FC: Canyonlands National Park 2012
1: UTAH | A generational passion for the old west continues..... Below: Arches National Park viewed from highway north of Moab, UT
2: We talked the Rangers into letting us on the White Rim trail. "We got lockers." Fire Pan? "Oh, yea we have that too. " At this point there was no fear and no danger.
4: THE WHITE RIM TRAIL, Canyonlands Nat. Park 100mi loop around the Island In The Sky district of Canyonlnads. Average speed is about 3mph. A true "trail," as we discovered.
5: Dead Horse Point over look viewed from WRT (those are people on the rock)
6: Colorado river goose necks back into itself, up river from the infamous Cataract Canyon.
8: Canyonlands at Night | There are no sounds in Canyonlands, especially at night. The fire was a comfort. We camped on the white rim at an overlook about mid way around the trail, called White Crack. This is where exploration for uranium mining left a slot in the rock, allowing equipment to descend to the lower levels of the canyon.
9: Leaping Rocks Below are pix from Leaping Rocks on White Rim Trail. Leaping Rocks are huge boulders of white rock supported by sediment rock underneath. The softer rock erodes away and leaves the harder white rock exposed on 200-300' tall pillars of dark brown sediment rock. The white rock you see in the pictures is what the trail is named for. I'm standing on the white rim layer in the picture on the right. Chase is leaning between to white boulders at leaping rocks, below. To get here you must travel on foot and jump 1-3 foot cracks between the rocks, looking down several hundred foot to the canyon floor, at the next level down. Felt like a real life Mario Brothers game.
10: South East Utah Snowy Sand Stone Sunrise | Cloudy weather hid the colors in the rock this morning. But, it helped hold the snow that fell on our way there, which was a rare thing to view. Below: over looks the Needles District.
11: White Crack This was the morning we were stopped dead by snow covered roads at a switch back section. After careful evaluation it was a no go situation.
13: On Foot off Trial | It was hard to control ourselves here. We had just arrived and the park was completely empty. Ranger station was unmanned. Sign at entrance said "sign in, you're on your own." This is why we came in winter. We reviewed the log at the ranger station and we were 2 of 3 individuals in the whole park, at this time. The area felt completely empty and aside of the real world
14: Robbers Roost | Blue John | Motel 6 A gathering place for parties who are about to explore Blue John Canyon. Motel 6 sits at the head of Blue John, which is only a low drainage area that leads into the slot canyon. Isolated from the world signatures and cattle head counts remain written on the walls of the old cowboy camp. Some dated back to the 1920's. This area lies between the Maze district of Canyonlands and the Henry Mountains. It's called Robbers Roost. The land was frequented by Butch Cassidy and his gang during those days and has remained isolated.
17: The slots were interesting and eerie. They start slowly and build up to deep vertical walls. It was similar to caving, except without the total darkness. Tight areas near the "127 hr" site required head lamps, briefly. Gear was required to ascend safely. We opted not to repel into Horseshoe due to mileage and daylight. Left: we are positioned at the top of "Big Drop" below the accident site. Up canyon from Grand Gallery. | Slot Canyons
18: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney. | In 2003 Aron Ralston spent "127 hrs" trapped here when this bolder shifted and pinned his hand against the canyon wall. He later amputated his right arm and continued his way out, towards Horseshoe Canyon ranger station. There are no signs of his event left in the canyon. We moved carefully here because of debris. It was easy to understood how this type of accident occurred, unlikely but very possible. Right: Aron Ralston accident site and boulder.
20: Above: Lake Powell Bull Frog Marina. This view is from the North. Top Right: The Henry Mountain Range Middle: Visitors from NASA at hotel???