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
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
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.”
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.”
Driving directions from Salt Lake City to Escalante, UT
313 mi – about 5 hours 47 mins
Driving directions Las Vegas to Escalante, UT
293 mi – about 5 hours 34 mins
Driving directions Colorado Springs to Escalante, UT
570 mi – about 10 hours 14 mins
Sunday, February 8, 2009
This is the area we’re talking about centered around Escalante UT:
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