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January 21, 2009
"The Slickrock Country: Recent
Adventures and More to Come"
by Bill Priedhorsky
Over the past few years, we have explored
a good fraction of Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument. What
were once hurried long weekends have become relaxed week-long outings,
that let us thoroughly explore the ridges, domes, pools, and slots. The
terrain is so complex that we can find adventure while hiking no more
than a mile or two from camp. We made camp with gear hauled on our
backs, or, more pleasantly, hauled by llamas or horses. In my canyon
country experience, the Escalante country is unique for its sheer volume
of slickrock. I'll tell stories of some of the Escalante adventures of
the last decade and especially the last year, telling the story of trips
not discussed in my talk of last January.
The slickrock doesn't
stop in the Anton Ridge area, in the upper drainage of Death Hollow.
Francesco Grilli relaxes in the middle of a day outing.
Although we have covered a lot of ground,
there are still corners of the Escalante yet to be explored, and other
places worth a return visit. I'll talk about ideas for our next
adventures. Finally, we'll review some of the high points of our annual
exploration of the Bluff area, in anticipation of our mid-February 2009
outing - our 7th year running, but maybe the last for a while.
Scudder tops a rock outcropping just above
our Anton Ridge camp.