Canyoneering & Beer Tasting, Second Annual!

Last year we did Canyoneering and Wine Tasting, http://www.meetup.com/backpackers-128/events/13584792/, I spent the past year learning about beer and how to brew it, so this year we are going to do it with Beer Tasting.

Join us for some canyoneering fun in the North Wash area of Utah. This will be an “advanced-beginner / intermediate” canyoneering trip to Southern Utah, and is suitable for most outdoor adventurous people with a moderate to very good level of fitness, and preferably have some level of basic climbing & rappelling skills.

The meet up & camping site for this gathering for the weekend will be the Sandthrax campsite located just past mile marker 28 on Highway 95 south/east of Hanksville Utah. From Salt Lake, take I-15 South to exit 258/US Hwy 6 through Price down to I-70. It’s a good idea to detour a little to Green River to fill up on gas (just east of the Hwy 6 & I-70 junction), but then come back west on I-70 a few miles and take the UT-24 West exit and head to Hanksville. There’s a nice Chevron if you need to pick up any additional gas or last minute supplies. From Hanksville, just take a left & head East on HW[masked] miles (toward the Lake Powell Hite Marina & just past the turn off that would take you to the Bullfrog Marina, but again stay on HW 95 towards Hite) and look for a small dirt road on your left (north) that leads to a camping area. The camping area is not that big so we will be very easy to find and I will try to get there early to grab several spaces for tents.

This campsite is a  primitive camping area with no services. Everything needs to be brought in & all trash taken with us when we leave. The nearest “real” restroom facilities and water will be located 3 miles down road at the Hog Springs Rest area. This camp spot is covered with trees for shade and offers an excellent start location for many canyons located in the North Wash, Traychete Creek, Lake Powell and Cedar Mesa Areas. There usual is no cell phone coverage once you leave Hanksville, so please make sure you know where we are meeting before you leave SLC. We are looking forward to a casual, but fun weekend and would like to create a very memorable Meetup by not only offering a great canyoneering adventure but also combining this with a beer tasting and meal event as well.

We will provide the beer and food (including preparation) for a fabulous Saturday evening dinner. The menu hasn’t been finalized yet... Is your mouth watering yet? We will also provide breakfast for Saturday & Sunday mornings with a selection of fresh fruits, juices, coffee, and eggs/bacon/pancake type options. Since everyone will likely arrive at various times on Friday night, your Friday dinner will be up to you, as well as snacks and lunch during the day (we recommend trail mix, granola bars, etc. for lunches in the canyons. Our plan is to charge a small fee ($30 to $35), just to cover the cost of the food & beer, but we will only be buying enough beer that the budget will allow, so we ask that everyone also bring a bottle or two of their choice to share & additionally help fill the gap (& the glasses!) for the weekend. If the fee poses a problem for anyone, just let me know and you can choose to bring your own food and not participate in the beer tasting portion of the event, but trust me, this is a bargain for what you’ll be getting.

The canyons are what I would describe as “advanced-beginner to intermediate”, and while they aren’t too difficult at all, there will be a few tight areas to squeeze through, some challenging up or down climbs over rocks, etc., and some rappelling involved. There will also be a moderately strenuous approach hike in the sun over beautiful sand stone/slick rock in the July sun/heat, so if you’re easily prone to heat stroke, you might want to stay in camp. ;-) However, once we’re in the canyons, things should be quite a bit cooler. You must be physically fit and have at least a little climbing/scrambling/rappelling ability to do these hikes and not be terribly claustrophobic or afraid of heights. Again, these are not that difficult at all, but are also not for your slow, Sunday hiker.

Current Schedule:

  1. Friday, Sept 23
    1. (I actually will be headed down Thursday night, we can still do a second canyon at 4pm if there is interest)
    2. Leave Salt Lake between 9am - 10am (it’s a 4 to 5 hour drive, so plan to arrive by 2 or 3pm if leaving at 10am)...or get there when you can.
    3. We will be planning on doing a shorter canyon Friday around 4pm. We will break into smaller groups with different start times/leaders if necessary, and for those who come down earlier, there will be the possibility of a longer canyon. - 7pm back in camp for dinner (on your own) and bring a bottle of beer to share around the campfire.
  2. Saturday, Sept 24
    1. 6:30am – 7:30am: Breakfast
    2. 8:00am: Leprechaun Canyon (right/east fork and/or possibly left/west fork depending on number of hikers); we will split into smaller groups with different start times or have the groups do two different canyons if necessary to make the hike more enjoyable).
    3. We should have enough leaders to potentially have one group do a more advanced canyon as well. - Time: approx. 4 hours to complete - We can also do a repeat of Lucky Charms (2 to 2.5 hour hike) later that afternoon for those who didn’t get to do it on Friday.
    4. Those that do no want to do another canyon can drive to Hite, Lake Powell for a nice relaxing float :)
    5. 7pm back in camp for dinner and beer tasting around the campfire.
  3. Sunday, Sept 25
    1. 6:30am – 7:30am: Breakfast
    2. 8:00am: Blarney Canyon (right/east fork and/or possibly left/west fork depending on number of hikers/groups); - Time: approx. 4 - 5 hours to complete
    3. 2:00pm-3:00pm: Pack up camp and head back to SLC

