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Red Rock Rendezvous at Escalante-Grand Staircase Natl Monument, UT

  • Apr 11, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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   Red Rock Rendezvous

 at Escalante-Grand Staircase Natl Monument aka

                                BA/RockRunner/WSA Rendezvous

This event is being planned by Matt & Andy of the SLC-based Backpackers Anonymous MeetUp. We from WSA are invited along; just as I often organize events and invite them.  

This is a HIKING, Non-technical and technical CANYONEERING and all-round GOOD TIME EVENT. Everyone is invited as there is something in the Escalante area for everyone who likes the outdoors.

This will be a large event with several groups getting together. Please feel free to invite your sociable friends.


Escalante Outfitters in the (very) small town of Escalante, UT.
Campsites, Showers, Pavilion, a small State Liquor "Store", Gear Shop, Restaurant. For those who prefer to be indoors there are cabin options.

RSVP (and some discussion of kids):

Each adult (over 15 years old) must be a WSA member and RSVP for themselves so you can respond to theAcknowledgement of Risk. 

Younger people are welcome and encouraged to come with responsible adult supervision. If you are bringing anyone under 15, make note of that in the comments section of this calendar page. We prefer anyone under 15 plan to hike or do non- technical canyons with an accompanying adult; one child per adult.

At time of RSVP, in comments section of calendar page, please state what kind of activities you want to do and if you are willing to co-organize or organize any of these events. 


Campsites: $11/night per person. $10 for 2nd night. Since this event is not organized by WSA we are not the end point for $$ but an intermediary. 

I know some have already registered so I do not know how we will deal with that. However, any registrations from Feb. 1 onward need to pay, with Pay Pal an $11 campsite fee/ person. If you are going to be in camp a 2nd night that can be taken care of at the camp. The extra $1 is to cover the Pay Pal processing fee. 

The plan on registrations has changed and 'registration' will consist of paying for your tent site. Part of the plan, I am told is to get financial commitment so we will have an idea of who and how many are planning to attend. In part that is so activity groups - canyons, hiking, etc. can be planned. If you have any questions about these ideas or this plan, please contact Andy Johnson[masked]-7677.

Cabins: $45/night (fits 2 people) (pay Escalante Outfitters and forward proof to Hosts) 

Please book early  --we would like to have the entire place to ourselves. April is when they start to fill up so we need to be on top of it.

Drive: 4-1/2 to 5 hours from Grand Junction


Here is a look at weather data over the past 100+ years. As the dates come near look here for the7 day forecast


Sunrise and set look like this 

Moon will be full on the 15th so it will rise between 4:45-6:45 PM these weekend evenings making for bright, moonlit nights. 

SOME possible activities listed below.
Please comment which activities you prefer to do. This is only a partial list of local options. There are plenty of hard core go-for-it things to do, moderate stuff and even just hanging out and maybe going to the local museum or tour the nature walk at the state park.

Adventurers who know a hike or other event you want to organize, please let Doug know ASAP so we can add it to both this and the Backpackers Anonymous list. You may also want to click over to the BA site to see if any event have been added there.


Devils Garden: 3-4 hours, easy

Calf Creek Upper: 2 hours, Intermediate, 110ft. waterfall  

Calf Creek Lower: 3 hours, easy, ends at 125ft. waterfall 

Red Volcano: 2 to 6 hours (depending on access point) ends at large volcano looking rock formation.

Golden Cathedral: 6-8 hours, Three holes dropping through a large dome structure. This is in the famous Neon Canyon and is probably one of the best rewarded long hikes around.

Little Death Hollow out-n-back to the narrows ~12 miles, 6+ hours. Remote start will require some driving to the trailhead but plenty of reward for the effort.

Petrified Forest: Petrified trees.

NON-TECHNICAL CANYONS: this link leads you to many of the canyons listed below and many more you may want to choose from.   

• Peek a boo and Spooky These are a long drive on a dirt road but if you want a mini-introduction to squeezy, short canyons these two are classic

• Zebra and Harris Easy but spectacular canyon walking down a main canyon with 4 different canyons coming in from the sides to poke into.

• Coyote Gulch: Long day/overnighter, requires some 5th class scrambling.

• Red Breaks Canyon Be sure to read about and maybe do this one - it looks awesome and does not require any rappelling or tough stuff but it is kind of skinny and sinuous.

