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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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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...

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Adventure in Dead Eye Dick, Zion National Park Canyoneering 4-17-2014

“It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong”…  Yvon Chouinard There’s been a lot of chat, of late, about people dropping into the WRONG canyon.  This is a story about starting UP the wrong canyon – perhaps a more-forgiving error to make. Went off to do Dead Eye Dick with Amanda from Zion Adventures on Thursday.  Since I had not done the one-car approach, and needed to for the website, WE (as in I) decided to do it that way, by starting down The Narrows,...

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Canyoneering Glen Canyon ZAC Team 04-2014

Went out canyoneering in Glen Canyon for a Zion Adventure Company staff training event. Ramoo and Jenny were running the trip, so I was just a ride-along, which is great fun. The purpose of the trip was for staff to practice non-Zion-type canyoneering techniques, show off their team-work skills and maybe, just maybe, have fun! We consider Glen Canyon an adventure-reserve, so no beta on where we were, just pictures.  Enjoy.

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A Not Canyon in Zion – Canyoneering in April, 2014

A couple year ago, maybe more than a couple, when walking out the Narrows after Imlay one July, we found some people rapping into the Narrows in an odd place. “What was it like?”  I asked. “A couple long rappels, kinda brushy, not so good” was the answer. This was the canyon that starts at the between-the-passes of the Imlay Right-hand Sneak route, and ends up in the Narrows not far upcanyon from Mystery at the head of the Gooseneck.  I immediately labelled it “Not-Imlay”...

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Winter Zion – Pine Creek Canyon, Feb 1.2014

After a great day in Keyhole (which sounds faintly ridiculous)… Luke came up from Las Vegas, and the question was, what canyons COULD we do. Given the blanket of snow across Zion, Deeps and I kinda thought the only canyon that would be non-epic would be Pine Creek.  We rallied somewhat earlier, to avoid the afternoon snowmelt flood, and picked up a permit again, grabbed a drysuit at ZAC for Luke, then headed up the hill. Saturday was colder than Friday, and the “melt” never...

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Winter Zion – Keyhole Canyon on Ice – Jan 31.2014

Mr. Deanpaul Russell aka Deeps came down to enjoy our incredible non-winter weather in Zion…  except, the day before and the night he drove down, it snowed about 6″ in Zion. Winter again! As the weather report predicted clearing in the afternoon, we delayed our start, meeting Jenny down at Deep Creek at 10 am. We geared up and picked up a permit, then headed up to do Pine Creek Canyon. The storm had cleared and the sun was out, melting snow on the slickrock....

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Sundance2014 – Day1 – Jan 20, 2014 – Tom’s View

Sundance – my annual opportunity for culture and intellectual inspiration. This year I will make one post for each day, the movies seen that day. Day One: Alicia’s next door neighbor scored me some tickets, but the first movie for the day was a pickup, and we used the new eWaitlist system to get decent numbers for Lambert and Stamp – a movie recommended by Alicia. “WE”, in this case, is me and my niece Rylin who recently moved to Salt Lake City to finish up...