Telephone and Fat Man’s – May 2006

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Hank came by for some Zion fun this Memorial Day weekend. First on the itinerary was to take a look at the BIG DROP in Telephone Canyon. Second was a quick run through Fat Man’s Misery.

Wading through the tourists on the West Rim Trail (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Wading through the tourists on the West Rim Trail.

Hank posing on the summit of Angels Landing. Nice headstand, Hank. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Hank posing on the summit of Angels Landing. Nice headstand, Hank.

Below the trail and crossing of Telephone, we found some nice potholes. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Below the trail and crossing of Telephone, we found some nice potholes.

And quite a nice Arch. Location: NAD83 12S 326760mE 4128549mN (Telephone and Fat Man's)

And quite a nice Arch. Location: NAD83 12S 326760mE 4128549mN

Travelling with Hank, you get to see a lot of snakes. This was a nice Bull Snake that did some great hissing. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Travelling with Hank, you get to see a lot of snakes. This was a nice Bull Snake that did some great hissing.

The snake. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

The snake.

A bit of a drop, out at the end. 600 feet down to the Temple of Sinawava. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

A bit of a drop, out at the end. 600 feet down to the Temple of Sinawava.

On to Fat Man’s. I had done it many years ago with Brian Cabe in July. We had a good time, but I was unimpressed. Hank assured me it was better than I thought. OK, let’s go take a look.

Lots of flowers out this spring.     Berry Pricklypear   Opuntia phaeacantha engelm   Cactus Family (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Lots of flowers out this spring.
Berry Pricklypear
Opuntia phaeacantha engelm
Cactus Family

Hank walking the slickrock toward Misery Canyon. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Hank walking the slickrock toward Misery Canyon.

Some Kinda Penstemon   Penstemon so'enorother   Figwort Family     Lots of these around, I'm surprised they're not in my Zion wildflowers book. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Some Kinda Penstemon
Penstemon so’enorother
Figwort Family
Lots of these around, I’m surprised they’re not in my Zion wildflowers book.

Hank. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Hank.

Descending the slickrock bowl into Misery Canyon. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Descending the slickrock bowl into Misery Canyon.

First Rappel. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

First rappel.

Berry Pricklypear   Opuntia phaeacantha engelm   Cactus Family (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Berry Pricklypear
Opuntia phaeacantha engelm
Cactus Family

We got an early start, I guess. Hank struggling for wakefullness, at an interesting rappel anchor. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

We got an early start, I guess. Hank struggling for wakefullness, at an interesting rappel anchor.

First Arch in Misery Canyon. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

First arch in Misery Canyon.

Downclimbing a slot, just before the second arch. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Downclimbing a slot, just before the second arch.

Second arch in Misery. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Second arch in Misery.

Descending into a slot, near the confluence. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Descending into a slot, near the confluence.

Getting into the final grotto section. Me. Photo by Hank. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Getting into the final grotto section. Me. Photo by Hank.

Arches in the Grotto. Photo by Hank. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Arches in the Grotto. Photo by Hank.

Downclimb in the Grotto. Photo by Hank. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Downclimb in the Grotto. Photo by Hank.

Pool in the Grotto. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Pool in the Grotto.

Grim Hank.................................Smiling Hank. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Grim Hank……………………………Smiling Hank.

East Fork Virgin River. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

East Fork Virgin River.

The exit. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

The exit.

Golden Columbine   Aquilegia chrysantha gray   Buttercup Family (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Golden Columbine
Aquilegia chrysantha gray
Buttercup Family

The Powell Plaque. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

The Powell Plaque.

Okay. Someone tell me what this is. That little furball should be a dead giveaway! (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Palmer’s Penstemmon.

Spreading Fleabane (I think?)   Erigeron divergens   Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Spreading Fleabane (I think?)
Erigeron divergens
Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)

Couldn't really find this one, either. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Couldn’t really find this one, either.

Did find a benchmark section quarter, out there in the slickrock. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Did find a benchmark section quarter, out there in the slickrock.

There were a few nice Yucca blooms. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

There were a few nice Yucca blooms.

Some nice slickrock hiking on the way out. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Some nice slickrock hiking on the way out.

Thanks, Hank, for coming by and getting me out of the house. Two fine hikes and great companionship. (Telephone and Fat Man's)

Thanks, Hank, for coming by and getting me out of the house. Two fine hikes and great companionship.

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