PariaCanyon

Brian, Steve, and myself explored Coyote Buttes North, Buckskin Gulch, and Paria Canyon!
  • Map Coyote  This map shows all the areas we hit. On September 23rd we explored Coyote Buttes North from the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead. On the 24th we explored the permit area of Coyote Buttes North from the Wire Pass trailhead, this was mostly the area called The Wave. On the 25th we entered Wire Pass and hiked 12 miles down through Buckskin Gulch and camped about 3-4 miles from the confluence with the Paria River. On the 26th we hiked down to the Paria River and south into Arizona and camped the next two nights there. On the 28th we hiked back up the Paria River to the White House trailhead and from there Steve and I headed home.

    1 This map shows all the areas we hit. On September 23rd we explored Coyote Buttes North from the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead. On the 24th we explored the permit area of Coyote Buttes North from the Wire Pass trailhead, this was mostly the area called The Wave. On the 25th we entered Wire Pass and hiked 12 miles down through Buckskin Gulch and camped about 3-4 miles from the confluence with the Paria River. On the 26th we hiked down to the Paria River and south into Arizona and camped the next two nights there. On the 28th we hiked back up the Paria River to the White House trailhead and from there Steve and I headed home.

  • MG 6776  This was out camp the first couple of nights at the Stateline Campground on House Rock Valley Road.

    2 This was out camp the first couple of nights at the Stateline Campground on House Rock Valley Road.

  • MG 6778  At the trailhead the morning of the 23rd to figure out where we were going to go. We dayhiked about 8 miles this day.

    3 At the trailhead the morning of the 23rd to figure out where we were going to go. We dayhiked about 8 miles this day.

  • MG 6781  The valley starts out really wide.

    4 The valley starts out really wide.

  • MG 6783  We saw signs of recent flooding which worried us because our backpacking adventure in a few days was going to be through Buckskin Gulch, and if it had flooded the hike would be difficult.

    5 We saw signs of recent flooding which worried us because our backpacking adventure in a few days was going to be through Buckskin Gulch, and if it had flooded the hike would be difficult.

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  • MG 6790  The rock formations are endless geometry puzzles.

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  • MG 6800  Some cool rock staining.

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  • MG 6803  From a distance these formations looked like pillows.

    18 From a distance these formations looked like pillows.

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  • MG 6807  Climbing up the steep slopes was easy with the bare rock, but caution was still needed.

    20 Climbing up the steep slopes was easy with the bare rock, but caution was still needed.

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  • MG 6810  The "pillows" I saw from below.

    22 The "pillows" I saw from below.

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  • 20120923-paria-099  Steve and I checking out the rocks. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Buckskin Gulch	Chuck	People	Places	Steve L.	Trips	Utah

    34 Steve and I checking out the rocks.

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  • MG 6832  There were a lot of water holes.

    36 There were a lot of water holes.

  • MG 6834  This little chute ended in a dropoff.

    37 This little chute ended in a dropoff.

  • 20120923-paria-113  Me trying to compose a shot. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Buckskin Gulch	Chuck	People	Places	Trips	Utah

    38 Me trying to compose a shot.

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  • MG 6836  Brian heading east toward a cool formation.

    40 Brian heading east toward a cool formation.

  • MG 6837  Steve taking in the views.

    41 Steve taking in the views.

  • MG 6839  These layers looked like waves coming in from the sea.

    42 These layers looked like waves coming in from the sea.

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  • MG 6841  Iron deposits.

    44 Iron deposits.

  • MG 6842  The guys behind me.

    45 The guys behind me.

  • MG 6843  Up close the "waves" seem to be puzzle pieces.

    46 Up close the "waves" seem to be puzzle pieces.

  • MG 6844  The drainage in the middle is the top of Buckskin Gulch.

    47 The drainage in the middle is the top of Buckskin Gulch.

  • MG 6845  ;-)

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  • MG 6847  Just SO DAMN COOL....

    49 Just SO DAMN COOL....

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  • 20120923-paria-165  Me making my way watching my footing. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Buckskin Gulch	Chuck	People	Places	Trips	Utah

    53 Me making my way watching my footing.

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  • 20120923-paria-197  Doh... : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Buckskin Gulch	Chuck	People	Places	Trips	Utah

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  • MG 6869  More iron deposits.

