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Chambers Canyon

Robbers Roost beta posted by ratagonia
  • The Hype

    A perfect little jewel of a canyon, Chambers offers a delightful, intense half-day squeeze-and-climb experience well worth the drive out to the remote starting point. No rope required, but be sure to bring plenty of pads. Large people will have a harder time, but can get past everything by trying harder and climbing higher.

    Makes a great getaway or arrival canyon. Though it is short, it packs a punch.

    Getting There

    To reach the area, from UT-24, follow the Roost access road 15.7 miles to the top of Texas Hill. Turn Right (South) on the White Roost road, drive slowly through the ranch, then follow the road south (turning Left at the split) 10.6 miles to an open area at the top of a hill. This is the White Roost camping spot - not much of a camping spot, really, but the best in the area. HC 2WD will do fine to this point.
    For Chambers, continue south on this road, at first rutted and stony (requiring High Clearance 4WD) and then easier down on the flat. Follow the most-heavily used road past several splits (first left, then right) 5.7 miles to the end of the road on a dramatic bluff overlooking the Dirty Devil river and an expanse of slickrock.

    The Approach
    From the carpark, head due west, off the caprock scree and into the top of a drainage. Follow the drainage a half-mile to where it drops into a canyon. The canyon is Chambers, but we cannot get in here. Follow the rim up-canyon for 10 minutes until the wash can be entered easily. Pad-up for the tussle ahead.

    The Canyon - Rating: 3A II SLOT R-   Longest Rap: 0'   # of Raps: 0

    The Canyon
    The canyon starts as a slit in the floor. Shimmy out until you fit, then slide down in. Shimmy forward. This first section features interesting tight squeezes between nice chambers. Eventually, the canyon relents and provides a lovely, Subway-like section before opening out more where the entry drainage comes in on the side. This is a good place to take a rest and catch some sunbeams if available.
    The third section involves some downclimbs including a nice elevator; which briskly evolves into some strenuous narrow chimneying with a few spicy upclimbs to keep you on your toes. All too soon, the especially convoluted final section pops your team out into a wide canyon with soaring walls.

    The Exit

    Saunter downcanyon, enjoying the beautiful walls. Just before the canyon enters a larger canyon, a sandpile offers an enticing way up on the Left (south). Continue closer to the confluence where a series of ledges allows easier (and less damaging) access to the bench.
    Find a reasonable climb up to the next level of bench, then head back upcanyon along the rim, generally following the ridge, then up to the drainage, to the rimrock and back to the carpark.

    Red Tape

    BLM Land, no red tape.
  • To reach the area, from UT-24, follow the Roost access road 15.7 miles to the top of Texas Hill. Turn Right (South) on the White Roost road, drive slowly through the ranch, then follow the road south (turning Left at the split) 10.6 miles to an open area at the top of a hill. This is the White Roost camping spot - not much of a camping spot, really, but the best in the area. HC 2WD will do fine to this point.
    For Chambers, continue south on this road, at first rutted and stony (requiring High Clearance 4WD) and then easier down on the flat. Follow the most-heavily used road past several splits (first left, then right) 5.7 miles to the end of the road on a dramatic bluff overlooking the Dirty Devil river and an expanse of slickrock.

    The Approach
    From the carpark, head due west, off the caprock scree and into the top of a drainage. Follow the drainage a half-mile to where it drops into a canyon. The canyon is Chambers, but we cannot get in here. Follow the rim up-canyon for 10 minutes until the wash can be entered easily. Pad-up for the tussle ahead.
  • The Canyon
    The canyon starts as a slit in the floor. Shimmy out until you fit, then slide down in. Shimmy forward. This first section features interesting tight squeezes between nice chambers. Eventually, the canyon relents and provides a lovely, Subway-like section before opening out more where the entry drainage comes in on the side. This is a good place to take a rest and catch some sunbeams if available.
    The third section involves some downclimbs including a nice elevator; which briskly evolves into some strenuous narrow chimneying with a few spicy upclimbs to keep you on your toes. All too soon, the especially convoluted final section pops your team out into a wide canyon with soaring walls.
  • Saunter downcanyon, enjoying the beautiful walls. Just before the canyon enters a larger canyon, a sandpile offers an enticing way up on the Left (south). Continue closer to the confluence where a series of ledges allows easier (and less damaging) access to the bench.
    Find a reasonable climb up to the next level of bench, then head back upcanyon along the rim, generally following the ridge, then up to the drainage, to the rimrock and back to the carpark.
  • BLM Land, no red tape.
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Condition Reports for Chambers Canyon

  1. Austin Farnworth
    October 07, 2017
    Austin Farnworth

    Difficulty:

    Difficult

    Skill Level:

    Intermediate

    Water:

    Dry/avoidable

    Thermal:

    None

    Group Size:

    6 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 3 hours


    Water in the canyon is currently avoidable and a section of the approach road will require a high clearance vehicle.

    Posted Oct 8, 2017
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  2. ratagonia
    Feb 18, 2014
    ratagonia

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    NA

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    NA

    Total Time:

    NA


    http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=28756711 Broken Ankle in Chambers, rescue 2-17-2014

    Posted Feb 18, 2014
  3. Dan Ransom
    May 13, 2013
    Dan Ransom

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    NA

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    NA

    Total Time:

    NA


    May 11, 2013 - Recent storms in the roost, most canyons had some water in the bottom. Main pothole was only waist deep though. Roads washboarded, but in generally good condition.

    Posted May 13, 2013
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