Photos!

Jul. 2nd, 2010 03:49 pm
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My friend [livejournal.com profile] auntysarah has posted photos of our experiences at Zion! Check them out!

Part 1, Mystery Canyon
Part 2, Keyhole Canyon

And then the one that I wasn't around for:
Part 3, Behunin Canyon

And finally, the one that both [livejournal.com profile] viesti and I both missed:
Part 4, Birch Hollow

Check it out!
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Hey, I vlogged about my experiences in Zion this year:

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Zion this year was a bit of a bust.

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We are hot

Jun. 20th, 2010 11:06 pm
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I mean, it's almost 40ÂșC out here!

And well..
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Here we are again, on the verge of another adventure to Zion National Park!

This time, I'll be going with my beloved [livejournal.com profile] viesti! It's going to be so awesome to be able to share this experiencing with her.

Looking back on last year, Zion was a major turning point in my life. Something about gave me this sense of utter accomplishment and pride. Like I had done something amazing and incredible just by going and doing all of these things. Zion was when I decided that it was time to start working hard towards getting money saved for SRS, and it was the point when I came back and started doing a lot of coding again.

I don't know what it is about it, really. Something about being out in the wilderness and going on honest-to-goodness adventures is really awesome and inspiring.

This year, we're starting with Mystery Canyon as our first canyon. For those that don't remember, Mystery was the canyon that almost killed us last year. This year, we're getting up early and we're going to take that fucker down. Helluva first canyon for [livejournal.com profile] viesti, though! We're throwing her in the deep end to begin with!

Like last year, we're going to do the short and sweet Keyhole Canyon again the day after. It's just such a cute and adorable little slot canyon. Just 3 hours and you're in and out. And gods-damn do we look sexy in our wetsuits!

We're not sure what we're going to be doing after that, but we've got a few ideas. On Tuesday, we're looking to meet up with Tom Jones to possibly do one of the expert-level canyons, such as Englestead Canyon. Tom Jones literally wrote the book on canyoneering in Zion. The man is incredible, and I feel very honored that he's going to guide us through a canyon while we're out there.

Besides that, we have thoughts about doing Behunin Canyon and Spry Canyon, but no definite plans as of yet.

I'm not sure if I'm going to be terribly into the story telling this year or not, right now I'm feeling not, but I'll definitely be posting pictures of our adventures as we go.

I dropped [livejournal.com profile] the_local_echo, [livejournal.com profile] parmonster, and [livejournal.com profile] auntysarah at the airport this morning at 6AM, and [livejournal.com profile] viesti and I will be driving to Zion some time this afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] zoeimogen will be joining us at some point in there, but I'm not privy to when that's happening.

Keep in touch, and I'll see you all on the 28th when I get back! Wish us luck and safe adventures! Let's hope for no brushes with death this year, eh? :)

Owie

Jun. 14th, 2010 10:11 am
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This weekend was a bit... intense.

Friday, I went on a very short hike with [livejournal.com profile] nodesignation, [livejournal.com profile] the_local_echo, and [livejournal.com profile] auntysarah over at Russian Ridge open space preserve to do a sunset picnic. We found a nice place in the tall grasses, sat down, and watched the sun set behind the horizon, which may or may not have been ocean, we're not entirely certain.

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Now that all of the Zion posts are finished, I wanted to do a bit of a summary.

First of all, in case you missed it, I've been going back and adding video and pictures to all of my zion posts. You can review all of them at this link: http://gentle-gamer.livejournal.com/tag/zion

We took so many photos on our trip, between all of us having cameras and stuff, that there was no way I could upload all of them to my Picasa site. And I only posted a small number of those to Lj. If you want to get a look at some more of the photos, check out these album links behind the cut.Read more... )

My experiences at Zion were amazing. I got to do things that I had literally only dreamed of doing back when I was a child. It was another one of those sorts of culminating moments in my life, where I stopped to take a look at things, how things have changed, and where things are going. I got lots of time to contemplate my life and some of the things that have happened recently.

