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    Well, my big-mountain PNW ski trip next week has...

    Well, my big-mountain PNW ski trip next week has been cancelled due to a partner breaking his foot and a crappy extended forecast. (Jackson also looks unreliable and the Sierra lack sufficient...
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    Good to know! Right now, we're still very much in...

    Good to know! Right now, we're still very much in the planning stage, and the Little Death Hallow/Wolverine Loop looks very enticing.

    Jorion: Did you overnight it and, if so, what was your...
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    Thanks, dude. Some kind of 3-day trip around (not...

    Thanks, dude. Some kind of 3-day trip around (not little) Death Hallow and Escalante River looks cool and a bit adventurous. Hurricane Wash/Red Well to Coyote Gutch also looks good.
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    I'm starting to plan another family trip to...

    I'm starting to plan another family trip to southern Utah this fall. I'm thinking of focusing more on the general Escalante, Torrey, North Wash areas (maybe a little Zion). Any recommendations for:...
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    It wasn’t necessary. The kids have been climbing...

    It wasn’t necessary. The kids have been climbing and rappelling at local Tahoe crags for three years. We re-reviewed and practiced setting up the PAS, rappel device, and an auto-block in the weeks...
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    jorion: I found a lot of helpful info on...

    jorion: I found a lot of helpful info on roadtripryan.com. It may or may not help you.

    tgapp: Added Overstory to my reading queue.

    billyk: I only watched the first ten minutes, but it looks...
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    https://mindjoggle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/...

    https://mindjoggle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/the-hidden-life-of-trees.png
    ^^^I'm nearly through and have really enjoyed it.
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    The Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop looks...

    The Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop looks amazing. I think my next Utah trip will focus on the stuff around Escalante and Capitol Reef. Zion and Moab are amazing and lived up to the hype, but I...
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    We use autoblocks on the bottom, prussiks on top,...

    We use autoblocks on the bottom, prussiks on top, multiple stopper knots, and butterfly knots every 6 feet that each person unties and then reties. It takes us 2 hours to rap a 25' drop, but we're...
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    I'm well aware of the dangers of rappelling....

    I'm well aware of the dangers of rappelling. Again, my default is to liberally use stoppers. So, if you think my approach is not to generally not use them, let me disabuse you of that belief. But I...
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    I suppose that's a rhetorical question, but I'll...

    I suppose that's a rhetorical question, but I'll answer anyway: No. The exclusion was conscious and discussed. With rope stretch and rappel extensions, everybody got to the ground easily and were...
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    Diana’s Throne/Huntress (near Mt. Carmel...

    Diana’s Throne/Huntress (near Mt. Carmel Junction): This was an audible when Zion closed Pine Creek and cancelled our permit the day before. That was a bummer, but this canyon was not. It far...
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    tgapp: Totally agree about it being family...

    tgapp: Totally agree about it being family friendly. If I had ready access to Southern Utah, I'd definitely invest in some canyoneering gear. It's a great way to explore cool areas and get away from...
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    Thanks, man! I felt a little bad using my newish...

    Thanks, man! I felt a little bad using my newish 70m climbing rope, but it was worth it. My ski mountaineering rope worked pretty well though. Anyhow, it's definitely something I wouldn't mind doing...
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    So . . . I highly recommend canyoneering as a...

    So . . . I highly recommend canyoneering as a family-friendly way to explore southern Utah. My kids really liked it. I think we all would have gotten a little jaded if we had just hiked, as I had...
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    FWIW, canyoneering is a great way to get off the...

    FWIW, canyoneering is a great way to get off the beaten path in an otherwise crowded place like Arches. Did U-Turn there a few days ago and it was fantastic and technically straightforward. The kids...
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    Bumping this because Zion just reopened the...

    Bumping this because Zion just reopened the technical canyoneering routes in the park itself. I just nabbed permits for Keystone and Pine Creek, which are beginner-level wet canyons. I'm not 100%...
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    Self-guided Beginner Canyoneering in Utah?

    Hello all. I've got a family trip to Utah in early October planned. We'll be in Moab for a night or two, 3-4 days backpacking in the Needles District of Canyonlands, a night in either Monument Valley...
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