Capitol Reef with Optional Canyoneering!!

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 infohttp://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!

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  • Sal C.

    I had a great time. Thanks to Klaus for all the effort and lost sleep!
    I posted some pics. You can also find the same set at Flickr.
    Be safe!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/canyonratnyc/sets/72157637831863824/

    November 18, 2013

  • cri

    thank you Klaus for organize

    November 18, 2013

  • Rodney E.

    Excellent trip.....thanks to all my new friends!!!!

    November 18, 2013

  • Pam F.

    Great group; diverse canyons and fun!

    November 17, 2013

  • Eric R.

    I won't be there until Friday night, and would like to do Cassady Arch Saturday, there will be two of us. If we can join a group that would be great. Let me know where and when to meetup, other wise just the two of us will do it.

    November 13, 2013

    • \\Logan//

      We can do Sat. together. You can find me at camp, or try[masked] if there is cell reception.

      November 14, 2013

    • Eric R.

      Logan a situation came up and I won't be able to make it. I hope this doesn't mess you up.

      November 15, 2013

  • alexey

    I'm feeling really tired so I dont think I'm ready for a 700 red eye ride so I probably will be rolling out tomorrow (Friday) morning to arrive Friday night

    November 14, 2013

    • Tina R.

      Hi Klaus- Has Alexey made it out there yet?

      November 15, 2013

    • alexey

      Had a late start today so just hit Vegas :p I figure good case scenario I'll be arriving around 10pm

      November 15, 2013

  • mary m.

    I have the full blown flu and will now be spending the next couple if days in bed instead of canyoneering which reallllly blows:(

    November 14, 2013

  • alexey

    anybody there already? I was planning on riding my motorcycle there till it dawned on me that roads might be all covered with snow there :) so any info is appreciated. I don't mind the cold but snow/ice on the roads might make things a bit tricky

    November 14, 2013

  • \\Logan//

    I will be leading the following canyons. If you would like to join, see me at Fruita Campground, brown Jeep Grand Cherokee.
    FRI: WIVES 3 & 5 - 4BII
    SAT: CASSIDY ARCH - 3AII + Ascending Practice Last Rap
    SUN: SHINOB CANYON NIGHTHAWK FORK -4BII

    November 14, 2013

  • Rodney E.

    [masked]

    November 13, 2013

  • Rodney E.

    Im considering leaving wednesday night or early thursday morning from Valencia If anyone is interested in joining the journey out....
    Can't wait to meet everyone!!!!!

    November 10, 2013

    • mary m.

      I may be interested in thurs morn will know more tonight

      November 12, 2013

    • Rodney E.

      Sounds good I was thinking 5ish???

      November 12, 2013

  • mary m.

    Def going, plus one. Is there any room in anyone's car heading from Los Angeles if I do decide to go alone?

    November 12, 2013

  • Klaus G.

    Agreed about the firewood. And I'm camped in loop B site 40. Nice campfire ring. So, when everyone gets here, camp near.

    November 12, 2013

  • Sal C.

    Am preparing to do Nagah, Timpie, Wives 5&3, Cassidy, TOTGA. No schedule or imperative. Looking for a relaxed week. Trying to avoid water as much as possible.

    November 12, 2013

  • cri

    we are going to be 2+2 RSVP only allow +2
    canyons not set yet but if we are 4 probably we will have room for 2 more.last week was lot of water in the Reef including full swimmers.

    November 12, 2013

  • Sal C.

    Would like to suggest that everyone attending (20) bring at least 1 bundle of fire wood with them for a nightly (daily) communal fire. Thanks.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Klaus G.

    Howdy Folks! I hope you all are coming! Be prepared for COLD evenings and cloudy skies! If you are NOT attending, PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP! I'd like to know how many people are confirmed to attend! Thanks. Klaus

    November 10, 2013

  • Rodney E.

    Hey there...I am almost fully committed, couple more loose ends to wrap up with my business....Would anytone be interested in carpooling from LA Wed night or early thursday morning from LA...I live in Santa Clarita....

    November 4, 2013

    • Tina R.

      Hi Rodney- If Klaus does this again... we can carpool. I am already commited to a few things this weekend in November.

      November 5, 2013

  • mary m.

    Hi Klaus,
    Very excited about this trip. I am happy to bring first aid kit, including wound closure and snakebite. I have water purifier system that can be used as well as a camp stove and whisper lite burner. As we get closer to the date, we can dial in the gear. I would like to go on any canyons you lead. I am an experienced canyoneer but not leader. I have not taken your course but have been climbing and canyoneering for a long time. Let me know if I need to canyoneer with you pre trip to get approval:)
    Thanks for setting this all up. Also, do I need to make a camp reservation? I can drive but would love to get in on a carpool. I live in Glendale/Pasadena area:)

    September 24, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      Howdy. Camping is first come... No reservations. Looking forward to meeting and doing at least one canyon together!!

      September 26, 2013

    • Rodney E.

      I just saw this & thinking it sounds fun.....how far is the drive & I'm looking for carpool as well

      November 3, 2013

  • alexey

    anyone driving from LA? I'm thinking driving through the night on thursday arriving there friday morning. I don't mind driving but sharing car rental/gas would be nice. so if you don't mind sleeping in the car let me know :)

    October 31, 2013

    • alexey

      and I probably would be driving through sunday night to get back home

      October 31, 2013

  • Alwin

    Anybody I can carpool with & pick me up in Vegas Thursday 5pm?

    October 22, 2013

  • Eric R.

    I will be there Thur night to do canyons on Fri and Sat. I would like to do cassidy arch and wifes 3 and 5. I will be bringing a sandtrap for the fourth rap on wives 5 if needed.

    1 · October 2, 2013

    • ~*~MIKA E.

      I'd def b interested

      October 7, 2013

    • Eric R.

      Sounds good. I will have my daughter and son-in law also.

      October 9, 2013

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