Hey all -
Just a quick "Hi" from Escalante Outfitters in Escalante, UT, near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monumnet. 328 miles down, some 470 to go. Making good time, about 1.5 days ahead of pace right now.
It's been a good last few days, but about a week ago, for the days before and after Hite, I was having a heck of a time. The Hayduke had me on my knees begging for mercy -- there were a few days when I woke up in the morning, I thought (again) that it might be my last. I was having specific trouble with Class 4 scrambles that were covered in snow in order to get around pour-offs in Butlter Wash and Youngs Canyon... And my shoes (a pair of Vasques that I was testing for the Boa lacing system) completely disintegrated, with big rips that I had to patch together with Krazy Glu, SilNet, and duct tape. So much for reliabibility on technical smearing...
Carried my snowshoes for the last 180 miles but never needed them, so now I am going to ship them home becuse I don't feel like carrying them anymore. I would definitely need them in Bryce NP (I thought I would need them in the Henry Mtns but did not) but I am going to bypass that section -- this is just not a snowshoe trip, period.