Category Archives: ZAC Events

Special trips, sales, festivals, or other events of note

Annual Thanksgiving Blow-Out Sale This Weekend

Though we are open all winter long, Thanksgiving weekend is the final hurrah for anything resembling “crowds” in Zion, so we always hold a sale on Thanksgiving weekend to liquidate the bulk of our store inventory in preparation for winter. This Friday, November 25, through Sunday, November 27, take advantage of huge savings at Zion Adventure Company most of our inventory. We’ll be open all weekend, 8 am to 7 pm. 50% OFF: ZAC logowear, including t-shirts, hats, & visors 40% OFF: Assorted outdoor accessories, like dry bags, Teko wool socks, maps, books, headlamps, and camping gear 30% OFF: Technical gear (harnesses, carabiners, etc.), neoprene socks and gloves, 5.10 footwear Additionally, we are selling off our entire fleet of custom Kokatat Gore-tex Guide drysuits for $199 each! Selected items are excluded from the sale, including Imlay Canyon Gear products, winter fleecewear, & rope and webbing by the foot. With forecasts calling for good weather and temperatures in the high 50s and lower 60s this weekend, it should be a wonderful time to enjoy a few days in the Park. Come to Zion for the weekend, visit our sale, and treat yourself to quality time with friend and family in one of … Continue reading

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Radical Reels Adventure Films In Springdale Monday!

Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” Adventure Film Tour 8 PM, Monday, October 3rd Tanner Amphitheater, 36 Lion Blvd. Springdale, Utah  For the SECOND year in a row, Zion Adventure Company hosts the Radical Reels adventure film tour, a two-hour collection of the very best short adventure films from 2010. Radical Reels is an outreach of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, the preeminent film festival for adventure-goers and outdoor-lovers, held annually in Banff, British Columbia. Just think about how expensive it would be to go to Banff… and then think about how easy and inexpensive it is to come to Springdale. The choice is obvious! Because we are tiny little Springdale, we don’t get a prime-time weekend position for the festival… but that doesn’t mean Zion isn’t the BEST place to kick back and enjoy first-class, adrenaline pumping, incredibly inspiring films. Join us this Monday evening (October 3rd) at 8 PM for two hours of biking, riding, skiing, climbing, skateboarding, and paddling with some of the most aggressive and creative minds in the outdoor world. Curious about the specific films that we’ll be seeing? Look here! Bring a sleeping bag! Bring a friend! Bring an enemy! I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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ZAC Hosts Annual Climbing Guides Meeting in November

On Saturday, November 5th, the Professional Climbing Guides Institute will hold their annual BBQ here in Springdale. There will be food, clinics, prizes, and a much anticipated “Unimog vs. Dynometer” challenge. We also expect to have a bunch of guides and climber-types sitting around sharing stories, debating the finer points of anchoring, rigging, teaching, and climbing, and generally dorking out in the climbing realm. We’re planning on having a lot of fun, and everyone is welcome to stop in for part or all of the festivities. The Essentials When: Saturday, November 5th, 1:00 PM Where: Springdale Town Park (next to the Springdale Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd, Springdale, UT) Schedule: 1:00 PM – Alternative anchoring & equalizing clinic with PCGI Mentor, Seth Zaharias 3:30 PM – “Where Climbers Loose Speed” clinic with PCGI Mentor, Alan Jolley 5:30 PM – Dynometer meets Unimog for a fun load testing & breaking climbing gear experience, PRIZES & BBQ!

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Radical Reels Film Fest Coming to Springdale In Two Weeks!

Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” Tour 8 PM, Monday, October 3rd Tanner Amphitheater, Springdale, Utah  In just two weeks, Zion Adventure Company hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” program here in Springdale. Radical Reels is the compact version of the larger BMFF World Tour, the outdoor documentary film series which has garnered wide acclaim around the world. Here’s how the Banff Centre describes this awesome, action-packed film series: The Radical Reels program is made up of short, action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding, and other adrenaline sport films. We always keep an eye out for films that feature a fresh approach, a new sport, and a radically independent spirit.  This year’s films include paddling, skateboarding, skiing, climbing, and snowboarding – downhill AND cross-country! For a more specific idea of the fantastic adventure films on this year’s program, check out the film schedule on the Radical Reels website. Radical Reels admission is $5, in advance or at the door. Advance ticket purchasers get 20% off dinner at Whiptail Grill OR The Flying Monkey before the show, so make sure to arrive in Springdale early to take advantage of a great night out. If you’ve never been to … Continue reading

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ZAC 15th Anniversary Party Report

By all accounts, we had an awesome 15th Anniversary celebration yesterday evening at Zion Adventure Company World Headquarters. With help from GT and Zion Party Rentals, we transformed our parking lots into a super classy atmosphere, with white table cloths, chinese lanterns, copious party lights, hundreds of sunflowers, and our own custom fortune cookies. On top of all that, Grumpy Goat Pizza set up their SWEET stone oven in the parking lot and pumped out stellar pizzas and dessert pizzas all night. The scene around the pizza table was somewhat piranic… as soon as the pies hit the table, they were gone. We had a great crowd join us, including clients from around the country, some of our favorite local supporters, and even a few curious passersby. We enjoyed a fresh-off-the-press anniversary video from Anna, some inspiring and moving words from Jonathan, and of course lots of love and laughter from everyone who showed up. Huge thanks to Lanell Dike, who spearheaded the party, and everyone who lent a hand making it happen.

