For this blog post, we asked two students to share their thoughts on our canyoneering adventure in Hanksville, Utah!
Janelle will get us started with our first day:
Despite initial fears, everyone absolutely rocked the first day of canyoneering in Blarney Canyon. We had so much fun getting to know our guides from Desert Highlights, Kai and Jake!
Reflecting on our first day of canyoneering, I collected quotes from each student:
For our second day, Brownyn gives a play by play of the day:
On our second day of canyoneering, we voted between Leprechaun Canyon and Hogwarts Canyon, the latter winning. We started out hiking up the steep, steep edge for about 45 minutes before we reached our first repel.
We repelled down a cliff, lowering ourselves into a cove with blossoming flowers, and immediately approached another ledge at eye level with a natural bridge, looking 70 feet down. This repel was beautiful, and once we reached the bottom it was a waiting game.
Once everyone made it down these two repels it was a belay down a crack in the rock. At the bottom, a chasm, less than a foot wide that we slid through before dropping down to the ground. Our next repel was even longer than the last. The final repel was the longest, 90 feet.
I was the first to go down, and after hip sliding off the ledge, I looked down the edge of the cliff, hardly able to see the bottom, (mostly because I wear my contacts maybe once every two weeks, and today wasn’t that day, sorry mom!) I repelled about 20 feet before the cliff inverted, and it was a free hang to the bottom. I slid down, feeling the figure eight getting hotter and hotter. Finally I got to the bottom, nearly landing in a tree, and looked up to see the overhang of the cliff and a rope dangling. I unhooked myself and yelled, “Off belay!!”. The air was hot but I realized it was not hot enough to make me sweat as much as I was, that was just the adrenaline. I ran towards the road so I could see where I came from and my jaw dropped as I waved up at Jake, our guide. The view was absolutely gorgeous and more than that, I just lowered myself down a 90 foot cliff with a single rope. It’s safe to say the day was so much fun, and I think we’d all do it again.
Some additional pictures!