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Imlay Canyon Gear Offers Canyoneering Calendar for 2011

Tom Jones, ZAC canyoneering guide and head of Imlay Canyon Gear and Canyoneering USA, recently decided to “throw together” a canyoneering calendar for 2011. In Tom’s quintessential collaborative style, he put together a first draft, using whatever photos he had tucked away from his own expansive trip experience, as well as images from friends in the canyoneering community. Then he posted the draft on his website, The Latest Rave, and asked 20 people or so to vote, comment, and/or submit their own work for the calendar. After a few rounds of feedback over a few days’ time, Tom had a final draft of the calendar, which I think turned out pretty well for a spur-of-the-moment production. I love the way Tom works, crowd-sourcing his way to bigger and better. He excels at drawing people in and getting them involved, yet comfortably making the ultimate decisions about the direction of his projects himself. Another part of Tom’s style is to offer insight into his process, which he does in classic form with this project, as he takes us through 1st draft, feedback processing, and final results with image-by-image commentary. Stop in to Tom’s site to check out the canyoneering calendar and … Continue reading

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Wildflower Walk In Lower Pine Creek with Tom

Once again, Tom takes us for a floral stroll to see what’s blooming. In this autumnal edition, Tom shoots Big Rabbitbrush, Silver Sagebrush, Saltbush, and “some kinda” Fleabane, amongst others, as well as a few larger-than-life arthropods. Enjoy!

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Class C Conditions in Boundary Canyon

An all-ZAC crew descended Boundary Canyon last Thursday, finding conditions much wetter (and louder) than expected. The heavy snowpack and high summer precipitation of 2010 continues to keep things cool, watery, and exciting on the Kolob plateau. While high water conditions keep canyoneers out of Kolob Canyon, it also creates opportunities to see other canyons in prime conditions. While it’s typically a rare treat to descend Boundary with decent flow, it looks like conditions have been fairly wet there on a consistent basis this summer. Thanks to Tom for posting the trip report on his Latest Rave (check it out for all the photos and details), and to Talia, Sarah, Bailey, and Magda for adding beauty and comraderie to Tom’s shots. I can only hope I’m out in the canyons with four adventurous women when I’m Tom’s age!

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More Zion Wildflowers from Tom Jones

Back from another shooting spree, Tom’s posted up a number of wildflowers for measurement and identification on his Latest Rave site. If you enjoy serious flower study, you can easily spend 30 minutes here sauntering with Tom, pondering sub-species, stamen lengths, and the wealth of flowers brought on by the big monsoon year. There are a number of flowers Tom needs help identifying; if you can help, drop him a line!

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