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Almost into Utah, after a very long day(700 mi Lynnwood - Tremonton) in the Shelbymobile - Derek, Walter, Danny, and David. Mike and Shelby in the front seat.
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We got off to a pretty early start after spending the night at the Marble Motel in Tremonton, UT. This is on US 6 between Price and I70. You know you are getting close to I70 when you see that pointed peak at the end of the range.
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View from UT24 - You can see the Henry Mountainsin the distance to the left.
I first travelled this road on the way to California in 1965. I blew one of my retreads along this stretch and had to get a new tire in Hanksville for $55 (which is equivalent to $415 today) Another one of my memories from 1965 along this stretch is of a Corvair (air cooled) on a very very hot day sitting along the road with it's hood (in the rear) up cooling down. My dad had a Corvair while I was in college. enlarge 218KB, 1024x768 5 2014 Robbers Roost 0014-mike Before we hit the trail, we stopped for lunch at Blondies in Hanksville. We've been stopping here for many years either coming or going. enlarge 215KB, 1024x768 6 2014 Robbers Roost 002-bill
Shelby, David, and Kevin at Blondies waiting for their burgers.
enlarge 201KB, 1024x768 7 2014 Robbers Roost 003-bill Austin and Danny at Blondies. enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 8 2014 Robbers Roost 0015-mike Getting ready to drive from Hanksville to the trailhead. enlarge 359KB, 1024x916 9 white roost roads
Route to the White Roost Trailhead (view at original size) from ACME Mapper 2.1. Map can be found
HERE Blondies and Hanksville are at the lower left. Note that near Texas Hill, you leave the main road just after it turns east by turning south. Shortly after the turn, the road goes through a ranch compound, just bear to the right. After this the road becomes much rougher. enlarge 390KB, 1152x610 10 White roost exit 1
Google Earth Image of Start of hike into White Roost Canyon. (View at Original Size). You can see the parking area is quite a ways from Waypoint 01. There is no parking at the start as there is only soft sand on either side of the one lane road. So we hiked down the road to Waypoint 01 and used the GPS to point us toward 02.
You can see that there is a possible trail between Waypoint 01 and 02. While it was not obvious when we left the road, we soon found a path that got more evident as we progressed. enlarge 385KB, 1152x611 11 White roost exit 2
This shows the remainder of the route into White Roost Canyon (View at Original Size). There was a good trail down to about Waypoint 10, where we followed cairns the rest of the way.
Note that at Waypoint 12a there was fairly steep slickrock that I found to be uncomfortable going down carrying a pack. Everyone else was fine though. enlarge 190KB, 1024x768 12 2014 Robbers Roost 004-mike
After lunch, we backtracked about 16 miles north on UT24 and headed out about 25 miles over dirt roads to the Parking Area which was quite a ways from the actual "trailhead".
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Walter wonders what the holdup is. In fact it is hard to get all the gear and food stowed in your packs after travelling about 1100 miles.
enlarge 222KB, 1152x647 14 2014 Robbers Roost 006-bill Packs on: David, Kevin, Gary, and Roger. 04/14/14 3:26 pdt enlarge 78.60MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 15 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 001.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Video showing the preparations to get our asses in gear. enlarge 115KB, 1024x768 16 2014 Robbers Roost 007-mike Telephoto shot of Henry Mountains in the distance. enlarge 164KB, 1024x768 17 2014 Robbers Roost 008-mike
After hiking down the road from the parking area to GPS waypoint 1, we head out over the mesa looking for the faint trail that could be seen on Google Earth - Fred, Kevin, and Mike. 04/14/14 at 3:45 pdt
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Bill, Kevin, Gary, and Fred - Note that the flat terrain has no landmarks to let you know where you are going. Using Google Earth to load waypoints into a GPS helped a lot to get us going in the right direction.
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Heading across the flats - Shelby found some footprints that eventually become a trail.
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After topping a rise, the trail dips into a wash. The canyon is now visible in the distance.
enlarge 49.26MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 21 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 002.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Dropping into the wash. enlarge 246KB, 768x1024 22 2014 Robbers Roost 012-mike Getting closer. enlarge 175KB, 1024x768 23 2014 Robbers Roost 013-mike
Off to the side, we can see the upper rim of the canyon which is capped by a hard brown layer with the pink navajo sandstone just below it.
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Rubble from the hard upper layer covers the navajo sandstone near the rim.
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It's hard to see where the canyon is from this vantage point. You can see the guys are way ahead of the old men.
enlarge 261KB, 1024x768 26 2014 Robbers Roost 016-bill Another view. enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 27 2014 Robbers Roost 017-mike The old men bring up the rear - Fred, Bill, and Gary. enlarge 193KB, 1024x768 28 2014 Robbers Roost 018-mike We can see that we are coming closer to the sandstone slickrock. enlarge 204KB, 1024x768 29 2014 Robbers Roost 019-bill At the end of the trail, we follow cairns across the slickrock. 04/14/14 3:46 pdt enlarge 247KB, 1024x768 30 2014 Robbers Roost 020-bill I had anticipated that we would follow the drainage down but we seem to be staying high. enlarge 239KB, 768x1024 31 2014 Robbers Roost 021-mike
Bill negotiating the slickrock - view is looking back towards the canyon rim.
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Cairn -(looking back) We came through the pass on the horizon just to the right of the cairn.
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The cairns lead us down this gully between two conical domes - the one on the right is not visible here.
enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 34 2014 Robbers Roost 024-mike We can see the lower rim of White Roost as we come to the end of the Gully. enlarge 251KB, 1024x768 35 2014 Robbers Roost 025-bill Gary going down the gully enlarge 221KB, 1024x768 36 2014 Robbers Roost 026-bill Another view. enlarge 177KB, 1024x768 37 2014 Robbers Roost 027-mike
At the end of the gully, we come to a steep section of slickrock. You can see me at the top taking off my pack as I didn't feel comfortable coming down this stretch. Danny (down by Walter) is coming up to take my pack.
enlarge 234KB, 1024x768 38 2014 Robbers Roost 028-mike Derek and Walter on the Slickrock. enlarge 160KB, 1024x768 39 2014 Robbers Roost 029-mike
Coming down the slickrock. Note the other conical dome to the right of the photo.
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It's fairly flat at the bottom as we make our way around the big dome seen in the previous photos.
Note that when we got to this point, we found that there was another series of cairns that appeared to take a more northerly and moderate route. We took that route when we left the canyon. 04/14/14 4:15 pdt enlarge 205KB, 1024x768 41 2014 Robbers Roost 031-mike
Going around the big dome, the way leads down to a series of steps and landings that make the descent from here very easy - Bill Gary, and Roger.
You can see the cairn in the foreground - Note that Danny took my pack all the way to the bottom, which you can see to the left of the photo. enlarge 226KB, 768x1024 42 2014 Robbers Roost 032-mike Kevin and Roger going down the "Stairs" enlarge 171.01MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 43 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 003.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Video showing the descent to the bottom of White Roost. enlarge 221KB, 1024x768 44 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 003.mp4 Gary and Fred go down the middle section of the descent. enlarge 230KB, 1024x768 45 2014 Robbers Roost 035-mike Gary and Roger on their way down the final ramp. enlarge 235KB, 1024x768 46 2014 Robbers Roost 036-bill Bill and Danny on the middle ramp. enlarge 210KB, 1024x768 47 2014 Robbers Roost 037-bill Danny rounding the turn for the next portion of the descent. enlarge 269KB, 1024x768 48 2014 Robbers Roost 038-bill Danny and Fred. enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 49 2014 Robbers Roost 039-mike The bottom is in sight. enlarge 226KB, 768x1024 50 2014 Robbers Roost 040-mike White Roost Canyon. enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 51 2014 Robbers Roost 042-bill
Looking back at the side slot that you take to exit (or enter as we did) the White Roost. 04/14/14 4:32 pdt
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Walter trying on his "booties" to protect his feet from cactus spines. These didn't last long as they came off and got wet and sandy going through the stream and would do more harm than good.
