And the Utah Highlands
Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
34Trip End May 05, 2011
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Zion is unlike the other canyons in it's exploration. Here arrivals are funneled in via the Angel River and hikes begin upwards. As we climbed through the thickets, we began to see why it was named so. The lower elevation and milder climate here facilitates the growth of denser vegetation, obscuring the view of the canyon walls until a clearing overhanging a cliff was reached. Here the view was again, more than my words could justify, being both within a canyon and looking into the belly of another. It is this view that makes the sense of achievement in a climb all the more worthwhile.
Going back to the Virgin River the sights are somewhat unexpected. The drastic steps of decline forms paths for the water the flow
Here in Zion we met two brothers who had escaped their families for a day of mountaineering. They had planned to scale some heights and follow a partial track to the summit of one of the peaks. Their spirit excited me, and for a moment I wished I was not a city boy, wished that I had been shown these treasures earlier, wished that I too, could scale those mighty walls. Then I realised it was time to leave.