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“Grand Canyoneering” Now Available from Author Todd Martin

Todd Martin’s widely anticipated canyoneering guidebook for the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyoneering: Exploring the Rugged Gorges and Secret Slots of the Grand Canyon, is now available for purchase through Todd’s website. Since Rich Rudrow wrote such a fine introduction for Mr. Martin’s book, I thought I’d simply copy it here: After four years of painstaking work, and occasionally some heart thumping adventure, Todd Martin’s encyclopedia of Grand Canyon drainages is finally finished. Grand Canyoneering is the first extensive guidebook covering technical canyoneering in Grand Canyon National Park. At 500 full-color pages, highlighting 117 drainages from Waterholes Canyon upstream of Lee’s Ferry to Tincanebitts Canyon at river mile 264, there is an adventure for everyone. Backpackers will enjoy 34 hikes through remote drainages that do not require ropes. Technical canyoneers will marvel at the stunning microenvironments and challenges to be found in the only limestone slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau. And river runners will be surprised at the slot canyon adventures within easy reach that they’ve floated past for years. Of course, Grand Canyoneering has complete and accurate beta to assist in exploration of these places in Todd Martin’s proven writing style, and more than 100 pages are dedicated to … Continue reading

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Canyoneers Accidentally Corner a Bighorn Sheep in Tuckup

Noticed this story from Rich Rudrow on the Canyons Group and thought it both an interesting story and a good reminder of the “wild” in wildlife. Reminds me of a story I heard from some clients of mine who had a pretty hairy encounter with a large bull near the Escalante River trailhead. A mere 1/4-mile from the parking lot, these two hikers stepped into a side canyon to explore, only to be rushed back to the river by a snarling, foaming, enraged bull. They held the bull off with their trekking poles, but eventually resorted to all sorts of tricks of misdirection and cliff-scaling to escape. I think their story was published in Backpacker magazine? But I digress… Here’s a great story from Mr. Rudrow on bighorn sheep and the dangers of getting photographically bold: I often think about the risks we take while exploring slot canyons in Grand Canyon. Are the ropes long enough and do we have the right gear? Can we protect against hypothermia? Rockfall? How do we get out after rappelling through the target slot canyon? Most risks can be mitigated by training and planning. But I’ve never considered wildlife a serious risk, until last … Continue reading

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