Blarney is a fun little canyon next door to the Leprechauns and convenient to the Sandthrax campsite. While the two branches CAN be done by hiking around and rapping in, this Epic Blarney circle route is highly entertaining, and (I claim) the BEST way of doing the canyon. Go UP East Blarney and DOWN West Blarney. Total time is about 4 hours, at a relaxed pace.
The one challenging climb-up in East Blarney usually has webbing hanging on it as a handline (careful), and you will want at least one strong climber in the group. Without the handline, it might take several people to safely boost and spot your strong climber up this spot.
A quick jaunt leads over to West Blarney. Look left when you reach the top of East Blarney. A short climb up and follow West Blarney up canyon. Getting in the top can be done by downclimbing a slab and corner, or circling around and doing the regular rap in. The rest of the canyon can be downclimbed, but the downclimbs are high and intimidating, so bring a rope in case folks in your party are not up for it.
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