Lockhart area roaming, MLK Weekend

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Took the dog out for 3 days solo in mid January to a seldom travelled area between Lower Indian Creek and the river. Not hugely spectacular, but certainly lonely and vast. Even with the significant snow cover in our area there was bare rock to travel on. Only a few passages were as sketchy as snow covered slickrock pared with exposure can be. The snow, on the other hand, provided plenty of freedom in camp choices as water could be produced anywhere.

We parked on the side of 211 and fatbiked in for 5-6 miles on a rough 2 track, then re-organized the gear and continued on foot into an unnamed, but rather prominent canyon paralleling Indian Creek before it turned west and spilled into the Colorado. At a point halfway down we found a scramble route up to the rim with a nice view of the Loop.

An easy exit to the east brought us up on a ridge/divide sort of thing leading for miles and miles out to the tip overlooking the mouth of Indian Creek. Saw Bighorn around Newberry Butte.

Later we explored western side canyons to Indian Creek, where one scary sloping snow covered shelf above the impassable limestone layer afforded a traverse from one canyon to the next. We also climbed a butte around 5200' which is the high point for many miles around.

Bear with me, lots of pics of the dog.

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Love it.

Do you bring a book for the long winter nights?
 
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Very nice, love the snow highlights. Very thoughtful of you to take a pad for your dog to lay on.:twothumbs:
 
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Beautiful photos. Which mountains are in the 11th photo? I want to get out to southern Utah for some winter hiking/camping. Maybe late February.
 

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So awesome.

Am I the only one getting this on the map though? I think you need to change the privacy settings on it @Kullaberg63.

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What kind of dog is that? He looks about right.
 

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Not sure how you can say it wasn't spectacular. Looks pretty spectacular to me.
 
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Sorry about the map issue. Should be fixed now.

No books. Communed with the Ancients :)

Mountains are the La Sals, right above Moab. On the pic with the big in-situ cairn one can make out Standing Rock and other landmarks in Monument basin.

Dog is Skotti, a rescue dog thought to be partially of a breed called McNab. Friendly, easily trained, loyal, loving and very agile. Best dog we've had.

Yes, he deserved the pad. Skotti gets cold so easily. Absolutely just skin and bones no matter the dinner serving sizes. Not to embarrass him I removed my down coat covering him before the camp shots.
 

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Gear question: what's that you're sleeping in? Although I still use an older fairly lightweight 2-person tent (that I bought to be essentially a disposable tent for my kids to use while going through Scouts, but I later "stole" back from them when I realized it was fairly lightweight and would serve my backpacking needs without breaking the bank) I'm looking forward to the day in the relatively near future when I upgrade. I don't normally use trekking poles, but I'm really curious about trekking pole supported tarp-tents.
 
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Gear question: what's that you're sleeping in? Although I still use an older fairly lightweight 2-person tent (that I bought to be essentially a disposable tent for my kids to use while going through Scouts, but I later "stole" back from them when I realized it was fairly lightweight and would serve my backpacking needs without breaking the bank) I'm looking forward to the day in the relatively near future when I upgrade. I don't normally use trekking poles, but I'm really curious about trekking pole supported tarp-tents.
It's a homemade Megamid, 9'x9' footprint, sleeps 3 and dogs, about 600 grams. Very handy design, sturdy, and sheds rain and snow plus stands up to some big winds.

Had it for 2 years and used it for maybe 30 nights.
 
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Great Jan,

Nothing wrong with a bunch of pictures of your dog :) How does he stay warm at night? Ours also gets covered with an unused down jacket.
 
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Great Jan,

Nothing wrong with a bunch of pictures of your dog :) How does he stay warm at night? Ours also gets covered with an unused down jacket.
He's got a bit of a struggle staying warm, mostly in camp. At night the nose to butt curl and a cover seems adequate.

As soon as we returned I made this 900FP down coat for backpacking use. Still needs a few tweaks to the pattern, but at less than 3 oz it's UL...

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He's got a bit of a struggle staying warm, mostly in camp. At night the nose to butt curl and a cover seems adequate.

As soon as we returned I made this 900FP down coat for backpacking use. Still needs a few tweaks to the pattern, but at less than 3 oz it's UL...

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I don't see the logo for the new company on it. He should be styling it !
 

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