IO: Utah desert + canyons

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Last years trip to the Escalante region of Utah was awesome, so we're planning on heading back again in 2019. We'll fly out on 4/27 and fly back on 5/6 to give us eight days in Utah plus two travel days. Based on last year, expect to hike around 130mi or so.

Budget $1,200-$1,500 for airfare, share of expenses like car rentals, food, etc. There is no charge for the trip itself, it's just what we individually wound up spending last year. Last year, we only stayed at a hotel on the last night. I expect this year to be similar.

I've set this trip as "Invite Only" so that I can screen everyone before approval. If you're interested in going, email or message me, (Andrew L. (Camel)).

I intend to close RVSPs about six weeks out, so that we can book rental cars, hotel for the last night, etc. Roughly March 16th or so for closing RSVPs.

The exact trails that we'll cover are still TBD. We're looking at some options for Paria Canyon, other canyons in Escalante or a segment of the Hayduke trail: http://www.hayduketrail.org/ Expect some 3-4 day backpacking trips with some overnight or day hikes at the end as time allows.

The final decision will be weather dependent if we're dealing with narrow canyons. There will be route finding and significant off trail hiking. While there will be class 3 scrambling, we currently plan on avoiding doing trails where we need to bring ropes and harnesses. Paria has a short section of class 4 scrambling though. Depending on the weather and the final trail, at least neoprene socks will be prudent. A wetsuit might be needed if we obtain permits for Buckskin gulch.

We're flying into Las Vegas. Currently, we're all on the non-stop morning SWA flight out of BWI. And on the morning flight back too.

Party size limit will depend on the exact trails picked, so is TBD. In the event that we get an oversize group, we'll split into two and key swap.

By RSVPing to this trip or any other DC UL trip, you agree to DC UL's liability waiver. http://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/pages/Liability_Waiver/