TECHNICAL CANYONS: Numerous on-line resources describe technical canyons. This link is an overview though does not lead to the most detailed descriptions

• Egypt 1 and 1.5

• Egypt 2 (short rap in)

• Egypt 3

• Davis 

• Spencer 

• Neon (maybe, need early start and it will be a VERY LONG DAY) 

• Ringtail (maybe, need early start)

• Drill Hole (maybe, need some special equipment)

MOUNTAIN BIKING: In Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument and the nearby Capitol Reef National Park biking is limited to established roads. With that in mind and knowing how much hiking and canyoneering there is to do, I syggest leaving the bike home.

Group Activities (outside of day trips)
Friday: Some people will be arriving at night, Options may include: short Calf Creek hike, gathering at the Pavilion for campfire
Saturday Night: Gathering at the Pavilion for campfire and more


As the time comes near we can see if people want to eat in the restaurant for dinner, cook on their own or have a large group meal.


• Car camping gear including:

• Tent, sleeping bag, pad, ear plugs, pillow

• Stove & cook gear for personal, small or large group meals

• Clothing that can take abuse if you get in narrow, rubby canyons (visit Goodwill). Bring spares in case some wears out and some may get wet. Warm clothing for after getting wet and when temps dip at night.

• Sun shade clothing - long sleeve shirt, broad brimmed hat; light colored light weight gloves. Sunscreen.

• Gloves (sandstone can be abrasive. Rubber face-cotton back are best, from hardware store for $4-8/pair; get 2 pair)

• Hiking shoes or light boots (plan that they may get wet); spare shoes, camp shoes (sandals, flip-flops ok in camp but NOT ALLOWED on hikes or canyoneering)

• Day pack with hydration bladder or 2-3 quarts of water carrying capacity


• Musical instruments (non-electric please), campfire stories, popcorn, marshmallows (smores makings), evening beverages, etc. 

• Camp games like slack line, horseshoes, etc.


Please READ THIS if you know you will do canyons or even think you may; technical or non-technical. 

BRING: please open this link and read about gear, even if you are experienced

Harness, HELMET (REQUIRED for technical canyons, suggested for non-technical canyons. Bike or boating helmet can be OK if that is what you own.), rappel device (and a spare), 3-6 locking carabiners, 1-2 non-locking carabiners, 4' sling of 5mm accessory cord (for prussik), 15' and 30' piece of 1" nylon webbing. Gloves (rubber face-cotton back $4-8/pair at hardware stores are best on rough sandstone and in water). Rappel ring (from hardware store is OK if it is 5/16" or larger. Each person bring 1 or 2). Dry bag since most canyons will have some water. Wetsuit (if you have a wet suit or suits, bring them. Then you can choose wet or dry canyons. No wet suit, that is OK but you may want dry or shallow water canyons). Neoprene socks (not Seal Skin from REI; NEOPRENE) to keep sand out of your toes and feet warm in canyon wading pools. 

Bring other items too numerous to re-list here.

                       *** Acknowledgement of Risk ***

In order to be considered a participant in this event you must read this document then in the hidden questions, respond with "I accept". 


Doug Van Etten[masked]  [masked] 

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  • Meredith

    This was a great trip for my first meetup with WSA - I enjoyed meeting all of you. Thanks so much to Doug and the other organizers. Hope to see you all again soon!

    April 16, 2014

  • Laney H.

    Awesome adventure! Peek-a-Boo and Spooky were incredible! Let's do it again!

    April 15, 2014

    • Donna K

      Great idea! We ARE! We are taking our friends from 4/26 to 4/30. Here we go again!

      April 15, 2014

  • Suzy N.

    I get kinda obnoxious with my endless comments on all of your AMAZING photos, but WOW, it looks like an incredible place, and that you really had fun. Sorry I had to miss it.

    April 15, 2014

    • Mary h.

      Next time we'll drag you along. It was absolutely spectacular!

      1 · April 15, 2014

  • Mary h.

    There is no denying that this is extraordinary country and terrain. Rain, shine, wind, sleet - all add to the adventure. Thank you Matt and Doug for putting this together. Given that the weather didn't really cooperate everyone flexed and ended up doing some great adventures.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Summer

    Beautiful scenery; wonderful company. Thanks to all, and special thanks to the organizers.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Donna K

    Indescribable! My favorite part was Brimstone.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    A little better weather would have allowed more 'technical' canyoneering but we made the best of the rain threatening weather and I think we all had a good time. Escalante Outfitters is a central and convenient location to base from anytime doing stuff in the Escalante area; and, one of the owners, Nate was very helpful with lots of information. Thanks to all who were part of making this a wonderful weekend outing. How about we go to Escalante again in September?

