Spider Woman Rock from inside Canyon de Chelly

A view of Spider Woman Rock (Spider Rock) from within Canyon de Chelly.
Note that climbing this pillar is strictly prohibited by law and offensive to Navajo residents of the area per tribal custom.
1 May 2008

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Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - May 8, 2008 10:53 am - Voted 10/10

It Looks So Short!

It looks so short, compared to my own image taken from the canyon rim! I wish we'd had time to spend within the canyon (other than White House ruins hike, which my son and I did). I really enjoyed your TR. Thanks! --mark d.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - May 8, 2008 11:51 am - Hasn't voted

Re: It Looks So Short!

Mark,

I hope you and your son get the chance to venture deep into the canyon one of these days. It is an enriching, relaxing experience.

Cheers,

Sarah

Wiktoria Plawska

Wiktoria Plawska - Jul 28, 2008 9:45 pm - Hasn't voted

wow

wow, i wish i could go there to climb that!
I saw some like that though when i went to the Rockies.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jul 30, 2008 11:47 am - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Even if you were there, you would have to admire Spider Woman Rock from a distance. The Navajo Tribal Police would have something to say about you attempting to climb it... Apparently a few years ago some folks snuck into the canyon and tried to climb that rock and got stuck and had to be rescued (for a few years, old climbing rope could still be seen dangling from the rock). There are plenty of Navajo who believe those stranded climbers "got what they deserved".

Happy climbing!
Sarah

Wiktoria Plawska

Wiktoria Plawska - Jul 31, 2008 3:23 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Yeah, i guess that just some of those rock formations were made to look at not go on.

rpc

rpc - Jan 15, 2009 12:40 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: wow

aaaah - the good old days:

http://www.joshuatreeclimb.com/Stories/prespyderrock.htm

edit in: nice shot.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jan 15, 2009 7:06 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Thanks for sharing the link. -Sarah

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 11, 2010 5:15 am - Voted 10/10

Amazing!

Looks almost like the cathedral of Strasbourg!

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jan 11, 2010 10:35 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Amazing!

Eric,

It's neat that you say this rock formation reminds you of a cathedral. It also has special cultural and spiritual significance to the native people who inhabit this valley.

Sarah

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 11, 2010 11:11 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Amazing!

That's interesting! Which natives live here?

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jan 11, 2010 11:17 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Amazing!

Eric,

Here is more about the Navajo, or the Dineh:

http://www.navajo.org/history.htm

Sarah

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