Sunday, September 10, 2006

is bruce canadian?

in *america* we celebrate labor day, not labour day!

anyway, for labor day, i went to zion canyon in utah. i didn't actually go spelunking or even canyoneering. i went hiking for one day and then the next two days were spent on a canyon hike in 'the narrows'. this is what zion canyon looked like:

one thing i did learn was that if you're going on a two day hike, make sure you have shoes that won't give you blisters the day before the hike. it will be much less painful that way.

the narrows is a two day hike where you basically follow a river down a canyon. the first day of the hike, it rained and hailed and we had to take a break for a while to allow the inclement weather to subside. this threw off our timing and forced us to crash at the second campsite, rather than our assigned campsite #10, which was another 2 or 3 miles further down. the rain did make the river look like chocolate milk and started some water falls as well, but lucky for us, it did not start a flash flood.

flash floods were perhaps the largest danger when you're hiking the narrows, as during quite a few points of the hike, there's no high ground that you can really climb to.

there were even a few points where some people had to swim.

it was a pretty hard hike for me. the entire thing was about 16 miles and i had on a 40 pound backpack on. perhaps nothing for harry, but by the end of the hike, i had blisters all over my feet and had banged my toes on hidden rocks under water countless times. i think one or two toe nails may fall off, but what are a few toe nails?


Blogger Bruce said...

Wow that place is really beautiful. Were you able to go into any caves and go spelunking?

It looks like you went with others, were you afraid of holding them back? I am always scared of being a n00b at hiking so I don't want to hold others back. Did you buy new hiking shoes for this expedition?

Wasn't it gross to be walking around with wet underwear and wet shoes? How did you deal with the moisture?

9/12/2006 8:52 AM  
Blogger yao said...

there weren't really any caves or anything around there, but there were some people who were canyoneering (belaying down cliffs). sperlunking requires a bit more risk and specialized tools than hiking.

anyway, i did go with 4 other people, and i did hold them back. well, not really since they just ditched me and i continued walking at my slow pace. so i guess i was afraid of it at the begining of the trip. that's why i genereally prefer hiking alone. i can go at my own pace and be comfortable. i literally had to limp the last few miles. i was limping around for almost a week after the hike too.

we did rent some socks and canyoneering boots. the socks were neoprane and the boots were okay i guess. they stuck well to wet/dry rocks that didn't have moss on them. they also gave us a stick, which is very useful since we couldn't see the rocks under the water.

i didn't have wet underwear! i was supposed to bring a swim suit, but i forgot, so i bought a pair of nylon shorts, which was quick drying. i had a polyester shirt on too. and the shoes/socks we got were made to be worn in water/wet conditions. basically, no cotton at all since cotton offers no warmth when wet.

anyway, if you want to hike slowly, you can come with me!

9/14/2006 6:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Ok that sounds good. i'm a super slow hiker, but I do like to go hiking. I went on a small hike and I felt like i was holding everyone back and it was only a few miles! they walk soooo fast.

9/15/2006 11:21 AM  

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