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Editorial ---

Features ---
The Grim Swim

Hole Sweet Hole

Alternative Anchoring

Wet Canyons
of Colorado

Gear ---
Beyond Helmets
and Harnesses

Technique ---
Double Coil

Book Reviews ---
Kelsey Plateau, 4th ed.

Van Tilburg & Annerino

History ---
The Black Book


News and Safety




Excerpts from The Black Book

Compiled by Tom Jones

Zion National Park has long been a center of canyoneering in the USA. One of the unique aspects of the Zion scene is The Black Book, a collection of trip reports kept at the visitor center, that makes for interesting reading on those rare rainy days in Zion.

Here are a few excerpts from The Black Book. Well, not the current Black Book - these selections come from the library of Duncan Ferguson and were apparantly copied from the real Black Book in about 1978, in preparation for an article on climbing in Zion. The trip reports are presented here in the raw - I'm sure the authors did not know they were writing for posterity, or they would have proofread a little more carefully.

Behunin Canyon - December 28, 1974
Behunin Canyon - June 20, 1978
Pine Creek (no date)
Oak Creek, Righthand Canyon - December 30, 1971
Virgin River Narrows - June 5 - 6, 1976

One thing I find really interesting is how many of these early Zion descents took place in the late fall and winter. A good time for first descents? I don't think so, but...

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