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Canyoneering Close to Home- Granary Canyon in Moab Area - Take #2

  • Apr 7, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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Canyoneering Close to Home

Granary Canyon

(canyon rating  3A-B III)

Take #2 - on March 17th we did part of this canyon so today we may do it ALL or at least the bottom half that we did not do on St. Patty's weekend.

To do this canyon we MUST have enough 4WD vehicles to transport everyone to the trailhead. If we do not have the vehicles we may have to choose another canyon; or get an earlier start to have time to do a long, non- 4WD approach/shuttle to Granary.


Coming from GJ.CO, met at 6:00 AM at Starvin Arvins just off I-70 Fruita exit (Conoco truck stop west of the highway).

Meet north of Moab at 7:30 AM,  at intersection of UT Hwy 191 and Potash Road (~3 miles north of Colorado River bridge). We can carpool or caravan with 4 WD vehicles from here.There is a parking lot on the left on Potash Road ~200 yards from the Hwy 191 intersection


This may be a very popular canyon so I suggest that:

  • Those who were in the March 17th group in this canyon will be given preference until March 21 then any may RSVP. If you RSVP prior to that time and were not with us on the 17th you may be moved to the Wait List if the original descenders all sign up to go again.
  • RSVP as soon as you know you can go. ONLY those who have canyoneered with WSA may RSVP for this canyon, please. It is a VERY LONG day so you must be FIT to walk FAST and be ready to be an ACTIVE team member at every opportunity (bagging & carrying ropes, helping others, etc.)
  • 4 WD owners who can carry 3 or more passengers may have to be given preference
  • Each person must RSVP for themselves; there are no 'guests' or '+1's for this outing
  • If you change your mind about going, please give Wait List members the courtesy of changing your RSVP ASAP.
  • In your RSVP please note that you will be bringing a rope &/or 30' & 60' of webbing


Granary Canyon is not excessively difficult though it is a long ardous walk (think FITNESS) followed by some 'thin' down-climbs (protected with a hand-line or guided rappel), then a long, vertical rappel to end the day.

While this is a  technically moderate canyon we would like that only those with experience rappelling/ canyoneering with WSA RSVP for this event.


  • Basic clothing in layers. This will not be an abrasive canyon(s) on your clothing so you can wear light weight nylon, etc.
  • Sturdy light hiking boots, running shoes. Sticky rubber canyon or 'approach' shoes are good but this is not a canyon where they are really needed. Save those soft rubber soles for more technical canyons.
  • Gloves (leather, fake leather or cotton back-rubber face 'Atlas' gloves)
  • Wind shell, warm hat,sun hat or vison that can be worn with helmet
  • Water, snacks & lunch
  • Beverages - cold and frothy at the car for the return


(minimal list for a technical canyon you do with WSA, please. If you have a rope, bring it. If you do not have a rope, please be responsible for bringing a 30' AND a 60' piece of 1" webbing; and if bringing webbing also bring at least 1 rappel/ rapide link - 10 mm or 5/16" size.)

  • HELMET (required. no helmet-no canyons with this group. Bike helmet is OK)
  • Rope if you own one - we can decide later which to take and which to leave in the car
  • harness
  • rappel/belay device (ATC, Figure 8, Pirana, ATS,Totem, etc.)
  • locking carabiners (prefer 4-6/person but can get by with 2 or 3 for your first few trips; they start at ~$9 each at REI or Summit Canyon)
  • slings at least 1 12'-long, 1" webbing sling for general purposes &/or to make a safety tether. Strongly suggest 2 15'ers per person. Please bring an additional 30' sling of 1" webbing that can be used for anchors, short handlines or other group uses. When buying webbing, please get natural canyon colors - canyon orange, tan, brown, black so slings left behind will blend in where they might otherwise be seen by hikers, etc.
  • rapid links/ rappel rings bring at least 1 per person (10 mm or 5/16" size).
  • 30'-60' of 1" webbing that can be left as anchor material where needed (if you are not supplying a rope, please assume bringing this webbing is your responsibility)
  • gloves leather/ fake leather for rappeling safety and preventing sandpapered hands on the rock.
  • headlamp- ALWAYS have this in your pack (w spare batteries)
  • Knife & whistle (both attached w lanyards for easy access and non-drop safety)
  • pack - some kind of pack to carry this gear and your portion of the group gear. When we do skinnier canyons you will need to carry all your gear through the canyon INSIDE your pack. In skinny slots and on rappels NOTHING CAN HANG OUT, so please  make it  a habit on any canyon trip that once you start down canyon, nothing is on the outside of your pack.
  • spare shoes and clothing in the car for drive home (canyon should be dry or have just 1 possible 'pool')