    65 More iron deposits.

  • MG 6872  Desert spiny lizard which is the end of my photos from the 23rd.

    66 Desert spiny lizard which is the end of my photos from the 23rd.

  • MG 6873  On the 24th we took off from the Wire Pass Trailhead to go to the permit only area and see the famous "Wave". The weather had improved this morning and the skies were clearer. We covered about 7 more miles today.

    67 On the 24th we took off from the Wire Pass Trailhead to go to the permit only area and see the famous "Wave". The weather had improved this morning and the skies were clearer. We covered about 7 more miles today.

  • MG 6875  Spea multiplicata, I think. It might be intermontana but there was no boss between the eyes.

    68 Spea multiplicata, I think. It might be intermontana but there was no boss between the eyes.

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  • MG 6891  Entering "The Wave"...

    76 Entering "The Wave"...

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  • MG 6897  Brian and Steve looking at some cool critters in the puddle.

    78 Brian and Steve looking at some cool critters in the puddle.

  • MG 6907  The puddle was full of a type of isopod.

    79 The puddle was full of a type of isopod.

  • 20120924-paria-058  Brian got a better picture of them. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Arizona	Coyote Buttes North	Fish	Places	The Wave	Trips	longtail tadpole shrimp (Triops longicaudatus)

    80 Brian got a better picture of them.

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  • MG 6904  This might be my favorite picture of the trip.

    83 This might be my favorite picture of the trip.

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  • MG 6910  Explosion of rock!

    86 Explosion of rock!

  • 20120924-paria-056  Me trying to find the right composition. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Arizona	Chuck	Coyote Buttes North	Features	People	Places	The Wave	Trips	tinaja	water

    87 Me trying to find the right composition.

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  • MG 6916  Brian trying to get the light.

    91 Brian trying to get the light.

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  • IMG 2633  GOOFY self-portrait and Brian was climbing a peak behind me.

    96 GOOFY self-portrait and Brian was climbing a peak behind me.

  • MG 6932  Just a cool place...

    97 Just a cool place...

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  • MG 6935  Inspiring...

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  • 20120924-paria-112  I'm glad I carried the tripod that day. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Arizona	Chuck	Coyote Buttes North	People	Places	The Wave	Trips

    111 I'm glad I carried the tripod that day.

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  • MG 6960  The colors were right from a candy store.

    116 The colors were right from a candy store.

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  • 20120924-paria-160  Relaxing... : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Arizona	Chuck	Coyote Buttes North	People	Places	Steve L.	The Wave	Trips

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  • 20120924-paria-163-2  I should wash that hat...  hahah : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Arizona	Chuck	Coyote Buttes North	People	Places	The Wave	Trips

    127 I should wash that hat... hahah

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  • MG 6987  We then hiked over to the other side of the canyon from the wave to see some dinosaur tracks that we read about on the net. You can see the tracks here.

    130 We then hiked over to the other side of the canyon from the wave to see some dinosaur tracks that we read about on the net. You can see the tracks here.

  • MG 6988  Dinosaur tracks.

    131 Dinosaur tracks.

  • MG 6989  That is just too COOL!

    132 That is just too COOL!

  • 20120924-paria-219  Then off to explore more and then back to camp around dark. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Arizona	Chuck	Coyote Buttes North	People	Places	Trips

    133 Then off to explore more and then back to camp around dark.

  • IMG 2634  This is us about to head out on the backpacking trip on Tuesday morning the 25th at the Wire Pass Trailhead. The clouds had came back and it was actually raining when we took this picture. Raining while about to enter the world's longest slot canyon didn't make me feel very at ease, but the weather was supposed to improve. We covered 12 miles today and I had nine liters of water in my pack, that sucked!

    134 This is us about to head out on the backpacking trip on Tuesday morning the 25th at the Wire Pass Trailhead. The clouds had came back and it was actually raining when we took this picture. Raining while about to enter the world's longest slot canyon didn't make me feel very at ease, but the weather was supposed to improve. We covered 12 miles today and I had nine liters of water in my pack, that sucked!

  • 20120925-paria-002  To save weight and worry about mud, I opted not to carry my dSLR. My point and shoot was going to have to do. In restrospect, I should have carried the dSLR. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Activities	Buckskin-Paria backpack	Chuck	People	Places	Steve L.	Trips	Utah	Wire Pass	backpack	backpacking

    135 To save weight and worry about mud, I opted not to carry my dSLR. My point and shoot was going to have to do. In restrospect, I should have carried the dSLR.

