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I am getting ready this morning for my bikepack trip through Kane Creek and Pritchet Canyon in Moab. My niece came over this morning and wanted to help me pack. But first she wanted to be as she said "wrapped up" in my sleeping bag.


Help me!!


There are currently 11 of us planning in going. Should be fun.

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I am getting ready this morning for my bikepack trip through Kane Creek and Pritchet Canyon in Moab. My niece came over this morning and wanted to help me pack. But first she wanted to be as she said "wrapped up" in my sleeping bag.


Help me!!


There are currently 11 of us planning in going. Should be fun.

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This was a fun brutal trip. We bailed on Pritchet Canyon because we were exhausted by the time we made it out of Kane Creek to Hole in The Rock. So many stream crossings so much sand and babyheads. Here is my favorite picture from the trip. The fall colors were still popping.



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Last weekend a friend and I visited Water Canyon on Cedar Mesa and it's side canyons, a fun yet challenging backpack. We had a great time in this amazing, intimate canyon system. We saw no cars at Kane Gulch or anywhere else for that matter. A feeling of total isolation.

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Before: Heading out for the Hayden Pass Trailhead bound for Packard Lake for the day.


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After: Turned out to be a beautiful day even though the temperature never got above freezing. Seems very strange to be on the Highline on the 10th of November. As long as those gates stay open I have to take advantage

Packard Lake with an impressive Mt Agassiz towering over...




A magnificent view of the Duchesne River Drainage from near Packard Lake...



Got to survey the damage from the Murdock Fire along the UHT...




Sad to see it burned at Scudder Lake...




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After: Turned out to be a beautiful day even though the temperature never got above freezing. Seems very strange to be on the Highline on the 10th of November. As long as those gates stay open I have to take advantage

Packard Lake with an impressive Mt Agassiz towering over...




A magnificent view of the Duchesne River Drainage from near Packard Lake...



Got to survey the damage from the Murdock Fire along the UHT...




Sad to see it burned at Scudder Lake...




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How many miles did you walk roundtrip do you figure?
 

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How many miles did you walk roundtrip do you figure?
10.2 but that’s a little inflated due to some off-trail travel trying to find the trail between Wilder and Wyman Lakes. Ended up going over a rise post holing the hard way. Found the trail on the way back... was sooo much easier


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Packing for my Tday trip. I hate that it gets dark so early!!! I wanted to add one more stop (near Panaca) on my way home Sunday but with so little sunlight the stop is not feasible.

A little mtb and a little floating. Taking my nieces and nephew and their parents down Black Canyon Water Trail.



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Packing for my Tday trip. I hate that it gets dark so early!!! I wanted to add one more stop (near Panaca) on my way home Sunday but with so little sunlight the stop is not feasible.

A little mtb and a little floating. Taking my nieces and nephew and their parents down Black Canyon Water Trail.



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Well I made it to Thunder Mountain and Virgin and the Kayak trip. But had to cut my trip short because I pulled a hamstring down climbing on the Kayak trip. I am annoyed. This is the 3rd time I have had to bail in going out to Gold Butte.




Me on Thunder Mountain

Early morning ride before the storm arrived on JEM. That storm looked like it was going to dump a lot of moisture but it barely sprinkled where I was. However you could tell in STG it dumped a fair amount.




Kayak Trip

I think I will have to just plan a trip specifically to Gold Butte instead of adding it to something I have going on. It has been on my list since the first year I lived in STG when a friend gave me a map with Little Finland's location marked on it.

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Yesterday we hiked in The Needles, the loop with the Joint trail and Chesler Park. It was a wonderful day, the sun popping in and out, dramatic skies, nobody around (saw only 2 girls). One girl had been working as a ranger in Capitol reef for 6 months. Her favorite trail: Upper Muley Twist..... Hm, that reminds me, that I'm about 10 TRs behind, and I definitely need to finish the Upper Muley TR!

There is "milage" and then there is "Needles Milage"..... We never hike many miles per hour in The Needles, lots of up and down and it's so beautiful, stunning. And I know there are many pictographs in there.... one day! Rick is out running now (because there is also "running milage" to be completed, seriously.....!), so for now here are just some of my iPhone pictures:

It started out like this.... Look at the clouds!
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Not sure if it's just me.... But I was thinking that looks like the legs of an Elephant- in Elephant Canyon.
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A little further on the trail, cairns to the bottom right. Beautiful.
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Almost at the jeep road
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Then it got all cloudy.... Here is the split off point to Beef Basin
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And then the chamber....
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More Joint Trail stuff....Always impressive.
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We came out of the Joint trail and headed towards Chesler Park. It was all cloudy, but after several times in The Needles, I knew what might happen with the sharp line between all the clouds and the sunshine. The line with blue sky was just 15-30 mins away, so I said let's wait it out and enjoy Chesler Park all lit up on the way back. And sure enough....
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We rarely spend much time at the viewpoint, but there was nobody there. So we sat down and enjoyed it. I was snoozy and thought about taking a @Ugly nap..... But it was already late...
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Just below the viewpoint our phones went bling, bling, bling.... Full signal. My neighbor texted a picture of our driveway back east and asked if I wanted it plowed...... Ouch, every picture from back East looks hm.... Grey, icy, dark..... Then my phone went dead. So more time went by with finding the cable (that I forgot to pack) for the charger (that I did pack).

Then it got even nicer where we were. This is looking back up at the viewpoint.
There was a pinkish tone in the clouds on the left side.
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More cloud distractions on the way back
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Then it got really nice..... I'm guessing Rick's pictures will be awesome from this spot. He is standing to the right.
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Tiny Jeep waiting, we left the parking at 5 pm. Nobody else there. Only 1 car when we arrived.
We keep cutting it closer and closer to the dark. We have headlights, but that's a difficult trail in the dark.
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Such a beautiful place....!
 

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