View Full Version : Trip Report TR - Darby Canyon Ice Caves Round 2

09-27-2005, 11:16 AM
Trip Report


Location: Darby Canyon (Fossil Mt.) Ice Caves

Date: September 24, 2005

Group: Jason Price, Jason Summers, Tyler Summers, Dan, Ben and Jake Roberts, Josh R. and the Duke of Welling-bone.



Equipment: 100

09-27-2005, 11:26 AM
Your pictures turned out great! Considering the weather and the darkness of a cave. NICE!!!........ :rockon:

09-27-2005, 11:47 AM
Thanks ACCA

Yeah, I gave Summers my little HP canyoneering camera and took my Nikon CoolPix 5400. It's a great camera, but a little fragile for adventures. Good flash.


09-27-2005, 03:08 PM
Excellent TR and photos!!!

What was the longest rappel? How many raps?

Looks like a blast - except for the part about getting naked with a bunch of dudes. :haha:

09-27-2005, 06:47 PM
So, what was with that grumpy group? Did they not bring the right gear?

And what happenned to the Duke? Why couldn't he make it down with you?

This is a sweet looking cave!!! Where is this Darby Canyon? I haven't heard of it.

BTW, I haven't heard of a lot of things. :jump_nutt:

09-28-2005, 08:32 AM
Grumpy Group:
I'm guessing that they camped at the mouth of the cave and when it started snowing decided to turn back. It's only a guess though. We'll probably never know.

The Duke:
The Duke got hung up on some old ropes that were frozen in the big overhanging ice rappel. He got one around the neck and there he stayed. (The duke is a plastic skeleton that I stole from my parents' house. I thought it would be funny to have a skeleton hanging in there right as you come over the over hang.

There are 5 rappels. 40' on 60 degree pitch ice, 70' overhang off a frozen waterfall, then 3 50' rappels off limestone balconies.

Darby Canyon:
Darby canyon is in the tetons. You can see the main peaks in the back of this google image taken from the Idaho side. (looking east)

Thanks for all the feedback.


09-28-2005, 11:59 AM
Excellent TR, Price. I don't have much to add to it. I'm glad you got a shot of the KKK Klansman on his way to their rendezvous up there. That was pretty sweet too. Thanks for taking great pics and sharing your cave knowledge with Josh and I and my bros.

It was an awesome trip. Too bad the duke couldn't make it all the way through with us. Wading through ice-cold crotch laked butt naked was, well, a unique experience. (You better have destroyed that blackmaiil picture you took of me, fag). I'm quite glad the water didn't quite reach the juevos, it got pretty close. (they were up around my stomach by the time anyhow).

See ya round.


09-28-2005, 10:27 PM
I hope the Grumps read your trip report. :haha:

Thanks for the location.

07-13-2006, 10:36 PM
Not quite a year later and already you're going back. I'm jelous i won't be there this time. I'm expecting the 3rd Darby post by 7/18/2006. You should see if Shane has the juevos to attend. Good luck.

07-14-2006, 07:48 AM
Dang, I need to do this trip sometime.