  • IMG 2635  It was not long before the cayon started to turn to a slot.

    136 It was not long before the cayon started to turn to a slot.

  • IMG 2636  And then it started... Many miles were as wide as me and my pack and the walls were up to a hundred feet high or more. I was really thinking a lot about the rain that was falling.

    137 And then it started... Many miles were as wide as me and my pack and the walls were up to a hundred feet high or more. I was really thinking a lot about the rain that was falling.

  • Wire Pass  I took this video in Wire Pass.

    138 I took this video in Wire Pass.

  • IMG 2638  Obstacle.

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  • IMG 2640  At the confluence with Buckskin Gulch the system opened up a bit for a few hundred meters.

    140 At the confluence with Buckskin Gulch the system opened up a bit for a few hundred meters.

  • IMG 2641  Buckskin Gulch.

    141 Buckskin Gulch.

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  • IMG 2644  Petroglyphs at the confluence.

    144 Petroglyphs at the confluence.

  • IMG 2645  Petroglyphs at the confluence.

    145 Petroglyphs at the confluence.

  • IMG 2646  Petroglyphs at the confluence.

    146 Petroglyphs at the confluence.

  • IMG 2647  Petroglyphs at the confluence.

    147 Petroglyphs at the confluence.

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  • IMG 2649  Petroglyphs at the confluence.

    149 Petroglyphs at the confluence.

  • IMG 2650  Petroglyphs at the confluence.

    150 Petroglyphs at the confluence.

  • IMG 2651  We dropped our packs and hiked about a mile upstream from the confluence to see some of the short section of Buckskin that we were missing by taking the Wire Pass entrance. I was encouraged because the mud was not that bad. Maybe this hike was going to be easier after all.

    151 We dropped our packs and hiked about a mile upstream from the confluence to see some of the short section of Buckskin that we were missing by taking the Wire Pass entrance. I was encouraged because the mud was not that bad. Maybe this hike was going to be easier after all.

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  • IMG 2656  Back at the confluence, we donned our packs and headed out. It was not more than five minutes later when we hit the first of the water crossings. :-/

    154 Back at the confluence, we donned our packs and headed out. It was not more than five minutes later when we hit the first of the water crossings. :-/

  • IMG 2657  This was going to be a wet backpack afterall. Here is brian crossing the first of dozens of shallow to deep water crossings we had in Buckskin Gulch over the next 12-14 miles.  It was instense and sometimes the mud beneath the water was quite deep. This sixty pound pack was now feeling even heavier...

    155 This was going to be a wet backpack afterall. Here is brian crossing the first of dozens of shallow to deep water crossings we had in Buckskin Gulch over the next 12-14 miles. It was instense and sometimes the mud beneath the water was quite deep. This sixty pound pack was now feeling even heavier...

  • Firstmudhole  Here's a little video of Brian crossing one of the earlier water sections. Losing a shoe in the mud in these pools was a real threat we had to be careful of!

    156 Here's a little video of Brian crossing one of the earlier water sections. Losing a shoe in the mud in these pools was a real threat we had to be careful of!

  • IMG 2658  Steve's first crossing.

    157 Steve's first crossing.

  • 20120925-paria-084  Me getting mucky! I pulled my shorts up to try to keep them dry. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Activities	Buckskin Gulch	Buckskin-Paria backpack	Chuck	Features	People	Places	Trips	Utah	backpack	backpacking	slot canyon	water	watercourse

    158 Me getting mucky! I pulled my shorts up to try to keep them dry.

  • IMG 2661  Between the pools and along the way the bottom of the slot canyon was this cobble mess, often with the cobbles being covered in a layer of slime. It was very difficult to not fall and I was worried that I would blow out my already fragile knees. I kept a keen eye on every step to avoid doing that.

    159 Between the pools and along the way the bottom of the slot canyon was this cobble mess, often with the cobbles being covered in a layer of slime. It was very difficult to not fall and I was worried that I would blow out my already fragile knees. I kept a keen eye on every step to avoid doing that.

  • IMG 2663  Some of the pools were not clean. This pool was covered in debris and had a few dead critters floating in it too. It smelled lovely...

