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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...

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Epic Blarney – North Wash – Nov 15, 2015

The name “Epic Blarney” has been thrown around for awhile, origin mysterious. Some said it was because of a canyoneering expedition where an Epic brew (good choice) was to be drunk at each rappel… (hmmm, suspicious). A more likely origin was perhaps a descent during one extremely snowy FreezeFest, when it really was EPIC, just to get down Blarney. Blarney is close to my heart. Alicia Scotter and I were the first of our group to explore the canyon, way back in the winter of...

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Chasing The Demons of Pandora’s Box (Canyon) – Nov 13, 2015

It’s my party, and I get to choose the canyon and the company. For this year’s TomFest, the sparsely-attended Friday canyon would be Pandora’s Box, a wonderful though vigorous canyoneering adventure in Capitol Reef National Park. There have been several rescues in there the last couple years, as novice groups have underestimated the difficulties.  (/foreshadowing)  It is a long canyon to do at this time of year. The company today would be Alane Urban out from Colorado, Kari Moe and her friend Babbie from Park...

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Pipe Spring Canyon Zion, October 2015

Went to do some canyoneering, this fine Halloween day. Pipe Spring Canyon in Zion, up near Lava Point was the canyon du jour. I had not been there in a while, and wanted to revisit. Was not all that interested in swimming, or getting up early, so this seemed like a good choice. Mike Cressy came up from Vegas for the day; Cameron was in town briefly; Andy Archabald (AA) came over from St George; and Felicia joined in to complete our crew. One of...

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Behunin Canyon Zion Cleanup Oct 2015

Hadn’t done Behunin for a few years. Kinda needed to, to check on the anchors and maybe fix the 2nd to last, which was a mess; and maybe add a high-water anchor for the last rap, out of the watercourse, since people seem to keep getting stuck up there. I hadn’t done a canyon with my fellow Imlay employee and friend Shirlz, and we had fine weather, not so many orders to fill, and… why not! So off we went. In canyon, we ran into...