Fat Man's Misery -- 9/14/12


rope mule
Jan 17, 2012
September. Also known as Primetime in Zion National Park. Nick, Bill, neiloro and I kicked off a three day weekend of canyoneering in and around Zion with Fat Man's Misery. After a late night around the campfire and the typically fitful night of "sleep" in Watchman Campground, the bones were slow to creak awake from our abbreviated slumber. Still, we beat the sun to the trailhead, which greeted us with an ethereal pre-dawn chill--made all the more authentic by someone's improperly sealed water vessel leaking a liter of icy H20 onto the padding of my backpack. If I wasn't awake before, I was now.

A bad omen? Was the day doomed? Not in the least. After a fast-paced hustle up Checkerboard Canyon, things heated up quickly. At the saddle just west of the Mesa we were greeted cordially by the sun and a gloriously sweeping view south of the Parunuweap drainage. After another hour or so of dipping easterly in and out of several drainages, we reached the head of Fat Man's. What followed was a mesmerizing display of kaleidoscopic perfection. Every new turn greeted us with a fun, watery obstacle; every subsequent twist presented us with an even more dazzling union of shape and light.

There is certainly nothing miserable about this blissfully radiant canyon.

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For more detail and photos, see @Nick's fine trip report here.

And now, please enjoy the video!

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I walk
Jun 25, 2012
Nicely done! I like the vertical panning.... It looked like a couple of natural bridges in the narrows ?????


I walk
Jun 25, 2012
Nah, the contested nature of Parunuweap has always turned me off. I was always tempted to backpack it. I heard the ranch that includes most of the canyon has changed hands recently. I hope the new owners will create a conservation easement. Maybe there is one now that I don't know about. I HAVE been on the rim above Checkerboard a couple of times....

I just read your trip report Nick. There ARE a couple of bridges. Sweet!

Howells Outdoors

Adventure is my middle name...actually it's Keith.
Sep 26, 2012
I love fatmans! One of my favorite. When you overnight this one let me knowq


Alien from over the pond...
Sep 5, 2012
That's a really cool video, Tim! :)
These inner landscapes looking absolutely beautiful, especially
the nice portions of corkscrew slot and water reflections.​
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