Who wants to go to Capitol Reef National Park for some fun and real canyoneering?!
There is no fee for this trip though you are responsible for your own camping and park entry fee. Everyone from this meetup group is invited! However, the Technical Canyoneering portion of this event is for students who have graduated from Uber Adventures' 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course and people who have SIGNIFICANT canyoneering experience! NO BEGINNERS (those without training) WILL BE ALLOWED TO SIGN-UP FOR CANYONS! Participation in the Canyoneering portion of this event is subject to my approval. I will be leading a couple canyons each day and I hope others will lead some as well; I will be leading a hike to Cassidy Arch (some canyoneers will descend this canyon with me .. anyone who is not a canyoneer can simply enjoy the hike and continue to explore the trails and sights in the area); and Saturday evening I will lead a 3-hour night hike from the Echo Cliffs back to camp. And, let's have a potluck dinner on Saturday evening!
Some of the logistics:
Camping at Capitol Reef National Park (Fruita Campground) is on a first-come basis; no reservations (camping might be limited, so expect to share your campsite!) It is $10/night; each campsite has room for 2 cars/8 people; It is located one mile south of the visitor center on the Scenic drive (or 1.3 miles south off State road 24 - 11 miles east of Torrey). It is open year round and is the only developed campground in the park offering restrooms and water. I will bring a community 2-burner stove for camp .. please contribute some propane to keep it fueled. Bring a tent, warm sleeping bag, camp chair, pots/pans for your meals and your potluck dish preparation, stove if you have one, cooler, food, etc for camp.
Park info: http://www.nps.gov/care/index.htm This is a National Park so you will need a National Parks Pass or pay the park entry fee ... no exceptions. There is no cell service in the park. The campgrounds tend to be cold at night!
Weather: The average temps for November are: Highs of 50F and Lo's of 29F .. and the campground tends to be colder than the rest of the park as it rests in a depression near the river ... so make sure you have a warm sleeping bag, warm clothes, mittens and a beanie for camp!
Gear: You're responsible for all your own personal technical gear including harness, helmet, wetsuit (if needed), carabiners, tether, rappelling device, shoes, clothes, pack, food, water, etc. Plan on helping to provide for some of the group gear like first-aid kit, ropes, ropebags, rapides and webbing.
Permits are not required for canyoneering in the park. There are a variety of options for canyoneering from easy 2-hour canyons to full-day wet advanced canyons with significant challenges! http://bluugnome.com/canyoneer_tripreport_list_capitol-reef_uth.aspx
Activities: The park has awesome hikes, petroglyph panels, arches, technical canyoneering, visitor's center and scenic drives!
Carpooling: Do it!