For a description on some of these canyons, check out the following links: 

http://canyoneeringusa.com/utah/north/lepte...

http://www.toddshikingguide.com/Hikes/Utah/...

http://www.toddshikingguide.com/Hikes/Utah/...

http://www.toddshikingguide.com/Hikes/Utah/...

http://climb-utah.com/Powell/adobe.htm

 

Camping Gear to bring

  • Tent, sleeping bag/mat, pillow, campstove, lantern, flashlight, matches, table etc.
  • Water (5 gallon jug for use at campsite and water bottles or camel back for hike)
  • Firewood (everyone please bring at least a little firewood for the community campfire)
  • Sunscreen / sunblock (bring plenty)
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat/sun protection
  • Tarp or larger screened tent, if you have one
  • Solar shower (if desired)
  • T-Paper (camp shovel/trowel or portable toilet; there are no bathroom facilities here)
  • Personal first aid kit & any other personal items (medications, toiletry, etc.)
  • Dog leash, tether and supplies (if bringing). Some hikers have tethered their dogs on a runner between trees in the shaded areas with plenty of water. However, keep in mind that it can be very hot in July, even in the shade.
  • Food: If you’re going to participate in our Beer & Meal offer, then you will only have to bring personal food for Friday night dinner & your lunches/snacks for the weekend.
  • Camp chair for each person in your group
  • Head lamp or flash light
  • Musical instruments: if you play the guitars or some other kind of instrument, bring it along!

Hiking/Canyoneering Items

  • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots (no sandals or flip flops) you don't mind getting wet; canyoneering shoes are preferred but not necessary.
  • Small backpack narrow enough to fit through tight slots, but able to carry approx 64 oz of water
  • Climbing Harness, rent one here: http://campusrec.utah.edu/programs/outdoor-recreation-program/equipment-rental/
  • At least one locking carabiner
  • Decent/rappel device (ATC, Figure-8, etc.)
  • Helmet (though not needed on all canyons, these are nice to have; even if it’s just a biking helmet)
  • Gloves
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting a little worn or ripped; long sleeve shirt & pants are a nice option, though others may choose to hike in shorts & short sleeve shirt. Just be prepared to leave a little skin in the canyon if you do. ;-) Knee & elbow pads, while not needed, do come in handy for some. For some good advice on clothing, shoes, etc. go to: http://canyoneeringusa.com/utah/north/
  • If you have extra climbing harnesses, static ropes, webbing/slings, carabiners, etc., please bring them along. I’ll post updates to this list as I think of them.

Carpooling: People are encouraged to carpool together to save gas & expense, so please post your needs on the message board and coordinate with others who are going.

Questions: Please feel free to send me a message through MeetUp or call me, Matt M., at[masked]-7447.

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  • Joseph K.

    exceeded all expectations. While I need to overcome my adversity to mud and water LOL it did make the slots very challenging to keep dry and mud free. I never stemmed so much in my lfe! The social interaction was only matched with the great natural surrounds. no regrets. I give credit to Matt and Lisa for their time and energy.

    October 9, 2011

  • Ken

    Thanks to all who prepared and organized this meetup. It was a very fun and memorible weekend!

    October 1, 2011

  • Ken

    Hey all! I know I wasn't the only one who brought a camera! Upload your pictures to share!

    October 1, 2011

  • Matt M.

    So much fun! Special thanks to Ryan, Liz, Steve, Beth, Tom, and everyone else who helped out with the beer and food. And thank you Andy, Ryan, and Ben for helping lead the canyons :)

    September 26, 2011

  • Jen

    Did anyone pick up the firewood bag and axe that I left at camp?

    September 26, 2011

  • Liz

    Sorry we missed you Lyn. Hope all is well with you and your family.

    September 25, 2011

  • Liz

    Matt & Lisa, TEAM AWESOME, did a wonderful job executing this Meetup. Thanks to Andy & Ryan & Steve also for leading & cooking & beer choosing. Great group of people, just like last year. Many new faces, all fun people. Enjoyed the beer commentaries & all the canyons, the OUTSTANDING food, & most of all the supportive comaraderie.

