venerdì 18 ottobre 2013

USA - Glen canyon

USA - Glen canyon 

Another trip in this great playground, a world class place to do canyon descents, you cannot compare this land to others , special features, special gear and anchors, high quality canyons for hundreds of miles...

Our little camps is ready on the beach

On the approach, slick rock, easy walk

Higher in the walk, the view is always stunning

Make your way down with style !

An arch in a canyon

Another great panorama

Problem solving is the most interesting challenge in this slot canyons

Waiting for anchor setting

Some lights are possible only here in Utah

Another little drop to solve

Some more walking up, we did a few different canyons around

Don't miss your entrance

Nice swimmer

Narrower section

A bigger drop is round the corner

Coming out from a dark and deep section

In this part of the trip i visited a lower section of the colorado river, under Lake Mead, this is a hot spring in a side canyon

There are some thermal springs and hot water to enjoy !

Those dams where made from boaters to better enjoy the hot water

We climb up, there are 4 different canyons with thermal water flowing down, pretty special place

So hot here, you have to run out quickly !! Hot canyons! Everybody dream of this !

Sun set on the Colorado, end of this great trip !

domenica 13 ottobre 2013



Short canyon with an excellent final waterfall

It really look like a winter expedition ! We had a recent snowfall so we came here, it's a short canyon not too difficult

Good trail as usual here, this area is included in the Unesco world heritage

Peaks are smiling up

Suit up time, we are 7 with 2 ladies, it's pretty cold !!!!

All is slippery we have to be careful

First part is not very exciting, it's a good warm-up, i would say a cool-down !

Some technical rappels, some very showery ones... not very easy

A nice frozen smile, it's not possible to do those canyons in
summer, too much water.

Nice rappels

Same from the bottom

The final drop, we are going through this arch, it's very special.

From the bottom, the water here has a lot of power, if you get caught it's really hard !

One more coming down

I climb up on the arch and can do some more pics

Nice view from here !

On the way back home i get this typical Swiss panorama, Heidi cartoon land....

It was hard but not too long except for the walk in, walking is good to warm up and store some heat for the canyon descent.

mercoledì 9 ottobre 2013



I DID IT  !!!!

Finally i was able to do it !! This is the most beautiful canyon on the planet.

It's very difficult to find the right conditions, the right day to do it, this year we have been the only team to attempt and succeed in this descent. Oops, i just discovered that a small team did it end of october, with more water.
There are hundreds of people in Europe ready to jump in a car, drive 10 hours, even leave their job or family, just to have the possibility to do this canyon, but it's really so hard to get it !

We start in the fog, in the clouds, in wet and humid conditions

Higher there is some more visibility, for a short time, the canyon is coming down on the right in this apparently little depression

Team ready at the canyon start: Pascal, Andreas, Christoph and XXX

It goes immediately narrow and very nice, here a little siphon, if you like cold water !

He has done this canyon 3 times, lucky guy !

A complex drop, the carving here are crazy, there are many arches, it's always narrow

An apparently quiet section

From this belay we go deep down again in the narrows

Some holes in the rock are really unique, to understand what it is you have to be inside and see it !

Some sections where too dark to make pictures but i did all i could, we used our headlamps for a short section

Some combination of holes and arches are so funny you have to create your own rappel line, for Andreas it's the 4th time in this canyon, luckiest man on canyoning planet !

The flow is high but not too dangerous today

So impossible to describe it !!

Another narrow caving sized section

We are at the end ! We couldn't see the bottom in the fog until the last rappel.
I did some good pictures but it's very difficult, there is water splashing everywhere, no much time because you don't want to be inside there if the water level increase. There is no easy escape here, except you can leave a rope halfway hanging in the canyon.