Maple Syrup... I mean, Maple Canyon
Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
29Trip End Feb 15, 2011
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The landscape in Maple was amazing, I really warmed to the place very quickly. The canyon was enclosed with spires of cobble-encrusted rock, all of which provided for some brilliant climbing. (Lee: Cobbles are hard, smooth, generally roundish rocks which vary in size from marbles to watermelons. Imagine gluing an endless stack of these together and you have conglomerate - the rock type of Maple Canyon.) Although the rock type was quite similar from route to route, the style varied enough to keep us entertained for two weeks
One of the interesting features of the cobbles is that sometimes they fall out! On our last day in Maple, we were climbing in a narrow canyon when a big storm hit. Well, you'd swear someone was standing at the top of the walls throwing rocks off the top. We retreated quickly, running through the corridor (me wearing a helmet) dodging the rocks as they ricocheted off the walls. It must have been a funny sight, but at the time, it was quite scary.
We met some fabulous people in Maple, including Tobias Wolf from Germany who nick-named us "the Kangaroos" - a term which soon caught on with a few of the locals. We'd often hear "Hey, the kangaroos are here" when we'd arrive at a particular area. We also hung out with some other Maple regulars, including Gordon, Mindy, Alex and Magali who invited us to their homes and treated us to some lovely Salt Lake hospitality - more on that in the next entry.
When not climbing, we could be found in the local town of Ephraim, stocking up on food, water, internet time and much needed showers. The drive to Ephraim was always an interesting one, passing numerous turkey farms, which were more fascinating (Lee: disturbing) than they sound (check out the photos).
Overall, we had a wonderful two weeks in Maple Canyon and look forward to taking our friends (Aaron and Lara from Brisbane) back there in a couple of weeks. Now, it's time for some Idaho potatoes before heading to Wyoming for two weeks.