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Old 04-17-2015   #1
 
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desolation Powell chest

I've been looking every year for almost 10 years with a high school group for Powell's chest near tabyago rapid in desolation canyon. Any addition info would be awesome. Please post or p.m me.


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Old 04-18-2015   #2
 
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on river right @ Tabyago riffle

Tony-
I'll give it a shot: About 9 miles below Sand Wash is the first riffle after hours of flat water. Tabyago riffle on the maps (Belknap). At higher flows 10,000 + there really isn't a riffle, just faster water. With attention to the map you should be able to key in on the location. It's about a 1 mile+ below the big bend at Gold Hole, below the big island and upriver of where the river makes a hard right below steep cliffs. Tabyago canyon also comes in on river Left. Look for any landings on the right in the riffle. There is a faint bench trail that leads upriver a bit. The chest and other old items are in a natural "cave" created by two large boulders on the hillside. Good Luck!
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Always something new to learn. Thanks for sharing and giving us something new to explore.

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Old 04-18-2015   #4
 
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I have been to that spot years ago. I never heard that there was an association with the Powell expedition. Not sure that I buy it. Any word on the history of this stuff?
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It's known as the "Cowboy Cache" and probably dates from the 20's or 30's and has no association with Powell.

It's easy to find and a lot of stuff has disappeared over the years so look, don't touch.
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This is interesting. We'll be in Deso next month. Gonna have to check it out.

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Aton's book the river knows everything says it's Powell's chest
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Just got back from Deso..No bugs! They all froze to death! Snow at wire fence!!
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Just got back from Deso..No bugs! They all froze to death! Snow at wire fence!!
I would bet, that was a nasty storm ya'll had to endure Wednesday through early Friday. I am guessing epic winds.

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Aton's book the river knows everything says it's Powell's chest
I will chat with him soon about the subject and how he came to that conclusion. He is a boating buddy and lives in Cedar as he is a professor at SUU.

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