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Close up of Walter. I don't think he is too happy about the booties.
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We've lost the sun, but there is still lots of daylight left. I had thought that this was as far as we were going to get, but it looked like we could get much farther down the canyon.
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Gary, Walter, Derek, Shelby, Danny, David, Fred, and Austin.
enlarge 228KB, 1024x768 56 2014 Robbers Roost 047-bill Heading down canyon. enlarge 240KB, 1024x768 57 2014 Robbers Roost 048-bill
Gary and Kevin - hard to get good photos with the dark and light sides of the canyon.
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Typical view of the way down the narrow upper section of the White Roost.
enlarge 236KB, 768x1024 59 2014 Robbers Roost 051-mike Kevin and Gary. enlarge 122KB, 768x1024 60 2014 Robbers Roost 052-mike Looking up at the canyon rim. enlarge 327KB, 1152x647 61 2014 Robbers Roost 049-bill A narrow section of the canyon. 04/14/14 4:41 pdt Location of photo is HERE. enlarge 32.92MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 62 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 004.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Hiking down the White Roost in a narrow section of the canyon. enlarge 233KB, 768x1024 63 2014 Robbers Roost 053-mike Bill finds a spot of sunlight. This is the same location as the previous photos. enlarge 381KB, 768x1024 64 2014 Robbers Roost 054-mike Bill "Excellent photo!" View Comments... enlarge 287KB, 768x1024 65 2014 Robbers Roost 055-mike Bill enlarge 284KB, 768x1024 66 2014 Robbers Roost 056-mike Bill heading down canyon. enlarge 219KB, 768x1024 67 2014 Robbers Roost 059-mike Gary & Kevin silhouetted in the shadow enlarge 299KB, 768x1024 68 2014 Robbers Roost 060-mike Kevin & Gary going over a side hill. enlarge 173KB, 768x1024 69 2014 Robbers Roost 057-bill
White Roost opens up and there is a pretty well defined path, but there are a few spots that take some time to figure out the best way to go through or around an obstacle.
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Have to stay to the right and have some fancy footwork around this pool and hope that you don't get your feet wet.
enlarge 271KB, 768x1024 71 2014 Robbers Roost 061-mike Another typical pool along the way down the White Roost. enlarge 274KB, 768x1024 72 2014 Robbers Roost 062-mike Same pool looking up canyon - Kevin and Gary coming down. enlarge 228KB, 768x1024 73 2014 Robbers Roost 063-mike Reflection in pool enlarge 208KB, 1024x768 74 2014 Robbers Roost 064-bill
White Roost opens up even more the closer we get to the Junction with the main Robber's Roost.
enlarge 238KB, 1024x768 75 2014 Robbers Roost 065-bill Plenty of water this year in the White Roost. enlarge 147KB, 1024x768 76 2014 Robbers Roost 067-bill View 1: Showing Shadows. enlarge 219KB, 1024x768 77 2014 Robbers Roost 068-bill View 2: Lighten previous photo - Derek is in the distance. enlarge 174KB, 1024x768 78 2014 Robbers Roost 069-mike Looking down Robber's Roost Canyon from the mouth of White Roost Canyon. 04/14/14 5:49 pdt enlarge 198KB, 768x1024 79 2014 Robbers Roost 070-mike Side canyon opposite our camp near the mouth of White Roost Canyon. enlarge 295KB, 1024x768 80 2014 Robbers Roost 071-mike Setting up camp - we camped here two nights in 2011. Map location is HERE. enlarge 248KB, 1024x768 81 2014 Robbers Roost 072-mike
Shelby & Derek putting up their tent. Walter sans booties resting at left (a tired dog).
enlarge 214KB, 1024x768 82 2014 Robbers Roost 073-bill It was a Subway Sandwich night, so we didn't have to prepare dinner. enlarge 228KB, 1024x768 83 2014 Robbers Roost 074-bill Another view of camp. enlarge 227KB, 1024x768 84 2014 Robbers Roost 075-mike
This is really a great camp. We had a special treat as we had a lunar eclipse above the canyon walls a little after midnight.
enlarge 123KB, 1024x768 85 2014 Robbers Roost 076-mike Sun setting on one of the typical Robber's Roost domes.
I've named the piers on top: the center one "Butch Cassidy" and the one on the left "The Sundance Kid".
enlarge 425KB, 1024x768 86 2014 Robbers Roost 077-mike New Day 04/15/14 - meadow near camp. enlarge 282KB, 768x1024 87 2014 Robbers Roost 078-mike Looking toward the White Roost Junction just to the south of our camp. enlarge 359KB, 1024x768 88 2014 Robbers Roost 079-bill Getting ready to leave camp. enlarge 309KB, 1024x768 89 2014 Robbers Roost 080-bill Austin, Roger, Mike, Gary, & Kevin. enlarge 103.71MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 90 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 005.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Getting ready to leave Camp - 04/15/14 9:30 pdt enlarge 288KB, 1024x768 91 2014 Robbers Roost 081-bill
Mike - Looking up canyon. Dome (Butch Cassidy) is near the junction with the Middle Fork of Robber's Roost Canyon.
enlarge 266KB, 1024x768 92 2014 Robbers Roost 082-bill Fred & Kevin heading up canyon. enlarge 300KB, 1024x768 93 2014 Robbers Roost 083-bill Bill & Kevin enlarge 329KB, 1024x768 94 2014 Robbers Roost 084-bill Bill enlarge 299KB, 1024x768 95 2014 Robbers Roost 085-bill Fred - Looking down canyon towards our previous night's camp. enlarge 254KB, 1024x768 96 2014 Robbers Roost 086-bill Getting close to the junction with the Middle Fork - just around the bend?? enlarge 227KB, 1024x768 97 2014 Robbers Roost 087-bill
Looking down canyon - We get another glimpse of the snow capped Henry Mtn's in the far distance.
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Mouth of the Middle Fork is around the next bend to the right. Note the distinctive Hoodoos atop the two domes at center. See if you can find them in
This Photo or in This One From Left to right, I'm naming them "The Wild Bunch", Sundance Kid, and Butch Cassidy. Click HERE for a map. click your mouse cursor over the markers for descriptions. enlarge 248KB, 1024x768 100 2014 Robbers Roost 089-bill Another view - Mike (at center), Gary and Roger behind bushes. enlarge 278KB, 768x1024 101 2014 Robbers Roost 091-mike Gary and Roger approaching the junction with the Middle Fork. enlarge 218KB, 768x1024 102 2014 Robbers Roost 092-mike Austin taking a break at the Middle Fork. enlarge 232KB, 1024x768 103 2014 Robbers Roost 093-bill Danny at the mouth of the Middle Fork (looking down the main R.R. Canyon) 04/15/14 10:05 pdt enlarge 249KB, 1024x768 104 2014 Robbers Roost 094-bill Mike at the mouth of the Middle Fork (view is looking up the Middle Fork). Location of Photo is HERE enlarge 286KB, 1024x768 105 2014 Robbers Roost 095-mike Danny, Bill, Roger, & Fred at the mouth of the Middle Fork. enlarge 280KB, 1024x768 106 2014 Robbers Roost 096-mike Bill taking a photo. enlarge 330KB, 1024x768 107 2014 Robbers Roost 098-mike Heading out after break. enlarge 251KB, 1024x768 108 2014 Robbers Roost 099-mike Bill & Fred - looking up canyon. enlarge 235KB, 1024x768 109 2014 Robbers Roost 100-bill Just above the mouth of Middle Fork. enlarge 229KB, 1024x768 110 2014 Robbers Roost 101-bill The main canyon jukes to the right - the side canyon just ahead is a dead ender. enlarge 269KB, 1024x768 111 2014 Robbers Roost 102-bill Almost to the side canyon - Fred and Danny to the left of photo. enlarge 235KB, 1024x768 112 2014 Robbers Roost 103-bill
Getting close to the side canyon - Danny & Fred have caught up to the rest.
