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Discussion in 'Meet Up' started by Ram, Dec 1, 2017.
It was great seeing everyone, good times!
I did capture this blurry pic of the ever elusive freeze fest Sasquatch on new years eve.
Don't forget to post your pics, we need to see The Hat.
I missed that!
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Working on playing catch up from the Reunion then MI then FF trips. Will try to post some photos in a bit...
Probably a good thing...
missing it, I mean.
Guest Rave from FF FirstTimer Rachel Ross up on the Latest Rave!
Awesome set and great writing. Can't believe how dry it looked, the main downclimb into the hole was only waist deep water? Wild. Could you walk under the vertical logjam?
Yes, you walked past the vertical log, knee deep and dropped to belly button just beyond. The Black Hole section proper is broken into 3 parts. Only the middle one offered sustained swimming. There were 4 passages I took on the day that I had never seen nor done before, as they would have required over the head, submerged swimming, in the past
Time for a statistical review of the Fest.
Sonny and I arrived a day late, from the Christmas Day adventure. Yes there is a story to tell about that. I digress. That will come later. Arriving midday on the 27th, we found only two folks in attendance. Basia from Illinois and Seth from Texas. We ran a canyon that afternoon and in the meantime 5 more souls showed up, none from Utah. We were underway.
Folks showed up daily, many folks for the first time. Often asked how they came to be there, most answered that they were lurkers on this board. Canyons by day, campfire by night. One very long "cocktail party," with folks quite energized yet civilized. Old stalwarts showed. Denali Mike and Cody for their 10th Fest's. Malia came later in the week, for her 12th Fest. Others for #6, 8, 4 etc. Don kept his clothing on, thankfully. Food was shared. Donuts made, clean up nightly, recycling done, cords of wood burned
After the slow start, numbers grew. A few headed home. The combined factors of New Year's Day being on a Monday, the warm weather and no snow in northern Utah contributed to the attendance. By New Year's Eve the record was broken. The three largest attended Fest, in the past, topped out at 74, 71, 58. With 4 joining us on New Year's Day, the new record was set with 83 attendees, over the week. As usual, about a third of the folks were women.
Many different canyons were done, including a large group thru Sandthrax. I encourage all to post TR's of what they did. The weather was not only warm (only 2 mornings in the teens), but there was little wind. Some clouds at times and some special sunrises and sunsets. For the first time ever, over 40 people (4 dogs too) were around the fire. That happened twice. I sat and marveled at the dozens of animated conversations going on at the same time. Just magic.
The Black Hole descent had 20-30 attendees for each of the last 8 years. This record was surmounted too with 32 doing the canyon this year. We had only one injury, earlier in the week. Someone slide 6 feet down a slab and fractured their ankle. They self rescued. A reminder that even slow, low angle dynamic moves, can cause injury. Static is best, especially for us old-sters....but for the young of body and heart too.
Meeting so many interesting people for the first time and sharing the mood with so many old friends made this Fest one of my favorite's. And best of all, we left the place cleaner than we found it. I love our community.
Fortunate to squeeze in two days. Only regret was not having enough time to canyon and talk with more of the FFers. A few pics from canyons...
classic Pothoez problems
people scattered high and low (Tom and Mark did a crazy low squeeze - yikes)
Photos from my 24 hours of Freeze Fest XVI.
A great sunset, sunrise, campfire, canyon, and drive home. Cant beat that.
Hey FreezeFesters! There was a big group of you from PHX. I travel to Phoenix for work a lot and want to canyoneer in your hood. Hit me up!
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The Shillelagh Crew late on Saturday. Racing the sunset, but still had time to set the timer and snap a group shot.
Insurmountable log jam in arscenic.
Dry Morocco Canyon
Wow. Here's our European counterpart Freezefest:
Wow!! That is a gorgeous trip, might be above my cold tolerance until I find me a drysuit though.
To help people get the Stoke for #17... here's some photos from #16. (and only around a year late, which is pretty good for me...)
Thanks again to all who made it a great time! Especially those who shared food and libations, those who shared their expertise keeping people safe, and to Tom for helping me with the cold water experiment.
Forgot my camera on Day #1 (12/30/17 - Sandthrax), so here are a couple of photos from Luke: