When I got the vacation time back in June I thought it was going to be a couple week climbing trip with my regular climbing partner and I put in for a permit to hike into The Wave on somewhat of a lark figuring it would be a good rest day activity if I beat the odds. The within a two week span in July I got an email saying I'd been drawn for The Wave and my climbing partner messed up her knee wakeboarding and became unsure whether or not she was going to be able to go so I told her the spot was hers until she gave me a definitive answer.
Fastforward to early September and the knee is healing but not well enough to go on the trip so I texted a friend in Las Vegas asking if she wanted to join me on the hike and go camping for a weekend. The response came in about a minute with an enthusiastic YES! so that part of the trip was taken care of but no climbing partner.
I started making plans for a solo trip and figuring on trying to meet up with people at City of Rocks and do some hiking in Bryce and Zion along the way when a very chance encounter with a friend led to the possibility of her joining me on the trip. She committed to the trip three days before I was planning on leaving and now that the boring narrative is out of the way on to some pictures....
We started off by driving to City of Rocks, ID. About 10 hours from Spokane arriving right around dusk. The campsite was pretty nice:
While there we got up on some rocks:
And could keep an eye on the truck:
After a couple of days playing on the rocks there we headed south. This nondescript place near Monroe, UT is Mystic Hot Springs and is a great stop but I only took the one picture...
Then we drove on through a couple of small tunnels...
And after getting a campsite spent the afternoon exploring Bryce
When the person travelling with you is a former collegiate gymnast you get some interesting photo ops...
We left Bryce well before sunup, sneaking out with the parking lights on to head to Zion and get a campsite before we went in to climb this:
We enjoyed the views
Over several pitches
And after spending some time on top it was time to head down
Fortunately the truck was right where we left it when we returned
After Zion we headed to Las Vegas where I dropped off Heather for a few days of climbing at Red Rocks and picked up Kelly for the next part of the trip. Somehow saying that I was swapping partners just doesn't sound good
We drove to Stateline Campground out House Rock Valley Rd. and near the Wire Pass trailhead and spent the next two nights there but I neglected to take any pictures of the truck. I did however take some pictures of the hike and of The Wave
We left a different way from how we came in
And got to see a cool if short little slot canyon
From there we went over Buckskin Mountain to 89A and then around to Tuweap Campground. What an incredible place!
And the views of the canyon aren't bad either
End Part 1 due to limit on number of pictures...
I lost the already written part dos so it will be a few minutes to recreate it....
Edited by Cayuse, 19 October 2014 - 07:48 PM.