Backups

It’s always a good idea to have a couple easy access trips in your back pocket.  This trip was supposed to be somewhere else, but an increasingly poor forecast had 2+ hours of off pavement driving looking like a bad idea.

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Several years ago while flipping through a certain normally-awful magazine there was a trip that caught my eye that looked surprisingly creative and excellent.  DP1M0782

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A few modifications to add some good-looking stuff, remove some lame-looking stuff and make a loop and I had a nice highway accessible trip for times like these.DP1M0790

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Funny thing is Autumn and I started a variation of this a few years ago but about four miles in decided we just weren’t that into it at the moment, drank the beers we had brought, and went and swam in the Fremont instead.

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The weather changed from sun to sleet to hail to rain in 15 minute intervals most of the trip.

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As far as Utah national park traverses on navajo sandstone go, I’ll just say I’m not sure why anyone would choose Trans-Zion.

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Now that’s a gully scramble…

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Basic idea is up ridge, down drainage or vice-versa.  The crux was an icy, neck-deep slot swim which luckily came during 15 minutes of sun…

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In my hasty loop closing planning I neglected to notice that I had to walk through a parking lot trailhead, but it was the last day and almost back anyway, so minor foul.  The first 30 miles or whatever was smashing good with some of the best park hiking I’ve done anywhere.

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