Powder Flask Canyon v5a3IV***

Highest drop 45m

Public Access – usually via Helicopter from Makarora and out via the Fish River Gorge

3hrs bushbash approach (10 mins in a Heli)

4hr descent

3.5hrs exit via Fish River Gorge v4a5III** or 2.5h bush bash out)

Low levels of water, with beautiful white rock and deep pools. Lots of jumps, some narrow fault line features. The v5 comes from a sparsely bolted technical pitch: it’d be v4 when set up as a normal canyon.

Jethro and Alain looked at this canyon’s approach a number of times, and after a few aborted attempts, a helicopter was used for access. This would be a very long day out without helicopter access.

The first descent team continued down the Fish River Gorge, which is a MUCH higher flow canyon, with some seriously dangerous features (including big siphons). Any exit down the Fish needs super low (late summer) water levels.

Altogether, one of the premier days out in the region.

Thanks to Alain for the sketch topo, and Jethro for the Photographs.

First descent: Alain Rohr, Jethro Robinson, Annette Philipps, Richard Tribe, Mike Illingworth 22 Feb 2015

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