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Dark spot from previous photo is at top left here - the main canyon has juked to the right (south).
enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 114 2014 Robbers Roost 105-bill Around the next bend - note the wall at right in the previous photo enlarge 283KB, 1024x768 115 2014 Robbers Roost 106-bill
I wanted to take a picture of the tiny purple flower, but I don't know how to get my camera in Macro mode.
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Looking back down canyon. That's the "Wild Bunch" peaking out from the dome in the center.
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Around the bend the "Moki Steps" exit comes into view. This exit is used by canyoneers to complete the Mindbender canyon runs. Info can be found
HERE (scroll down to 'Moki Step'). enlarge 230KB, 1024x768 120 2014 Robbers Roost 111-mike Looking back to the last bend - Derek and Fred. enlarge 319KB, 1024x768 121 2014 Robbers Roost 112-mike Taking our Lunch break at the Moki Steps exit. 04/15/14 10:42 pdt. enlarge 310KB, 1024x768 122 2014 Robbers Roost 113-mike Kevin and Walter. If anyone had beef jerky, he was Walter's best friend. enlarge 341KB, 1024x768 123 2014 Robbers Roost 114-mike
Danny (reading a book as usual during breaks), Austin, Derek, David, Fred, Roger, & Bill.
enlarge 318KB, 1024x768 124 2014 Robbers Roost 115-mike Lunch Break. enlarge 156KB, 1024x768 125 2014 Robbers Roost 117-mike Shelby and David try their luck at the Moki Steps. For Map location of the Moki Steps HERE enlarge 258KB, 1024x768 126 2014 Robbers Roost 119-mike David making his way up. enlarge 225KB, 1024x768 127 2014 Robbers Roost 120-bill Where do I go now?? enlarge 159KB, 1024x768 128 2014 Robbers Roost 121-bill Trying another route. enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 129 2014 Robbers Roost 122-bill
They gave up as they felt that there was no way to get down safely after they had gotten up. There are petroglyphs on the ledge above the steps that they wanted to see.
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Mike - When climbers go up the Moki Steps they cross over the "bridge" at the top of the alcove and then climb to the upper canyon rim where they've left their car.
enlarge 301KB, 768x1024 135 2014 Robbers Roost 130-mike Heading down - You can see the "bridge" more clearly in this view. enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 136 2014 Robbers Roost 131-mike Overall view of the Moki Steps. enlarge 277KB, 1024x768 137 2014 Robbers Roost 132-mike Shelby, David, Derek, and Bill. enlarge 348KB, 1024x768 138 2014 Robbers Roost 129-mike As usual, a card game is in progress. enlarge 224KB, 1024x768 139 2014 Robbers Roost 133-bill Looking up canyon from our lunch spot. enlarge 249KB, 1024x768 140 2014 Robbers Roost 134-bill
Mike taking a photo. This telephoto view shows the "Borg" like cube at the junction of the North Fork of R.R. (to the left) and the "Mindbender" fork (to the right).
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A single Claret Cup Cactus is in bloom (you can see that many others are on the brink.) I think we are a week too early.
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Looking back down canyon. The Moki Steps below the Big Dome and Sundance and the Wild Bunch in the far distance beyond. Mike and Fred are making their way up canyon. 04/15/14 11:58 pdt.
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Fred and Gary. Note the "Hat" dome to the right. It is a prominent landmark as you make your way up the canyon.
enlarge 279KB, 1024x768 147 2014 Robbers Roost 141-mike Fred pointing out a feature to Gary. enlarge 231KB, 1024x768 148 2014 Robbers Roost 142-mike South side of canyon near the junction. enlarge 246KB, 768x1024 149 2014 Robbers Roost 143-mike Approaching the junction the Borg Cube dominates the canyon. enlarge 258KB, 1024x768 150 2014 Robbers Roost 144-mike Close up view. enlarge 250KB, 1024x768 151 2014 Robbers Roost 145-mike
We head into the North Fork, which appears to be much narrower than what we've been hiking through.
For Map Location - CLICK HERE. enlarge 468KB, 1024x768 152 2014 Robbers Roost 146-bill Another Claret Cup Cactus in bloom. enlarge 214KB, 768x1024 153 2014 Robbers Roost 147-mike Fred and Bill hiking up the dry sandy wash of the North Fork. enlarge 230KB, 1024x768 154 2014 Robbers Roost 148-mike Another shot. You can see the "Hat" dome in the distance. enlarge 251KB, 1024x768 155 2014 Robbers Roost 149-mike
No flowing water in the North Fork, but the sand is damp showing there is water flowing beneath the surface.
Note the distinctive headland ahead that looks like a bear perched on top. enlarge 258KB, 1024x768 156 2014 Robbers Roost 150-mike view of the damp sand. enlarge 261KB, 768x1024 157 2014 Robbers Roost 151-bill Mike and Fred - a very nice view of the "Bear's Perch" Map Location of the "Bear's Perch" is HERE. enlarge 282KB, 1024x768 158 2014 Robbers Roost 152-bill Another shot. enlarge 288KB, 1024x768 159 2014 Robbers Roost 153-bill Looking back towards the junction - Gary is coming up thru loose sand. enlarge 189KB, 768x1024 160 2014 Robbers Roost 154-mike
Finally, we find some water trickling over the sand. Not knowing the water situation in the upper canyon (Kelsey's map shows that most of it is dry) we decide to camp here in a cottonwood grove atop a sandy outwash. 04/15/14 12:38 pdt.
enlarge 267KB, 768x1024 161 2014 Robbers Roost 155-mike The stream has eroded a path beneath this ledge. enlarge 202KB, 768x1024 162 2014 Robbers Roost 156-mike View of overhang the creek has cut into the sandstone. enlarge 270KB, 768x1024 163 2014 Robbers Roost 157-mike The water ends in the sand in front of our camp. enlarge 224KB, 1024x768 164 2014 Robbers Roost 158-mike Cottonwood leaves in the sand. enlarge 270KB, 1024x768 165 2014 Robbers Roost 159-mike
When Walter got to where we were camping he flopped down in the last trickle of water before it disappeared under the sand.
enlarge 325KB, 1024x768 166 2014 Robbers Roost 160-mike It was still early in the day, but we decided to spend a leisurely afternoon in camp. Camp Location is HERE. enlarge 231KB, 768x1024 167 2014 Robbers Roost 161-mike Looking back down Canyon from near our camp at the "Bear's Perch". enlarge 289KB, 768x1024 168 2014 Robbers Roost 162-mike Telephoto view. enlarge 367KB, 1024x768 169 2014 Robbers Roost 163-bill
Camp life - note the "rugged" Ozark Trail (Walmart) tent - it had a special flap that would let you pass an extension cord into the tent. It also had a note that warned you to vacate all personnel and valuables from the tent in inclement weather!!
