Lower Buckskin Gulch
The following morning, with lighter packs, we continued down Buckskin Gulch to the Paria River. It was about six miles downstream to the confluence. After a quick dunk in the river and a little playing around with quicksand, we were on our way back up the canyon. We stopped at the midway exit to grab our overnight stuff and then retraced our path to Wire Pass. read more>>>
Deep in Buckskin Gulch.
Buckskin Gulch has the proud distinction of being the longest slot canyon in the world. All slot canyons by definition have sections of tight narrows, but the depth and length of these narrows can vary. Some are actually quite short, often measured in yards. Others can go for longer, even as long as a mile, before it opens up and higher ground can be reaches. The narrows section of Buckskin Gulch is over 13 miles long, with only one midway entry/exit point. Eventually it joins the Paria River, and ultimately the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. read more>>>
One of the many rappels in Water Holes Canyon
Water Holes Canyon is a slot canyon just south of Page, Arizona. It empties into the Colorado River from the east, just below Glen Canyon Dam. Like Antelope Canyon, Water Holes is on Navajo land and requires permission to access. read more>>>
It was time for a fall desert trip, so a group of us headed down to Page, Arizona, with a list of canyons and slots to check out. We started with Antelope Canyon. read more>>>
Breaking trail to the high point in the upper basin. Castle Peak’s 14,000 foot summit is up above.
Fall just wouldn’t be complete without a trip up to Montezuma Basin. A friend had told me that the recent wet weather was falling as snow up in the basin at 13,000 feet, and that the skiing was actually pretty good. Better yet, the road was still mostly dry and you could drive high up the road. So Joey and I headed up there this past weekend with our rock skis to see what it was like. read more>>>
Christy and I returned to run the Bear 100 again last weekend. I guess we’re just gluttons for punishment.
We gave it our best and finished the 100 mile course with 23,000 feet of elevation gain in respectable times, though we were both a bit slower compared to last year. We ran unsupported, that is without crew or pacers, and speaking for Christy as well as myself here— five days later we’re still feeling pretty worked.
A great day at a race like this requires everything to go right. Anything short of that means you’re out on the course longer, and if the challenges that arise are numerous and/or sizable, there’s a really good chance you might not even finish.