The drive on Sunday morning took an hour from camp to the end of the road that marks the trailhead for the secretive Chamber Canyon.
We left the car around 9:25am and made our way down into the canyon on a .7 mile approach hike to the head of Chambers Canyon.
This canyon wastes no time in getting busy and we had to decide how to tackle it. Go high and drop in later or get into the slot now and get going. We'd be faced with decision-making like this for the entire outing. After scouting high we decided to drop in.
Aron smiles one last time before the grunting begins. The slot down here was so tight in places you had to search for the areas in the slot where it widened enough to get your chest through. Take a deep breath and squeeze through.
Tough squeezing down in the depths. This is a nice section because our feet are on the ground whereas other sections we found ourselves squeezing in the slot 20 feet off the bottom of the canyon. A drop down into the slot would result in being very stuck.
This section is considered generously wide by Chambers standards.
Too narrow down low to squeeze through so we go high.
After the serious squeezing the canyon opens to its namesake Chambers. A beautifully sculpted subway section with a very tight slot above. Gorgeous!
A fabulous example of a subway section! After this the canyon opened for a bit but then slotted up super tight again. A very nice reward for the tough work in the upper slot.
Body bridging over a short slot before the brief widening of the canyon.
Wedging above the canyon bottom in a nicely fluted section.
Aron in a very exposed, awkward downclimb in the lower tight section. It turns out the hand and foot jamming down this section were very secure.
At the exit of the slot just up from the Dirty Devil River. This slot looks improbable from down here.
Superb sand dune in the lower canyon just up from the Dirty Devil River.
The exit from Chambers is about a half mile from the Dirty Devil River but we took a side detour to take a look at the river.
Sandstone dome hand stands are extreme.
Our exit hike takes us to the left of the dome seen in the background.
Back at the Jeep just seconds under the three hour mark. Nice work, boys!
The road to the trailhead is a dead end road all way down near the Dirty Devil and sees very little traffic. True two-track!
Crazy sounds in Chambers Canyon. :-)