Thursday, March 30, 2006

Easter Break Ideas 1

UTAH CHRISTMAS 2005-06 179
Originally uploaded by cgoble72.

Hopefully I will get around to including some suggestions for good easter trips. For those lucky enough to have the week off, my pick would be Southern Utah.

The climbing in Moab is great, even if it does take a while to get used to the sandy rock. Objectives like Castleton Towers are always on everyone's objectives, however most people end up getting as much sandstone as they can handle at Wall Street. However my pick is canyoneering.

Goblin valley has some nice introductory slot canyons. The Little Wild Horse / Bell Canyon loop is deservedly the most popular. Escalante has a number ofnice harder canyons. I believe spooky gulch was one I tried before. The escalante guidebook is essential.

While down there, consider taking a trip down Westwater. There is lots of flatwater kayaking for a couple of short rapids. However the views are fantastic. Watch out though, the ranger service is about as anal on regulations as one can be.

For closer trips, I love making it over the passes towards Butte. The Missouri river is quite picturesque. I am planning on hitting it this year. The weather is warmer, and the granite rock climbing just east of town is actually pretty good. Also the valleys east of Helena are pretty. However there will probably still be a bit of snow up there.

Another option are the Lochsa area hotsprings kayaking, and climbing.


At 3/31/2006 10:52:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey chris,

the new pic of blackleaf - is it recent? 

Posted by scott harms

At 4/03/2006 09:07:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was from April 12th last year. I scrambled up the ridge to the north. The one of the boulder field is from June sometime. 

Posted by chris g

At 4/07/2006 10:54:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i did little wild horse/crack canyon loop in 2002, then eardley the next day. awesome area! you would need a lifetime to do all you can do in Utah. truly one of my favourite spots on the planet so far.

on a seperate note: thanks for the "southern alberta climbers guide", spending the summer in waterton and now have some climbing to do.


Posted by todd

At 4/10/2006 08:36:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wouldn't kayak too would you? I will probably be around for a fair bit of the summer. You will have to look me up. I am next door to Tamarack mall in the big yellow house. 

Posted by chris g

At 4/22/2006 12:16:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are at 203 evergreen. 3 climbers workin for parks IA crew. been climbing on the bears hump a couple evenings a week. no kayak though. have done a bit but no boat or skill.


Posted by todd

At 4/22/2006 12:22:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

not much kayak experience.

workin for parks IA crew this summer. 3 of us at 203 evergreen. been up the bears hump three times so far. surprised at the rock, considering the horror stories i had heard. rather enjoyable so far. been collecting ticks as well. 

Posted by todd


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