Canyoneering Keyhole – Zion National Park

Canyoneering Keyhole – Zion National Park

Tackling A Classic Beginner Canyon: Keyhole Canyon For our last adventure in Zion, we ran Keyhole Canyon. It was a little hard to get motivated after running The Subway and Pine Creek, respectively, the previous 2 days. Fortunately, Keyhole is arguably the easiest, shortest canyon in the park. So we didn’t feel like committing to doing it would be a mistake we would regret for long. After picking up our permit, we drove to the start/end location for the canyon. (The…

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Canyoneering Pine Creek – Zion National Park

Canyoneering Pine Creek – Zion National Park

Heading To Pine Creek The day after we ran The Subway, we dropped into Pine Creek, another iconic Zion National Park canyon. We finished The Subway after the Visitor Center was closed, so we had to wait until the next morning to grab our Pine Creek permit. That was fine by us. We did not mind sleeping in a little to recover from the previous 10-mile day. At 9 am, we parked our car at the entry point for Pine Creek,…

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Canyoneering The Subway (Russell Gulch) – Zion National Park

Canyoneering The Subway (Russell Gulch) – Zion National Park

A Long Weekend In Zion Ms. Fool and I decided to take a long weekend to run some classic Zion National Park canyons. First up was The Subway via Russell Gulch. We packed up all of our gear, picked up a friend at LAX, then headed north, arriving in Zion at around 1 pm.  After retrieving our canyoneering permits from the wilderness permit desk, we decided to make the most of the daylight by hiking Angels Landing. Angels Landing is an…

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Canyoneering Gear

Canyoneering Gear

While preparing for our next canyoneering trip, we put together a list of our main gear. It’s a lot of stuff once you see it spread out on the floor. You might not think it, but we fit everything we need in our 2 backpacks. Canyoneering Gear List Black Diamond: Carabiners Figure 8 Harness Headlamp Sling Canyon Fire: 200 Meeter Ropes Canyon Works: Critr 2 DexShell: Socks Five Ten: Approach Shoes Fox40: Whistle Gregory: Water Bladders Hyperflex: Neoprene Gloves 5/4…

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Canyoneering the Seven Teacups/Kern River

Canyoneering the Seven Teacups/Kern River

Mr. Fools Meets Seven Teacups, His First Swift Water Canyon!** I, Mr. Fool, have been training hard to run swift water canyons. It’s taken a lot of work to get to this point. I’m relatively new to canyoneering. My more experienced counterpart, Ms. Fool, introduced me to the sport last year, and she has been teaching me increasingly difficult technical know-how. Ms. Fool and I share the goal of tackling plenty of swift water canyons. These are some of the…

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Bonita Falls/Lytle Creek Canyoneering

Bonita Falls/Lytle Creek Canyoneering

Oh, Canyoneering, How We Love Thee** When we’re not paragliding or rock climbing, you can find us canyoneering. Broadly speaking, canyoneering combines hiking with swimming, high jumps, scrambling, stemming, and technical rope skills such as rappelling (abseiling). Of course, it is possible to descend certain walkable canyons without doing any of these. But those are not the sort of canyons we Fools prefer. Stumbling To The Start The weather was a brutal 100 degrees.  Really, we should not have attempted…

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