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UT: Escalante lower PINTAC 4/14/13

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by John Diener, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. John Diener

    John Diener

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    For Sunday it looked like it was just going to be Adam and I in lower PINTAC. Everyone else had plans to head to other canyons. But then late Saturday, in rolled Chris, ready to make us a group of 3. The idea was that a reasonable start time, paired with the relatively short canyon, would make for a nice getaway day. A pleasant walk into and out of Coyote Gulch and within 2 hours we reached the mid-canyon break that allowed us to skip the burly upper canyon. The stemming started early, and after one brief touch down to ground level we were up again for a ways, with beautiful, dark, sculptured canyon below us. Adam spent a little time down lower (but not at the bottom), and it may be that a lot of the canyon can be passed at that lower level, but in general we found travel a little higher to be comfortable and mostly straightforward. The walls were well-featured and all the moves reasonable. After just over an hour, the canyon widened and we dropped to ground level, soon entering a fantastic stretch of canyon with deep, flaring overhangs. Be fun to see what a talented photographer could do there. A riparian section interspersed with a couple raps brought us back to Coyote and the hike up to the trailhead.

    heading to King Mesa
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    early in the slot
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    start of biggest upclimb (not hard)
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    the slot relents
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    -john

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