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Teapot Rock - Orange Cliffs, UT
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Teapot Rock - Orange Cliffs, UT 
Teapot Rock - Orange Cliffs, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 17 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.10 Miles 620 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   1.79 mph
620 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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With no defined trails anywhere near the campsite we just set out on a search for a route down into Teapot Canyon. (Climbing Teapot Rock was not an option) After numerous failed attempts to find a way down we resorted to simply wandering out along every arm reaching into the canyon until it was time to head back to camp for our evening meal.
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Teapot Rock - Orange Cliffs, UT 
Teapot Rock - Orange Cliffs, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 17 2016
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Hiking2.80 Miles 598 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   2.27 mph
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trixiec
While preparing supper Tracey heard the spinning of wheels and revving of an engine and eventually we could see the vehicle in question... a VW Vanagon! We had not seen it earlier because it had passed by our camp while we were hiking.

Although the back-country permits specifically state 4WD and high-clearance are REQUIRED, and all roads coming into the area repeated the same message as well the last warning right next to the Teapot Rock campsite (just before the nastiest part of the road), I guess these folks thought they were something special. But what were they thinking!?
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Every once in a while we'd hear a whoop (of joy, we assumed), and then would see the van going a bit farther before the next obstacle. Anyway, after listening to the racket off-and-on for hours and not seeing any further movement, I set off to see what the situation was. I headed off in the direction of where the noise was coming from, all the while thinking I would NOT help them continue, I'd only help them if they TURNED AROUND, as they most definitely would not get much farther and would be a hazard to others.

But by time I got to the last spot I figured they were, they had been able to get past it and had continued on. I found plenty of evidence to the problems they were having... the black tire marks as well as the scraping from a trailer hitch. Having heard so much spinning of tires I wondered how they had not already blown a tire.

We'd find out the next morning how far they got along with other assorted issues.

After I had returned, Tracey wanted to see how bad the road was so I did the hike again. It wasn't long before she spotted a place where she said she would not be in the Jeep with me when we passed through tomorrow. We'll see.
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