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Yellow Cat Hiking &/or Canyoneering - you choose the area is good for both

Yellow Cat Hiking &/or Canyoneering

you choose - the area is good for both;

and awesome for photography

For hikers, DOGS are allowed

This will be perfect for Colorado people who are not going on to Moab as well as those who will join us for more of the weekend. For Utah people going to Moab, this is only 18 miles east of your usual Moab turn-off.

Yellow Cat is Exit 193 off I-70 just 65 miles west of Grand Junction or 29 miles east of Green River, UT.

The canyons we will do here are Winter Camp & Repeat, Jr.

Each involves only one rappel so is a very good way to come along and find out if you like this stuff on ropes. Or, those who want to only hike, can hike up into these slots from the bottom to rendezvous with the others who rappel in from the top.

Either way, the area is beautiful, views toward the La Sal Mountains and much of Arches Natl Park are all spectacular.

This is highly recommended for hikers as well as for canyoneers looking to do a pair of small canyons one time, just to see what they are.


If you want to carpool &/or caravan from GJ, meet at Doug & Mary's house at 8:30 AM

If you are meeting at the I-70 Exit 139, be there no later than 10 AM. It is ~65 miles west of Fruita and 29 miles east of Green River, UT so plan your drive time accordingly.

Some other and I will be heading on to Moab after we finish here today.


Hikers just bring a little water, clothing for being in sun or shade and a camera.

Canyoneers bring:

  • HELMET (required. Even if you are new and we loan you rappelling gear you MUST bring your own helmet. Bike or boating helmet can work if those are what you have.)
  • Gloves (required. Even if we are loaning you other gear you must bring your own leather/ fake leather gloves. These are long rappels so the rope and rappel device will get hot. Gloves are inexpensive at Home Depot, etc. ~$10-20. Get a pair that fit snuggly and that have a way to clip them to your harness when not in use.)
  • Harness, rappel device, prussik slings (2- ~4' loops of 9/16" webbing or 5mm accessory cord/rope), 2-4 carabiners.


If you are a hiker and want to bring FIDO that is OK. This is private land, just outside the northern bounds of Arches Natl Park.


Doug Van Etten[masked]

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  • Doug Van E.

    Great canyon, fab group of new and experienced canyoneers and a rope thrown over the rock, left to be rescued on Tuesday.

    January 1, 2013

  • Ernesto

    Lots of snow, a great rappel, and a rope that we have to go back for. What more can you ask for? :-)

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the hiking option kid friendly (what's the distance)? I'll join the canyoneering group if my wife can bring the kids to hike up from the bottom.

    December 28, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      It is kid-friendly in distance, Dennis - less than a mile walk. However, it is looking like we may not be able to even get in there with so much snow on the dirt roads. We will drive over in the morning to see. Or, depending on how close we can drive, we may just do a longer walk to get to the canyons????

      December 28, 2012

  • Ernesto

    Doug, I'm staying the night before in GJ, so I'll meet you at your house at 8:30 am in case someone needs a ride (I'm driving to Moab afterwards, though).

    December 13, 2012

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