Monday, June 24, 2013

Utah Vacay! Canyoneering Day

After our Color Me Rad run, we high tailed it home, took an epic shower, and went straight to the airport.

We flew to Vegas so that the fiance could go rockclimbing with his bro-mance while my cousin and I caught up on girl time.  We only stayed for a couple of days before heading to UTAH!

Now fiance and I lovelovelove Utah.  We went to Zion back in 2009 and LOVED it.  We drove down one afternoon, slept, did the Narrows AND Angel's Landing in one day, then drove back to Reno.

Conquered both in the same day

We've been saying we need to go back to Utah, so we decided to make a week of our little Vegas trip.  We rented a car (which was a hassle and a half) and booked it to Zion.

Fiance really wanted to do some slot canyoneering so we threw on our helmets, grabbed a rope and some waterproof bags, and found our slot.

Now Zion is hot.  A lot hotter than the 66 degree weather here in Portland.  So when everyone kept asking, "Are you going to bring a wetsuit?" All I could think was, "It's hot here.  I'm not a baby, I don't need a wetsuit."

We chose to do the Pine Creek Canyon slot.  We REALLY wanted to do subway, but didn't have luck getting the permit.  Pine Creek was a great introductory slot for us.  It only took about 4 hours to complete and all of the rappels were bolted.  I HIGHLY recommend this if you ever get a chance to do a slot.

The very first jump was into a 6ft pool.  I found out REALLY quickly why everyone was suggesting wetsuits.  After making the freezing cold jump I saw there were a ton of guys.  Like... guy central. 

Wore a wetsuit.

And here is little Ashley running around in a tank top and shorts.  I was prepared to turn around and book it back to the campsite, but decided to pretend to be a badass and not need a wetsuit. 

Hey... I lived, right?

Anyhow, the slot was amazing. It was beautiful. The pictures don't do it justice! One day we'll be able to go back and do more slots.

And then he asks me, "hey babe - you ever thought you'd have to hitchhike?"  Just when I thought I'd done it all...


  1. Those pictures are AMAZING! I've only been to Utah to drive through but this just made it on my list to try out someday.

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  3. My husband and I have been trying to plan a Zion camping/climbing trip with my parents for the past two summers. With the advanced reservations, the lotteries, all the forms and the wetsuit hassle in the back of my mind, it just hasn't happened. We kept shooting for August but by next summer we should have a trip planned out for either July or August. Better late than never, I guess! We want to climb the narrows and the subway :)

  4. this looks so BA. i want to go!

  5. You don't need a wetsuit, you're totally a badass!

    The pics are so pretty, was it hard?

  6. Such beautiful photos, it looks like a totally breathtaking place :)

    It seems that you really enjoyed you week holiday!

  7. Oh wow! What gorgeous pictures! Sounds like you had a great time.
    Zion is on our 'to see' list.

  8. this looks like such an incredible trip - my fiance would love this - and great job with the no wetsuit :)

  9. How amazing, looks beautiful and you two are non-stop adventurers!

  10. these pictures are awesome!! i've never been to utah myself, but after seeing all the gorgeous pictures that my blog friends have posted, i think i will need to make a trip sometime!

  11. oh oh oh! How awesome are these pics!? Loving your adventure! Looks like you both have a great time together. Love your blog!


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