Please read the entire post before you RSVP. This is part of the Ultra Day Hike Series that we are running through the whole Summer of 2014.
ARE YOU READY TO REALLY EXPERIENCE LIFE AND GET SOME? ARE YOU READY TO PUSH YOURSELF TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND BREAK BARRIERS? THEN START SIGNING UP FOR THE ULTRA DAY HIKE SERIES LED BY THE TLC HIKING CLUB. HERE IS PART 2 OF THE 5 PART SERIES. ONCE EACH MONTH.
The Buckskin Gulch is a fourteen mile slot canyon. Listed as one of the top ten hikes in the world by National Geographic Explorer a few years back, doing the entire twenty-one mile loop can be a challenge and an endurance experience for most people.
We are going to be starting at Wire Pass Trail Head and ending at Whitehouse Trail Head. 21 miles. Day permits are easily accessible at the Trail head. If you are wishing to do an over nite experience, this is not the time nor the place to book such an event as we are not providing any infrastructure or information related to that.
We will be staying at the Lake Powell Resort and Marina. This saves yourself about 20 minutes of drive time and sleep time in the morning opposed to staying in town. http://www.lakepowell.com/ Meetup place will be at the Resort.
We will need to leave the Resort at 3am. It will be a 45 minutes drive to White house Trailhead where we will drop vehicles and then travel another 45 minutes to our starting destination at Wire Pass Trailhead. We should be well under way by 5am. Plan on bringing headlamps. Plan on taking 12 to 14 hours to finish this hike.
ONLY THE ADVANCED SERIOUS HIKERS SHOULD EVEN ATTEMPT THIS. IF YOU HAVE DONE SOME ULTRA DAY HIKES WITH US IN THE PAST, THEN YOU UNDERSTAND. IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE, PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS BEFORE SIGNING UP.
There will be a few spots that will require some Class 3 climbs, in the rock jams. Some rope work may be needed for 10-15 foot climbs. No rapelling gear.
Be Prepared to be wet. This time of the year we may get lucky and find dry pools, but we also may find some stagnant cess pools that we may have to trek through. Bring water hiking shoes. You have been forewarned. Bring a dry bag.
The shaded floor in the slots will be 15-20 degrees cooler than the weather on top. Middle of May should prove to be perfect.
We should return to the Resort around 6pm at the earliest and 9pm at the latest.
We will be leaving Phoenix around 10am on Friday to check in at 3pm. Grabbing dinner and going to bed.
This is the longest Slot Canyon in the world. Here are some awesome links: