Dropped into West (near-side) Misery on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Bright blue clear skies to start the day at Checkerboard Mesa. Passed a gorgeous set of full pot holes as we hiked up Checkerboard Canyon to the sandy saddle. Then dropped into the scenic valley below and made our way to the top of the canyon. West Misery begins as another long set of full pot holes you can walk around in a shallow drainage. Eventually you get to the first rappel and slot section where we suited up.. not knowing how deep it was going to be around the corner.. glad we did. I was warm and comfortable in my 5mm full suit.. but some others with only 3mm said they shivered a bit. West Misery has a pattern of beautiful slot sections followed by more open drainages (serving as possible escapes as required for WX, etc) Within every slot, it seemed there was another cool archway. We finally get to Misery Spring.. another fantastic sight.. but it smelled like Sulphur.. so we opted to wait to filter until we got out to the Virgin. While West Misery was way awesome.. the stroll thru the East Fork of the Virgin (the "other" Narrows) was simply amazing! (Especially given the North Fork of the Virgin (Zion Narrows) has been closed to tourists for several weeks due to high cfs from Spring melt-off) btw.. I had been checking the flow rate for the East Fork all week.. Parunuweap was running at 75 cfs. I figured if Zion Narrows stays open to 150 cfs.. anything up to 100 cfs would be manageable for the East Fork.. and while the current was swift this day.. it didn't seem dangerous. That said, the views of the tall majestic walls reaching to the sky were glorious! Too soon, we reached the river bank on the right which marked the start of the steep exit climb. Did I say steep? =) Thanks for reading. You're greeted with a nice set of full pot holes just as you fly abeam Checkerboard Mesa. Soon enough you emerge from the other side of the saddle to a wide open valley as you work left to the top of Misery. The top of West Misery begins as another set of sensually curvy pot holes =) The first rappel and slot begin under a giant fallen tree spanned across the canyon. Some skinny sections. Note to self.. turn around facing down-canyon before you get to the bottom of this rappel. Umm.. you're already wet. Just get in =) Me.. in one of the arch rooms =) Happy faces as we exit West Misery. And now.. the larger than life.. Parunuweap Narrows! Amazing! Too soon.. we're at the super steep climb out. Nope.. we're not standing on each others shoulders. Yikes! Now for the marathon exit hike. Totally worth it! Next time.. East Misery =) Thanks for viewing.