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Llama supported wilderness camping, Escalante River

Date: 
Sat, 2020-05-09
Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
505 412 0376
Leader Email: 
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

For a spring 2020 Canyon trip, we will head to an area that we have not visited since 2007: the Escalante River, about a mile upstream from its confluence with 25 Mile Wash.

This will be our usual drop camp trip, in which we make ourselves a comfortable camp with chairs, tables, two-burner stove, wine cellar, etc, and explore out in every direction for five days of hiking. It can be a little warm in May, but we will have the Escalante River nearby to take a dip.

Our camp will be reached by a hike down the hill from the Egypt trailhead, which is off the Hole in the Rock road south of Escalante, UT. There will be plenty of places to explore on both sides of the river.

We will leave Los Alamos on the morning of Saturday May 9, heading to Escalante, Utah to overnight. I will locate overnight lodging as soon as the roster for the trip is filled. On Sunday we will leave Escalante in the morning to drive ourselves and our gear to the trailhead, pack it onto the llamas), hike a few miles into camp, and settle into comfort.  We will hike out on Saturday May 16th, reaching civilization sometime in the afternoon. I will look for lodging in the Boulder or 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 $500 plus tip.

The day outings will involve hiking across the desert, scrambling up rock formations, and splashing up and down 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 $300 deposit. I'm looking forward to another great time.

safetyminute: 

In the event of an injury, I plan to: 

The nearest hospital is: Escalante, UT

If conditions turn poor right before the event will start, we plan to delay our entry into the canyon for a day until conditions improve.

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