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Comb Ridge/Cedar Mesa/White Canyon hiking Oct. 23-27

Date: 
Wed, 2019-10-23
Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
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Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

We did it last year - let's do it again! I'd like spend a hiking weekend based in Bluff, Utah, which is the closest corner of the canyon country, just 5 1/2 hours drive from Los Alamos. Going in late October, we should have fine, cool weather, perfect for exploring the slick rock and ruins in the vicinity of Bluff, farther afield in the canyons that carve into Comb Ridge, in the canyons that drain Cedar Mesa, and in White Canyon and its tributaries. An old trip report can be found at http://lamountaineers.org/oldtrips/204.html.

As a base for our explorations, I've reserved a 5-bedroom house in Bluff, Utah from Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 27. This is the same house as last year. The price is up a bit, but the place is amazing and the price is worth it. We can organize dinners together at the house, and socialize there in the evenings. For the total 4 nights that we are staying, the rooms should run about $400 each, a little more for double occupancy and less for single occupancy.  We'll drive up in the afternoon or evening of Wednesday Oct. 23, spend 3 days hiking, then, after a little morning outing, drive back to Los Alamos on Sunday the 27th. I'd like to do at least one explore in the White Canyon vicinity, maybe into the lower section of Cheesebox Canyon (but not into its wet upper narrows - see http://www.americansouthwest.net/slot_canyons/cheesebox_canyon/index.html). I'm also interested in an explore down Lime Canyon from the top, coming in on the Cedar Mesa dirt roads.

To hold a place in the house (https://www.vrbo.com/4966182ha) I would appreciate a deposit of $250 per person. Sincerely, Bill

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In the event of an injury, I plan to: 

The nearest hospital is: First aid in Bluff, urgent care in Blanding, nearest major hospital is Farmington

If conditions look poor as the weekend approaches, we will go to Bluff regardless, and work out day activities suitable for the weather.

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