Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Check out this cabin! 42 miles to Bryce, 42 miles to Zion

Friday, October 23, 2009


There is a swell chart of all the canyons in Zion at this link.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Canyoneering Trip 10-09

The slideshow below is a compilation of our trips into Gravel and Fry Canyons.


This is a video of our hike to Angel’s Landing in Zion as well as video of Peek A Boo & Spooky Canyons.



This is a slideshow of our hike/climb into Peek A Boo & Spooky Canyons.


This is the early version of slideshow #1.


And here are all the photos: here and here and here and here and here

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Driftwood Lodge

Here's on place we will be staying, It is on the doorstep of Zion. I guess we will be knock knock knockin' on heaven's door. Click here .

Limerick #1 by Barb and Carl

There was a man named Danyon

Who loved to crawl in the canyon

He was big and tall

And the cracks were small

He got stuck in one and he died.

they went in search of remains
by foot, by car, and by planes.
What they did when they found him
was oddly astoundin'
they ate soup made out of his brains

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Trip Report

This family has a trip report of their drive from Moab to Las Vegas.

This page tells about driving from  Hanksville thru Capitol Reef with an overnight stay at Torrey. The next day they drove thru Escalante, Bryce and  then stayed in Cedar City. We will be doing the reverse of their trip on the first two days of ours.

Our Updated Proposed Itinerary

We will drive from Vegas to Cedar City the first day. Day 2, after our complimentary breakfast (“Hey, nice buns. Well, thank you.”) we’ll drive thru Bryce Canyon, up to Escalante, thru Capitol Reef Park and then onto Hanksville. Our campsite is about 1 hour south of Hanksville. Aimee told me we should get there about 5 or so.

Map picture

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Retrievable Anchors

After a rappel, if you want to pull the ropes and you are using only natural anchors, here’s one way to do it without leaving any gear behind.


And here’s the macramé knot

Peek-A-Boo & Spooky

Here are two easy-to-get-to canyons we could certainly explore on our own.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

cool map....

I was looking at another outfitter, the link popped up on my google email page. They have a nice interactive map of the area. I found it helpful to wrap my head around things.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Another Trip Report Of Canyon Hiking

This story is by our local “Gear Junkie.”  His guide is the same one Barb and I used when we hiked there a few years ago.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Some Suggestions For Our Trip

Originally this trip was designed around staying at a National Park lodge. That’s why, at first, we thought of Yellowstone or Glacier Park. Since we changed to a canyon hiking trip,  we thought it would be fun to stay at the Zion Lodge or the Bryce Lodge after   the hiking portion of our trip. Both of these are close to the route we take if we are driving from Las Vegas to Escalante.  Comments?







Monday, February 9, 2009

The Best Reason

Of course, the best reason to try a new activity is because you can justify buying new gear. Like this, I kid you not, “The Happy Hooker” to help get you out of a sheer-walled canyon. Cool, huh?

Of Course, The Ladies Need A Special Course

I like the quote below about this class. What about us guys who are intimidated because we have to prove that we know more than the ladies?

“Even with canyoneering becoming more mainstream in the outdoor adventure scene, some women are still finding it hard to participate in this activity without feeling intimidated about taking classes around the opposite sex.”

What Is Canyoneering

There is a lot of discussion on whether or not canyoneering is a hike or an adventure sport. My opinion - “Who cares. Looks like fun.” This is a website with lots of info:

“Canyoneering or as it is called by other names throughout the world "Canyoning , Kloofing, Gorge Walking, River Tracing and Stream or River Trekking," refers to walking, hiking, scrambling, climbing, stemming, jumping, rappelling, and/or swimming through tight, narrow, and often times deep slot canyons. In the United States, Canyoneering is often thought of as canyons being somewhat dry - very rarely any flowing water with only standing pools.”

Flights and Drive Times

Driving directions from Salt Lake City to Escalante, UT

313 mi – about 5 hours 47 mins
Airfare $462

Driving directions Las Vegas to Escalante, UT

293 mi – about 5 hours 34 mins
Airfare $277

Driving directions Colorado Springs to Escalante, UT

570 mi – about 10 hours 14 mins

Airfare $249

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Let’s Have Fun In Some Canyons

This is the area we’re talking about centered around Escalante UT:

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What could we do once we got there? Well we could hike into some cute, short slot canyons like this one called Peekaboo Gulch:

Lots of slot canyons described here around the Escalante River or near Capitol Reef Park. More information here. Some of these hikes would be several hours, some only a few hours. Our base camp would probably be a motel near Escalante. That can be decided later.

Average weather conditions for Escalante.

Another possibility is to do a more technical version of canyon exploring called canyoneering.

“A more extreme offshoot of simple canyon hiking, canyoneering is a multiskill sport that combines climbing, rappelling and swimming to descend steep slot canyons -- the narrow gorges in mesas, sometimes a yard wide and several hundred feet deep and often filled with frigid runoff.”

A video of this canyoneering


It would be good to get a guide to do some of the more adventurous slots and/or to do some canyoneering. A photo of one of the more famous canyoneering canyons from this article:

Many choices available including someone our friend who manages the Salt Lake City REI store knows. There is even a 3 day course on technical canyoneering.

Who –only fun people will be invited

When – after the middle of September

Where – fly into Salt Lake or Las Vegas

How Much - TBD