Fat Man’s Misery

This canyon is likely the single most remote canyon in the region. Deep in the Parunuweap Wilderness, it is a long way from anywhere and requires a high level of fitness and stamina to do in a single day.

To avoid 6 hours of cross country hiking, we will approach the canyon from the opposite side of the East fork via a riotous 4WD road and spectacular entrance canyon. A mile down the Parunuweap brings us to the mouth of Fat Man’s where we climb up and out of the Barracks canyon to access the upper part of Fat Man’s Misery.  This hike will gain approx. 800 feet of elevation (which is part of the misery) and afford a rappelling entrance to the canyon bottom.

The canyon changes from open wash hiking to twisted narrows multiple times over the course of a short distance and features 8-10 rappels up to 40 feet high.  The final rappels in the canyon enter a dark and wet grotto with warm spring water and a refreshing swim to the confluence with the Parunuweap river.

5 people (max): $350 per person
4 people: $399 per person
3 people: $425 per person
2 people: $495 per person
1 person: $895

Plus 9.75% sales tax and permit fee
3% discount for personal check or Venmo
5% discount for cash
Additional 1.5% for Visa, Mastercard, and Discover

Best Program For:
-Testing your Stamina

Time: 11-14 hours depending of group size
Prerequisites: Previous program with us
Ages: 15-70
Fitness Level: 5
Strength: ability to do 8 pull ups
Aerobic:  ability to run up 15 flights of stairs
Balance:  ability to stand on one foot and alternately touch your fingertips to your nose with your eyes closed for 10 seconds

Season: May-November
-6-7 miles of hiking
-8-10 rappels up to 40′
-River travel

What to Bring:
-2 liters of water
-Day pack or hydration pack
-Hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
-Season appropriate clothing
-Appropriate footwear
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Reservation policy:
14 days before your scheduled program we will call to obtain a credit card to hold the reservation.

Cancellations of the program with less than 24 hours notice will be charged 100% of the program fee.

No shows will be charged 100% of the program fee.