollective.com is off to a brand new and exciting start!  sign up for a free account and have fun!

Site Maintenance

I recently spent some time cleaning a bunch of things up on BluuGnome. 

I found some VERY confusing stuff on the pages for the Leprechaun Canyons.  I fixed the issues and re-wrote a portion of the Middle Fork approach as it seemed WAY too confusing.

Old Bill Canyon Updated

Old Bill Canyon in Red Rock NV had access issues with crossing the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park Border.  The exit route in the route description has been updated to give a legal exit route skirting around the park boundary.  The legal exit is not as simple or straight forward as going through the park but it is legal.

Subway Route Updated
 Zion National Park Subway Canyoneering Route updated. The Park Service would like to redirect foot traffic for a short section of the Subway approach route to reduce impact on a small section of forest. 
The Route descriptions for Subway, Das Boot and Russell Gulch have been updated to reflect this change.  The adjustment is minor and is between route points wSubWayRP-01a and wSubWayRP-01b in the route descriptions.