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Buckskin & Paria

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Erik B., Apr 19, 2014.

  1. Erik B.

    Erik B. Thirsty for canyon...

    Bellingham, Wa
    After 6 LONG canyonless months my Seattle crew finally made it back down to the desert for 11 days of adventure in the North Wash, Grand Canyon, and Buckskin/Paria! Wheels down in SLC and thus begun the rat race of baggage collection, rental cars, & supply shopping. We were off like a shot and managed to squeeze in a lap through Zero G on the way down to the North Wash. The next two days we ran through one of the Leps, Blarneys , & No Kidding . After some significant late night driving we reached the Page area and cruised through Badger Canyon the next day.

    As for Buckskin & Paria, this was our third attempt:

    Strike 1: Monsoons, September 2013
    Strike 2: Government Shutdown of 2013

    We had planned 4 days of travel from Buckskin Gulch to Lees Ferry. Probably a little too fast, but it's what we had. We went through the rigamaroll of reloading after a week of canyoneering, getting our permit, setting the car shuttle and THEEEEN started the rain. Ugh... Nobody felt comfortable doing Buckskin. Fortunately we had seen it coming and applied in the walk-in lottery for Coyote Buttes North. Struck out. No surprises there...what a goat show! I did manage to pull a Coyote Buttes South Permit so we filled our time.

    The unfortunate reality of this was that a four day trip was now compressed into three which meant BIG DAYS.
    Buckskin was in terrific shape. The infamous cesspool did not exist. I got my boots wet twice in the entire 13 miles. What a FANTASTIC canyon!

    We were huddled in our tents the night before our last chance departure and the rain pounded on the tents all night long. Even up to 2 hours before daybreak the rain continued. I thought we were done for. We awoke to miraculous sunny skies. Interestingly enough, despite an flawless forecast and sunny skies in the morning it actually did drizzle (from what clouds???) in middle Buckskin (see picture #9). hmm...

    Paria was not overly muddy, the rate of flow was acceptable. I came up to my waste in water only once throughout the entire trip. What an amazing place. We all felt rushed due to the trip compression but were glad to have gotten the experience. Strike 3 would have been demoralizing.

    Here is the entire trip video (North Wash, Grand Canyon, Buckskin&Paria). Buckskin Paria is from ~ 7:00 til the end.

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  2. joeb

    joeb middle aged guy who lies around alot

    Big Island Hawaii
    What a great hike! Buckskin is amazing.
    Of course the long hot slog out once the canyon opens up is not the most fun but at least the jump in the river at the end is a quick way to cool off!
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