Quandary Canyon is a well-known, somewhat technical canyon in the San Rafael Swell, which seems to draw more than its share of epics. My own experience with Quandary started with meeting the parents of a young woman killed there in a flash flood.
Below are a few stories about misadventures in Quandary Direct, a variation on Steve Allen's published route going directly through (instead of bypassing) a section of triple potholes. I present these stories to encourage caution in budding young (and old) canyoneers, as a few of us were lucky to escape our ignorance unscathed, and it would be great to help others avoid similar trauma. You can find the final resolution to the below saga in Return to Quandary Direct, a Latest Rave detailing the removal of the troublesome drilled angle.