More Zion news – Wild car chase through the park

Funny, that only a day after the blog on man who was rappelling in a slot canyon getting in trouble in Zion’s Pine Creek Canyon, news is out of another “incident” at the the park.

Diorama of Zion's Canyon

Diorama of Zion’s Canyon

Seems that on the night of Tuesday last (the 21st) some bad guy stole a car in Kanab and was joyriding. When word of the theft got out, the UHP – Utah Highway Patrol and nearby County Mounties went into hot pursuit.

Reports indicated that the thief was involved in drug activity and could be armed and dangerous. The stolen car entered Zion but avoided spike belts at the main entrance.

The car eluded police and continued to the town of Virgin. Here another set of spikes was set up  – they worked. But even with 2 flat tires, the car continued for another six miles before spinning out of control. Yes, it stopped this time. An arrest was made.

Wow, ya never know. Resources are shared between Zion Park Protection rangers and the nearby little burgs of Rockville, Springdale, and Virgin Utah.

So it looks like Zion is the place to go for some reality-TV type action. But focus on the beautiful scenery. Next to Yosemite, I  have to say Zion is a strong contender for #2.

Utah is so desolate you have very good odds of being all alone on your hikes.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Toe to toe, dancing very close. Barely breathing, almost comatose. Wall to wall – People hypnotized, and they’re stepping lightly. Hang each night in Rapture.” - Blondie

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One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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Another Yosemite climbing video out – Dawn Wall

I hope you recall the record climb up the Dawn Wall of El Cap a few months ago. Wow, what a finger ripping accomplishment that was.

Tommy Caldwell  and Kevin Jorgeson became the first to free-climb the Dawn Wall.  The cracks are more like the air between sheets of paper.   Free climbers use ropes and harnesses only for safety but not to help them ascend.

Do you know about an event called 5Points? It’s a film festival in Carbondale, Colorado April 23-26. Adventure themes. Now I know you won’t be going – hey, Carbondale is 170 miles west of Denver. But it’s nice to know what’s going on.

The FIVE points the participants follow are:

The mantra of 5Points Film Festival

The mantra of 5Points Film Festival

Caldwell will attend the 5Point Film Festival.  He  will participate in a moderated discussion on how the media affects adventure.  The carrot is the showing of the film “A Line Across the Sky.” He’ll also appear with other Yosemite Valley climbers.  There is no word when it will be released for viewing at other venues.

Watch a 7 minute Trailer of the film. It features Tommy and Alex Honnold on some wild Patagonia climbing.

I know most of us are hikers…..that’s ok. I’m not a climber – but I continue to be respectful of their abilities. But I wonder if they could HIKE Half Dome…:>)

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.” – Pink Floyd 

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome




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Are you ready for your post-Yosemite excursion . . . Zion

If you need a change of scenery from Yosemite, can I suggest the Utah parks. Zion is my favorite. Angels’s Landing is a trek kinda similar – but shorter – than Half Dome. Maybe 5 hours RT. It’s pretty scary trundling your way to the top.

Another fun day at Zion is hiking down to the slot canyons. There are dozens to try. But be careful. You need to don a wetsuit to walk down the river with water waist high on short folks.  Flash floods are a major concern.

Rapelling down a slot canyon

Canyoneeering at Zion

You can get in some big trouble if you decide to extend yourself and go Canyoneering. But “stuff” happens.

Back in early April, the park had to rescue a man who got in big trouble. It took 5 hours to save his bacon. Seems a guy broke his ankle in Pine Creek Canyon. Pine Creek is Zion’s most popular technical canyon for visitors.

His group had tried to rappel up a slot but was unable to get out.  The rescue team of 15 SAR personnel used a high line with a system called a “reeve.”  This is a rope that is strung across the canyon.  Then another is lowered down with the support ranger poised above. Then the victim is pulled up.

The rescue ranger and the injured were then lifted to the high line and moved back across the span to the Canyon Overlook Trail. He’s now recovering at Dixie Regional Medical Center inSt George Utah.  St George is a common kick-off  location for trips to Zion, Bryce and the other parks. Vegas is not too far south. A rental car is the easy way to go.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”  – Pink Floyd

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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