So Awesome Bucky! I’m sold, I’d love to do this into Beryl / Fold area. I was bummed I didn’t get to see you down there but it was nice just knowing you guys were around. Let’s get into more trouble soon! p.s. check out our TR of XX canyons in Kings Mesa over on the canyons group.
I just got back from that same area, spent a few days hiking and driving around GSENM. Judging by the parking at the trailheads there were alot of folks in the Escalante canyons this weekend. Though, we hiked down Willow Gulch past Broken Bow Arch, and saw no one. Love it up there. My wife should have some nice photos from her DSLR, I’ll get them up too.
You are my hero. I hiked to the Escalante via cCoyote one year, that thing was really moving so it must have been spring, looked way more mellow in your pics. Why I wonder? How much further to hole in the rock? Keep em coming, Bucky.
I took my first trip down to the monument over Labor day weekend. Its a beautiful place and it was surprisingly super green still from all the rain southern Utah had been getting. We couldn’t go much past Egypt road since all the flash flooding destroyed Hole-in-the-rock road but we had a great time in the hanging out around Fence, Neon and Choprock canyons. We also did a fun long slot called Egypt 3 which was the most narrow in sections that I’ve been in. If you were over 200 lbs you’d probably have a miserable time. Had my first experience with a keeper pothole too. And since I was the tallest I was volunteered to be the human stepladder.
I’d love to try a packraft sometime. I search for all the brands you mentioned and couldn’t find info on them. Except for the Sevylor. I’d love to combine backpacking, rafting and canyoneering at some point though.
I see this thread is super old but I’m glad I found it. I had a buddy who packrafted the Escalante year before last so it’s cool seeing more photos of it and hearing another person’s tales of adventure down there. Thanks for sharing.
Did you happen to see a group of people doing chainsaw work while you were on your trip? I worked for an americorps crew removing Russian olive with chainsaw and we ran into a cpl pack rafting. We just hollared as you both floated by but as I was researching a future backpacking trip in escalante I saw your post. Just thought it you would be neat if it happened to be you and your wife we saw on the river. Looks like such an amazing trip regardless.
Wow! Thanks for the details, I plan on doing this in May 2018 if weather permits. I have a question for you… I know this was a long time ago, however I plan on doing the same part of the river as you (although will park a little closer by Jacob Hamlin Arch)… do you think this will take 9 days? Or did you just have 9 days off and explored some side canyons? Just trying to get an idea of how much food to pack… Thanks! Larissa