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Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2016
AZWanderingBear
Hiking1.74 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.74 Miles
200 ft AEG
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We were all stiff from all the walking in the sand the previous day. This was our tenth and last day of this journey. Breakfast was a quick and quiet affair. Camp was packed up and loaded, seeming more of a chore than normal. Our friends got their stuff loaded before us, but we had been out longer so they were patient with us.

We elected to take one more quick hike. Mary Jo likes slot canyons, so we stopped at Wire Pass and took the wash down into the slot towards Buckskin Gulch. A few hundred feet into the slot we found an obstacle. Last time we hiked this there was a 5 foot drop here but it was easily climbed or descended. A new chockstone had been pushed into place sometime in the intervening years creating a 10 foot drop. I helped belay the last of a group in front of us down the drop, but our group elected to backtrack and climb up and out of the slot on the southern side and drop down back into it farther east. Actually it was fun seeing members of the group get some confidence in their scrambling abilities.

We explored the slot some more and emerged at the confluence with Buckskin gulch. We gawked at the huge arch there and checked out the petroglyph panels. Buckskin was very muddy upstream and had deep pools downstream. We turned back fairly quickly and headed for the trailhead.

The tires got aired back up before we hit pavement. After a lunch of burgers in Page, we said our farewells to our friends and compatriots for the later part of our trip. The drive back to Phoenix was mostly quiet. After ten days, 1205 miles, 267 of those miles off pavement, 5 nights of camping in 4 different places, we pulled our very dirty vehicle into the garage. Our first overland trip in the new rig was complete. There were many things that went well and several lessons learned. But we know we will be out again and next year will bring a longer and more challenging adventure.
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