Bryce Canyon (UT) Backpack with LVMC

pics by Harlan W. S. & Susan R
April 28-May 2, 2010

 

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100k map with GPS track; each color

corresponds to a day, and roughly corresponds

to the border colors around the photos.

The GPS mileages corresponded closely to

mileages claimed by the park service for days

2,3 and 4; but the GPS mileage for day1 was

5.5, vs. 4.4 given by NPS

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24k map with GPS track; each color

corresponds to a day, and roughly corresponds

to the border colors around the photos.

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Day 1: late start, and we prepared

fora short trip to the third Yellow Creek

camp site.

 

 

 

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The Hat Shop.

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Susan is barely visible at R.

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Yellow Cr campsite for 1st night.

Temps were no more than 20F that night,

and it snowed a little.

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Day 2.

 

 

 

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There was a significant burned area

by Pasture and Sheep Canyons.

 

 

 

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Campsite at the S end of Swamp Canyon.

Josť and I had cached 12.5 L of

water on day 1, by descending the

Whiteman trail from the Rim road.

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Day 3: Susan shakes out her tent.

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Much of this day was through snow that

had collected in the forest.

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We’re on a highpoint just S of

Agua Canyon; looks like the N slopes

to the S are a bit snowy.

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The trail had many, many downed

trees that blocked progress.

 

 

 

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Our campsite for the 3rd night, by

Iron Spring.We actually used a stream

about 0.3 miles to the N, as Iron

Spring was pretty disgusting.The weather

seemed to be improving…

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Day 4: The previous night, fierce winds

and blowing, fine snow left our camp

cold and wet.

 

 

 

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We had snow all the way out, except

in a few short stretches.

 

 

 

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A view to the SE showed that the snow

had reached way down to ~5500’.

 

 

 

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The old snow, from the winter, was now

covered with a thin, fresh and slippery

layer, so we used much energy kicking steps.

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Finally we turn the corner to the S side of the

mesa and less snow.

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Now we look back NE across the canyon.

The shuttle car is still about 300’ higher.

 

 

 

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This last ridge was incredibly windy.

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As we approach Rainbow Point, Josť

is giddy.

Then we went to Ruby’s Inn for

hot coffee and a good meal!