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Full-Full Imlay Zion Canyoneering Aug 5 2018

With the Angels Landing trail closed due to collapse, thus starting Imlay from Lava Point, it makes sense to do the full Imlay, as much as I am not as fond of the top half as of the bottom half. With thunderstorms almost every day in the previous week, it would be full, and fairly warm.  That huge flood on July 11th might have brought a few changes to the canyon, what would we find? We on this adventure was Cassy Brown from Springdale, Mike...

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Canyoning Expedition Albania – May 2018 full story

Canyoning Expedition Albania – May 2018 full story….. Guest Rave by Matthias Holzinger Albania is actually close by Switzerland and is often so far away for tourists. Until after the war in Kosovo there was actually no tourism in Albania, this changed with the end of the war, but only very hesitantly. Albania is on the move, because the country offers a lot to tourists. Beautiful beaches, wonderful mountain landscapes and remote regions to explore, as well as nice people who are mostly very helpful show...

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2018 Imlay Canyon Gear Packs

I have been working on massaging the pack designs for about a year now – a year and a half actually – and finally finally got the pre-production samples in from the factory on July 13th. Yeah!  I am very happy with the work the factory does. There are a few small mistakes, all of which will be fixed in production, which is now underway, with the shipment expected to arrive the last week of August. While the line itself has not changed much, there...

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It is hot in Zion

So it is a good idea to start early, and stay out of the sun.  So we did, mostly, by doing a canyon on the East Side, possibly the third intentional descent. Part of the research for the Zion: Canyoneering 2nd Edition. Thanks to Robby Brower and Hayley Walker for inviting me along. Thanks to Kip Marshall for the beta. We got a 6 am start, which thankfully only slipped to 6:10.  And off we go. The approach took just over 2 hours to the...

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Zion National Park Boundary near Kolob Creek

In researching the very fine book The Kolob Tragedy, which everyone should buy and read, well, at least buy, I encountered an interesting rumor that, during the KT lawsuit, the Park had claimed officially that the rappel section of Kolob Creek was not in the Park. If true, this would mean that getting a permit to run Kolob would not be required, as there would be no technical canyoneering inside the Park. So I went to the Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, to look...

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Trail Canyon, May 2018 with Costa Ricans

Johan and Hans from Costa Rica were in town, and I wanted to show them canyons as dissimilar to Costa Rica as possible. Despite the high heat at the end of May, I figured we would go to North Wash and get a few narrow-type canyons in.  On the drive over, we did Cassidy Arch Canyon. On day one we did Shenanigans. For this day, I thought Trail Canyon would be a good choice…  one hour approach close to camp, a bunch of slithering and...

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No Kidding, North Wash, April 2018

Went to the DarkHorse Leadership Canyoneering Rendezvous down in North Wash, 4-19 through 4-22, 2018. Spidey and Clark put on an awesome event. Duke in Hanksville got the Emergency Center facility for the event, and it was actually quite a good place to do this. I arrived Thursday night and it was COLD, so having a large room inside was really helpful. I hung out and chatted with people and retired to a tent on the large lawn about 11pm. A bit of rain was...

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Costa Rica Jungle Canyoneering Part 3

Guest Rave by Ali White. All photos this Rave Ali White except as noted. Costa Rica continued… After a few days descending verdant canyons with spectacular waterfalls on the slopes of Volcan Turrialba, we awoke at 3:30AM to drive half way across the (small) country in search of more. First up – the incredibly gorgeous La Vieja Canyon, entered by rappelling down a side stream to the main “Old” Canyon. Johan negotiated land access with the owner of a dairy farm and we were off...

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One does not simply swim through the Black Hole…

Guest Rave by Rachel Ross “We all want to get through this safely.” Ram’s cinematic voice rang through my head as I stuffed my helmet into my pack. “Figure out your system: ask around.” I slipped on my second pair of neoprene socks. “Figure out the best way for you to stay warm,” I watched the variety of fleece onesies and bright puffy coats stomp around the parking lot. “Find a buddy, we don’t want anyone left behind.” We all huddled together for the group...

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Euphrates Ticaboo Mesa Dec 31 2017

Guest Rave by Cassy Brown. Photos by Rachel Ross and Tom Jones December 31, 2017 On the final day of the year 2017, Rachel and I had the pleasure of playing through Euphrates canyon with Tom, Ram and Jenny. It’s always a treat to canyoneer with some of the sport’s beloved micro-celebrities. Ram was on the first descent of this canyon a few years ago and warned of potential deep wades or swims, so we packed wetsuits in addition to other canyon essentials. Today’s canyon...