User | laurajdunham



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laurajdunham's Trip Reports

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1 trip Pool Arch Canyon - Moab
Date: 03/19/2024
Completed with Ray, Eden, and Olivia. I was the first one down on the rappels. Normally Ellen leads but she was not with us so Ray asked me to be the leader on the rappels. I was a bit apprehensive but was able to safely lead the rappels. Gaia GPS tracked us walking 6 miles. Had a great day at a leisurely pace. It took six hours with a stop for lunch and some rope instruction from Ray. Ray said it was his favorite canyon in the Moab area to date. I think my favorite hike to date was Medieval Arch (minus the mishap with Lillie's keys).
1 trip The Subway (From the Top) - Zion West Side
Date: 10/24/2023
Left a trip report in the comments. Went with a group of 9 family members took 10.5 hrs to complete. Kayleigh's first canyoneering trip. Fall colors were gorgeous. Wetsuits made the trip more enjoyable but still experienced some cold as we waited for our turn to rappel. Canyon was spectacular! Would love to do it again. Climbs down in and back out were very steep. Views were incredible the whole way.
1 trip Keyhole Canyon - Zion Main Canyon
Date: 10/23/2023
Took Morgan and Caleb on their first canyoneering adventure. They both did well and enjoyed it! All had wetsuits and were glad to have them. Brooke chose not to use hers and said she was fine but there were some areas were we had to wait to rappel in cold water and those spots were not fun. Would have liked having a wet suit jacket as well and liked having neoprene socks and gloves. Lots of downclimbing in this canyon. Fairly short approach but a very steep climb down to first rappel. Exit to the canyon is at the road.
1 trip Pine Creek - Zion Main Canyon
Date: 10/20/2023
So glad to have both Brooke and Ellen on this trip. Ellen is my brave canyoneer who is always willing to descend first. Brooke would also be happy to descend first but she waits patiently to the last and helps Ray carry the rope bag. Planned and fretted for weeks about this trip because of all the betas about being cold. Ended up using a 4/3 wet suit and was still cold whenever not moving, ie waiting for my turn to rappel or waiting for others to rappel. Lots of bouldering, downclimbing on the exit. Took us 8 hrs from start to finish with a group of six. Lots of awkward starts on rappels. Ray did an excellent job of guiding our group. Felt very safe at all times. Ray, Laura, Brooke, Ellen, Olivia and Eden.
1 trip Goblin's Lair - Goblin Valley
Date: 10/22/2022
Ray, Laura, Ellen, Olivia, Eden. Fun single rappel. Hiked it backwards the first time and were unable to do the rap so returned a year later. Took some route finding skills.
1 trip Blarney Canyon - North Wash
Date: 10/21/2022
Fun short canyon. Lots of downclimbing and tight slot areas. Some stunning areas.
1 trip Cassidy Arch Canyon - Capitol Reef
Date: 10/20/2022
Super fun. Rappelling off an arch is always a blast. Took us about 5 hours to complete. Went with Ellen, Olivia, Eden and Ray.
1 trip Hogwarts Canyon - North Wash
Date: 10/19/2022
Ran it late in the day with 5 in our party. Canyon was mostly dry but did find small amounts of water. We ended up finishing in the dark and found the last rappel a bit awkward in the dark. Super fun canyon!
1 trip Bow and Arrow Canyon - Potash Road
Date: 05/19/2022
Made a quick stop in Moab to do this route on the way to McKay's wedding and meeting Kayleigh. Fun free hanging rappel to begin the technical section.
1 trip U-Turn Canyon - Arches National Park
Date: 10/18/2021
Fun little canyon. Steep climb up but short and easy to find. Long rappel to finish the route.
1 trip Medieval Chamber - Moab
Date: 10/16/2021
Fall break trip to Moab with Ethan and Lily. Left shuttle car but then left the keys in the van so we had to route find through the desert back to our drop off car. Worried we might be spending the night in the desert. Wish we could have called an uber but we didn't have cell service. Not the most fun but glad to have a gaia map. Loved, loved rappelling next to the arch. So beautiful! Love canyoning esp with my family!
1 trip3 trip Water Canyon - Hildale
Date: 10/15/2020
First guided canyon trip. Lots of fun. Free hanging rappel. Ray, Laura, Ethan, Brooke, Ellen, Olivia, Eden.
1 trip Yankee Doodle Canyon - Leeds
Date: 10/12/2020
Our very first canyoneering adventure was so much fun. Biggest challenge was finding the anchors and the exit. Luckily Ray remembered he had the gps waypoints so after passing the exit we returned to the spot indicated on the gps and easily climbed out. Exit was a bit steep but not too bad. Ray, Laura, Brooke, Ellen, Olivia and Eden