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Join Us for the ZAC 15 Anniversary Party Tonight!

Lanell, Scott, Catrin, Jonathan, Anna, and I are putting the finishing touches on the party preparations for this evening. Party lights are going up, flowers are filling vases, and delicious food and drinks are coming together in the kitchen. I’m working on finishing the slideshow, and Anna just gave me a sneak peek of the anniversary video she’s producing. Everything is coming together, and we hope you’re planning on joining us for the fun. In true ZAC tradition, the party should be an adventure. We have no idea how many folks might show up… 30? 100? 300? It might rain, and it might not… we decided this morning not to worry much about it. GT from Zion Party Rentals is helping us with chairs, tables, lights, and more; we sure appreciate the additional party tools. Kimberly Clark, keystone ZAC staff member circa 1999 – 2004, just showed up a few minutes ago to my surprise, and I’m excited to see who else will turn up. Will you? If you have ever been a Zion Adventure Company client, admirer, co-conspirator, or blog reader, we’d love to see you tonight. Come celebrate 15 amazing years with us!

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15th Anniversary Video Contest Winners Announced

We had five fun and creative video entries for the “Let Nature Be Your Guide” Photo & Video Contest. Thanks to everyone who viewed and voted on the videos and congratulations to our winners. You can view the videos below, or on our YouTube channel. Our Grand Prize goes to Jeff Guest, who shows us how nature is his guide in this fast-paced montage of canyon adventures. First prize goes to Casey Neiderhauser for his video on ice climbing. Casey describes ice climbing in Southern Utah as a “temperamental affair” because, “You never know where you are going to find climbable ice. One day a rock slab is dripping wet, the next day it is covered in thick wonderful ice, and the next day it could be collapsed in a heap at the bottom of the cliff.” Second prize goes to Shane Burrows for his wonderful video capturing the beauty of “sauntering” through a Kanarra Creek slot canyon. Third prize goes to Po Kai for a new swing dancing twist on the classic Angels Landing assent. Fourth prize goes to Mary Wang for her video of “the wildlife, rock formations, scenic views, and hiking and canyoneering activities in and around … Continue reading

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15th Anniversary Photo Contest Winners Announced

The public votes are in and our judges have reviewed the photographs and selected our Grand Prize Winner for the “Let Nature Be Your Guide” Photo Contest. Congratulations to all of our winners and a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated. If you haven’t had a chance to review all of the photographs that were submitted, check them out on our Facebook page. These fantastic photos capture the spirit of adventure and fun to be had in Southern Utah. And now for our winners! Our Grand Prize goes to Jason Butler for his photograph, “Night Watchman”, taken in Zion National Park, Utah. First Prize goes to Monica Mattimore in NY for this photograph she describes as, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Negotiating a deep stream in a southern Utah state park.” Second Prize goes to Melissa Fuhrman in MN for this photograph of, “Joan conquering the Narrows at 10 years old!” Third Prize goes to Tim Hanko for his photograph of Kolob Terrace from the West Rim Trail. Fourth Prize goes to Brianne Moreau in TX. She describes this photograph with a Shakespeare quote, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” Fifth Prize goes to … Continue reading

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ZAC Memories from John Heusler

This in from John Heusler, a guy who’s been with us since the beginning. Thanks, John! Wow… so much to say about Zion Adventures. Jonathan is without a doubt hugely knowledgeable and insightful about his craft. Besides being a great businessman, he is a heck of a nice guy to boot. We first met just about 15 years ago, when the company was in its infancy, on a cold February day. Jonathan outfitted us with dry gear to hike up the Narrows. He warned us of all the dangers and also pointed out the details of what to look for in terms of beauty. Things like “pictures in the rocks.” Keep your eyes peeled for lots of subtleties that are, in themselves, breathtaking. Ice was everywhere, but it didn’t stop us. We hiked all day and arrived back just in time for them to close the shop. What a trip it was! Since then I have hiked just about every single hike there is in Zion, and every time, I stop in for gear and help from the helpful staff at Zion Adventure Company. NEVER will you find a more accommodating group than this one! Kudos my friends! Congratulations on … Continue reading

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ZAC Memories from The Lexington School!

Few clients have been with us as long as The Lexington School, who celebrated fourteen years in a row with us in May. Long-time TLS leader, Frank Hardesty, is one of our very favorite school administrators, and blessed us with fantastic opportunities, even when we were small, broke, and without much experience. Thanks to Frank for believing in us, and for bringing so many great Lexington kids to Zion year after year! Jonathan, Lots of special memories with you guys and The Lexington School over the years. If it is fifteen years in business, TLS must have been in on the fledging of the company. Been a long time… and a good time. You guys have been great and have inspired me… and many of our eighth graders. Thanks for safety, for inspiration, and for creativity. I would love to be at Springdale for your celebration. However, I am invited to raft Green River (Lodore Canyon) with my son and grandson and others the last of September, and twice to Utah in such a short time is a stretch for my retirement budget. I know you will enjoy a big party. Give Catrin and Massi big hugs. I am officially retired … Continue reading

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