I also met some wonderful people that I'm going to miss terribly.

It was an experience that shall not be forgotten. And I most assuredly intend to replicate it as often as I am able to!
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Our last hike for the trip was Monday's hike down Pine Creek Canyon. This was effectively the "end-level" boss of the entire trip, as it was the most technically challenging route of all of the routes we had done up to this point. And in terms of physical difficulty, it was right up there with The Subway and Angel's Landing.Read more... )
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Sunday was an "off" day for us doing proper canyons, so we decided to go in the opposite direction and attack Angel's Landing. Angel's Landing is one of the "normal" hikes at Zion National Park. It doesn't require any technical equipment, but it is a very strenuous hike up 1500 ft to the top of a mountain.Read more... )
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With how intense and brutal Mystery Canyon was, we decided to take today easy and just do a quick 3 hour canyon called Keyhole Canyon. There really wasn't much to talk about with this canyon. It was a quick, but beautiful canyon.Read more... )
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On Thursday, we made plans to go to do one of the more technically challenging canyon routes on our trip: Mystery Canyon, a 2400 ft. descent into the Virgin River. By the time we got out, we were cold, wet, soiled, and very nearly had gotten ourselves killed.

It was exciting!!!

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Today we did one of the more famous of the Zion hikes: The subway. 9 and a half miles, with 4 rappels, and a 400 foot ascent at the end. Really intense. It's 2300 hours, and I just got in moments ago.

I need to be up early to stand in line for a license to do Mystery Canyon, which is going to be an awesome hike we're going to do in a few days. Because of that, I don't have time to get my pictures for the day together and posted. I'll work on it tomorrow, since we're taking the day off.

The hike was absolutely incredible. We started by walking around in a desert forest. Absolutely bizarre. One of the most unique places I've ever been to. To a quick glance, it looked like we were hiking in a snow field filled with pine trees. But then you realize that it is really hot out and the "snow" field was actually the white rock of the mountain. It was bizarre and beautiful.

Swimming with my gear was really interesting, especially in the cold cold water. I had a moment where I had to take my pack off and push it ahead of me while swimming, because I was too wide to fit through the gaps in the canyon water. Now THAT was interesting. It's a bit panicky to be trying to go from swimming in 7+ ft. deep water to scooting yourself onto a narrow rock that's submerged about 3 feet below the surface, between two narrow canyon walls, and then jumping into the next pool that was 7+ ft. deep while making sure to keep your pack above water. Fun and intense!

This was the longest hike I've ever done, and the hardest. I don't think we brought enough water for the trip, 22 liters for 6 people, because we all ran out before the end. [livejournal.com profile] parmonster and I were nearly passing out from dehydration as we made the 400 foot ascent out of the canyon. We had to stop every five feet just to breathe and wait for the dizziness, nausea, etc. to go away. Even [livejournal.com profile] auntysarah started to get dehydrated near the top of the ascent.

But we all made it out safely, enjoyed ourselves immensely, and got back to the hotel supremely exhausted. As I said, tomorrow is an all rest day. And then things happen this weekend.

I've been thinking a lot about my mother, the meaning of life, death, and mortality while I've been out there. I might post about that more once I've done more processing. Or maybe not.

See you tomorrow or so!

Oh! I also wanted to say: I really want to do this again... SOON. With my more usual crew of [livejournal.com profile] viesti, [livejournal.com profile] chirik, [livejournal.com profile] lilyth_lindorie and others that would be interested in coming. It's a REALLY intense hike, but they would absolutely adore it, once they worked up the courage to keep going. :)

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Hello everyone! I'm writing this from Pioneer Lodge in Springdale, UT, just outside Zion National park. This is going to be our hotel for the next week, while we hike, rappel, and explore various routes in this park! I'm here with [livejournal.com profile] parmonster, [livejournal.com profile] auntysarah, [livejournal.com profile] zoeimogen, [livejournal.com profile] the_local_echo and [livejournal.com profile] cyberspice.

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