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Oh Henry’s

What I really like about National Parks (and ZAC, the company I work for, for that matter), is that they make the concept of “adventure” very accessible, regardless of what people’s level of adventure is. That to say, what really inspired our staff outing to the Henry Mountains was how very inaccessible those mountains are. Bordered on the West by Capitol Reef’s Waterpocket Fold and on the East by Utah Highway 95, they’re far enough beyond the middle of nowhere that it really is no wonder that they were the last explored and geographically mapped mountain range in the lower 48. In fact, to get there, we first had to drive many hours from anywhere to the middle of nowhere, make a right, and drive far enough that where we had previously thought was nowhere began to really feel like it was… somewhere. And then we kept driving. Mostly up. Hang a right towards that ‘road’ down there, keep driving through the canyons and up and down the mesas until you get to those mountains in the distance. Then keep driving. …But not before a stop at Hell’s Backbone Grill for breakfast and coffee. If we were going to leave … Continue reading

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NPS Rescue Canyoneer Stuck in Pandora’s Box

Sometimes people don’t quite fit through a section of slot canyon. Granted, often people don’t think they will fit, only to prove themselves wrong with enough grunting, squeezing, crawling, writhing, undressing, greasing, and sucking in. But on occasion, after all the maneuvering and masticating, you can find yourself just plain stuck. What to do then? If you wait long enough, you will eventually become thinner. But since that idea is admittedly unpleasant, most pursue other options. The following report comes from a recent NPS Morning Report, detailing the quasi-self-rescue two canyoneers carried out when one of them didn’t fit through a portion of Pandora’s Box. Sounds like these guys knew what they were doing, but didn’t anticipate the problem they ran into. Regardless, kudos to Partner 1 for finding help, and to Partner 2 for spending a long, probably cold night alone while waiting for help to arrive. If you’re curious to see more of Pandora’s Box, check out this Latest Rave from 2007. Capitol Reef National Park (UT) Canyoneer Rescued From Pandora’s Box On Monday, September 6th, rangers rescued a canyoneer who was unable to complete his planned route due to an inability to make it through a narrow … Continue reading

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