1:30 AM and we are driving down a dusty desert road. The music has been turned down to an imperceptible volume to help us accurately track our mileage.
24.5 and then turn right. 7.1 miles later, turn right again. Take a slight left 0.1. miles after that. Follow this road 6.6 miles and make another right. 0.5 miles later, stay left and 2.5 miles later keep an eye out for the canyon.
After we felt that we were sufficiently lost in Robber's Roost, the road emptied onto a wide patch of slickrock. 200' later, the road ended. This was not a case of the road subtly coming to an end with a posted sign; the road ended with a 120' drop into the start of Alcatraz Canyon. We set up camp nearby and rested up for our adventure the following day.
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It isn't hard to find new zones in Utah that I have never visited. I have lived in Utah over 8 years and typically get out camping or climbing more than 20 or 30 weekends each year. And yet, this is the second weekend in a row (last weekend was Moonshine Wash, just south of Green River) that I have gone somewhere that I have never visited.
Angel Slot is the first technical Canyon that Kenneth and Millie have completed. This meant that we had a few more down climbs and some rappels to descend.
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The internet is amazing. There is so much information available online. Right now, I am referring to the huge amount of canyoneering routes and beta that is floating around somewhere in the internet tubes. you just have to know where to look.
We decided on Moonshine Wash for a few reasons. It is not extremely long, which makes it a great option for the cats. It also looked to be extremely photogenic. Most of all, it was in a zone that I had never even looked at on a map. We wanted to go just to help us fill in some of the gaps in our personal Utah travels.
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