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After we had been in camp awhile, the water flow seemed to be slowing down. Shelby decided to dig out a hole so that we could dip water without getting a lot of sand in it.
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We saw these three dark areas on the cliff behind our camp and were wondering if they were nests, but if you enlarge the picture you can see that they are very hardy plants taking root.
enlarge 254KB, 1024x768 174 2014 Robbers Roost 168-mike David checking out the cliff. enlarge 205KB, 1024x768 175 2014 Robbers Roost 169-mike The "Nest" area is to the right. enlarge 338KB, 1024x768 176 2014 Robbers Roost 170-bill A view of the "Nest" area a little ways up canyon from our camp. enlarge 317KB, 1024x768 177 2014 Robbers Roost 171-bill This meadow is just up canyon from our camp. enlarge 317KB, 1024x768 178 2014 Robbers Roost 172-mike
There was a nice grassy bench above our camp, which was a nice place to pitch our tents - Here Derek is pitching his tent.
enlarge 385KB, 1024x768 179 2014 Robbers Roost 173-mike General Mayhem of camp. enlarge 260KB, 768x1024 180 2014 Robbers Roost 174-mike You can see the water flow has almost stopped in front of our camp. enlarge 291KB, 1024x768 181 2014 Robbers Roost 175-mike
At least the water in Shelby's pool has cleared somewhat - but the lack of flow is worrysome
enlarge 334KB, 1024x768 182 2014 Robbers Roost 176-mike I take some time to read my book in the afternoon sun. enlarge 262KB, 1024x768 183 2014 Robbers Roost 177-mike Walter taking a "sand" bath. enlarge 272KB, 1024x768 184 2014 Robbers Roost 178-mike Campfire time. enlarge 287KB, 1024x768 185 2014 Robbers Roost 179-mike Another card came ensues. enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 186 2014 Robbers Roost 180-mike You got to know when to fold 'em. enlarge 81.37MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 187 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 006.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View.
The action continues - Fred, Austin, Danny, and Roger with Kevin, Derek, and Shelby kibitzing.
enlarge 261KB, 768x1024 188 2014 Robbers Roost 181-mike View from camp. enlarge 280KB, 1024x768 189 2014 Robbers Roost 182-mike Late afternoon from camp looking up canyon. enlarge 214KB, 1024x768 190 2014 Robbers Roost 183-mike Flow has dried up in stream, but our dipping pool looks good. enlarge 278KB, 768x1024 191 2014 Robbers Roost 184-mike There is still some flow up canyon from our camp. enlarge 276KB, 1024x768 192 2014 Robbers Roost 185-mike
Chicken Dumplings tonight! Shelby and Roger team up again for a perfect meal - no burned pans and the dump was perfect.
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Shelby inherited the job from Danny when we had a flameup on one of the Dragonfly stoves.
enlarge 258KB, 1024x768 194 2014 Robbers Roost 187-mike Camp life. enlarge 183KB, 1024x768 195 2014 Robbers Roost 188-mike View from Mike's tent. enlarge 368KB, 1024x768 196 2014 Robbers Roost 189-bill New Day - 04/16/14 9:40 pdt
Canyon above camp - a lot of bushwacking through brush. We decided to day hike the upper North Fork and then on our return, head back down canyon and go up the Mindbender fork.
enlarge 293KB, 1024x768 197 2014 Robbers Roost 190-mike Heading up canyon along a nice undercut. enlarge 290KB, 1024x768 198 2014 Robbers Roost 191-mike Shelby, David, Derek, & Austin. enlarge 249KB, 768x1024 199 2014 Robbers Roost 192-mike Looking up canyon from the previous photo. enlarge 257KB, 1024x768 200 2014 Robbers Roost 193-mike Walter: "What's holding you up!" Doing a little "liquefaction" by pumping the sand. enlarge 207KB, 1024x768 201 2014 Robbers Roost 194-mike Shelby with his "Hillbilly" grass. enlarge 263KB, 1024x768 202 2014 Robbers Roost 195-mike Austin and Walter get into the act. enlarge 273KB, 1024x768 203 2014 Robbers Roost 196-bill Getting into the upper Canyon - the walls narrow in. enlarge 255KB, 1024x768 204 2014 Robbers Roost 197-bill Bill approaching the pouroff pool. enlarge 250KB, 1024x768 205 2014 Robbers Roost 198-bill This was a very scenic part of the canyon. enlarge 277KB, 1024x768 206 2014 Robbers Roost 199-bill
Coming up to a pouroff pool - there was still a lot of water flowing in the canyon, but we still hadn't come upon any suitable campsites, so it looks like it was a good decision to camp where we did.
enlarge 233KB, 1024x768 207 2014 Robbers Roost 200-bill Pouroff Pool. 04/16/14 9:58 pdt. Map location is Here. enlarge 277KB, 768x1024 208 2014 Robbers Roost 201-bill Fred - This is to left of the pouroff pool. enlarge 272KB, 1024x768 209 2014 Robbers Roost 202-bill
A very beautiful spot, but on this rather cool morning you weren't tempted to take a dip.
enlarge 249KB, 1024x768 210 2014 Robbers Roost 206-mike Shelby & David. enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 211 2014 Robbers Roost 207-mike Austin, Shelby, David, Derek, and Kevin - Hillbilly grasses are getting longer. enlarge 259KB, 1024x768 212 2014 Robbers Roost 208-mike ??? enlarge 213KB, 1024x768 213 2014 Robbers Roost 209-mike Roger & Gary approaching pouroff pool. enlarge 260KB, 1024x768 214 2014 Robbers Roost 211-mike Looking down canyon from pool. enlarge 262KB, 1024x768 215 2014 Robbers Roost 212-mike Checking out the pool from upstream end. enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 216 2014 Robbers Roost 213-mike enlarge 298KB, 1024x768 217 2014 Robbers Roost 214-bill
Fred & I were still ahead of the rest of the group as we had started earlier. - another overhanging alcove.
enlarge 255KB, 768x1024 218 2014 Robbers Roost 216-bill Fred & I investigated this side canyon - doesn't look like you can go up it. Map Location is HERE. enlarge 271KB, 768x1024 219 2014 Robbers Roost 217-mike
Here is a nice pool in the wash. I was surprised by the amount of water in the upper canyon.
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Mouth of the "Crack" which is located
HERE. Fred and I started up this and were soon joined by Walter. enlarge 274KB, 1024x768 221 2014 Robbers Roost 219-mike Austin and Derek weren't far behind Walter. enlarge 206KB, 768x1024 222 2014 Robbers Roost 221-mike Our progress up the side canyon was disrupted by a deep pool of water. enlarge 262KB, 1024x768 223 2014 Robbers Roost 222-mike We built a step from rocks that were handy and with Shelby pulling and Roger and David giving me a shove from behind, I was able to get over the hump. enlarge 272KB, 1024x768 224 2014 Robbers Roost 222-mike Success! enlarge 276KB, 1024x768 225 2014 Robbers Roost 224-mike By climbing up and around we were able to avoid the pool. enlarge 271KB, 1024x768 226 2014 Robbers Roost 228-mike
It wasn't too long before we came to the end of the easy part of the Crack. Shelby has already started to climb up the chimney to the next level. 04/16/14 10:42 pdt.
