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 Peak(s):  Medieval Chamber - 4,785 feet
 Post Date:  04/16/2010
 Date Climbed:   04/13/2010
 Posted By:  Furthermore

 The Medieval Chamber, Moab   

Medieval Chamber Slot near Moab
April 13, 2010
~3 Hours without car shuttle.

Medieval Chamber slot.
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After a decent week, last week in Cedar Mesa, the desert rash needed scratched again. My friend, Kevin, from Ohio was flying into town, so my wife and I made arrangements for a quick 2 day trip to Moab for some climbing and canyoneering. We woke up and left Denver at 7:30 AM and made the 5-6 hour drive to Moab. Unfortunately, it was windy as hell.

We found the Sand Flat Road after some wrong turns in town and started our way to the top of the Mesa where we paid the $5 daily use fee, which is good for 3 days. After entering the heavily used BLM area, we drove ~1.7 miles past the toll both and parked in the wash just past some radio towers. Besides the wind, the weather was great and off we went hiking down the wash.

Walking the wash.
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The wash was easy going and only a few very small dryfalls were encountered. Eventually, we entered an Entrada Sandstone bluff with many large fins. We still continued to follow the wash proper until we found a dryfall that couldn't be bypassed. The only way to continue was to go swimming which none of us wanted. We backtracked up the wash and went down a different gully between fins.

Short easy dryfall.
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Slickrock fun.
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Entrada fins.
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Once we reached the first rappel, we were greeted by a very unfriendly guide group. I guess that's what I get for intruding on "their" canyon without paying them. Since they still had 5 gumbies to lower, we decided to go back to the car and try a different canyon.

Now for a fast forward in time. Blink. Bam. It's early morning the following day and we made the approach in good time. It is fine tuned. This time we parked at the radio towers and b-lined for the bluff staying on slickrock. Much faster. The wash was neat, but this time we were on a mission.

Since we didn't have a car shuttle, and I really didn't feel like running back from the bottom of the canyon, we decided to fix our lines and return the same way we came. I set up the first anchor with our 50M static rope and we started our first rappel into the Medieval Chamber. The rappel is two tiered ~80-90 foot rappel. After entering the Medieval Chamber, we enjoyed the extremely short slot, and continued onto our next rappel off of Morning Glory Arch.


Kevin on the first rap into the Chamber.
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Donna on the first rap into the Chamber.
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Exiting the Medieval Chamber.
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Exiting the Medieval Chamber.
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Again, I set a fixed line off of a tree where we all made the rappel to the bottom. It was a fantastic ~90-100 foot rappel most of which was free hanging. We enjoyed the views from the bottom and now had to start the fun stuff. Jugging back up the ropes. I do have to say that jugging was an efficient way to visit the canyon. We arrived back at car where we started in just over 3 hours. The desert rash has gotten worse and now I gave it to Kevin.

Setting up for the second rap off of Morning Glory Arch.
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Kevin on the second rappel.
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Kevin on the second rappel. Through Morning Glory Arch.
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Kevin on the second rappel. Through Morning Glory Arch.
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Donna rapping of the second rappel.
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Donna on the second rappel.
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Morning Glory Arch viewed from the rappel.
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Morning Glory Arch viewed from the rappel.
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View down from the second rappel.
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Donna jugging up with Morning Glory Arch
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Me Jugging up the second drop.
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Me topping out from jugging up Morning Glory Arch.
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Donna jugging out of the Medieval Chamber.
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Medieval Chamber slot.
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Medieval Chamber slot.
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Kevin finishing the jug out of the Medieval Chamber.
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Route Map (day 2)
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