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 Post subject: Canyon Country
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:02 pm 
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Longshanks
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Grace and I had a week off which we'd planned to spend ice climbing in Cody. Then I screwed up my back just a few weeks beforehand, and climbing was no longer an option. My sister Hannah cured me via email (I can recommend a great PT in the Seattle vicinity, if anyone needs it), but I still wasn't in shape for the abuse of ice climbing. It's hard to imagine a worse nightmare than having your back seize up while leading a steep pillar.

So we decided on the inverse of mountains: canyon country. Arches, Brice, Grand Canyon, and Canyonlands national parks. I hadn't been to any of them, and Grace hadn't been to the Grand Canyon since she was in high school. We enjoyed hiking in Arches and Brice in the snow and bitter cold, then hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and lounged in 72 degree weather by the Colorado river. Finally we met up with David, Klara, and Marco for a two night stay in the Needles district of Canyonlands. Everything went very smoothly, and we had a great time. Perhaps the only really disconcerting moment was discovering afterward that the spring we'd been drinking from in the Grand Canyon had arsenic levels "above municipal safety limits"!

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 Post subject: Re: Canyon Country
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:36 pm 
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Awesome photos as always. Hope you have a speedy recovery and get back to climbing quickly.

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 Post subject: Re: Canyon Country
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:40 pm 
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Beautiful photos! I Really like the Bryce Canyon shot, that place looks even better with a dusting of snow.


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 Post subject: Re: Canyon Country
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:23 pm 
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That's quite the landscape. Looks like a decent alternative to ice climbing to me!


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 Post subject: Re: Canyon Country
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:38 pm 
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Amazing photos Obadiah! Sounds like a fun trip.

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