Map location for this spot is HERE. enlarge 232KB, 1024x768 227 2014 Robbers Roost 226-mike Shelby climbing the chimney. enlarge 263KB, 768x1024 228 2014 Robbers Roost 227-mike Getting higher as Derek looks on. enlarge 232KB, 768x1024 229 2014 Robbers Roost 229-mike
Right next to the chimney that Shelby was going up there is another side canyon coming in with this "waterfall" and a pothole above.
enlarge 227KB, 768x1024 230 2014 Robbers Roost 230-mike Looking up above the pothole. enlarge 245KB, 768x1024 231 2014 Robbers Roost 231-mike David gives it a try. enlarge 241KB, 768x1024 232 2014 Robbers Roost 232-mike This was a no go. Very beautifully sculpted rocks though. enlarge 196KB, 1024x768 233 2014 Robbers Roost 236-mike Bill getting his maps out. enlarge 234KB, 1024x768 234 2014 Robbers Roost 237-mike Where do we go next? enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 235 2014 Robbers Roost 238-mike
In Michael Kelsey's book, he has a nice picture of the "Crack", and I was a little disappointed that the slot portion of the canyon was not a "walk in" but a "climb in".
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For this trip, I used printouts of Google Earth screenshots as maps as they gave much more detail than the topo maps.
enlarge 280KB, 768x1024 237 2014 Robbers Roost 233-bill David decides to follow Shelby up into the Crack. enlarge 252KB, 768x1024 238 2014 Robbers Roost 234-bill Kevin after thinking about following, decides to play it safe. enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 239 2014 Robbers Roost 240-mike Mike - Looking down canyon. enlarge 243KB, 1024x768 240 2014 Robbers Roost 241-mike Close up of Mike. enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 241 2014 Robbers Roost 242-mike Mike showing the effects of sculpting by wind and water. enlarge 247KB, 1024x768 242 2014 Robbers Roost 243-mike Looking along the canyon wall. enlarge 214KB, 768x1024 243 2014 Robbers Roost 244-mike Looking towards the mouth of the canyon. enlarge 227KB, 768x1024 244 2014 Robbers Roost 246-mike Interesting rock formation. enlarge 278KB, 768x1024 245 2014 Robbers Roost 247-bill
Looking back toward the end of the walkable stretch, you can see the scale of the canyon if you enlarge the photo to see Roger and Gary.
enlarge 229KB, 768x1024 246 2014 Robbers Roost 248-bill looking towards the mouth of the canyon. enlarge 184KB, 768x1024 247 2014 Robbers Roost 249-bill
At one point I heard yelling in the distance. When I looked up I could see Shelby on top of the Canyon rim. It had taken him about 20 minutes to get to the top. You can see him if you look closely. 04/16/14 11:11 pdt.
enlarge 133KB, 768x1024 248 2014 Robbers Roost 250-bill Telephoto of Shelby on top. enlarge 200KB, 768x1024 249 2014 Robbers Roost 251-bill Heading out. enlarge 270KB, 1024x768 250 2014 Robbers Roost 252-mike Fred taking a break. enlarge 345KB, 768x1024 251 2014 Robbers Roost 253-mike Fred's siesta. enlarge 262KB, 768x1024 252 2014 Robbers Roost 254-bill
The next side canyon is known as the Partner Climb exit, and this is it's mouth at the main canyon.
enlarge 257KB, 768x1024 253 2014 Robbers Roost 255-bill Fred at the PCE canyon mouth. Map location is HERE. enlarge 253KB, 768x1024 254 2014 Robbers Roost 256-mike Fred and Bill. enlarge 240KB, 768x1024 255 2014 Robbers Roost 257-bill Looking into the PCE - it is a climb from the start. enlarge 241KB, 768x1024 256 2014 Robbers Roost 258-bill
Kevin gives it a go. It is called the Partner Climb exit as you need a partner to boost you up out of a pothole and then to pull your partner up.
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We continued up canyon and went up the next fork as far as we could easily go until we came onto this boulder fall blocking our way. If you enlarge the photo you can see Kevin up at the boulders. Fred and Mike in the foreground.
Our location is
HERE. enlarge 399KB, 1024x768 258 2014 Robbers Roost 260-bill We saw a lot of these flowers along our hike. enlarge 213KB, 1024x768 259 2014 Robbers Roost 261-mike Pale Evening Primrose. enlarge 184KB, 1024x768 260 2014 Robbers Roost 262-mike Close up. enlarge 302KB, 768x1024 261 2014 Robbers Roost 263-bill Fred at our last side canyon. Location HERE. enlarge 241KB, 768x1024 262 2014 Robbers Roost 264-bill There was a pool at the base of this one. enlarge 221KB, 1024x768 263 2014 Robbers Roost 265-bill
Looking down the main canyon as we come down from the entrance of the last side canyon.
enlarge 42.60MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 264 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 007.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Mike and Fred heading back down the canyon after our last side canyon. enlarge 297KB, 1152x647 265 2014 Robbers Roost 266-bill This was as far as we went. enlarge 213KB, 1024x768 266 2014 Robbers Roost 267-bill
Fred went up this little rise and saw Derek coming back. He had gone up a little further than we had. 04/16/14 12:06 pdt
enlarge 242KB, 1024x768 267 2014 Robbers Roost 268-bill Heading down canyon. I think that this was HERE. enlarge 203KB, 768x1024 268 2014 Robbers Roost 269-mike Derek at undercut in canyon wall. enlarge 214KB, 1024x768 269 2014 Robbers Roost 270-mike Derek enlarge 227KB, 768x1024 270 2014 Robbers Roost 271-mike Another shot of Derek. enlarge 255KB, 768x1024 271 2014 Robbers Roost 272-mike Fred. enlarge 225KB, 768x1024 272 2014 Robbers Roost 273-mike Bill. enlarge 167KB, 768x1024 273 2014 Robbers Roost 274-mike Bill as Gabby Hayes. enlarge 240KB, 1024x768 274 2014 Robbers Roost 275-bill Fred and Mike below the pouroff pool enlarge 220KB, 1024x768 275 2014 Robbers Roost 276-bill
After getting back to camp we had lunch and hoisted our packs and headed down canyon. We can see the "Hat" dome and Sundance and the Wild bunch domes in the distance.
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At the mouth we turn left and go around the base of the Borg Cube in order to go up the Mindbender fork.
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Heading up Mindbender we come across this pouroff pool near the mouth of the canyon.
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Heading up canyon it looks like we are going to hit a dead end but we take a sharp turn to the right beyond the cliff on the right.
enlarge 158KB, 768x1024 282 2014 Robbers Roost 282-mike Looking back down canyon towards the "Hat" dome. enlarge 258KB, 1024x768 283 2014 Robbers Roost 283-bill
Coming up to the bend in the canyon. We met two canyoneers who had done one of the Mindbender slots just before this spot. They were the first people we had seen on our hike.
Location is HERE. enlarge 260KB, 1024x768 284 2014 Robbers Roost 284-bill Just around the bend aways. Very scenic through here. enlarge 279KB, 1024x768 285 2014 Robbers Roost 285-bill The point ahead is at the junction of the two Mindbender forks. enlarge 302KB, 1024x768 286 2014 Robbers Roost 287-bill
Heading up the Maybe Mindbender fork (just above the junction). On the wall ahead it looks like a giant left his footprint.
enlarge 299KB, 1024x768 287 2014 Robbers Roost 286-bill Giant's footprint. enlarge 281KB, 1024x768 288 2014 Robbers Roost 288-bill After another bend and some bushwhacking, we come to the Great Falls. Map location is HERE. "Would be spectacular if there had been a lot of recen..." View Comments... enlarge 245KB, 768x1024 289 2014 Robbers Roost 289-bill
You can see the slot above where the canyoneers rappel down. I don't think I'd like to hang on a rope from there.
