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photoblog image A Windy Walk...

A Windy Walk...

        ...Through one of the worlds longest slot canyons... 

                        Buckskin Gulch in the Paria Wilderness.

 

Though we've yet to have the time or equipment to enjoy the full glory of this place... we do hope to.  This is a great enticement...

 

"The canyon is exceptional because of the length and depth of its ever changing narrows. The narrows extend uninterrupted for nearly 15 miles.

 

Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch generally do not require rappelling equipment, but there may be a few pour-offs or the necessity to wade in ankle- to chest- high water and/or mud. Hiking Buckskin Gulch is extremely challenging. Be prepared with extra clothes to wear for warmth after wading through cold, stagnant pools of water, rather than depending on campfires, which are prohibited in this confined environment.  Additionally, the lack of sunlight in the canyon can make it much colder than the surrounding exposed desert. At one point along the route, there is a 15-foot (4.6 m) drop-off that usually has rope, but it is a good idea to bring at least 30 feet (9.1 m) of rope to navigate some of the pour-offs. Small areas of quicksand can also be found along the route.  Slot canyons are particularly dangerous due to the risk of flash floods.  Storms more than 50 miles (80 km) away can send 100-foot-high (30 m) walls of water down the narrow canyons,and hikers have been killed in such events. Hikers should check conditions carefully and not rely on seeing the sky to judge the weather. If there is even a slight chance of rain, do not enter slot canyons."

http://climb-utah.com/Escalante/buckskin.htm

 

A Windy Walk...

        ...Through one of the worlds longest slot canyons... 

                        Buckskin Gulch in the Paria Wilderness.

 

Though we've yet to have the time or equipment to enjoy the full glory of this place... we do hope to.  This is a great enticement...

 

"The canyon is exceptional because of the length and depth of its ever changing narrows. The narrows extend uninterrupted for nearly 15 miles.

 

Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch generally do not require rappelling equipment, but there may be a few pour-offs or the necessity to wade in ankle- to chest- high water and/or mud. Hiking Buckskin Gulch is extremely challenging. Be prepared with extra clothes to wear for warmth after wading through cold, stagnant pools of water, rather than depending on campfires, which are prohibited in this confined environment.  Additionally, the lack of sunlight in the canyon can make it much colder than the surrounding exposed desert. At one point along the route, there is a 15-foot (4.6 m) drop-off that usually has rope, but it is a good idea to bring at least 30 feet (9.1 m) of rope to navigate some of the pour-offs. Small areas of quicksand can also be found along the route.  Slot canyons are particularly dangerous due to the risk of flash floods.  Storms more than 50 miles (80 km) away can send 100-foot-high (30 m) walls of water down the narrow canyons,and hikers have been killed in such events. Hikers should check conditions carefully and not rely on seeing the sky to judge the weather. If there is even a slight chance of rain, do not enter slot canyons."

http://climb-utah.com/Escalante/buckskin.htm

 

comments (15)

A lovely shot, but the guide scares me...smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Larry! That's OK - enjoy it from the comfort and safety of your couch - I'll be featuring photos from this canyon for another couple of weeks! smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Dec 2017, 00:37
Pack soap and a towel...just in case...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed!!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Dec 2017, 05:55
Are you sure you would risk Frank in this place, Elizabeth??
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm more likely to be the risk, as I can't help but climb up and in and out of places!!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 19 Dec 2017, 06:35
Heck - this sounds a DANGEROUS PLACE to me!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Just have to be prepared!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Dec 2017, 07:17
Hmmmmm... I have to say that exciting as the challenge sounds, I'm not sure I would fancy 15 miles of a view of just what is in front or behind. I prefer 360 deg views given a choice. Please check the weather forecast before going, though, and let a responsible adult (so obviously not me smile ) know where you're going.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I know what you mean - this is why we prefer not to hike in forests... though it can be magical at times! But the slot widens and narrows... the colors are ever changing... there are petroglyphs and interesting plants. So it varies enough for me! We are careful about the weather, I promise you! Annette always keeps tabs on us! No one is more responsible than that girl! smile
  • Martine
  • France
  • 19 Dec 2017, 07:22
Superbe paysage avec de belles couleurs.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Martine!
Un lieu a visiter avec précautions..
Belle photo
Bonne journée
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, for sure! Thank you, Claudine!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Dec 2017, 07:43
Wonderful view!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's a great place!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Dec 2017, 07:50
Lovely description Elizabeth, the air certainly looks dusty.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is, isn't it! And you are the first to mention all the dust blowing through... it was VERY windy that day!
Sounds a bit dodgy to me E
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: NAH! Perfection! Adventure!
this geographical feature was quite unknown to me, Elizabeth. fascinating stuff!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Slot canyons are a-plenty in Utah & Arizona... beautiful places!
I like that you can see the wind. After reading the info, I would not be entering the slot canyon.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Mary! You and Chad are the only ones to mention that.... I kind of like how the blowing dust "softened" the photo!
It's OK - there are plenty of other non-slots to enjoy in this area!
It looks a very picturesque place to visit but that guide would terrify me before I'd even set out.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's an amazing place for an adventure!!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Dec 2017, 14:58
Fantastic! what a great image Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Anne!
After reading that description I need to go and lie down for a while!

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