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Zion Mystery Canyon Last Gasp December 2014

The idea was to sneak in one more good canyon before the weather hit, and Diana really wanted Kolob, so we scheduled a trip Monday Tuesday, hiking out the narrows and… And then it snowed. Plenty of snow up top, so Kolob was not going to be a good choice. Second choice… well, why not a Mystery? Christian had not done it yet, permits would not be hard to get. Ethan helped out by driving us to the top before heading off to go climbing…...

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Zion Tabernacle Dome for Thanksgiving 2014

Zion. Tabernacle Dome. A fine easy climb before pigging out on Thanksgiving victuals. What an amazing fall we have been having. The warm, sunny weather has persisted, and it seems our obligation to take advantage. Tabernacle Dome (or Turtle Rock) seemed like a good choice for a pre-feast romp – half-day, not too far, mostly just fun fun fun. Takers for this event were Assam Saidi (outfitter at ZAC) and his buddy from Detroit, Adam Spencer aka Spence; and the always-game Amanda J. A casual...

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Not-Imlay Canyon Zion – rope retrieval and scenic tour Nov 21 2014

Canyoneering? It is getting kinda cold at night, but the fine weather in Zion National Park is holding so, when someone mentioned that ropes were hanging on the last rap in Not-Imlay, we thought we would throw together a trip and go get em sooner rather than later. Invites went out and were quickly returned – guess more people than me have a touch of the cabin fever. Weekday travel would allow driving into Zion Canyon. Sweet temps would allow a reasonable start. The posse...

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Kolob Canyon Rappel Route No Drama Descent August 2014

Frank from Colorado was paying his first canyoneering visit to Zion, and wanted to get in a “big boy” before escaping, so Amanda suggested Kolob. While it is kinda  long day, it would be less tortuous than our last couple of days out – sounds good. I drove over to Lava Point and camped in the cool of the high altitude, while Frank and Amanda drove up early in the morning. Two amazing thunderstorms came through in the night, giving me hope (not realized) for a...

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Canyoning Ouray Wetterhorn with Ira Lewis July 2014

Short Version (from Ira): 5:45am – wake up 6:30am – gear packed 6:45am – stash Tom’s car in a place where he gets a ticket 8:30am – arrive at the end of the dirt offroad at the base of Oben.  One very dented skid plate later. 12:00pm – arrive at saddle, high point for the day 3:00pm – arrive into Wetterhorn Creek after 2 raps from the tributary.  We tried to descend a tributary, but found out quickly that it dropped off in the crumbly choss of the Canyon Right side...

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Volcano HOT Canyoneering in Zion July 2014

It is hot in Zion this summer. Yeah, we had a little taste of monsoon that helped things out.  But still… hot Part of the heat is to chose one’s adventures carefully.  In this case, we kinda did, kinda didn’t. The idea was to check out an “easier” approach to a canyon Kip explored about 10 years ago, as the original approach we took was long and tedious. Would the new approach be short and easy enough? Would the canyon be good enough to make...

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Heaps Canyon Zion w Direct Finish – July 2014

Heaps – the Big Kahuna! What a great canyon. I got the opportunity to do it three times this year – and this is the one where a bunch of pictures got taken. A mellow trip put together by Deeps, with Brian Olliver, Louis Johnson, Everett Boutillet and myself. Two days in the middle of the summer – LOTS of daylight. With the canyon full from recent thunderstorms, and a strong team… SHOULD be no problem. (Pictures this Rave from the whole team!) An early...

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Zion: Checkerboard in da Heat – July 2014

In this kind of heat, even in Zion it is hard to find reasonable objectives. We chose Checkerboard with an early start. Skipping along Dakota Ridge in the early morning light was the plan… and we got some of that. We, in this case, was Amanda and Jesse from ZAC, and me of course. 5:55 am was a reasonable start. Amanda got almost two hours of sleep. I got six, good enough. Hand the big rope to Amanda, the small rope to Jesse, and off we...

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Zion Canyoneering – Conspicuous Canyon – June 21, 2014

What is NOT-Hidden?  Why, conspicuous of course. My friend Rick Thompson had attempted Hidden Canyon from the Top last fall, and due to navigational difficulties found him and his companions in a nearby canyon, thus the name… well actually, it already had a name, Grotto Canyon, and was listed in my book with the line “I did it, so you don’t have to”.   After spending the night and being assisted out of the canyon, not really having enough rope to both exit and retrieve,...

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The MIA Exit? By Choice? Pipe Spring Canyon & MIA Canyon May 16, 2014

Most (sane) people try to avoid the MIA Exit as much as possible. But, there is a pretty nice canyon that parallels it, and I wanted to check that out, so I recruited Diana from ZAC for a casual run through. Since she had not exited up the MIA, this would be a good chance for her to get her first go at it without carrying all that much weight. We got an early start, leaving Springdale almost before 10 am. Trailhead at 11. We...