A photo journal of the Maybe Mindbender slot is located HERE. enlarge 266KB, 1152x647 290 2014 Robbers Roost 292-bill Checking our the Great Falls. enlarge 69.68MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 291 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 009.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Video of the Great Falls. enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 292 2014 Robbers Roost 293-mike
While it was a spectacular place and where we had planned to camp (per Kelsey's reference as a great camp spot), it was very damp and the sand was saturated and unappealing for a camp site.
enlarge 234KB, 1024x768 293 2014 Robbers Roost 294-mike You can see that the wet sand went all the way to the side of the canyon. enlarge 245KB, 1024x768 294 2014 Robbers Roost 295-mike Looking down canyon from the Great Falls. enlarge 226KB, 1024x768 295 2014 Robbers Roost 296-mike Heading back down canyon. enlarge 231KB, 1024x768 296 2014 Robbers Roost 297-bill We kept looking for a good campsite but there were none in the upper canyon. enlarge 222KB, 1024x768 297 2014 Robbers Roost 298-mike We finally went all the way pack to the pouroff pool, and found a spot below it. Here Derek is getting water. enlarge 249KB, 1024x768 298 2014 Robbers Roost 299-mike Derek getting water. enlarge 271KB, 1024x768 299 2014 Robbers Roost 300-mike
Shelby experimenting with prickly pear cactus pads. An experiment that went frightfully wrong.
enlarge 320KB, 1024x768 300 2014 Robbers Roost 301-mike Setting up camp. enlarge 298KB, 1024x768 301 2014 Robbers Roost 302-mike view of camp from afar. enlarge 259KB, 1024x768 302 2014 Robbers Roost 303-mike Danny, Fred, and Bill enlarge 247KB, 1024x768 303 2014 Robbers Roost 304-mike More Camp. enlarge 294KB, 1024x768 304 2014 Robbers Roost 305-bill Chili Night - Shelby and Roger are chef's again. enlarge 90.36MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 305 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 010.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Chili Night! enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 306 2014 Robbers Roost 306-bill Looking up canyon from our cook spot. enlarge 294KB, 1024x768 307 2014 Robbers Roost 307-mike
Unusual rock formation near camp. David found one that looked like a dog bone with emerald colored marrow. He was going to take it to the geology lab to see what it was.
enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 308 2014 Robbers Roost 308-mike Another view. enlarge 261KB, 1024x768 309 2014 Robbers Roost 309-mike Pouroff pool enlarge 167KB, 1024x768 310 2014 Robbers Roost 310-mike Sunset approaches. enlarge 205KB, 1024x768 311 2014 Robbers Roost 311-mike Looking up canyon near our camp. enlarge 192KB, 1024x768 312 2014 Robbers Roost 312-mike telephoto view. enlarge 177KB, 1024x768 313 2014 Robbers Roost 313-mike Extreme telephoto. enlarge 263KB, 768x1024 314 2014 Robbers Roost 314-mike Looking down at our camp. enlarge 283KB, 1024x768 315 2014 Robbers Roost 315-mike Another view of our camp. Camp location is HERE. enlarge 243KB, 1024x768 316 2014 Robbers Roost 317-mike You can see the pouroff pool to the right of our camp. enlarge 122KB, 1024x768 317 2014 Robbers Roost 318-bill Campfire at Camp 3. enlarge 214KB, 1024x768 318 2014 Robbers Roost 319-mike Campfire Tales. enlarge 241KB, 1024x768 319 2014 Robbers Roost 320-bill New Day 04/17/14 Leaving camp 8:57 pdt. Sundance and the Wild Bunch dome in the distance. enlarge 239KB, 1024x768 320 2014 Robbers Roost 321-bill
Heading down the main canyon - I completely missed the Moki Steps, which are one bend back - I thought I was still in the Mindbender fork.
Although you can't see them, that is the Sundance and W.B. dome. enlarge 219KB, 1024x768 321 2014 Robbers Roost 322-bill
Fred - The Middle Fork of R.R. is ahead. We planned to go up the M.F. and find a camp spot.
enlarge 217KB, 1024x768 322 2014 Robbers Roost 323-mike Taking a break at the mouth of the Middle Fork. 04/17/14 9:41 pdt. enlarge 276KB, 1024x768 323 2014 Robbers Roost 324-mike Walter. enlarge 183KB, 1024x768 324 2014 Robbers Roost 325-mike Fred. enlarge 248KB, 1024x768 325 2014 Robbers Roost 326-mike Hoping for an easy day. enlarge 185KB, 1024x768 326 2014 Robbers Roost 327-mike
Looking down the main Robber's Roost canyon to see the Henry Mtns in the far distance (amplified in this telephoto view).
enlarge 175KB, 1024x768 327 2014 Robbers Roost 328-mike Another Pale Evening Primrose. enlarge 156KB, 1024x768 328 2014 Robbers Roost 329-mike enlarge 336KB, 1024x768 329 2014 Robbers Roost 330-mike
Prickly Pear Cactus. You can see the beginnings of a "Pear" growing on the end of the pad. Looking at those spikes, I wonder what Shelby was thinking.
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When you're walking along you have to be careful you don't get one of these spines in your foot.
enlarge 278KB, 1024x768 331 2014 Robbers Roost 332-bill Heading up the Middle Fork. enlarge 323KB, 1024x768 332 2014 Robbers Roost 333-bill
Near the mouth of the Middle Fork, it is quite different than what we have seen - it seems as the bedding of the rock is horizontal leading to a different texture with a lot of flat slabs as can be seen here.