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time! Storm and rain right on cue.. ;-)

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Kendre D.

    Saturday Idea: Technical Descent of Egypt 2, Ascend Egypt 3.
    If you are interested please read this beta, bring appropriate gear and a copy of the beta. Unless someone has a 300ft rope, I'm planning on the walk around for the first rap. I believe this would be appropriate for technical (rappelling) beginners with strong climbing/stemming/assisting others skills, if we skip the first big rap then there is only a 40ft rap. Also note: beta warns that Egypt 3 is not for those that are claustrophobic or overly large. If we start early and move quick enough we could also try to get Egypt 1 in as well (I've done this one and it is fun, easily navigated, and pretty quick)

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Kendre D.

      Sunrise is at 6:55am so lets shoot for leaving Escalante Outfitters at 8am.

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • Kendre D.

      Also, if we run into issues up-climbing we can always go back down and walk back on the rim. We may also bail on #3 if the weather looks bad since it is so tight. It has high flash flood risk.

      1 · April 9, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    I spoke with Dave Berry and - we will just keep in touch about carpooling together. Thanks Doug for facilitating this effort!

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • mark r.

    My wife and I are going to stay at the more luxurious, but, more expensive canyons bed and breakfast. we made reservations on line. We'll bed arriving in Thursday night from Las Vegas

    1 · January 29, 2014

    • mark r.

      I'm[masked] and my wife's name is Ercy. Aee you up there

      1 · April 7, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Got your # - talk on TH evening.

      April 8, 2014

  • Dave B.

    This looks like it's going to be an epic gathering! I'm planning on driving, and I would have space for a rider, possibly two. I'll probably be bringing lots more stuff than I need. If someone is offering and has space for stuff, I'd also be willing to carpool. I'm hoping to leaving around lunchtime on Friday, but I have to appear for jury selection in the morning, I think, and don't know how long it will take. I'll know late Thursday afternoon whether I have to appear at all. Dave[masked]

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      FIREWOOD Dave !!! Hope you can score a ride or rider. Sounds like Chuck Cooper and you may be a good fit for riding together.

      April 8, 2014

  • Meredith

    Looking forward to my first trip to Escalante and first WSA meetup. I'm carpooling with Kendre. I'm interested in doing a hike on Saturday if anyone is hiking and not canyoneering.

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    I will hit the road sometime on Friday - and I would like to carpool. I noticed some other carpooler wannabe's but I'm not sure how we might connect. I think an old fashioned phone call might be best. So if you'ld like to discuss making a plan, my cell is[masked]-1975. ;-}

    2 · April 7, 2014

  • Kendre D.

    I signed up on BASL. I will be coming from Craig, CO, passing through grand junction. I would like to leave early on Friday and try to get to escalante around noon. I could stop in Grand Junction to pick up passengers around 7am Friday morning. Does anyone want to meet in Escalante Friday to do something in the afternoon?

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Meredith

      Hi Kendre - It would be wonderful if I could catch a ride with you. I'll send you a message.

      1 · April 4, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      It will be great to see you Kendre.

      April 7, 2014

  • Donna K

    We paid $22.00 for both of us for this event. Would anyone like to "purchase" our "deposit" amount? We will be going staying in our motorhome (Stacie Boyles will be our guest) and bringing our pups. Since Escalante Outfitters does not have RV spots we are confirmed for our stay in Canyons of Escalante RV Park, 495 West Main St., Escalante, UT 84726 which is literally 3 minutes away. We will be arriving there during the afternoon of the 11th staying through Monday the 14th.

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    This trip was organized by Backpackers Anonymous Meetup of Slat Lake and we were invited to join in. Confusion still reins on registration for camping. Right now I am trying to straighten out the WSA-PayPal connection. That may be ready as soon as Saturday, Feb. 1 or within a day or two later.

    The plan will be that you pay, PayPal $11 and that saves you a spot. that will be all the more you need to do. But, give Mary and I a couple of days to get this Pay Pal thing straight. if you are experienced with Pay Pal, please volunteer to come help us sort this out.

    February 1, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    I hope to arrive early enough Friday to do one of the short Calf Creek hikes or something similar. Want to do technical canyons Saturday & Sunday if possible but will be happy doing some of those skinny skinny non-technical slots too if it comes to that.

    I forgot to mention above to bring a camp chair for sitting at the campfire.

    January 26, 2014

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