Monthly Archives: April 2010

The last of Utah

Here are the last photos of our backpack.  As we hiked out of Wolverine Canyon we enjoyed views of whole petrified logs.  Pretty cool!

Utah Spring Break Phase 3

From Little Death Hollow, to Horse Canyon to the Escalante River.

Utah Spring Break 2

Phase 2:
After 2 days of skiing “the Greatest snow on earth” Todd and I decided to give our aching ski legs a break and drive south to go backpacking in Escalante.  Monday was spent rouding up supplies then driving south through the Utah countryside.  SLC had grown tremendously since I was last there 7 yrs earlir.  We were relieved to see that outside of the SL-Provo Valley very little had changed.  It snowed the entire drive down.  The next three days while we hiked were sunny and got progresively warmer.  The first day we backpacked down through Little Death Hollow.  This slot canyon got so narrow that we could barely fit through with our backpacks.  At some spots there were pools of water(ice cold water) that we had to wade through.  After an afternoon of wading in the shade we finally exited the slot canyon and reached the open Horse Canyon.  We were very chilled to the core and climbed in our bags immediately after dinner.
Wed. we day hiked down Horse Canyon to the confluence with the Escalante R.  It was so sunny and warm so we decided to find a good high vantage point and soak in the sun and views.
Thur we backpacked up Horse Canyon to Wolverine Canyon where we got to enjoy more narrows of a slightly different nature.  We ended up exiting through a horizontal forest of petrified trees.  Sunny and warm.  Ahhhh!
More pics to come

Utah Spring Break 1

Here are some pics from my recent trip to Utah.  The 1st couple days my Bro Todd and I skied Alta and Powder Mtn on fresh powder days.  We were immediately reminded that Ut does have the greatest snow on earth!  I spent the evenings linking up with old friends.  I had a great time.  Usually when I leave AK I look forward to returning.  This trip had me thinking about how could I get back to Ut more often.  This trip made me realize how much I miss Ut skiing, the canyon country and my friends in Ut.  The weather cooperated perfectly for us with the 1st few days dumping light dry, fluffy powder.  Snowing by night, sunny by day.  Perfect!!  At Alta I got to ski West Rustler with my buddy Mark and his Fat Y Pus skis for the lst run of the day.   Very wide!  Brought back many memories. Powder Mtn hadnt changed at all.  Still tons of open terrain full of untracked powder.  Hardly any folks.
More to come soon!