Novice hiking on a stone ledge? No problem!

13 Aug

We’re in Zion National Park in southern Utah.  It’s a sandstone canyon that was carved by the Virgin River through what was the largest desert to ever exist on earth.  Some of the cliffs rise 5,000 feet above the canyon floor and the easily accessible trails span a distance of about 10 miles by park shuttle bus.  Here’s a vista as we approach the park:

We decided to do a medium length strenuous hike to Angels Landing.  On this hike, we would rise 1,400 feet above the canyon floor.  It was an invigorating trek and then we came upon this sign:

By the way, that number “6” on the sign?  It’s peel and stick.

So I’m thinking about how there is a Federal law that prohibits children’s artwork being hung in public schools due to fire hazard.  But a sheer cliff in a national park?  No problem!   Well, we have to do this.

They even give you a chain to hang onto!  Here’s some other unsuspecting park visitors bare-knuckling their way to the safety we had reached.

Only problem was, the only way down was back the way we came……


2 Responses to “Novice hiking on a stone ledge? No problem!”

  1. Nassima MONTIN August 17, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Hi ! we are Fred and Nass French people from Toulouse that you met yesterday at the Delicate Arch ! yes we did it too (The Delicate) ! And today we were in the Canyonlands ! Tomorrow we leave Moab to Mesa Verde (we are so excited to see the lives of the Indians who made it their home for over 700 years !!).
    And you, what about your trip?
    Really happy to know so nice eastern people like you 😉 Hope to see you soon at Toulouse 🙂
    Enjoy your travel
    Fred, Nassima, Julia and Alex

    • Eric Tyler August 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      Nass & Fred your picture will be in my next blog. It was a pleasure meeting such friendly world travelers! Hope the rest of your trip is fabulous!

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