Another fantastic visit to Capitol Reef National Park. The weather was perfect and summer monsoon rains had filled the back country potholes. Excellent conditions for back packing!
After many trips and lots of exploration we connected some previous routes together into a 5 day back packing loop. We had past experience with the first and last day of our route but the middle 3 days took us through new terrain, traversing a remote and seldom visited area of the park. Challenging off trail canyon country hiking and route finding delivered a rewarding wilderness experience.
Our semi regular adventure companions A and B joined us and it was nice to have another couple of competent and experienced hands along. We were able to find water and great camp sites at the end of each day. This new loop was something we’d had our eye on for some time and it was a great to finally complete it and confirm it worked.
After the back packing mission, we enjoyed another week of day hikes including climbing a difficult and remote peak. Mr. B was able to lead climb the final class four pitch and belay us onto the summit.
We then drove over to the Boulder, UT area and checked in with some good friends. A couple of splendid days were spent there cruising around the fantastic slick rock wilderness of the surrounding Grand Staircase National Monument.
Every trip reveals more possibilities with new routes and connections to explore. It never ends.
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