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Pine Creek, Zion. There was only John, and I, and a party of three with a permit for that day. We felt like we had it all to ourselves. There was intermittent swimming, wading, (water's pretty darn cold!), scrambling, and hiking involved, and I believe 9 raps total. Fun! <br /> <br />Taken 9/16/09
Pine Creek, Zion. There was only John, and I, and ...
Keyhole Canyoneering route in Zion (our second canyoneering route of the day). Shorter than Pine Creek but totally worth it; I thought the long, narrow swims, and rock formations were awesome, but the water was much colder than Pine Creek.  <br /> <br />Taken 9/16/09
Keyhole Canyoneering route in Zion (our second can...
One of the last swims out of Keyhole. We had the route all to ourselves.  <br /> <br />9/16/09
One of the last swims out of Keyhole. We had the r...
The short approach to the Keyhole Canyoneering route in Zion; hiking to the hoodoos.  <br /> <br />9/16/09
The short approach to the Keyhole Canyoneering rou...
Pine Creek canyoneering route; The final rap. Very scenic! <br /> <br />9/16/09 in Zion.
Pine Creek canyoneering route; The final...
Hmmm, it feels a little awkward rapping with the weight of a big pack pulling on me. Yeah, yeah, I should have hung it. : ) <br /> <br />Pine Creek Canyon, Zion. <br />9/16/09 <br />
Hmmm, it feels a little awkward rapping with the w...
I can't help but stop, and stare at the majestic beauty behind me on our journey. <br /> <br />Zion, Utah 9/16/09; Looking back on the approach to Keyhole Canyon. <br /> <br />
I can't help but stop, and stare at the majestic b...
Our new playground. <br /> <br />There's so much area to explore. The beautiful terrain wakes up my senses, and I feel at peace when I'm in Zion. <br /> <br />9/16/09: Incredible views await you as you pass through the hoodoos, and drop down on the approach to the Keyhole canyoneering route.
Our new playground.

There's so much area to explo...
Middle Echo Canyon, Zion. <br /> <br />This was our 3rd canyoneering route in Zion, and I'm hooked!  <br /> <br />I had so much fun wading in the water in the beautiful corridors. I'm glad I wore a full body wetsuit in these cold waters, and we were lucky we had the route all to ourselves! : ) <br /> <br /> <br />Taken 9/23/09
Middle Echo Canyon, Zion.

This was our 3rd canyon...
Hmmm...nice chockstone anchor. You go first, baby. I love you! <br /> <br />Jonny rapping into a big pool of cold water for another swim. : ) <br /> <br />Middle Echo Canyon, Zion <br /> <br />9/23/09
Hmmm...nice chockstone anchor. You go first, baby....
Jonny doing a swimming disconnect. I think they're fun! <br /> <br />Middle Echo Canyon, Zion. <br /> <br />9/23/09
Jonny doing a swimming disconnect. I think they're...
Intermittent stagnant pools of water to slosh in. Enjoy! <br /> <br />Middle Echo Canyon, Zion. <br /> <br />9/23/09
Intermittent stagnant pools of water to slosh in. ...
Exiting the narrow corridor of Middle Echo Canyon. The sun felt nice after all the cold swims. <br /> <br />9/23/09 in Zion, Utah.
Exiting the narrow corridor of Middle Echo Canyon....
I loved the entire Echo Canyon route; so many awesome rock features, and all the swimming made it even more enjoyable. The hike out, in the narrow corridor. <br /> <br />9/23/09 <br /> <br />Zion, Utah.
I loved the entire Echo Canyon route; so...
Enjoying my swimming disconnect in Zion.  <br /> <br />9/16/09
Enjoying my swimming disconnect in Zion.

9/16/09
I'm glad we wore our wetsuits. Brrr! <br /> <br />Canyoneering in Zion 9/16/09
I'm glad we wore our wetsuits. Brrr!

Canyoneering...
Backpacking, and canyoneering in Escalante, Utah April 11th-13th-2010. <br /> <br />Jonny rapping the scenic Golden Cathedral in Neon Canyon which drops you into a big pool of ice cold water for your last swim out. What a fun route! We had the entire route, canyon, and pretty much the whole area all to ourselves.
Backpacking, and canyoneering in Escalante, Utah A...
Neon Canyon- Escalante, Utah.
Neon Canyon- Escalante, Utah.
One of the cool rock formations in Mystery Canyon, Zion.  <br /> <br />To be honest, we didn't think the canyoneering route was as spectacular as people say, but perhaps we're just jaded these days after experiencng other canyons with a lot more beauty, and water features; we really would have liked more swimming on a  route- <br /> <br />FYI: On the last rap into the Narrows, you will be watched by many, many gawking tourists-it was kind of a strange, and awkward feeling after feeling like we had Mystery Canyon all to ourselves earlier on the route. We even had people ask if they could help us pull our ropes-EEEK! <br /> <br />Taken 6/23/10
One of the cool rock formations in Mystery Canyon,...
A long, fun tree butt slide in Mystery Canyon, Zion. Watch out for splinters up your arse.  <br /> <br />Taken 6/24/10
A long, fun tree butt slide in Mystery Canyon, Zio...
My poor pack that has seen better days, and I in Zion NP. <br /> <br />We were able to score two permits for Mystery Canyon as a "walk-up" the day before- we had no luck reserving on-line as they were booked up; the nice  ranger at the back-country office said we got the last two permits available for Mystery Canyon on the day we had planned to do it. Woohoo!  <br /> <br />We hiked the long way to Mystery Canyon, hiking up the Weeping Rock trail, just beyond Observation Point. The hike up to the Mystery Canyon wasn't as strenuous as I imagined it would be, and the views off this trail are awesome. <br /> <br />I love Zion! <br /> <br />Taken 6/24/10
My poor pack that has seen better days, and I in Z...