    160 Some of the pools were not clean. This pool was covered in debris and had a few dead critters floating in it too. It smelled lovely...

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  • 20120925-paria-096  Here is a video Brian took of me crossing this pool.

    162 Here is a video Brian took of me crossing this pool.

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  • 20120925-paria-101  More pools... : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Activities	Buckskin Gulch	Buckskin-Paria backpack	Chuck	Features	People	Places	Trips	Utah	backpack	backpacking	slot canyon	water	watercourse

    164 More pools...

  • IMG 2669  Beautiful and quiet and eerie and treacherous all at the same time.

    165 Beautiful and quiet and eerie and treacherous all at the same time.

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  • IMG 2670  Rain water coming down in a trickle from above in this spot.

    167 Rain water coming down in a trickle from above in this spot.

  • IMG 2673  Break...

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  • IMG 2675  Debris fields 20-30 feet up. Yikes... We just walked under most of them.

    169 Debris fields 20-30 feet up. Yikes... We just walked under most of them.

  • IMG 2676  We found out after the trip that 2 weeks before we arrived the canyon had a major flood event.

    170 We found out after the trip that 2 weeks before we arrived the canyon had a major flood event.

  • IMG 2677  Imagine the amount of water coming through here to do that?!

    171 Imagine the amount of water coming through here to do that?!

  • Debris  Here is a little video of one of the debris chokes.

    172 Here is a little video of one of the debris chokes.

  • IMG 2679  A little wider spot. We debated making camp on that raised area which was probably about 8 miles in.

    173 A little wider spot. We debated making camp on that raised area which was probably about 8 miles in.

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  • 20120925-paria-222  Patchnose snake that Brian pulled from the mud and released in a drier area. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Activities	Buckskin Gulch	Buckskin-Paria backpack	Features	Herps	Places	Trips	Utah	Western Patch-nosed Snake (Salvadora hexalepis)	backpack	backpacking	slot canyon

    182 Patchnose snake that Brian pulled from the mud and released in a drier area.

  • 20120925-paria-226  Deeper pool... : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Activities	Buckskin Gulch	Buckskin-Paria backpack	Chuck	Features	People	Places	Trips	Utah	backpack	backpacking	slot canyon	water	watercourse

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  • IMG 2705  A red-spotted toad

    188 A red-spotted toad

  • 20120925-paria-235  Me dealing with more debris... : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Activities	Buckskin Gulch	Buckskin-Paria backpack	Chuck	Features	People	Places	Trips	Utah	backpack	backpacking	slot canyon

    189 Me dealing with more debris...

  • IMG 2707  A tarantula that probably fell in from above.

    190 A tarantula that probably fell in from above.

  • IMG 2708  A little drier when things widened up in places.

    191 A little drier when things widened up in places.

  • IMG 2710  This small neonate rattlesnake would have messed me up had it bit me! It was about 5 inches long. This is a great basin rattlesnake.

    192 This small neonate rattlesnake would have messed me up had it bit me! It was about 5 inches long. This is a great basin rattlesnake.

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  • IMG 2713  Camp after 12 brutal miles. I was beat and done, I had to go to bed early.

    194 Camp after 12 brutal miles. I was beat and done, I had to go to bed early.

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  • IMG 2719  The next morning we had about 4 more miles to the confluence with the Paria River.

    198 The next morning we had about 4 more miles to the confluence with the Paria River.

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  • IMG 2735  Brian pulled this neonate glossy snake from the mud and he carried it in his pocket a ways to a patch of habitat. It would have died in the mud.

    204 Brian pulled this neonate glossy snake from the mud and he carried it in his pocket a ways to a patch of habitat. It would have died in the mud.

  • IMG 2738  Lovely...

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  • IMG 2743  Then we reached the one real cliff. It was about 20 feet and a rope had been left so it was not too bad. Small footholds were cut into the rock by someone in the past.

    208 Then we reached the one real cliff. It was about 20 feet and a rope had been left so it was not too bad. Small footholds were cut into the rock by someone in the past.

  • IMG 2744  We lowered the packs on the rope and used the rope to belay ourselves down.