Great idea. We can leave cars at the meeting place in Fruita ot at Potash Rd. meeting place north of Moab. We MUST HAVE adequate 4WD vehicles to transport ALL CANYONEERS to the trailhead.


Please share gas $$ generously.


(some, not all, and not in any order of preference)


  • Summit Canyon Mountaineering, in GJ for webbing and 'biners, rappel device, approach or other sticky rubber shoes.
  • REI in GJ. Much the same gear as SC but more limited selctions
  • Home Depot/ Lowes in GJ for inexpensive headlamps, leather or rubber gloves, steel rappel links
  • Gear Heads in Moab, everything GJ shops have and a whole lot more
  • Canyoneering USA (on-line) is the real thing as far as all canyoneering gear is concerned - packs, harnesses, biners, wet suits; you name it.


CUSA Canyon skills tech tips

Canyoneering USA Latest Rave (newest hot spots in canyoneering)

Canyoneering Wiki a popouri of info we all should learn and be able to apply *****

Climb-Utah Canyoneering Primer about the best booklet around on general canyoneering info that can be printed out as one large file and carried in the car or read in bed *****

Bogley Canyoneering Forum is a list serve-type discussion board for canyons, canyoneers and canyoneering issues. Take some of what is said with a grain of sand.

Crapping in a canyon sounds like a joke but if you did not like swimming in that canyon pool with the dead rat or the dead scorpion.. . . Personally, I do not want to swim with cr...

Canyoneering emergency contacts list(s) County Sheriff's and a few other resources

Carabiners - everything you will probably ever need to know

And more ... .


Doug Van Etten[masked]



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  • Ralph

    An interesting day of adventure with good rappels, good company, good weather, and a good burger afterwards.

    April 9, 2013

  • Mike

    Long day but spent it was some great adventures.

    April 8, 2013

  • Wes

    2nd canyoneering trip and it was amazing. Great views, fun route, more learning, interesting rappels, and plenty of exercise made for a very long day. It would be easy to talk me into doing it again soon. Next time maybe we can go a little further down and look for the hole though the rock as the first drop into the canyon, it is straight across from the large triangle shaped rock on the far side pointing right at the hole.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Took us 2x to complete this canyon that we began 2 weeks ago but it was well worth the time and effort. While it is, for the most part another Moab-area 'sandy wash walk with a few rappels' this one is longer than most in the area and has much more rappelling, wet (or now many are dry) water obstacles/ potholes and even a bit of a route finding challange. Took us proably 10 hours with a group of 8 even though we moved pretty well through the rappels and obstacles; with all the distance and sand, it is just a long day. Perfect temperature ~65 I would guess with no wind until the big gusts as we overlooked the river at the final 197' - yes, E-N-D of the rope length, rappel. Many opps to practice and perfect one of the many retrievable anchor techniques (2 rapides, webbing around tree natural bridge or log with a pull cord for the webbing).Thanks to our high clearance vehicle drivers, all 3 of you. Having the right vehicles probably saved us 1 hour on the approach time.

    April 8, 2013

  • Wes

    I will bring 30' of webbing, more if you reply that it is needed. I can also bring my pickup.

    March 21, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      30' per person should be good plus whatever you use for a safety tether to clip yourself in at an anchor that may be near the edge. Great on bringing the truck; thanks for that, Wes.

      April 2, 2013

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