enlarge 342KB, 1024x768 333 2014 Robbers Roost 334-mike Mushroom like rock outcrops. enlarge 344KB, 1024x768 334 2014 Robbers Roost 335-mike Full speed ahead - Shelby, Derek, Austin, David, and Gary. enlarge 319KB, 1024x768 335 2014 Robbers Roost 336-mike Shelby and Austin. enlarge 345KB, 1024x768 336 2014 Robbers Roost 337-mike Derek and David. enlarge 246KB, 1024x768 337 2014 Robbers Roost 338-bill Looking up canyon. enlarge 268KB, 1024x768 338 2014 Robbers Roost 339-mike Going up the dry wash of the Middle Fork. enlarge 306KB, 1024x768 339 2014 Robbers Roost 340-mike Roger and Gary. enlarge 294KB, 1024x768 340 2014 Robbers Roost 341-mike Austin enlarge 291KB, 1024x768 341 2014 Robbers Roost 343-mike Mike and Austin (Is he taking a leak?) enlarge 279KB, 1024x768 342 2014 Robbers Roost 342-mike Kevin. enlarge 136KB, 1024x768 343 2014 Robbers Roost 344-mike Kevin and Roger in shady overhang. enlarge 273KB, 1024x768 344 2014 Robbers Roost 345-mike Kevin, Austin, and Roger take advantage of some shade. enlarge 288KB, 1024x768 345 2014 Robbers Roost 346-mike The stream has undercut this rock. enlarge 296KB, 1024x768 346 2014 Robbers Roost 347-mike We found a camp spot across the valley from the undercut alcove. enlarge 234KB, 1024x768 347 2014 Robbers Roost 348-mike Behind our camp spot, there was a grove of Douglas firs. enlarge 170KB, 768x1024 348 2014 Robbers Roost 349-mike Douglas fir. An unusual tree to be found in this area. enlarge 336KB, 1024x768 349 2014 Robbers Roost 350-mike We dropped our packs at this shade tree. enlarge 374KB, 1024x768 350 2014 Robbers Roost 351-mike A little breeze, a little shade - what more can you ask for. enlarge 295KB, 1024x768 351 2014 Robbers Roost 352-mike Having lunch. enlarge 304KB, 1024x768 352 2014 Robbers Roost 353-mike More Lunch break. enlarge 237KB, 1024x768 353 2014 Robbers Roost 354-mike A chance to air your feet. enlarge 198KB, 1024x768 354 2014 Robbers Roost 355-mike David and Walter. enlarge 291KB, 1024x768 355 2014 Robbers Roost 356-mike Shelby getting a little sun. enlarge 239KB, 1024x768 356 2014 Robbers Roost 357-mike A huge alcove across the way. enlarge 191KB, 1024x768 357 2014 Robbers Roost 358-mike "Hat" on a dome caused by the brown resistant layer. enlarge 296KB, 768x1024 358 2014 Robbers Roost 359-mike enlarge 293KB, 768x1024 359 2014 Robbers Roost 360-mike Gary, Austin, Fred, & David. Camp location is HERE enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 360 2014 Robbers Roost 361-bill
Bill, Fred, and Mike decided to day hike up the Middle Fork. The rest of the crew decided to stay in camp.
enlarge 223KB, 768x1024 361 2014 Robbers Roost 362-mike Interesting rock formation on the canyon wall. enlarge 385KB, 768x1024 362 2014 Robbers Roost 363-mike Bill hiking up the canyon. enlarge 265KB, 1024x768 363 2014 Robbers Roost 364-bill We called this one the "Pregnant Woman" enlarge 276KB, 768x1024 364 2014 Robbers Roost 366-bill Interesting side canyon. We should have explored it - looks like it might be a slot?? Map location is HERE. enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 365 2014 Robbers Roost 367-bill Coming up to a "Notch" Falls. enlarge 239KB, 1024x768 366 2014 Robbers Roost 368-bill You can see the Notch to the right of the central dome. enlarge 260KB, 1024x768 367 2014 Robbers Roost 369-bill Notch Falls - location is HERE. enlarge 339KB, 1024x768 368 2014 Robbers Roost 370-bill Indian Paintbrush near the Notch Falls. enlarge 297KB, 1024x768 369 2014 Robbers Roost 371-mike
The desert version is more compact and closer to the ground than it's alpine cousin in the NW.
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Close up of the Notch Falls. This would be impressive when water is cascading over it.
enlarge 292KB, 1024x768 372 2014 Robbers Roost 374-mike Slot in wall opposite our stopping point. enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 373 2014 Robbers Roost 375-mike
Arch forming in canyon wall. Past the Notch falls, the canyon became rougher with more vegetation. Mike went up a bluff on the right side. Fred went through the jungle and then had to climb over a boulder field to get up to where Mike was. I went back and tried to go up where Mike went, but it was too much for me.
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You can see the boulder fall from the arch emerging from the far wall has covered the valley floor. It looks like there is an impassible pouroff below the wall with the holes in the distance. We decided to call it a day here.
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Semi panoramic shot made from Mike's photos at our stopping point.
Map location is HERE. enlarge 227KB, 1024x768 376 2014 Robbers Roost 377-mike Telephoto of far wall. enlarge 315KB, 1024x768 377 2014 Robbers Roost 378-mike View of canyon floor above rockfall. enlarge 195KB, 1024x768 378 2014 Robbers Roost 380-mike Fred - He thought it took way too much effort to get up to where Mike was. enlarge 365KB, 1024x768 379 2014 Robbers Roost 381-bill Pool near the last bend. enlarge 273KB, 1024x768 380 2014 Robbers Roost 382-bill Heading back near the Notch Falls. enlarge 314KB, 1024x768 381 2014 Robbers Roost 384-bill Bill - From this point you can see all the way down the Middle Fork. enlarge 338KB, 1024x768 382 2014 Robbers Roost 385-bill Mike and Fred - You can see there was still water in the wash. enlarge 293KB, 1024x768 383 2014 Robbers Roost 386-bill
Getting back near our camp we spy the Douglas Fir Grove. When we got back, I found a mutiny on my hands as there was a movement pull up stakes and move back to our original Camp 1 and go out a day early.
I was a little pissed off, but Danny set up a secret ballot to see who wanted to move camp and who wanted to go out a day early. enlarge 365KB, 1024x768 384 2014 Robbers Roost 388-mike
Well, it wasn't the best camp so I agreed to hiking back to Camp 1 which was a much better camp site.
By Secret ballot, the Shively's - Gary, Roger, and Kevin opted to hike out the next day (4/18). The rest voted to stick to the original schedule. Unfortunately, because of car space, Mike had to go out early as well. Here are Roger, Gary, and Shelby back at Camp 1 near the mouth of White Roost. enlarge 368KB, 1024x768 385 2014 Robbers Roost 389-mike Shelby practicing "fly casting" with another "Hillbilly Grass". enlarge 261KB, 1024x768 386 2014 Robbers Roost 391-mike Fun with Hillbilly Grass. enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 387 2014 Robbers Roost 394-mike Shelby, Derek, and Fred Stong. enlarge 179KB, 1024x768 388 2014 Robbers Roost 395-mike Close up. enlarge 281KB, 1024x768 389 2014 Robbers Roost 396-mike
Stong contingent: Shelby, Derek, Fred, and Mike. That's our cooking rock behind them.
enlarge 206KB, 768x1024 390 2014 Robbers Roost 398-mike Derek and Walter enlarge 214KB, 1024x768 391 2014 Robbers Roost 399-mike Derek & Walter (the Wonder Dog). enlarge 235KB, 1024x768 392 2014 Robbers Roost 401-mike The Stong brothers. enlarge 194KB, 768x1024 393 2014 Robbers Roost 402-mike Shelby, Derek, & Walter. enlarge 389KB, 1024x768 394 2014 Robbers Roost 403-bill Fred taking a siesta. enlarge 273KB, 768x1024 395 2014 Robbers Roost 404-mike Fred! enlarge 219KB, 768x1024 396 2014 Robbers Roost 405-mike Mushroom near camp. enlarge 185KB, 1024x768 397 2014 Robbers Roost 406-mike Our Camp at sunset. enlarge 143KB, 1024x768 398 2014 Robbers Roost 408-mike "Butch Cassidy" catching the last rays of the sun. enlarge 229KB, 1024x768 399 2014 Robbers Roost 409-mike
The out early contingent left before sun up - Here Gary and Roger have reached the low rim of the White Roost.
enlarge 241KB, 1024x768 400 2014 Robbers Roost 410-mike You can see from the shadows that the sun is just coming up over the horizon. enlarge 204KB, 768x1024 401 2014 Robbers Roost 411-mike Following the cairns. enlarge 225KB, 1024x768 402 2014 Robbers Roost 412-mike Kevin going up slickrock. enlarge 177KB, 768x1024 403 2014 Robbers Roost 413-mike Mike takes a selfie. enlarge 203KB, 1024x768 404 2014 Robbers Roost 414-mike Roger and Gary - This was the cairned route that was to the north of our route in. enlarge 158KB, 1024x768 405 2014 Robbers Roost 415-mike
Mike got this shot - In the far distance (from left to right): The Wild Bunch, Sundance, and Butch Cassidy.
enlarge 206KB, 768x1024 406 2014 Robbers Roost 416-mike Gary - on the mesa top. enlarge 299KB, 1024x768 407 2014 Robbers Roost 417-mike Kevin and Roger making for the cars. enlarge 155KB, 1024x768 408 2014 Robbers Roost 418-mike The Henry Mountains. enlarge 214KB, 1024x768 409 2014 Robbers Roost 419-mike
Almost to the cars - There is a 4th vehicle there. We saw a tent just down the main canyon from our Camp the previous night - this must have been theirs.
