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Old 11-22-2005   #1
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Canyoneering near Moab

Heading out to Moab over Thanksgiving for some desert fun and figured I might try my hand at some easy conyoneering. Does anyone know of a good on-line resource for information on places to go. My google search only comes up with an endless list guiding services.

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Old 11-22-2005   #2
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There are some nice, easy canyons near Goblin Valley in the San Raf Swell.
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Old 11-22-2005   #3
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Not too many spectacular slots near moab that I am aware of. There are a few tributaries of Mule Shoe canyon (I believe Black Canyon) that have a single rappel to the floor. Dropping off of hatch point are a couple of nice, very steep canyons. Itchy and Scratchy (Itchy's north of scratchy, and starts near the 5939AT mark on the 7.5 topo)canyon's come to mind -- 2 large rappels with a section requiring a hand line. The problem would be hiking out of Lockhart Basin (there's an old 4wheel trail that's in pretty rough shape up scratchy canyon), or getting in there with a car shuttle. I am sure there must be a few tight slot canyons, but non come to mind in this region.

Tom's canyoneering page offer's some good beta on the swell to the west, or the white canyon/cedar mesa region to the southwest.

You're going to need some pretty stout water gear if you plan on any of the west slots (Eardley, Black Hole, Black Boxes, Cheeseman, Gravle etc.) Perhaps your best bet would be some of the drier slots in the escalante, but that's pretty far from Moab.
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Old 11-23-2005   #4
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Here's another one for ya, but Tom's is the best.
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Old 11-23-2005   #5
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Try these links. Good info.

Best canyoneering is on the other side of the Green/Colorado rivers. From Moab, maybe check out the White Canyon area near Hite or the San Rafael between Green River and Hanksville. Robber's Roost area looks to have some good stuff too, altough I haven't been in there yet.

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Old 11-28-2005   #6
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Thanks for all the info. Turns out that 4 days doesn't seem as long as it use to. We couldn't get away from mountainbiking for long enough. Maybe nex year.
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