Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Canyoneering Neon, Escalante

This last weekend I was able to spend some time down in Southern Utah. Although Escalante is one of the most remote and desolate places in Utah, it is also one of the most beautiful. I was given the invite to join some friends on a canyoneering trip to do Neon canyon which is in the Egypt area of Escalante. I have wanted to do this canyon ever since I got into canyoneering. This slot canyon has multiple raps and a lot of swimming through ice cold water even though it might be over 100 degrees up on the mesa. The climax and exit to this canyon is rappelling through the celling of a 80 foot high golden cathedral. By far one of the most aesthetic slot canyon I have ever seen. we spent two days down in Escalante and my only mistake was taking twice as much camera gear as needed for the four mile hike in.
Nick heading into the start of Neon.

It might not look all that cold, but it took my breath away.
peter on the last rap looking down through the celling.

Nick raping down into the Golden cathedral

Spending time in these remote places and being able to photograph them has been one of the best gifts I could have. Take the time to get out there and capture the wonders of our planet.
Steve Lloyd

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