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Ladder Canyon, catered llama trip, September 21-29, 2019

Date: 
Sat, 2019-09-21
Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
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Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

For a fall 2019 Canyon trip, we will head to a destination that we have not yet visited: Ladder Canyon, beyond the First and Main area and above the Escalante River. First and Main was our fall 2006 and fall 2011 destination.

This will be a fully catered trip, in which the packer BJ Orozco provides all meals, toilet facilities, dishwashing, etc. This makes it a little easier in camp, but also makes it much easier to plan, with no food preparation and less gear preparation. We will be able to take our own tents and sleeping gear, and approximately 15 pounds of personal gear per person.

Ladder Canyon lies in the Grand Staircase/ Escalante National Monument. It is reached from the Spencer Flat trailhead, which is reached from the highway between Boulder and Escalante, UT. The location of the trip is shown in the satellite photo (X marks the spot, more or less); the rainbow photo gives one a feel for the scenery looking west into Ladder Canyon. Both pictures show the extreme ruggedness and grandeur of the landscape. I’m looking forward to exploring a new piece of the Escalante, despite crisscrossing much of this country over the years. Our camp will be near a water pocket known to BJ. The moon will be in the last quarter, making for fine star gazing from a high camp that isn't pinched in by canyon walls.

We will leave Los Alamos on the morning of Saturday September 21, heading to Boulder or Escalante, Utah to overnight. I will locate overnight lodging in the next few months. On Sunday we will leave Escalante at about 8:00 AM to drive ourselves and our gear to the trailhead, pack it onto the llamas (avoiding heavy lifting, which BJ can provide), hike a few miles into camp, and settle into comfort - kitchen tables, social circle with chairs, two-burner stove, and wine cellar. We will hike out on Saturday the 28th, reaching civilization sometime in the afternoon. I will look for lodging in the Torrey area. On Sunday we will head for home, driving back through Capitol Reef National Park.

Participation will be limited to 8 people. The packer cost per person, including all food and llama pack services, will be approximately $1,325 plus tip.

The day outings will involve hiking across the desert, scrambling up rock formations, and descending to the Escalante River. We expect some amount of low-level scrambling on the rocks and concomitant rope work.

Since we are limited to 8 slots, there is a possibility that the trip will fill quickly. I seek participants who would like to hike with the group on all-day explorations.

Please contact Bill at bill@priedhorsky.net if you would like to join in. To confirm a slot will require a $500 deposit. I'm looking forward to another great time.

 

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