Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Southern Utah Fall Hiking and Climbing

I spent Halloween weekend in southern Utah with family and friends.  I spent Halloween with my sister and her family and did some local climbing.  I spent Saturday and Sunday with Ryan, Charlotte, Kayte, Dani, and Luke.  Our original plan was to hike Buckskin Gulch but we were deterred due to cold water and air temperatures.  Our plan B was to do some less involved hikes in the Zion area.  We hiked the Subway from the bottom up on Saturday in chilly and wet weather.  We then hiked Angels Landing on Sunday in similar conditions.  Monday morning (those of us who stuck around) went climbing in Kolob Canyon and did some of the classic sport climbs in the area in frigid conditions.
John leading a fun 5.9 at Pocket Rocks 
John leading a fun 10b at Pocket Rocks
Geology picture - weathered fiammé in an ash-flow tuff deposit 
Dani leading a juggy 5.8 on a conglomerate unit near Gap, west of Parowan

The group on the approach to the Subway 
Ryan and Charlotte leading the way towards the Subway 
The beginning of the Subway
Luke stemming up above the frigid water, trying to get above the impassable waterfall 
Sketchy traverse above the 20 foot waterfall - don't try this in chacos
Braving the waist deep cold water in November in the Subway
The Subway in November 
Looking down on the Virgin River from the Angels Landing trail
Zion Valley 
Angels Landing
Virgin River
John leading Namaste 5.12
Luke climbing Huevos Rancheros