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Zion Wildflower Walk Pa’rus April 3, 2016

Saw a bunch of good flowers at the Virgin Goosenecks on Friday, thought maybe I should do a flowerwalk in the Park, so I wandered down in the morning to walk the Pa’rus trail. I’ve seen some good blooms there in the past, but… “But” is, not much of a bloom right now. Just not warm enough yet, I guess. Found 12 species out, including 6 I didn’t know and had not ID-d.  But with a little help from Derrick Zobell aka Sacred Cliffs Photography…...

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Zion spring flowers and Lady Mountain – March 26, 2016

Ran up Lady Mountain last Saturday. We planned on a different adventure, which involved getting wet and cold, but not getting wet and cold sounded a lot better, so at the Zion Lodge we off-loaded. We hiked up the sorta-closed upper-Emerald Pools trail, shortly dumping most of the weight from our packs beside the trail. With lighter packs, we headed upward. Since I already had lots of Lady Mountain pictures, I did not take many on the way up; but did take pics of flowers,...

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Crack Baby, and the usual Grand Canyon torture Feb-March 2016

Crack Baby is one of the closest Grand Canyon Redwall Limestone slots to “the road”, and was thus chosen for a quick trip for a photo shoot. “Give Tom Jones a call”, said Rich Rudow, (almost) heading out the door for a 30-day Grand Canyon trip. So Kristen Caldon, photographer on a Sierra Club project, called me, and we threw together a quick trip.  Bruce Wilson from St George, and Chris Grove and Christine Ame from Flagstaff signed up. We rendezvoused at the Tuweep Road parking...

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Ram: A Snowy Echo Canyon Zion 2-17-2016

Guest Rave by Steve Ramras; all the good pictures by Ramsel Adams. It doesn’t happen every year. Usually about every 4 or 5 years. When it does, I can’t resist. It happened to us the first time, in the early 90’s. We descended Middle Echo, one May day, finished the short raps and came smack into a walls of ice. For the next 2 hours, we dangerously weaved our way through the snow and ice. One stretch we crawled in a 2.5 foot high tunnel,...

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FF XIV: Getting Piggy in Swine Flue… Dec 31 2015

Last canyon of the year. The day before the Black Hole calls for something modest – don’t wanna get too worked before A. the big party; B. the big campfire session and C. the BIG DAY.  Let’s do a HOG, some people said. Hog 2 aka Swine Flue was selected as a good choice – and a bunch of people signed on.   No California car pool on this one…  and we would be going out the bottom, which is my preferred exit. So we...

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A Casual Hogwarts, and more… December 30, 2015

FF XIV: After a frosty Inferno, came back to camp to find Alane had arrived from Colorado. Next day we joined Ram and others to do a super-duper, double-cross-your-heart secret canyon, which of course was totally wonderful (400 foot rappels next to hot-water waterfalls, dolphins in the pools, a couple 40 foot jumps… you know, all that secret canyon stuff) but I can’t show you pictures or even let you know it was over by Bluff. But super-secret was a long cold day, despite the...

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A Frosty Inferno… Dec 28th 2015

Well, not really. FF XIV: My traditional FreezeFest experience begins with a trip to Paradise… er, through Paradiso, as the case may be. But they did that the day before, and it was EPIC!  Sand on the walls, snow on the walls, sand over snow on the walls – the savory FF experience we all strive for. When I rolled into camp at 10 pm on the 27th, the canyon planned for the next day was Inferno, also out in the Dantes. Fine by me –...

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The Magical Mystery Tour – Zion, Dec 25, 2015

Guest Rave: Steve Ramras Indecision reigned. It was the Christmas day traditional insanity time. Who would go? Many of the past participants felt the reality of the danger of the thing. They waxed eloquently on it foolhardiness. In the end, the same people as last year filled up this year’s permit. Where would we go? Observation Canyon? Not Imlay? Fat Man’s Misery? Jacob? All would be new to the assembled party. All had strong appeal to some or all. All proved impractical under the circumstances....

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Playing the Checkerboard, Zion, December? 6, 2015

Canyoneering in winter – be careful! I was looking for one more “full day” canyon before the season closes down…  Guess I got it! Doesn’t help that I don’t like getting up early. Or maybe I didn’t do the math, but. We chose Checkerboard as a worthy canyon for a mighty day, and thankfully not all that wet. We met at 7:30 am; Cassy, Jillian and Bailey coming up from Springdale after spotting a car at the T of S. Which meant starting hiking on Dakota...

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Being Free in Cove Canyon – October 11 to 14

Guest Rave by Cassy Brown.  Photos by Lindsey and Lynn The moment I watched Lynn stick the burly Zion Adventure Company Land Cruiser BEFREE in a ravine, I knew we were in for an extraordinary adventure in this ruggedly remote corner of the Grand Canyon. “Game on,” I thought. “Let the foolery begin.” She and I spent the next hour trying to provide the 4WD vehicle with enough traction to escape the ravine. In our efforts, we ripped a gaping hole in a rope bag...