My wife Caitlin and I made plans with Austin and Olivia Farnworth to head down to the Escalante region to hit up Choprock and a few other nearby slots this weekend. After seeing some rain in the forecast we decided to bail. On suggestion from Tom Collins we decided to hit up BFS and Big Tony instead. We had planned to do Micro Death Hollow as a nice fun jaunt before heading down Hole in the Rock Road on Friday after reaching Escalante, but it was threatening to rain so we decided to bail. We headed out to BFS instead since we'd have the benefit of cloud cover in the very exposed canyon. The approach is an easy walk down a sandy wash and then a short walk up the slickrock to the head of the canyon. I can't be sure, but I think it took us all of ten minutes to walk from the exit to the head of the canyon. BFS eases you in with some nice easy stemming over a very exposed but narrow slot that would be hard to fall into if you messed up Soon afterwards you're in the meat of it. The stemming gets higher quickly and then gives you a couple of warmup silos Until you reach the namesake BFS: The thing is pretty huge, and begins with a crack downclimb at the top of the picture and then a lunge to the ledge pictured at the right. From there you have to make it into the crack at the bottom. Luckily for us there is a small slung arch which we used to belay our group through with. Mentally, at least, it made all the difference. There's one other silo that gave us some real pause in BFS, followed by lots more stemming and smaller silo challenges. For such a small canyon it really worked us more than we expected. The next day we woke up early and headed out from the Chimney Rock trailhead to do Big Tony. We probably should've got out of bed a little earlier, as it started getting hot pretty quickly on the approach. Heading into Coyote Gulch and up King Mesa is really a beautiful hike It took us about an hour and a half to reach the head of Big Tony. Right from the start we had some more great practice stemming and avoiding potholes, although most of our group ended up in the water on a couple of them. Turns out it's pretty refreshing on a hot day We reached the X section fairly quickly, but felt pretty drained from the hot approach and the day before. Caitlin and I didn't get any sleep from being up all night fighting with a cheap air mattress either. We decided to skip the X section and save it for another day. Picture down canyon of the X section in Big Tony: When we reentered the canyon we realized what we missed and regretted skipping the high stemming. Big Tony is awesome! Lots of dark, fluted downclimbs, potholes, and elevators down into the abyss Overall it was an awesome canyon, one that I would highly recommend to the competent. Even though we skipped the X section we were still forced pretty high off the ground for much of the canyon, and it end up being pretty long. I definitely feel like we cheated a little though and look forward to heading back there in the fall to do the whole thing.