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Canyoneering Robber’s Roost as a Family

Brittney Long

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Britt sits down and recaps their recent canyoneering trip to Robber’s Roost located in southeastern Utah.  Learn how Robber’s Roost got it’s name, what it’s like doing this camping trail and with kids!  How many days they went, what to expect when on the trail, rappelling and what to pack to hike it.  This episode is a recap of our family’s experience.

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On this episode we discuss:

NOTE: Real gold was not found on this trip. It was chocolate gold coins.

( 6:42 ): Britt shares great resources for logistics like maps, coordinates, conditions, and more. One of them is Road Trip Ryan.

Where is Robber’s Roost Canyon in Utah and how did it get its name?

Robber’s Roost was the name given to this canyon and surrounding areas in southeastern Utah. This area was infamous for the outlaw, Butch Cassidy, and his “Wild Bunch Gang” as they we known as. Here it is said that they would often meet up to hide out after one of their big heists in the late 1800s and, early 1900s.

( 8:15 ): Britt shares why they decided to go to Robber’s Roost for a canyoneering trip over spring break.

( 9:21 ): How they prepared for their trip for drop camp, hiking and rappelling.

( 10:42 ): What Britt was told going into the trip on what to expect. Like are there any narrow canyons? How the trail, hiking and rappelling would be.

( 11:56 ): Britt starts to re-cap the trip, starting with day 1 of the Robber’s Roost Canyoneering. The drive down, their plan for the first day, and what they did to also prepare for the last day.

TIP: Take the time to ensure you have a ride out or vehicle waiting at the end of the trail of Robber’s Roost on your last day!

( 14:09 ): The start of Day 2, the start of hiking into Robber’s Roost.

( 15:04 ): Where are the first rappels on the Robber’s Roost trail.

Probably less than a quarter of a mile from the parking or camping area of the trailhead.

Britt rappelling robbers roost utah on a warm spring day
Our first rappel of Robber’s Roost Canyon in Utah

( 16:01 ): What to expect when rappelling as you are doing Robber’s Roost. While also doing it with kids and inexperienced rappellers.

While hiking Robber’s Roost you can expect to do about 6 rappels the first day, depending on how you count your rappels. (see attached picture, the first section that you get to when hiking has 3 depending on your comfort level)

(image of 3 rappel)

( 19:22 ): As you start to make your way through the canyon you can expect to need to shimmy down small ledges and possibly help your group pass their packs through rock passes and narrows.

( 22:15 ): Britt suggests what to wear when hiking through Robber’s Roost on the first day.

See our REEL here for a quick glimpse of pictures and videos. 

( 24:18 ): When hiking through you can expect to hike through narrows. It gets much more narrow than the below picture. Britt shares her experience when making her way through them being someone who is claustrophobic.

The start of the narrows in the bottom of Robber’s Roost Canyon, it got WAY more narrow than this.

( 28:16 ): What you can expect for the last rappel of the first day is partially a free rappel.

(free rappel image)

Day 3

Last Rappel

Last rappel of Robber’s Roost Canyon

What to expect when hiking on day 3

Making our way through a sandstorm

Finding Angel’s Cove to make camp for our last night.

Angel’s Cove, the morning of Day 4 and hiking out.

Day 4 and hiking out, finishing hike!

In the middle of the hike out of Robber’s Roost Canyon

What gear we were glad we had and recommendations.

Episode Mentions:

Road Trip Ryan – for a great canyoneering resource 

Britt’s Metcalf Backpack

Heather’s Choice Meals

King’s Camo 2 Person Tent

KING’S CAMO XKG SUMMIT 0 DEGREE SYNTHETIC MUMMY SLEEPING BAG

Merino Wool Top w/ Thumb Holes

Gravity Water Filtration System for Group

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