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Mind Bender is a remarkable slot canyon with an assortment of downclimbing. This canyon requires complete technical gear. The canyon is accessible year round unless there is snow on the ground.
Total time required form trailhead to trailhead is 6 to 7 hours. A GPS is useful, good map reading skills are essential. Mind Bender is rated 3A III using the Canyon Rating System. This canyon has a moderate flashflood danger.
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 charm.
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. Primative camping is available near the trailhead.
What's In A Name:
How did Mind Bender get it's name? The following excerpt is from Steve Allen's excellent guidebook 'Canyoneering 2: Technical Loop Hikes in Southern Utah'.
"By the time
we reached the crux section of the canyon, we had been enveloped by a blizzard; the snow
that whipped through the canyon stung our eyes and froze our hands. The crux was truly a
mind bender; the narrow slot gave way to an abrupt drop over the 155-foot-high mouth of a
huge cave. We spent an hour rigging our ropes. With no secure anchor points, we ended up
burying a sling under a pile of rocks at the bottom of a large pothole and attaching the
rope to it."