Erik Lund, Tom Baskin, and I finished a backpack in Dark Canyon, in the desert of South West Utah. It was between Hanksville and Blanding, near Lake Powell on the Colorado River. It is very remote, and one has the feeling that a rescue is out of the question, there is no cell coverage, and its a long hard hike back to civilization. Read more
These pics are from our week long trip to the beautiful Uinta range of Utah. We started at the Highline Trail trailhead in the Unintas, after spending the night at a campground at Trail Lake Campground. These places are about 30 miles east of the town of Kamas, Utah. Read more
We are planning a backpack to the Uinta Range of Utah for July next summer. The pictures below show the scenery to expect. The land is high elevation, with gentle terrain and lots of nice lakes. Looks like we’ll need a big fry pan, and some lemon pepper for the fish. The trip is scheduled for July 13-20th. If some scouts coming home from summer camp on the 13th want to go on the Uinta backpack, we can probably arrange for a group to leave on the 14th, and catch up to us. Read more
Bounded by 700 foot high cliff walls, the sandy canyon bottom of Grand Gulch in southern Utah was once again our destination for a spring break backpack. The group I was hiking with included 6 younger scouts, from 11 to 13 years old. Our group started hiking at Collins Springs, and exited Grand Gulch 6 days later at Bullet Canyon. Our group also included 5 adults, and the six scouts proved themselves to be tough and durable hikers. Read more
Troop/Crew 100 started the 2009 hiking season with a great 5 day backpack in southern Utah, in Grand Gulch.
We had 4 groups of participants, who started at 2 different trailheads, and camped at different campsites over a 5 day period. Two groups started at Kane Gulch, and two started at Collins Springs. The shortest route was 30 miles, and the longest was 50+ miles. The route went through Kane Gulch and Grand Gulch, and for most parties their route included Bullet Canyon as an exit point. Read more