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5 trip3 trip The Chute of Muddy Creek - Southern Swell
Date: 06/09/2024
Solo, but shared a shuttle saving me a hot bike ride. 150cfs is just enough to get the job done. Some nice flowers out. Found ANOTHER Oru! Drove out of the Swell via the Temple Mt. Road, which doesn’t seem to be much longer.
5 trip3 trip Little Grand Canyon - Northern Swell
Date: 06/08/2024
Smacked a ditch in the Insight and had to go back to GR to get it checked out. So I was late getting started again. But water was 800cfs so I made it out in 3.5h at sunset. Did the bike shuttle in the dark, which was fun and cooler but pushed bedtime to midnight. Some good wildflowers on the drive in, a rattlesnake in the road, and a dead black-tailed jackrabbit, plus good river wildlife (lots of beaver again).
5 trip3 trip Little Grand Canyon - Northern Swell
Date: 05/29/2024
Launched at about 5pm and camped at late sunset after 3.5-hours of fairly steady paddling on good water (roughly 220cfs). Lots of great wildlife: 7-8 beavers, wild turkey, tiny ducklings, deer, as well as new baby cows. The cow-beaver combo is decimating the cottonwoods, and lots of them end up in the river. Would be a good project to take out the emerging Russian Olive before it leaves the treasure hunt stage and becomes a big hassle. Finished the run with less than 1.5-hrs of paddling in the morning, then pedaled the shuttle back to Fuller Bottom in about 2-hrs. Found the real dinosaur track, and spent a little time looking more closely at the Buckhorn Rock Art Panel--it's impressive. Headed to the Wedge Overlook on the way out and met a giant truck and its cheerful driver: he had been delivering solar panels to a massive nearby installation and though he'd see the sights. Good thing his PR grandmother taught him how to drive loads on tiny roads!
1 trip Medieval Chamber - Moab
Date: 08/18/2023
With Michele, Red Wolf, Julie & Tim, Pete, Marti.
1 trip Pleiades Canyon - Moab
Date: 07/30/2023
Hot day, with loud thunderheads. Bailed on the strip skiing and poked around in Brumley instead. So much stinging nettle, but wildflowers were still lovely.
5 trip3 trip The Chute of Muddy Creek - Southern Swell
Date: 06/22/2023
Solo in packraft. Nice to be back after so long! Encountered a woman and her daughter having a bit of an epic--hopefully I helped them out of their panic. Tried to run on June 14 before we did Deso, but had a comedy of errors: took forever to get there in the Puch, so I was behind all day. Then the brakes failed, and I misplaced the skewer for my MTB which was to be the shuttle. There are people out there these days, so I probably could have mooched a ride. But after all that, it was raining upstream, so I bailed. I got rained on hard on the way out, but the wildflowers were awesome and I exited through Sinbad and Swazey's cabin, which I don't remember ever doing.
5 trip3 trip Little Grand Canyon - Northern Swell
Date: 06/12/2023
Ran with Michele. Great to be back after so long! Lots of water, with fairly stout swirls and eddies and a few easily avoided strainers.
3 trip Parriott Mesa - Castle Valley
Date: 11/15/2022
Muddy approach with cold wind. Snow and ice after reaching the wall. But beautiful day with Jeff.
1 trip Granary Canyon - Moab
Date: 11/06/2022
Upper Granary with Julie, Michele, Tom & Tami, Christine. M & I wore dry suits, but there were walk arounds for the really deep holes.
3 trip Fiery Furnace - Arches National Park
Date: 10/09/2022
With Kim. Came up from the south. Looked for the Lomatium trail, but can't decide which of the two options from Kissing Turtles Arch is the right way--better come in from the north next time.
3 trip Fiery Furnace - Arches National Park
Date: 10/07/2022
With John and Margaret. Came up from the south, found Skull and Surprise Arches and finished the Ranger Loop.
1 trip Bow and Arrow Canyon - Potash Road
Date: 10/07/2022
With John and Margaret. Explored the slickrock above the river, and down to the start of the difficulties.
3 trip Fiery Furnace - Arches National Park
Date: 01/07/2022
Up the south end again; found the way around the jump and followed the ranger tour all the way through.
3 trip Fiery Furnace - Arches National Park
Date: 12/31/2021
Still closed. Hiked up the south drainage again, and joined the Ranger Trail to explore some short side canyons. Didn’t go above the jump on the main channel.
3 trip Funnel Arch - Kane Creek
Date: 08/22/2021
Scrambling was harder than I remembered. Took the left route around the basin to the arch, and the direct route back down.
1 trip Cluster Canyon (aka Entrajo) - Moab
Date: 08/11/2021
With Mike & Kim. Full potholes!
3 trip4 trip Sunset Point and Goosenecks Point - Capitol Reef
Date: 06/20/2021
Out to Goosenecks for sunset and to check out Sulphur Creek.
3 trip Sulphur Creek - Capitol Reef
Date: 06/12/2021
Went solo, but ran into a guy and his daughter to share the shuttle and hike together. Fun hike! Tricky move prevents the masses from hiking up from below.
1 trip SGR Canyon - South of Moab
Date: 04/12/2021
With Michele to first viewpoint (bikes from Prostitute Butte).
3 trip Fiery Furnace - Arches National Park
Date: 12/30/2020
Still closed for COVID, but I explored the watercourse draining the area. Super fun maze, with not obvious route-finding that never got much harder than 3rd class.
3 trip Tunnel and Forget-Me-Not Canyon - Arches
Date: 12/30/2020
Just to the tunnel, after Fiery Furnace.
4 trip Prostitute Butte - South of Moab
Date: 12/06/2020
Put up new route on west end of butte (5.8 C0) with J and M. Requires aiders on last few moves to top out. Some needle-dick later chopped the first bolts, so maybe use RBs? The rock is too soft to hold a fall on gear in the sketchy crack.
1 trip2 trip Elephant Butte - Arches National Park
Date: 11/20/2020
FF, Mike & Kim: the day after finishing the 6-day White Rim.
1 trip U-Turn Canyon - Arches National Park
Date: 08/03/2020
Pete, Dave, Michelle, Julie, Marty, J & F. Fun and easy! Set last rap, then waited for full moon at the fudge-cicle but it was taking too long so we bailed and looked at the moon from the parking lot, instead. Workers on 191 hit a gas line, so town power was out and traffic bottle-necked. Cleared out by the time we left the park, though.
1 trip Dragonfly Canyon - Arches National Park
Date: 07/27/2020
Pete, David, Michelle, J & F. Fun! Potholes about half full and easily escaped. Good trail to start and route-finding on the short-cut return not severe. Use the canyon across from the balanced rim boulder to exit Courthouse Wash.
1 trip2 trip Elephant Butte - Arches National Park
Date: 06/04/2020
F & J. Super fun route!
1 trip Cluster Canyon (aka Entrajo) - Moab
Date: 07/15/2019
J & F, Seatons. Date approximate. No wetsuits needed. Most of the raps can be downclimbed.
1 trip Pool Arch Canyon - Moab
Date: 12/03/2017
Beautiful fin narrows hike to a great arch. We didn't bring a rope, so we backtracked--still very fun!
1 trip Cluster Canyon (aka Entrajo) - Moab
Date: 11/20/2016
F & J. Can’t recall actual date, but it must have been around Thanksgiving since we were still working at Sagehen. Used drysuits, but that was overkill. Fixed rope in place at first mandatory rappel.