    September 25, 2011

  • Doug Van E.

    Awesome does not tell how totally great this weekend was: people. weather, location, canyons, swim in the lake . ... thanks so very much Matt and Lisa for all the organization, cooking and good times. The Blarney Canyon Sunday crew of The Rope Boys and Squeeze Girls were a hoot. Hope to see you all again in a canyon or on another adventure. Remember, those who have not done it, the Black Hole is a once in a lifetime experience every canyoneer owes themselves. Right, Chriatina!

    September 25, 2011

  • Lyn B.

    I made it to santhrax but have to bail. Family emergency.

    September 22, 2011

  • Matt M.

    No wetsuit needed, it is basically a dry canyon, maybe some ankle deep water for about 50 feet depending on the conditions.

    September 22, 2011

  • Doug Van E.

    Matt, I am going to leave Grand Junction about 5 AM on Friday. Expect to be down Santhrax way by 8:30? 9:30 at the latest. Someone asked arlier and I have not seen a reply by anyone - a wetsuit is not needed or recommended for these canyons is it? Or is it? Maybe I'll just throw it in the car.

    September 22, 2011

  • Sandy

    Matt, Do we need a wetsuit?

    September 21, 2011

  • Ken

    Hey Matt... It's been since the Subway canyon that I last saw you. Well, my gear is still wet from the ACA canyoneering Festival this last weekend in Zion and I'd like to keep it that way. :) Any more room in your truck after Beth?

    September 21, 2011

  • Lyn B.

    Matt, I'm heading over thursday afternoon from Zion. I'd love to do a canyon Friday morning. I'll be driving a black Frontier with a black canvas topper.

    September 20, 2011

  • Liz

    Matt should I bring a couple extra folding tables? I can bring a water cooler too. Waiting to see if my friend Alicia is coming (she was on 1st ascents of several of these cyns) to determine when I leave. So I'd be up for leaving Thursday PM if Alicia doesn't come, & would have a seat available, or could carpool with someone else. Otherwise, Alicia & I will arrive late Friday night.

    September 20, 2011

  • Beth

    Matt, It doesn't appear anyone else is interested in leaving Friday morning. Do you have room for me? I can probably swing leaving 8 or 9 pm on Thursday. I am happy to help out with gas expense.

    September 20, 2011

  • Matt M.

    For carpooling, I am headed down Thursday night, from SLC. I will have room for 1 or 2 people in my truck. Trying to leave at 8pm, but it will likely be 9pm. Let me know if you want to ride with me.............I want to get started Friday no later than 10am, to avoid the heat on the approach, 8am is better.

    September 20, 2011

  • Doug Van E.

    Leaving from GJ TH night or FRI morning is the same to me, Matt so I could come down TH and do an early canyon on Friday. What time would you want to get started?

    September 19, 2011

  • Matt M.

    First of all, I will likely be going down Thursday night/Friday morning, so if anyone wants to do a canyon Friday I would be willing to lead, earlier the better.

    Second, we do plan to break the group up into 2 or 3 groups. Sat. and Sun. mornings we can discuss when we leave and which group will do each canyon :)

    Meetup has a terrible map system. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS I have listed.

    Cheers :)

    September 19, 2011

  • Beth

    Is anyone planning to meet Friday morning to carpool down? I can drive.... I have a minivan so would have room for myself and 3 more people. I have been canyoneering before, but never in this area. I am really looking forward to meeting new people and having a fantastic weekend!

    September 19, 2011

  • Doug Van E.

    OK Liz, see you (and all the rest) in the desert with my GPS, ready to learn.

    September 19, 2011

  • Liz

    Sure Doug! I can help you with a car Garmin. Haven't played with my pocket GPS (or located it ;-) in some time. I agree, GPS would be very useful for making sure you're in the right canyon, & not one more difficult than you'd planned for.

    September 19, 2011

  • Doug Van E.

    Liz if I bring the Garmin that was given to me as a gift will you please help me learn a little about how to use it? I have just not taken the time nor have I thought I had the need. But, to be sure to get in the top of the correct canyon . . . a GPS I can see would be a good tool to know how to use.

    September 19, 2011

  • Liz

    (view on Google Earth as Sandthrax Campsite, Boulder, UT)
    Attempting to collect waypoint from my Garmin if I can figure it out.

    1 · September 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all! Has it been decided what canyons the group is going to do? With a large group, I'm guessing there will be a need to break up the group to do a couple/few different canyons, right?

    September 19, 2011

  • Jen

    I'll bring my extra women's medium Camp harness (new) and an extra older helmet in case anyone needs them.

