Wednesday, June 18, 2008

2007 Subway Trip (Part 1)

Last November (2007) i hiked the Subway (again) with my Dad, his wife, Karen, and my brother-in-law, Jared. Go figure, i'm getting ready to hike it again in a week and i'm just barely posting these pictures. Hopefully, i'll get this next trip report out in under a year.

The first couple of miles are fairly level with trees and such. Then you drop into a giant slickrock canyon that eventually spits you out here, about half way down to the actual canyon entrance.

This is looking down into the canyon (Left Fork of North Creek) while descending from the rim.

The descent from the canyon rim is actually pretty steep, but not very long. As you can see, Karen even made it. ;)

oooooh, aaaaaah. Look, it's the canyon wall!

It's half a subway! This is the only view i ever got of my hiking companions. Nobody ever waits for the guy with the camera.

Alright, some of these are probably pretty self-explanatory and if you're not tired of my commentary i'm sure you will be soon - who am i kidding, of course you're already tired of it. Well, too bad. I was going to stop, but now that you thought/said that i'm not going too. Look at the cool desert varnish.

This is the first of many, many examples of the lengths some of us would go to to avoid getting wet. I know, we're a bunch of wusses.

This actually reminds me a bit of Little Wild Horse Canyon in Goblin Valley State Park, but it's been a while since i hiked it.

Why are we rapelling off of a bush? To avoid getting wet, duh. Who wouldn't rather risk a 50 foot fall then get wet?

This is kind of funny. The rest of us scrambled up on the ridge in the top left-hand corner to avoid this particular series of pools, but Jared though he could jump to one of the shallow spots. Think he made it?

So graceful...

Doh! At least he did it first so i knew not to try it. I think i tried to tell him it got even deeper further down.

The "duckwalk" looks easier than it is, especially if you're a genius like me and don't take your pack off. The ceiling is really low, and the floor is mossy, wet and slippery - oh, and i didn't want to get my hands dirty. I have to take pictures with those hands!

Jared thinks he's in the clear now - check the next post to see if he was or not...


princess jen said...

Hurry... I wanna see the next post! I don't remember if Jared made it or not. And I still can't believe you suckered me into doing this hike with you again since it went so well the last time I went! Then again, maybe I can weasel my way out of it. But these pictures almost get me excited to do it. I can't decide.

Kari said...

Awesome. That looks like fun. I haven't done a hike like than in forever.

Mythreesons said...

Nice, Alan! I appreciate you including pics of Jared... it's nice to be reminded that he actually does stuff occasionally. And it's especially nice to know that he doesn't alway master everything... I love tha the fell in the water!

alysia said...

i like your pictures!! i hope you guys continue to do this hike somewhat regularly so that someday topher and I can go with you!!