Circle of Friends:
aka: Sh*t Got
quickly gaining a reputation as the toughest canyon in the Moab region.
While most the canyons in the area are great fun for the family and the
less skilled canyoneer, this canyon exacts a high price for admission.
The beauty and scenery are dazzling, but you need to bring some serious
skills to experience it
Photography compliments of Blake Merrell.
Slot 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"
SGR is rated 3A R III using the Canyon Rating System. Every member of your
group must be a skilled canyoneer. This canyon could be deadly for
beginners, even with advanced leadership. The following description is not a substitute for
experience and commonsense. To
safely descend this canyon every member of your group must be comfortable
high stemming 70-feet off the deck for short distances. Do not underestimate the
difficulty of descending this canyon.
You have been warned!
Now that I've given you the big scary warning here are a few more details.
While this canyon is certainly the most difficult canyon I know of in the
Moab area, it's doesn't rate extremely high on the difficulty scale of
advanced slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau. The section of high stemming
is approximately 30-yards long. The silos you must cross are not very wide
and only about 5-foot long so they are not hard to cross, but a fall could
have devastating consequences. Outside the short section of high stemming
the canyon is pretty straightforward as technical canyons go.
SGR is a serious canyoneering route that requires complete technical gear.
The canyon is accessible year round, but the route would be
brutally hot in the summer month's, spring and fall are the preferred
seasons. This route can be completed in winter provided there is no snow on
the ground and that you get an early start to avoid running out of daylight.
for this route requires advanced skills as you must navigate through
sandstone domes and cross joints carefully choosing the path of least resistance, errors in
navigation can be time consuming. A GPS is extremely useful. Good map reading
skills are essential. The
route does traverse through areas of cryptobiotic soil but they can be
avoided with a little care.
The trailhead for
this route is located only a few miles from Moab. A four-wheel-drive is
required for accessing this trailhead.
Enjoy a short video from SGR Slot in Moab, Utah compliments of Blake Merrell.