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The Mountaineers meeting for August features a recent adventure to the canyons of Zion National Park in Utah.
Canyoneering is the art and science of descending deep, narrow clefts by any means possible. Sometimes walking will do, but more technical canyons require rappelling (descending a rope), stemming (pushing on both walls to stay above the bottom), or swimming. Fortunately for us, the Colorado Plateau has one of the greatest concentrations of narrow “slot” canyons in the road, most of them less than a day’s drive away.
The Los Alamos Mountaineers traveled to Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah, for a canyoneering adventure this July, led and organized by Dan Creveling. More than two dozen people participated, choosing from canyons with a variety of exotic names (Pine Creek, Birch Hollow, Subway, Echo, Keyhole and Behunin).
The Subway, for example, is named for a section that is almost a tunnel, with only a narrow slot giving an opening to daylight. The days were long and tiring, the rappels up to 160 feet deep, but the shared sense of adventure made the effort worthwhile.
The Mountaineers will hear about the Zion adventure, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Crossroads Bible Church because of the construction at Fuller Lodge.
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