Behunin Canyon – Zion National Park – June 2010

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Anna (friend of Luca and Roberto and an MIT grad) was visiting the USA and Zion from Switzerland, Italy and Stanford. Wait, Yuhua is from Stanford AND MIT. Anyway, they came here, we rallied a team from ZAC at the last minute, and on like the first HOT HOT HOT day started the hike up WAY too late. It was HOT!

Yuhua from Stanford, Anna from Italy, Tom, Daniel and Elisa and Nick (not shown) from ZAC. (Behunin Canyon Zion)

Yuhua from Stanford, Anna from Italy, Tom, Daniel and Elisa and Nick (not shown) from ZAC.

Of course, any walk with Tom in the spring is a flower walk. No exceptions today - what did we find? Utah Daisy - Erigeron utahensis gray Sunflower Family A very common flower in Zion, so common I have no previous pictures of it! (Behunin Canyon Zion)

Of course, any walk with Tom in the spring is a flower walk. No exceptions today – what did we find?
Utah Daisy – Erigeron utahensis gray – Sunflower Family
A very common flower in Zion, so common I have no previous pictures of it!

Competing with the Utah Daisy for commonness in Zion: Hoary goldenaster - Heterotheca villosa (pursh) shinn. Sunflower Family (Behunin Canyon Zion)

Competing with the Utah Daisy for commonness in Zion:
Hoary goldenaster – Heterotheca villosa (pursh) shinn. – Sunflower Family

UNcommon in the Park, rarely seen by me until this year - and mostly closed up for the day. Desert Four O'clock - Mirabilis multiflora (torr) gray (Behunin Canyon Zion)

UNcommon in the Park, rarely seen by me until this year – and mostly closed up for the day.
Desert Four O’clock – Mirabilis multiflora (torr) gray

The ever popular Spiderwort...Tradescantia occidentalis (Behunin Canyon Zion)

The ever popular Spiderwort…Tradescantia occidentalis

I rarely hike Angels Landing in the middle of the day in summer. Today, a large group of schoolkids from New Jersey were on the trail. (Behunin Canyon Zion)

I rarely hike Angels Landing in the middle of the day in summer.
Today, a large group of schoolkids from New Jersey were on the trail.

This perhaps is Yellow Head - Trichoptilium incisum (Behunin Canyon Zion)

Springdale Rockdaisy aka Jones Rockdaisy   —    Perityle tenella

And perhaps the 3rd most popular flower in the Park - Palmer's Penstemon - Penstemon palmeri (Behunin Canyon Zion)

And perhaps the 3rd most popular flower in the Park – Palmer’s Penstemon – Penstemon palmeri

And this flower shows up often, too, most likely: Varileaf phacelia or Caterpillar plant - Phacelia heterophylla Waterleaf family - Hydrophyllaceae (Behunin Canyon Zion)

And this flower shows up often, too, most likely:
Varileaf phacelia or Caterpillar plant – Phacelia heterophylla
Waterleaf family – Hydrophyllaceae

Also regularly seen: Uinta groundsel - Senecio multilobatus (Behunin Canyon Zion)

Also regularly seen: Uinta groundsel – Senecio multilobatus

And a NEW photo for me, though I had seen the flower from time to time: Stonecrop - Sedum lanceolatum Orpine Family Crassulaceae This was found in upper Behunin, on a rock. (Behunin Canyon Zion)

And a NEW photo for me, though I had seen the flower from time to time:
Stonecrop – Sedum lanceolatum
Orpine Family Crassulaceae
This was found in upper Behunin, on a rock.

In prior years, I have seen this one but rarely. This year, lots of colorful patches of: Tapertip onion - Allium acuminatum (Behunin Canyon)

In prior years, I have seen this one but rarely. This year, lots of colorful patches of:
Tapertip onion – Allium acuminatum

And finally, a cool one deep in the shade almost to the first rappel: James starwort - Pseudostellaria jamesiana (Behunin Canyon)

And finally, a cool one deep in the shade almost to the first rappel:
James starwort – Pseudostellaria jamesiana

Nick rapping, near the end of the canyon. (Behunin Canyon)

Nick rapping, near the end of the canyon.

Oh yeah, we were doing a canyon. We found some other people at the first rappel – four guyz from New York – who were doing their FIRST Zion Canyon. Which uh, well, ended up with my camera in Nick’s pack.

This was also a work-project canyon. At the first rappel – the rap I like best is the one at drop level, on the left. Which suffered from having only one bolt. I added a second bolt to this anchor.

Lower down, we found at the Fifth rappel, one of the two bolts had pulled out. A long piece of webbing ran back to a small tree. I put in another bolt here. 1/2″ x 3-3/4″ Rawl Powerbolts for both.

And Anna, on the same rap... (Behunin Canyon)

And Anna, on the same rap…

... and our guest from the exotic world of Stanford - Yuhua! (Behunin Canyon)

… and our guest from the exotic world of Stanford – Yuhua!

Toward the end, we took the higher on the penultimate rap. Elisa getting ready to rap. Actually, the tree for this rap is pretty much dead, and the single bolt is pretty good, but not THAT good. Really could use another bolt, or something... (Behunin Canyon)

Toward the end, we took the higher on the penultimate rap. Elisa getting ready to rap.
Actually, the tree for this rap is pretty much dead, and the single bolt is pretty good, but not THAT good. Really could use another bolt, or something…

Daniel, same rap. (Behunin Canyon)

Daniel, same rap.

Nick, lining up for the last rap, with the New Yorkers queueing up behind. (Behunin Canyon)

Nick, lining up for the last rap, with the New Yorkers queueing up behind.

Daniel heading for the edge, final rap Behunin. Oh Yeah! (Behunin Canyon)

Daniel heading for the edge, final rap Behunin. Oh Yeah!

One of the two New Yorkers, who needed a little help rigging up. Hey, did I tell ya, I'm a Red Sox fan??? (Behunin Canyon)

One of the two New Yorkers, who needed a little help rigging up. Hey, did I tell ya, I’m a Red Sox fan???

And finally, leader of the New Yorkers, who we called Shirtless Dude! - now made famous as part of the Latest Rave! And a fine time was had by all!!! (Behunin Canyon)

And finally, leader of the New Yorkers, who we called Shirtless Dude! – now made famous as part of the Latest Rave!
And a fine time was had by all!!!

 

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Posted on Jun 15th, 2010 Behunin Canyon, Canyoneering, Tom Jones, Trip Report, Wildflowers, Zion, Zion Adventure Company

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