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2022-04-29  
2020-04-04  
Anniversary Loopholes, UT
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Anniversary Loopholes, UT 
Anniversary Loopholes, UT
 
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Drove in Thursday. Parked at Sooner Rocks at 3 in the morning to tent camp, but then the wind drove us back into the car for the "night's" sleep.
We got moving around 9 and drove as close to the Willow drop-in as the sandy road would allow (around 1.25mi from end)
We travelled past our Broken Bow arch camp from last year and all the way down to largest alcove before the "lake" water and setup this year's camp there. We found an lost and unopened Fireball lodged in the dirt near camp. It was a nice gift.
The next day we were able to walk past where the water started last year and where we had paddled into Bishop for our alcove camp last year. We hit water, paddled, then hit dry again. We found a lost double paddle lodged in the dirt in between. It was a nice gift.
I'd guess we boated for 6mi or so until hitting dry ground in Davis. We set up a cowboy camp past the arch in an alcove near a small fall.
The next day we hit some pretty choked up areas. Least fun of the trip.
We exited at the old cattle trail, and hiked overland for around 2.5mi dodging the sand and staying on rock.
This area looks like another planet and also like there couldn't be a canyon anywhere in front of you.
We aimed pretty good for the drop into Fiftymile. The wind shot dust devil after dust devil over the edge and down the sandy slide hill. The cow trail switchbacks were easy down but I would hate to muster all that sand in reverse.
We set up camp at around .5mi upstream in the alcove under the arch. Noel stayed back and I hiked down the canyon until hitting Powell again. The narrows near the end were fantastic and I took a lot of time shooting pics every which way. A storm threatened the sky a little so I headed back up quicker. There would be no rain though. The sunset at arch camp was great along with watching the wind effects we were tucked away from.
We began our hike out a little earlier. Enamored with our surroundings we took a wrong turn to the left in the canyon (a way that is the more traveled way in). We corrected without lament and rejoined back up to head west instead of south. A large boulder eventually blocked the slot canyon exit and we had to figure out a different way out. We aimed for the road, hit a fence-line and used that as our walkalong. It was then a 6mi walk on the winding and hilly road back to the car. We only saw one vehicle, a ranger who offered us a ride, but it felt like cheating so we took his offer of a cold gatoraide instead.
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