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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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Lady Mountain 11-11-2015

After the Live Like Louis fest, a group of us wandered up Lady Mountain on a fine November day. Not all that eventful, really. We went up. There was some snow near the top that made finding the trail more difficult, and then getting back over to it quite dicey once we found it.  Lynn and I put in a bolt above the second step,for rappel and belay. With greater popularity of this route, it seemed like a good idea, as the tiny oak bush...

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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...

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The AAA Team in Heaps – Sept 2015

Canyoneering with a crack team is a great pleasure. Two guides from France, Guillaume Coquin and Francois (?), plus Locomotive Lynn and Cassy Brown from ZAC (and me) make one darn fine team. A test run in Mystery the day before was a bit later, hotter and longer than I prefer before a Heaps, but we did hook up with visiting Australian photographer Mark Watson, who generously offered to hike the 600 foot rope to the Emerald Pools for us – that helped. An early start...

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Imlay Imlay Imlay – Zion Canyoneering August 2015

A somewhat difficult Imlay. My wonderful niece Rylin and hubby Eric really wanted to do Imlay, and could sneak down for a weekend. Which coordinated well with lil’ ‘Lana (now an OB instructor, formerly a ZAC guide) being in town (briefly). Ry and Eric brought along Dave Eiriksson; lil’ ‘Lana brought along Zion NP Trailcrew Chief Shannon Calabro to complete out team. A reasonably early start got us up there before the heat got bad, thanks be to some deity. This would be a first Imlay...

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Zions Not Imlay Canyoneering Route, again?? Aug 2015

Yes. Again! I’ve come to really like Not-Imlay. No fight for a permit. A scenic tour. Nice long raps. A short exit. A shortish day. Bailey was looking for a new canyon (for her) and despite the heat, seemed like a good idea. The bad news is that it starts and ends in the Main Canyon – thus one has to ride the bus to get there and back, which costs time. This time of year, on a Saturday, the buses are full, which makes...

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Kloofing In Kolob, July 2015

The Burgemeester of South African Kloofing was in town, and we ran through Pine Creek and Fiddle Me This, and were looking for a Big Finish. At various times, I had sent friends from the USA to join Teuns for some canyons over there, and we were glad to finally see him here in our Zion; now it was time to host him and, of course, a trip through Imlay would be perfect! Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating, and we backed off to Kolob....

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A Smokey Telephone Zion – July 2015

Anna was in town for a week of fun canyons, and tried to set up a Heaps trip. It did not set up, so we backed off to Telephone. Grabbed a permit in the morning (thanks Erin), hopped on the very full rush-hour bus, made it to the trailhead about 9am.  Compared to last week, it was not all that hot out. As in, it was hot, just not Scorching Hot!  I was Jonesing to do Telephone because I had not been in quite a...