The Trip was crazy!!! I have some details below:
Pick up at The Double Tree Hotel in Grand Junction and the drive to Moab (one of the coolest small towns ever!). Turns out Niki and Nancy are our guides again! They're awesome. So we get to the shop and we get to meet all of the other people on the trip, a total of 7 plus 2 guides. There was a couple from NY, another father - son(15) pair from OH, a guy from D.C., and me and my dad. It was really cool. So we went on a ten mile ride (too short :-() on a slick rock trail in Canyonlands to start the week off. Then, we set up cam in BLM land in this sweet campsite with a GINORMOUS rock island in the center the you could explore. That ended the first day.
We did a twelve mile hike in the Needles District of Canyonlands. It was a very strenuous hike but it had great views. Nancy's brother, James (19) joined us. It was a really long but awesome day.
Today we got to rock climb! We drove into one of the world's most famous rock climbing spot in the world - Indian Creek. It was crazy! I was stoked when I heard the Collin was going to be our guide because I know him and he is an awesome guy. We climbed face climbs and crack climbs, and I made it to the top of the couple. Then, in the afternoon, we biked The Slickrock Trail. It was extremely difficult and everyone quit after the practice loop except me. Niki and I went off on our own and she taught me a few really cool climbing techniques.
Today was Canyoniering. We got to hike for a while then we got to some scramble climbing. We then slid into a slot canyon where there was waist deep FREEZING water that we had to wade through. I cut a bunch of fingers climbing down the tree into the slot but that was ok. Then came the repelling. The first repel was about 40 feet. It was pretty easy and a lot of fun. Then, we hiked a bit more and came to a 110 foot repel with a free fall about a quarter of the way down. It was soooo fun! Then we hiked back to the van. I forgot to tell you that it was Jeep Week in Moab which means that there were a ton of Jeeps in the city. They come in on Saturday and stay the entire week, doing trails like Lion's Back, Hell's Revenge, and Potato Salad Hill. So, after the canyoniering, we picked up some ice cream and headed over for a swim next to Potato Salad Hill to watch the Jeepers. Only one didn't make it up and had to drive away in shame, lol.
Today was the hike in Arches National Park. We did a very short, but steep, hike that was 3 miles to see Delicate Arch. This is the arch featured on the Utah License Plates. It was beautiful. After that, we stopped at a place called Balancing Rock. As you can derive from the name it is a rock that is perfectly balanced on a butte. Then, we headed over to the Colorado River to do some Ducky riding. The water was freezing, but we had a good time anyways. The rapids were pretty small and there was a huge headwind. We were very wet afterwards. That night we played a game called Chubby Bunny, where you have to see how many marshmellows you can stuff into your mouth and still say "Chubby Bunny." Greg won.
Today we got to bike in a place called Bartlet Wash. It was SWEET! The whole place was like a terrain park! We practiced in chutes, jumping ledges, and wheelies the whole time. Then, at the end of the ride, Nancy, LP, and I tried to go down an EXTREMELY STEEP hill called "The Boat Ramp." Dave bet LP $100 to do it! Nancy and LP made it. Then, it was my turn. I got have way down and hit a bump and flipped right over my handle-bars. I skidded down the rest of the hill and caught my bike just before it hit me. It was very painful but not too bad. Then we had lunch and headed back to the shop, Moab Cyclery. The group split up from there, Dave, my dad, and I droveback to Grand Junction with Nancy and took the scenic route. It was soo beautiful. That night, the three of us went out to a Nepalese restaurant which was excellent. After the meal we all went off to bed.
Overall the trip was a blast! I had a great time and can't wait to go on another Escape Adventures Tour again!