Circle of Friends:
South & North Fork
Escalante National Monument
is an impressive and seldom visited technical slot canyon. This
incredible canyon is off the beaten path, which has allowed it to remain
hidden to all but the most intrepid canyoneers. But thanks to some
enterprising canyoneers with the desire to explore the unknown this
canyon's captivating secrets are now unlocked for you to enjoy.
Both the South Fork and North Fork options of Aardvark
Canyon are presented. The South Fork is
considered the standard route and the North Fork is considered the
Canyon is part of the "Circle of Friends"
program. Members of the "Circle of Friends"
have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints,
trailhead location and detailed maps. If
you would like more information on joining the "Circle of
Friends" visit the sign up page.
"Circle of Friends"
Aardvark Canyon is a spectacular technical canyoneering
adventure tucked into a remote section of Grand Staircase - Escalante
National Monument. The slot canyon is rated 3B III R using the Canyon Rating
System. This is a physically demanding
canyon requiring constant downclimbing, squeezing, chimneying and pothole
Aardvark Canyon requires complete technical gear.
In normal conditions this canyon
has the ability to hold a large amount of water and you will encounter sections of wading and swimming.
A GPS along with a detailed route description are extremely useful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this
route is moderate. This canyon has a moderate flashflood danger, check the local
weather report and use commonsense before entering this canyon.
There are no bolted anchors in Aardvark Canyon,
let's preserve this feature. Many canyoneers before you have descended this
canyon without placing bolts, so please play fair. You will likely need to
locate and construct natural anchors which can be difficult in this canyon
due to lack of building materials. You might need to harvest rocks from
above or below a rappel in order to build an anchor.
A 4x4 vehicle is required to access the Aardvark Canyon
Trailhead. Options for doing this route both with and without a shuttle
vehicle are presented.