Tuesday, October 8, 2019

24 Hours of Moab Adventure - Part 1 "Fishing Ken's Lake"

Every now and then an idea comes to life that you still look back on and wonder "How the Hell did this happen to come about."  Our 24 Hours of Moab was just such a case. 

We were all stuffed in a car on our way to do the Black Hole on July 24th (Check out the "Bailing on a Canyon" post).  We were talking about our upcoming plans to head to do Pleiades Slot Canyon in Moab the first part of August. It was brought up that if we were going to do Pleiades in the morning, why can't we do a canyon the evening before, then I would drive to Moab the afternoon prior and after the canyon I could spend the night to do Pleiades the next morning instead of driving up that morning. Well, if I was going to drive up the evening before, why not drive up early afternoon and Jeff and I could get some fishing in prior to the canyon. Thus, 24 Hours of Moab was born.  

We completed 3 adventure activities in Moab Utah in a 24 hour period and still got a full night sleep.  Our Bass Fishing (for me) trip was great. Jeff was on his fly pole so his targets were trout.  That's the great thing about fishing Ken's Lake outside of Moab, it has something for different kinds of fisherman(persons). I managed to still catch a Rainbow Trout, a Blue Gill and some Large Mouth Bass. Jeff caught a couple of Blue Gill and lots of Rainbow Trout.  We had a great afternoon, only a few hours of fishing, but well worth the add on to our adventure trip.  I would definitely (and already have) be back to fish Ken's Lake again.  

Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3 of our Adventure in Moab Utah. (Spoiler - part 3 is Pleiades Canyon).

How to Fix The Worst Webbing Anchor In A Slot Canyon - Part 2

Once we have worked on understanding our rub points on the webbing and knowing where we need to be more cautious, we can look at the ways to mitigate that rub for the last man down. In Part 1 we created a courtesy anchor rigging to overcome the edge transition and rubbing for others in the group, now we set up a little bit of redundancy in the webbing in order to give the last man down a marginal bit of safety should he/she rub the webbing across the rock any and potentially start to shred it up.

Canyoneering can be damaging on the ropes and anchors, but they don't have to be fatal or even semi close to fatal when the anchors are rigged properly, or even modified such as this to create a safer canyoneering environment for everyone, not just in your group, but in the groups that may follow behind you.  

In coming months we will be highlighting a few more anchor setups and how those can be fixed and resolved to create a wholly redundant safe system.