|Destination:||The beginning of almost 4 months away from home. A few cliimbs, but mostly a trip of exploration and getting to know the desert|
|Timeframe:||August - November|
An introduction to the Colorado Plateau
I'd spent a bit of time in the Moab area when we lived in SLC, but that was because we wanted to climb Castleton Tower. Other than that, I knew nothing. In 1984 Moab was still a sleepy little town. That fall, I spent a very quiet fortnight getting to know the area in solitude that is no longer available. Spent some time in Arches, Canyonlands/Dead Horse Point, Needles Overlook, Zion, Monument Valley and Havasu Canyon before flying home from Denver for Thanksgiving.
|Destination:||The second half of a year spent on the road.|
|Timeframe:||July - August|
|Description:||After a few days in Omaha we go to Devils Tower on the 18th of July. After 3 days there we got in a half wet day at Lumpy Ridge and visit with family in Denver. We then spent almost a month in the Wind River Range spread over a week in the Temple Lakes / Cirque and two glorious weeks in Titcomb Basin. We were back in Denver by the 21st and home to NH a week later.|
|Destination:||A long varied trip from the end of July until the first week of November|
|Timeframe:||July - November|
|Description:||This was another two part adventure. Mary only had so much time given her teaching commitments. After she headed home I spent time in the Tetons, Enchantment Lake region, Wasatch, Canyonland, Escalante and the San Juans. I meet up with family and friends at most of these locations.|
More time on the Colorado Plateau
There was new snow in the Wasatch and the LaSals at the end of Sept. Good timing for being in the dez.
|Destination:||Fall in the Colorado and Utah w/ Betsy Harrison|
|Description:||A return to the Dez. We flew to Denver, headed up to Jackson to visit with Mark Whiton, drove down thru the Uintah / Wasatch Ranges and eventurally to the Moab Area. Later we moved over to the San Juans for some family time a couple of 14 ers. A really great three weeks.|
An intro to the Escalante Region of Utah
Early 90s was still a quiet time on the plateau. My guess is that it has changed dramatically since then. Betsy and I came here three Octobers in a row, before our interests moved elsewhere. We started this trip with a quick trip to Wilson, WY and then headed south to the Wasatch and eventually to Moab.
|Destination:||Fall on the Colorado Plateau w/ Betsy Harrison|
|Description:||This time we drove out for our fall swing thru the Colorado Plateau. We went to Jackson first to do a slide show fund raiser for Broad Peak where Mark delivered the sad news that he couldn't go with us. I was devastated. There was nothing I ever wanted to do more than climb with Mark Whiton and Jay Wilson. We wandered down to Moab shortly thereafter and continued our exploration of the region. Later on, while on our way to Sante Fe, the timing belt blew on our little Isuzu. We were about 100 miles from town but the tow was covered by our AAA insurance and our friends in town loaned us their car to go look for a new one. After another fund raiser slide show we headed home.|
Down Buckskin and back up Paria Canyon
First time down this classic 3 day hike. Just enough water, but not too deep. Even needed to use a short rope at one point. Best thing was we had it all to ourselves.
Part 2 of our exploration of the Colorado Plateau
Stayed a little longer this time. After Buckskin/Paria we went back to exploring the Escalante region until it was time to head to Santa Fe.
|Destination:||Part 3 of the Fall in Utah idea w/ Betsy Harrison|
|Description:||This was the last time we spent any time in Utah. By 1993 things had changed and the 'plateau' had been discovered by the mt bike crowd and in general everyone who was looking for something to do in the desert. This time we did the Buckskin/Paria 3 day again with my brother Chip and his wife Nancy. We also continued our exploration of the plateau's slot canyons.|
Another Buckskin - Paria Canyon 3 day loop
Such a great setting that we did it two years in a row. Perhaps different now that the region has become so popular.
Getting to know the Plateau Part 3
Early 90s was still a quiet time on the plateau. My guess is that it has changed dramatically since then.