Friday, October 10, 2008

Angels Landing

Another of my all-time favorite hikes, this one involves climbing 1500 feet to the top of this peak in Zion National Park. It's a little intimidating! I've done it before, but I'm a little older now. (Apparently, not any wiser...)


Two mule deer cheered me on.


On the first part of the hike, you go along the river, and then up a bunch of switchbacks.


Then go back through "Refrigerator Canyon," on the left side of the first picture.


Where you find "Walter's Wiggles," a set of 21 switchbacks --


More easily seen from above.


So far, the trail's been paved, but that changes rapidly. Chains help you climb over a hill.


Then you come to this. Wow! I have to climb that?


Once more, chains help you over the really bad spots, such as this very narrow rock with 1000' dropoffs on either side.


Don't look down!!!


After a half mile of rock scrambling, during which time I was too scared to take pictures, I made it to the top.


I made my way to the point, where I found -- Yoga Guy!


When he was done, he took my picture.


And I got a great view both down-canyon --


And up-canyon.


Going down was just as hard as going up, but I made it, and all in one piece.

11 comments:

  1. Great going! Did you get the T-shirt?

    For me, it was a fun hike up to the chain where acrophobia set in.

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  2. More Great PICs, Diana! Jan says she will do it but for me the Vertigo would put me Spread Eagle on my Belly.

    Lew

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  3. Gee, I didn't know there was a t-shirt!

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  4. Beautifully pictures and what a daunting hike!! I'll put it on my "to do" list.

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  5. Ditto Sharon's comment. And thanks.

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  6. There you go again, doing amazingly daring stuff!

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  7. Wow! You did it again! I'm not sure I would still make it. It is an amazing hike and you chronicled it perfectly.

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  8. Great pictures. I envy you the stamina and courage --I'd never make it--

    Carol

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  9. OMG,... I couldn't do that. My fear of height would kick in and I'd freeze hanging onto those chains! You "did good!" gal!

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  10. Great pics .. love the Yoga guy.

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  11. HEY Diana thanks for the link to this post_FANTASTIC HIKE!! I was told about the narrow part at the end by a lady who had hiked it and she was NOT LYING by the looks of these shots..YOU did GOOD girl that Yoga guy has nothing on you!! lol Great photos!

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