By Steve Allen

Canyoneering 2: Technical Loop Hikes is a advisor to seven, week-long backpack journeys into a few for the main unspoiled and least-visited components within the Utah component to the Colorado Plateau. each hike comprises the 4 necessities of a superb canyoneering course: extraordinary canyons, intimate narrows, giant perspectives, and actual problem. even if the routes are tricky, beginners to the canyons also will locate targeted info the following that may be used to devise more convenient tours. Hikes comprise Muddy Creek within the San Rafael Swell, soiled satan North, soiled satan South, darkish Canyon, White Canyon, Escalante East, and Escalante South. for skilled canyoneers.

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We would follow the basic canyoneering axiom that you must always leave yourself a way out. This meant leaving a rope at every drop so that we could climb back up if the route could not be continued. Steve's second rule was that we only use natural protection to anchor our ropes. " We would leave the canyon to others more skilled than ourselves. Our fun would not come at the expense of the environment. We were able to complete our descent of the narrows of Gravel Canyon. It took several rappels, a long stretch of chimneying high Page x above the floor of the canyon, a swim or two, and a couple of difficult climbing moves.

Within the body of the text there are several features to note. Options describe major route variations that can add more time to the hike. The options should be chosen before the start of the trip. Alternate routes are short variations that will take you to the same place as the standard route. They are used to describe ways around deep water or to avoid difficult climbing sections. Digressions describe short side trips or note points of interest. Rock-climber's notes describe short, difficult side trips or route variations that will be of interest to rock climbers.

Over the last couple of years the number of deaths and serious injuries in the canyons of southern Utah has increased dramatically. The tragic deaths of two Boy Scout leaders in Zion National Park and two major rescues in the Black Hole of White Canyon in 1993, and the scores of rescue operations in the Upper Black Box of the San Rafael River over the last two years have underscored the need for reliable information. This guidebook does describe country that is unknown to most people. It is my belief that by offering alternatives to the popular canyons, stressing the importance of wilderness advocacy, and harping on the need for low-impact camping techniques, Canyoneering 2: Technical Loop Hikes will help spread the visitation load and mitigate the impacts on the land.

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