    September 15, 2011

  • Lyn B.

    Sandy - I bought extra of everything trying get my daughter to try rappelling. Or in case I drop something. My extra harnesses are BD alpine bod and (regular) bod smalls.

    September 15, 2011

  • Lyn B.

    I'm open. I haven't yet done any in the area that require rappelling. My list of canyons is at home. Any in the Swell, Robbers Roost, or North Wash areas.

    September 15, 2011

  • Lyn B.

    I have extra of most everything.. Harnesses, helmet, rappel devices, autoblock.

    September 15, 2011

  • Sandy

    @Doug: Thanks for offering! Joseph offered to bring some extra gear for me, but it probably wouldn't hurt to bring yours too. Someone else may be able to use them. Never hurts to be "over-prepared."

    September 15, 2011

  • Doug Van E.

    Sandy, Did you find a harness and other gear for the canyoneering weekend? If not, I can bring my wife's gear since she will not be coming on this one. I do not think I will have a helmet for you but could have harness, rappel device and locking 'biner.

    September 14, 2011

  • Doug Van E.

    What are you thinking of for mid-week canyons, Lyn? I might be able to leave Grand Junction Wednesday evening or TH evening in order to get into canyons on TH &/or Friday.

    September 14, 2011

  • Doug Van E.

    Well Matt. it looks like no other Grand Junction people are going to accept your generous offer to let us come along. That surprises me since many of our members talked, talked, talked about wanting to get into canyoneering. My wife and are headed to Mesa Verde this weekend and I look forward to meeting you in eastern UT next weekend.

    September 14, 2011

  • Sandy

    Hi folks, Just found out that the person whose climbing gear I usually borrow will also be climbing that weekend. Anyone have extra gear you could loan me for the trip? Harness? Rapelling device? Locking carabiners anyone? And do we need wetsuits?

    September 14, 2011

  • Lyn B.

    I'm spending the whole week camping and playing starting in Zion. I'll be heading to Sandthrax either Thursday or Friday morning.
    I bought 300' 9mm rope that's screaming to be used. I'll have it plus 100' 8mm and 200' 8.3mm.
    I currently have no plans for Tuesday thru Thursday and am looking for company anywhere between Zion, North Wash, Swell, where ever.

    1 · September 14, 2011

  • Matt M.

    I am glad your are coming to our event on the 23rd! Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to post here to wort out carpooling.

    FYI, NO NEED FOR HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES. There is a highway taking you right up to the campgrounds. I took my 5 in. clearance Civic last year, no problems.

    September 14, 2011

  • Sandy

    That sounds great, Jen. I'm in Sugarhouse too!

    September 14, 2011

  • Jen

    Hey Sandy, we can take my Subaru Outback. I'm in Sugarhouse. There should be room for 1 more if anyone wants to join us.

    September 14, 2011

  • Sandy

    @Jen: Hi Jen! I'm not able to head down until after 2pm on Friday, so I could join you. Not sure if we will be needing a high clearance vehicle. I don't have one - do you? And what part of town do you live in?

    September 14, 2011

  • Jen

    I won't be able to head down until Friday after work (5:30ish) and am now on my own. Does anyone want to carpool who is on the same schedule?

    September 14, 2011

  • Doug Van E.

    the www.WesternSlopeAdventurers.org MeetUp has plans for a Oct. 6,7,8 basic canyoneering trip base camping at Goblin or near there ans reaching out to do various canyons. If we get some canyoneers with gear and experience, it can be more advanced. If we are mostly beginners with an intermediate or 2 (like me) then we'll keep it simple. If OK w Matt, I will post that on this calendar after this Sept event.

    August 24, 2011

  • Danny N

    I wish I could join you all as I'm anxious to do more canyoneering & meet others with the same interest. Unfortunately I'll be in Miami until Saturday afternoon. Perhaps a follow-up trip in October?

    August 24, 2011

  • Matt M.

    Nice Lyn! That will be very helpful, thanks.

    August 18, 2011

  • Lyn B.

    I'm excited about this opportunity to meet people to go canyoneering with. Plus a vegatarian. I'm vegan so will bring extra veggie dogs, etc. and a grill. I have extra gear. 200' 8.3 mm Imlay static rope, helmet, couple small and xsmall harnesses.

    1 · August 17, 2011

  • Matt M.

    from what we have so far it looks like just part of the meal will be meat, most will be veggies, potatoes, and other deliciousness.

    August 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Matt, im so stoked that this trip is now annual! I was wondering if there could possibly be any vegitarian options for the meals? Sorry to be a pain. Thanks!

    August 17, 2011

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