Difficulty Strenuous / 1 & 2 day Charters
The High Spur is one of the most magnificent and fun sections of canyoneering in Utah. Located in the remote Robbers Roost this canyon has a little bit everything: rappels, down-climbs, pothole escapes, possible swims and beautifully sculpted narrows.
First timers are welcome on this adventure, but make no mistake this is a physically strenuous canyoneering route. Those up to the five mile challenge will be rewarded handsomely.
The hike begins cross-country and within minutes the High Spur slots up. We climb over boulders and squeeze under log jams with a little teamwork.
As the canyon deepens we encounter the circle, a 400 yard loop of slot canyon. This section of sinuous curves is a photographers dream! The canyon walls alternate between open and slot as we stroll down canyon.
Midway in the route is our first technical obstacle, a 20 foot drop. If this is your first time rappelling it's an easy spot to learn this new skill.
Continuing on, the deep narrows become even more enchanting. A down-climb into a narrow hallway takes us to the Corkscrew. At first there is light and ten feet later darkness. This photogenic section is also where the canyoneering gets rowdy.
We'll escape from a pothole, some more gracefully than others, and stem across the canyon walls till, splash, time to break out the water wings. Water levels vary but come prepared to take the plunge.
Exiting the corkscrew brings us to a series of rappels. First a 30 foot chimney, then a 25 foot swirling pour-off. The grand finale is an 80 footer, completely free hanging.
Our exit from the canyon is a strenuous scramble through the rock bands, and requires a short section of climbing. Average time for this adventure is 7 hours of pure canyoneering.
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The High Spur is offered on a charter basis. The canyon can be completed from Moab in one very long day with a charter flight, or done in combination with an overnight 4X4 camp-out. Contact our office and we'll create an itinerary to meet your groups expectations. Reservations are required.
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