    209 We lowered the packs on the rope and used the rope to belay ourselves down.

  • IMG 2745  I was nervous. ;)

    210 I was nervous. ;)

  • 20120926-paria-067  Me coming down, I made it with no real issue. : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Activities	Buckskin Gulch	Buckskin-Paria backpack	Chuck	Features	People	Places	Steve L.	The Boulder Choke	Trips	Utah	backpack	backpacking	slot canyon

    211 Me coming down, I made it with no real issue.

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  • IMG 2754  Raccoon tracks, we are getting nearer the river.

    214 Raccoon tracks, we are getting nearer the river.

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    215 A tight squeeze under.

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    218 More slot canyon video again...

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  • IMG 2763  Time to let the glossy go in some decent habitat.

    220 Time to let the glossy go in some decent habitat.

  • IMG 2764  Bye little glossy snake!

    221 Bye little glossy snake!

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  • 20120926-paria-125  Almost there... : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Activities	Buckskin Gulch	Buckskin-Paria backpack	Chuck	Features	People	Places	Steve L.	Trips	Utah	backpack	backpacking	slot canyon

    226 Almost there...

  • IMG 2773  Around the bend and then this. "This is the river?", I thought. It was supposed to be about 6 inches deep and clear and easy to filter instead it was 2 feet deep in places in the middle of a small flood event and was totally 100% full of particulates. My nine liters of water was almost gone and we had to get water so the next decent spring was about 4-5 miles downstream. It was now around lunchtime, so off we went.

    227 Around the bend and then this. "This is the river?", I thought. It was supposed to be about 6 inches deep and clear and easy to filter instead it was 2 feet deep in places in the middle of a small flood event and was totally 100% full of particulates. My nine liters of water was almost gone and we had to get water so the next decent spring was about 4-5 miles downstream. It was now around lunchtime, so off we went.

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  • IMG 2786  We found some nice real estate just inside AZ and decided to make camp and that way the hike to get water would be with lighter packs.

    230 We found some nice real estate just inside AZ and decided to make camp and that way the hike to get water would be with lighter packs.

  • IMG 2789  Watch out!!!  Another great basin rattlesnake, this time an adult right near our camp. We were a LONG way from any help, so we had to be careful.

    231 Watch out!!! Another great basin rattlesnake, this time an adult right near our camp. We were a LONG way from any help, so we had to be careful.

  • 20120926-paria-143  I'll move it!  ;) : 2012 Arizona-Utah trip	Activities	Arizona	Buckskin-Paria backpack	Chuck	Features	Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus)	Herps	Paria Canyon	People	Places	Trips	backpack	backpacking	slot canyon

    232 I'll move it! ;)

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  • Rattlesnake  Short video of the rattlesnake.

    234 Short video of the rattlesnake.

  • IMG 2796  Time to get water, so we headed downstream.

    235 Time to get water, so we headed downstream.

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  • IMG 2800  These tracks have a tail dragging between them. Muskrat? River otter? I do not know.

    239 These tracks have a tail dragging between them. Muskrat? River otter? I do not know.

  • IMG 2801  This site further down was really nice but we had already set up upstream.

    240 This site further down was really nice but we had already set up upstream.

  • IMG 2802  We found the spring after about a 4-5 mile walk. It wa snot flowing heavy so Brian did some "maintenance" so it would fill a pool that we could filter from.

    241 We found the spring after about a 4-5 mile walk. It wa snot flowing heavy so Brian did some "maintenance" so it would fill a pool that we could filter from.

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  • IMG 2804  After we let the water clear up we filtered our water for the next few days and then headed back upstream with our now heavy packs laden with water!

    243 After we let the water clear up we filtered our water for the next few days and then headed back upstream with our now heavy packs laden with water!

  • IMG 2805  There were lots of springs coming right out of the rock.

    244 There were lots of springs coming right out of the rock.

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  • IMG 2809  The moon was near full and rising. The several hundred foot cliff across the river from us was lit up with moonlight. The lower left darker area was the shadow cast by the moonlight moving across the rocks above. It was telling us a story with shadow figures, each figure changing as the light slowly changed. It was incredible to watch and try to come up with names of the figures that formed on the rock walls. We told the ever changing story of the wall for hours until sleep came.

    247 The moon was near full and rising. The several hundred foot cliff across the river from us was lit up with moonlight. The lower left darker area was the shadow cast by the moonlight moving across the rocks above. It was telling us a story with shadow figures, each figure changing as the light slowly changed. It was incredible to watch and try to come up with names of the figures that formed on the rock walls. We told the ever changing story of the wall for hours until sleep came.