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After breakfast, Everybody but Fred and I headed down canyon. Danny was making for the Dirty Devil all the way down to find the petroglyphs near the mouth of Robbers Roost. The rest of the group went as far down as the arch.
It was very hot in the morning, and I was glad that I hadn't gone down with the rest. As the day went along it got cloudier and the weather more unsettled. When the guys got back, we headed up the White Roost. This is near the mouth of the White Roost and you can see Derek making his way up canyon. enlarge 289KB, 1024x768 411 2014 Robbers Roost 421-bill Going up the White Roost. enlarge 347KB, 1024x768 412 2014 Robbers Roost 422-bill Fred at a narrow section of the canyon. enlarge 309KB, 1024x768 413 2014 Robbers Roost 423-bill A reflecting pool. enlarge 338KB, 1024x768 414 2014 Robbers Roost 424-bill The upper end of the pool. enlarge 294KB, 1024x768 415 2014 Robbers Roost 426-bill
A nice Pouroff and pool below. This was near the canyon exit, and we didn't get any photos of it on the way down.
enlarge 310KB, 1024x768 416 2014 Robbers Roost 427-bill Bill checking out the pouroff. enlarge 292KB, 768x1024 417 2014 Robbers Roost 428-bill I probably shouldn't be standing on that overhang. enlarge 291KB, 1024x768 418 2014 Robbers Roost 429-bill Another shot. enlarge 273KB, 1024x768 419 2014 Robbers Roost 430-bill Bill. enlarge 366KB, 1152x647 420 2014 Robbers Roost 431-bill Fred. enlarge 51.36MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 421 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 011.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Fred hiking up the White Roost. enlarge 356KB, 1024x768 422 2014 Robbers Roost 432-bill
When we got to the exit. We had lunch. Shelby, David, and Derek went up canyon to explore one of the White Roost slots. Austin, Fred, and I waited till they got back.
enlarge 275KB, 768x1024 423 2014 Robbers Roost 432a-austin Waiting for they guys to get back from exploring the White Roost Slot. enlarge 331KB, 1024x768 424 2014 Robbers Roost 432-austin
The weather was deteriorating - the wind was kicking up and the skies were threatening, so a collective decision was made (I was out on a dump run) to forgo camping another night and go out that evening instead. They already had redistributed my gear and were ready to go.
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Fred heading up the first ramp. The rest of the guys were waiting at the bottom of the canyon for Danny to return.
enlarge 312KB, 1024x768 426 2014 Robbers Roost 436-bill Looking down the first ramp. enlarge 287KB, 1024x768 427 2014 Robbers Roost 437-bill The ramp switchbacks to the right - see the cairn near the center of the photo. enlarge 199KB, 1024x768 428 2014 Robbers Roost 438-bill The second ramp - shorter than th first one. enlarge 270KB, 1024x768 429 2014 Robbers Roost 439-bill
The switchback for the second ramp ends at an overlook down the canyon - you can see Austin if you look closely.
enlarge 295KB, 1024x768 430 2014 Robbers Roost 440-bill There he is with the rest in the bushes to the right. enlarge 225KB, 1024x768 431 2014 Robbers Roost 442-bill Fred heading up the third ramp - this is another long one. enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 432 2014 Robbers Roost 443-bill
The upper end of the third ramp - Fred has already made the switchback to the fourth ramp.
enlarge 254KB, 1024x768 433 2014 Robbers Roost 444-bill Looking back down the third ramp. enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 434 2014 Robbers Roost 446-bill The fourth ramp leads to the lower canyon rim - you can see the switchback below. enlarge 138KB, 1152x647 435 2014 Robbers Roost 447-bill Fred on the slickrock above the lower rim. A cairn is to his right. enlarge 76.67MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 436 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 012.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Panoramic video from atop the lower rim of the White Roost. enlarge 158KB, 1152x647 437 2014 Robbers Roost 449-bill Looking east - you can barely make out the canyon from on top. enlarge 179KB, 1152x647 438 2014 Robbers Roost 450-bill Looking back toward where we climbed up to the rim. enlarge 195KB, 1152x647 439 2014 Robbers Roost 453-bill
This shows where we came in - between the two conical domes to the right of the photo and down the steep slickrock. On our way out we are taking a less steep alternative.
enlarge 186KB, 1152x647 440 2014 Robbers Roost 454-bill Looking at the erosion gully to the right of where we came down. enlarge 215KB, 1024x768 441 2014 Robbers Roost 455-bill
All of a sudden - there was Danny, back from his slog down to the Dirty Devil (He found the petroglyphs).
enlarge 219KB, 1024x768 442 2014 Robbers Roost 456-bill Here comes Walter! enlarge 148KB, 1024x768 443 2014 Robbers Roost 457-bill Fred & Danny - heading up the slickrock. This was about as steep as it got. enlarge 195KB, 1024x768 444 2014 Robbers Roost 458-bill Austin and Shelby bringing up the rear (till they passed me). enlarge 248KB, 1024x768 445 2014 Robbers Roost 459-bill The route gradually climbs up through the slickrock. enlarge 163KB, 1024x768 446 2014 Robbers Roost 460-bill
Rather than go over the last slickrock hill, I traversed over to the left to reach the trail that we had come down on. When I got to it, I could see Shelby and Austin just going over hill on the horizon.
enlarge 150KB, 1024x768 447 2014 Robbers Roost 461-bill Telephoto of Shelby and Austin. enlarge 219KB, 1024x768 448 2014 Robbers Roost 462-bill
When we got out and on our way, we bid goodbye to Fred for his trip south. We headed north and had excellent burgers, etc. at
Rays Tavern in Green River. Fortunately, we were able to get room reservations in Tremonton at the Sandman even though we got there about 1 or 2 in the morning. We found this car the next morning outside of the Tremonton Dennys. I assume he was heading to or from Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada! Although this isn't the type of vehicle that one envisages for that. enlarge 122KB, 1024x768 449 2014 Robbers Roost 463-bill
Making our way home we made our way through the rest of Utah and all the way across Idaho without making a gas stop. Aways into Oregon, Shelby stated that he needed to make a gas stop at the next exit (Farewell Bend). I told him that the Farewell Bend Gas station (shown here) was closed and that there weren't any stations till Baker.
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Another view of the infamous Farewell Bend Truck Stop. We had stopped here on our first Wyoming trip in 1998 and had the absolute worst dinner I have ever had in a restaurant. It's a wonder this place stayed open as long as it had.
We backtracked a little ways (13 miles on side roads) to Weiser, Idaho and got gas and had pizza at Idaho Pizza. Very good pizza. It was a long drive home, hitting a red box every couple of hours listening to movies - Anchorman 2, the Wolf of Wall street, etc. (Not to mention the Mighty Boosh) All in all a good trip.