Meat Week Part I: Stoking the Fire

By:  K_C
June 29, 2011


As we said “goodbye” to Bryce, we said “hola” to Escalante. Incidentally The Beatles Hello, Goodbye was playing at the same time. Oh Escalante, que lindo! We arrived mid-morning as the sun was gearing up to scorch our flesh, but we retreated to the shadows of slot canyons. We intended to go right for two exciting canyons that are supposedly “as tight as they let normal people enjoy.” I don’t know if it was a Freudian slip, a tacit admission that we’re not normal people, or an honest mistake, but we ended up in a MUCH easier canyon en route to finding the ones we intended. Based on this picture, I’d say we were lost (or scared).
Lost? Or just scared?

This first “tourist canyon” had walls about 30 ft high.
the first canyon

Ohhhh….. Ahhhhhh….
ohhh...ahhhh...

It was beautiful and unlike anything we find on the east coast, but lacked the eeriness and mental challenge of a narrow slot canyon. The next slot canyon had a pretty tricky entrance that required some advanced maneuvers (to us non-climbers at least) but was significantly tighter than the first (cue dirty jokes and snickers). Walls were higher, about 50 ft tall at the max, but sky was visible at all times which helped combat claustrophobia. Which way is the way?
claustrophobia

Where am I? No seriously… WHERE am I?
Where is KC?

We didn’t take ourselves too seriously though. Slot canyons–although tres chic–are ultimately a fun experience at their core. Essentially a jungle gym for grown ups. But what isn’t?
peekabo0 part 1
peekaboo part 2

Then Greg had to go and try to get sick gnarly rad again… what to heck G-man?
Greg gets sick gnarly rad in a slot canyon

We had to scoot sideways in some places.
scooting sideways

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7 Comments

  1. Bill
    wrote on June 29th, 2011 at 9:30 pm  
    1

    Nice Stuff team, like i has said a thousand times, so envious i love southern utah northern AZ!

  2. Harvey44
    wrote on June 29th, 2011 at 10:04 pm  
    2

    KC … beautiful awesome photos and great report. Man those tight spaces would flip me out, did you ever get spooked being in there?

    • K_C
      wrote on June 30th, 2011 at 9:29 am  
      3

      Nope, tight spaces were not a problem. I actually thought I had a slight advantage over the boys for once.

  3. Lionel Hutz
    wrote on June 29th, 2011 at 10:08 pm  
    4

    Did you happen to find James Franco’s arm in one of those canyons?

    • K_C
      wrote on June 30th, 2011 at 9:21 am  
      5

      Actually, I was hoping to find James Franco – the whole person. We needed more guys on this trip.

    • Greg
      wrote on July 1st, 2011 at 10:02 am  
      6

      lol

  4. christian
    wrote on June 29th, 2011 at 10:16 pm  
    7

    righteous writeup connors

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