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  • IMG 2822  The next morning I decided to stay in camp. I had a toe problem starting with one of my big toes and I wanted to chill so I stayed in camp all day. Brian stayed somewhat close but Steve had a wild hair and was off and gone early. He went downstreak about ten miles and back so he was tired by the time he got back near dark.

    249 The next morning I decided to stay in camp. I had a toe problem starting with one of my big toes and I wanted to chill so I stayed in camp all day. Brian stayed somewhat close but Steve had a wild hair and was off and gone early. He went downstreak about ten miles and back so he was tired by the time he got back near dark.

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  • IMG 2831  Throwing rocks into the murky mud was a fun activity. The mud was shaped like little explosions had happened.

    251 Throwing rocks into the murky mud was a fun activity. The mud was shaped like little explosions had happened.

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  • IMG 2828  Then after the seal was broken with the surface the crater would fill with water!

    253 Then after the seal was broken with the surface the crater would fill with water!

  • Mud-Rock  Here is a video of Brian and I throwing rocks into this mud.

    254 Here is a video of Brian and I throwing rocks into this mud.

  • IMG 2833  I liked exploring around camp, lots to see!

    255 I liked exploring around camp, lots to see!

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  • IMG 2839  Cool caterpillar.

    260 Cool caterpillar.

  • IMG 2845  Lots of colors...

    261 Lots of colors...

  • IMG 2850  The silty water of the Paria River.

    262 The silty water of the Paria River.

  • IMG 2851  So the rattlesnake I had moved a little bit away moved right back. He stayed in the bushes on the left and we camped under the cliff on the right for 2 nights.

    263 So the rattlesnake I had moved a little bit away moved right back. He stayed in the bushes on the left and we camped under the cliff on the right for 2 nights.

  • IMG 2853  He never moved from this position. A true sit and wait predator!

    264 He never moved from this position. A true sit and wait predator!

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    265 Steve and I at camp.

  • IMG 2854  Now on the morning of the 28th it was time to hike upstream to White House and get our car we left there and head out. This was back at the confluence with Buckskin Gulch. On the left, the water coming out of Buckskin was pretty clear compared to the Paria.

    266 Now on the morning of the 28th it was time to hike upstream to White House and get our car we left there and head out. This was back at the confluence with Buckskin Gulch. On the left, the water coming out of Buckskin was pretty clear compared to the Paria.

  • IMG 2855  Walking through this water was easier than the pools in Buckskin because the river bed was pretty stable. There was an occasional deep quicksand, but I never hit any.

    267 Walking through this water was easier than the pools in Buckskin because the river bed was pretty stable. There was an occasional deep quicksand, but I never hit any.

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  • IMG 2871  Silty...

    279 Silty...

  • IMG 2872  The Paria finally opened up as we neared the end. We had about 4 more miles at this point.

    280 The Paria finally opened up as we neared the end. We had about 4 more miles at this point.

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  • IMG 2876  I was walking away from the river and found this area of cool rocks, many were perfectly round. I loaded my pack with several to bring back for me and friends. One rock in particular I brought back to my friend Marjorie at work because I knew she'd appreciate the weird shape.

    283 I was walking away from the river and found this area of cool rocks, many were perfectly round. I loaded my pack with several to bring back for me and friends. One rock in particular I brought back to my friend Marjorie at work because I knew she'd appreciate the weird shape.

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  • IMG 2881  The last 0.5 miles...

    287 The last 0.5 miles...

  • IMG 2882  The trailhead signs at White House.

    288 The trailhead signs at White House.

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  • IMG 2886  The intrepid adventurers, after a somewhat challenging backpack trip and week. For the whole week I think I covered around 43 miles and my knees held up well thanks to my amigo Dr Jonas Skardis in Santa Fe NM!  After this we shuttled Brian back to his car at the beginning of the Wire Pass Trailhead and then Steve and I took off. We were home by 10pm. Thanks for reading. :)

    291 The intrepid adventurers, after a somewhat challenging backpack trip and week. For the whole week I think I covered around 43 miles and my knees held up well thanks to my amigo Dr Jonas Skardis in Santa Fe NM! After this we shuttled Brian back to his car at the beginning of the Wire Pass Trailhead and then Steve and I took off. We were home by 10pm. Thanks for reading. :)