Signal Fire at Poison Springs, UT.

Last year, I took part in a Colorado Mountain Club Canyoneering trip, put on by my friend Jill, It was amazing. This year, I decided to run one of my own… with some of her guidance.

We decided upon Poison Springs for the first two nights– finding the camp site was a rather unusual endeavor… especially in the dark. The directions were explicit, however the mileage was off.

The first two days of the trip we had 8 individuals– in our car Michael, and Candace- then Becca, in her own car,  Fred, in his car, then Jill and Mike. All together four cars.

We were the first to arrive, after carefully following the directions, and setting up camp–it was decided that we would light a signal fire for the others.

Here are pictures!

Our resident eagle scout lit a signal fire so the others could find us!

Our resident eagle scout lit a signal fire so the others could find us!

FIRE!

FIRE!

Relaxing from a long drive, Becca.

Relaxing from a long drive, Becca.

The next morning we were headed for Slidenide Canyon– part of the Poison Springs Canyons.

 

 

 

 

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So I thought I could finish my run by going up…..

So after instructing all day on Saturday, in the snow– I thought I’d go for a nice trail run in the foothills before I had to pack for my Utah canyoneering trip on Wednesday. I chose Matthew Winters Park– which spills over into Red Rocks Park/Amphitheater(the famous concert venue).

Looking across from the Village Walk trail towards Red Rocks

Looking across from the Village Walk trail towards Red Rocks

I hadn’t exactly planned on going out for specific number of miles, I figure I’d see how I was feeling– so I took off on the Village Walk Trail which filters into the Red Rocks trail. I followed that trail, and decided to keep running down to the other park, and come back Dakota Ridge….what I didn’t realize was that I would bonk.. and OH YAH the Dakota Ridge Trail is difficult!!!! I ended up running  a bit of it, then power hiking back to the car. All in all I did 5.25 miles with 830 ft of gain. It was an amazing day!

Running up the Red Rocks Trail

Running up the Red Rocks Trail

Crossing a steam!

Crossing a steam!

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My first year instructing BMS- First Rock Day

I decided this year that since I took Basic Mountaineering two years ago, I would give back to the community by assistant instructing this year.

We have a fun group this year, and I wanted to put up a few photos from my first outing with them.

Basic Rock day generally consists of belay technique, how to “escape the belay” , different methods of rappelling, and if weather permits– some climbing with mountaineering boots on low angle slabs.

Normally, I wouldn’t go out on a snowy day to climb rocks…because they are slippery– however we hiked out in 8″ of snow, and practiced through morning sun, and afternoon flurries. It was a lot of fun!

7AM at the top of the crag at Maxwell Falls.

7AM at the top of the crag at Maxwell Falls.

I was Helping a fellow instructor by being dead weight while he demo-ed "escaping the belay".

I was helping a fellow instructor by being dead weight while he demo-ed “escaping the belay”. I was the injured climber… I broke my leg AND was unconscious– it was exciting. 

One of our students Kaydence, excitedly flailing as dead weight.

One of our students Kaydence, excitedly flailing as dead weight.

Beautiful and sunny in the morning gave way to snow, which was supposed to be rain...thank goodness it wasn't.

Beautiful and sunny in the morning gave way to snow, which was supposed to be rain…thank goodness it wasn’t.

Snowy afternoon!

Snowy afternoon!

Our group at the top of the crag, before rappel practice!

Our group at the top of the crag, before rappel practice!

I just thought this was pretty.

I just thought this was pretty.

We hiked out, and ate at J.J. Madwells in Evergreen, CO.- decent food- good prices!

I will be missing our Soft snow day– as I’ll be in Utah… CANYONEERING!!!!!!! Super excited for that!

 

 

 

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