After our adventure on the rim of the Grand Canyon (which you can read about here), we took off in the early morning and overflew Lake Powell on our way to one of my favorite places – Escalante.
We borrowed a truck from a friend and headed out the adventure-packed Hole-in-the-Rock road. Lynn and Graeme had not done Peek-a-Boo and Spooky slot canyons so we headed there first. We up Peek-a-boo then followed the well-worn trail across the desert and then down Spooky.
Spooky has a crux section with massive chockstones that clog up the canyon. It appears you have to climb over these, so I scrambled down using a chimney technique but it seemed a little awkward. A fellow hiker we had met along the way wanted assistance so we helped her down. Then another couple happened along, and we helped them. Finally a rather large woman wanted assistance and down she came but she didn’t really slow down or exhibit much caution. I basically just tried to slow her controlled fall and she ended up sitting on my head. I mumbled something about excusing the me-too moment and luckily she laughed.
After everyone was down we explored a little and found out you can “tunnel” under the blocks (if you are thin enough) and you don’t have to do the exposed down-climb at all. So remember this if you happen to do Spooky canyon – if it seems too hard there may be an easier way, depending on how much ice cream you ate the night before.
After the slot canyons? Calf Creek Falls near Boulder Utah.