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Wade Christensen in Larry Canyon

Larry Canyon

Robbers Roost
Technical Canyoneering

          Rumor had it that Larry Canyon was one of the crown jewels of the Robbers Roost area. The canyon was said to contain dramatic scenery and swirling sandstone narrows. Problem was that I had been told vastly different stories about the difficulty and time required. The information I was hearing was greatly mixed. Some mentioned a brutal 10 hour day while others mentioned a refreshing 5 hour romp. So what was the truth, why are some groups suffering and others frolicking? These questions and many more will be answered.

Circle of Friends:
          Larry 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"

Moki Step Entrance Neal Graham at the first required rappel

General Information:
         
Larry Canyon is a remarkable slot canyon that requires complete technical gear. Larry Canyon is rated 3A III using the Canyon Rating System. A GPS is extremely useful in locating the correct exit. Good map reading skills are essential.

          Part of the appeal of this canyon is that many of the numerous drops offer the opportunity to downclimb instead of rappel. There are no bolted anchors in this canyon, let's preserve this feature. Many canyoneers before you have descended this canyon without placing bolts, so please play fair. You might need to locate and construct natural anchors, which should be considered part of the game.

Catherine Waters and Emily Bement hanging out in Larry Canyon Exiting the Slanted Hallway

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is located in the infamous Robbers Roost area and is usually accessible to carefully driven passenger vehicles. A vehicle shuttle is not required to complete this route.

Standing at the top of the optional last rappel Wade Christensen Climbing the Exit Crack

Historical Information:
          Larry Canyon is said to be named for Larry Thompson, the first person to fence the canyon.

Video:
          Enjoy a short video from Larry Canyon in Robbers Roost.

 


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