Re: just got back from Zion
- Thanks Joe. That makes my day.
Just wrapped up our final weekend in the park until late summer or fall. 'Twas a great weekend. We bagged Horse Pasture Plateau (the highpoint of the West Rim Trail) and Angels Landing in a 17-mile/4,400 feet of gain roundtrip from Zion Canyon on Saturday. Taking a light nap on the summit, we were rudely awakened by thunder and some flashes of lightning. Packed up and skipped on outta there, quickly!
Yesterday, canyon fun!
--- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "JoeB" <joe@...> wrote:
> Thanks Courtney. BTW -- when I got home, I was pleasantly surprised to see a cafepress box at my doorstep with two copies of your book (one will be a gift). Thanks for the shout-out and I gotta say... awesome, awesome work! This will keep me juiced until I'm back in the area...
> --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "Courtney" <cp0915@> wrote:
> > Excellent, Joe. Sounds like a terrific trip! Good for you, my friend.
> > --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "JoeB" <joe@> wrote:
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> > > I just had another magical 10 days in Zion, exploring to my heart's content. Didn't bring the whole family this time, it was just me and my Dad. The highlight was spending four days in the Barracks. We entered from Mt Carmel Junction and had plenty of time to explore up and down many of the beautiful side canyons. I had been in Pweap many times previously, but it had always been rushed (day hike down Poverty, exit of Misery), so the more relaxed pace was perfect.
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> > > That little boulder obstacle upstream from Misery still has the log jam and was probably the crux of the hike. My dad is 67yo so scrambling isn't really an easy pastime for him, but I rigged some webbing and guided him down the logs. The pool beneath that final obstacle is currently a swimmer for about 10 feet. I was relieved that our overnight packs (with everything in drybags) were quite buoyant in the water. Outside of that, there were no significant obstacles in the route.
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> > > Other highlights:
> > > - day hike down Meadow Creek to "Arch 7 Canyon" -- it was nice to connect the dots (we had hiked up to the Meadow/Mineral junction during our Barracks hike)
> > > - hiking to Observation Point in the rain and waiting at the viewpoint hoping for the sun to break for a photo. I sat up there for 2.5 hours in my rain gear talking to somebody else who was waiting for photos; nice experience. Unfortunately, she got cold and left, so I had the viewpoint all to myself. Suddenly a blue hole opened up directly above me and I had magical light for 15 minutes. Wonderful!
> > > - Chinle Trail: after our Barracks hike, I was pretty much hiking on my own as my dad's feet recovered from the Barracks hike, but he was up for a relatively flat one. This oft-maligned trail is actually quite pleasant in the cooler weather. The area west of Coalpits is still looking pretty bleak after the 2006 wildfire. Those new campsites along Chinle are in pretty good locations (more appealing during cooler months), but it looks like barely anybody has used them. (Some do not have flat or sandy spots.) Given the awkward start of the trail in the overpriced practically abandoned Anasazi Plateau development, I can't imagine that these campsites will get much use unless they expect people to hike up Huber or Coalpits.
> > > - last day, I went back up to Peak 6275 (Progeny Peak) to catch it at high noon on a beautiful poofy cloud day. JeffB -- I got a real kick out of your registry entry, not sure if you remember what you wrote!
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> > > I'll post more detailed trip reports and photos as I get the chance. Got to get back into that work groove again. *sigh* :) -Joe
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