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Rope Shrinkage Tests

How much do ropes shrink as we use them? There is no standard test for this, so it becomes very hard to say. I think/guess/observe/no-really-it-is-a-guess about 5% in the first few trips, and not much past that. For my Imlay Canyon Gear ropes that are 100% polyester, sheath and core, thus perhaps more resistant to shrinkage than other ropes. But what is really true? Could we actually collect some data and find out? I will list and update the data collected here, with generally the...

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Zion Wildflower Stroll, Main Canyon, April 14, 2017

What a difference 10 days make. Beautiful temperate weather here in Zion, and the flowers are out in the Main Zions Canyon. Not exactly a superbloom, but better than the last Flowerwalk for sure.  Cassy Brown joined me and we followed the same route, more or less, as 10 days prior – hitting the Emerald Pools are first, then over to Weeping Rock to check on the hidden riparian area, and get some better shots with the better light of a bright spring day. By...

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Zion Wildflower Walk April 6, 2017 Main Canyon

Kind of a crazy spring, here in Zionland. First very warm. Then cooler and rainy, as in very rainy. Went down to the main canyon to see if anything was out in the lower elevations, taking the Kayenta trail to the Middle Emerald Pool, then near Weeping Rock went to one of my favorite  riparian nooks. Not all that many things out, but many of the usual suspects were getting going. Also some species new to me, or at least that I had not carefully...

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Silver Grotto Grand Canyon March 2017

My knees still hurt. But this is not unusual. I do one hiking trip each spring to the Grand Canyon, carrying the BIG PACK (camping, canyoneering, pool toying) and it wrecks me. Then it takes a year for me to forget. This year, the crew included two oldsters with more years than me…  but they also seemed to be more durable. (Sigh) (Best photos this Rave by Bill Church  (c) Bill Church) 2017: Silver Grotto via South Canyon with Rick Demarest and Jenny West, plus some...

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Despair, Pit of… Death, Valley of… Canyoning Jan 29, 2017

Sunday’s adventure was to be my fourth canyon in the Princess Bride Range, the Pit of Despair. Fun little canyons over here, in a steep but not too high limestone mountain range. We drove out that way, parked the car on the berm, hiked up the fan. It is a bit of a walk over to the base of the mountain, a slow trudge up the alluvium. But the temps were nice so, trudge we did. Today’s team included Abby Wines, Mike Cressman and Ray...

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Deimos Death Valley Canyoneering Adventure Jan 28, 2017

Deimos was the son of Ares and Aphrodite. He is the twin brother of Phobos and nephew of the goddess Enyo who accompanied her brother Ares into battle, as well as his father’s attendants, Trembling, Fear, Dread and Panic. Deimos is more of a personification and an abstraction of the sheer terror that is brought by war and he never appeared as an actual character in any story in Greek Mythology. His Roman equivalent was Formido or Metus. Asaph Hall, who discovered the moons of...

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Great Falls of the Fox with plenty of water

Guest Canyoneering Rave by Nicolas Barth Photos by Nic Barth and Keith Richards-Dinger. Great Falls of the Fox Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains, California.  Jan 14, 2017 Presented with a three-day weekend at the end of a solid bout of rain in southern California I figured I could spare one day to be out and about. I had never been to Great Falls of the Fox, said to be one of the standout canyons in the San Gabriels for its narrow bedrock canyon and rapid-fire waterfalls,...

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The Mighty Shelf Canyon Zion – Dec 2016

It’s a small canyon. One rappel. Some nice narrows. I’ve done it twice now, and both times did not get much in the way of pictures. And stuck the rope, both times. May 3, 2015 My niece Rylin was in town, and we wanted to do something, something short. It was broiling hot. Shelf Canyon seemed like a good idea, though the scenic approach would be a bit on the toasty side, so we took the Upper Pine Creek approach. Like one does for Spry,...

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Heaps Heaps Heaps Zion August 20 – 2016

We went to Heaps… Heaps would be my favorite canyon in Zion, except that it is physically demanding a bit past my usual fitness level. Meaning, before a Heaps I have to bear down for two weeks, drink a bit less beer, do a few more runs or training hikes. So when Kip messages me on Tuesday “doing a Heaps this Saturday, you coming?”, I briefly hesitate. The good news is that Kip is strong and energetic and will carry the big rope, and has...

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Not Imlay once more with feeling… July 26, 2016

Back to Zion National Park’s Not-Imlay Canyon. Rumor had it someone left a bunch of ropes hanging, so we organized a trip to go in and retrieve these things. The dangling rope was swung on by the numerous Narrows hikers… until it broke. Emergency over, but cleanup still required.  (Turns out someone cleaned it up before we got in there). We for this trip included a motley crew of Springdalites, including Kim Molyneux, Claudia Morrison, Cassy Brown, James Yellowdart Marvin and me, Tom Jones. We...