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Old 03-06-08, 09:48 PM   #1
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Spring break fun?

Anyone doing anything fun for spring break?

I'm taking a 1 credit college class all that week.

But wait.....this class involves 5 days of backpacking into Needles District of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Sounds rough, huh? Well, it might be challenging, but it sounds awesome.

It's GEOL 333 Geology of the Canyon Country. I suppose we will have to read a paper about the Cedar Mesa Sandstone and look at some joint sets and other structures. I think it's mainly an excuse for my prof to get paid for teaching 1 credit and getting out into the field. There are 12 of us going.

Anybody been down the Peekaboo Trail to Salt Canyon and Angel Arch? From what I've heard the water is running pretty good in the canyons right now.

I've been packing and repacking my pack, deciding what I really need and what I can leave at home.

Last year's spring break geology class was a 5 day 4wd trip into the Maze District of CNP. It was so fantastic, I still think about it often.
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I'm going to Tennessee and Georgia.

Final target is the Tour de Pike, down in Concord, GA
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5 days of backpacking into Needles District of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Sounds rough, huh? Well, it might be challenging, but it sounds awesome.
Indeed it does! Sure beats a lot of the ways one could spend a week off. Will you be taking pictures?

Myself, I probably won't even notice spring break come and go, since I'll be at work at the time.
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Will you be taking pictures?
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The only spring break I get is when I get to go into the warehouse, away from all of this dang pollen.
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Anyone doing anything fun for spring break?

I'm taking a 1 credit college class all that week.

But wait.....this class involves 5 days of backpacking into Needles District of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Sounds rough, huh? Well, it might be challenging, but it sounds awesome.

It's GEOL 333 Geology of the Canyon Country. I suppose we will have to read a paper about the Cedar Mesa Sandstone and look at some joint sets and other structures. I think it's mainly an excuse for my prof to get paid for teaching 1 credit and getting out into the field. There are 12 of us going.

Anybody been down the Peekaboo Trail to Salt Canyon and Angel Arch? From what I've heard the water is running pretty good in the canyons right now.

I've been packing and repacking my pack, deciding what I really need and what I can leave at home.

Last year's spring break geology class was a 5 day 4wd trip into the Maze District of CNP. It was so fantastic, I still think about it often.
Sounds awesome! I will be relaxing at home, trying to get a bike sold, and finding a job for the summer. Not so exciting. Hopefully I will get in some decent mileage though.
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i've been going to work.

back to class on Monday.
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I'm taking a week off of work and heading home to DC to take the girlfriend to meet my family. I'm actually REALLY looking forward to it.

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Anyone doing anything fun for spring break?

I'm taking a 1 credit college class all that week.

But wait.....this class involves 5 days of backpacking into Needles District of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Sounds rough, huh? Well, it might be challenging, but it sounds awesome.

It's GEOL 333 Geology of the Canyon Country. I suppose we will have to read a paper about the Cedar Mesa Sandstone and look at some joint sets and other structures. I think it's mainly an excuse for my prof to get paid for teaching 1 credit and getting out into the field. There are 12 of us going.

Anybody been down the Peekaboo Trail to Salt Canyon and Angel Arch? From what I've heard the water is running pretty good in the canyons right now.

I've been packing and repacking my pack, deciding what I really need and what I can leave at home.

Last year's spring break geology class was a 5 day 4wd trip into the Maze District of CNP. It was so fantastic, I still think about it often.
Here are several thoughts on packing.
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Here are several thoughts on packing.

Thanks for the link!
I'm 105lbs, so I'm looking to cut my load down as much as possible, but I'm mostly going to have to go with the gear I already have.
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I'm going to Tennessee and Georgia.

Final target is the Tour de Pike, down in Concord, GA
link please?
My sister used to live in Zebulon...so now I am wondering why I have not heard of this ride before.
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Sure!

http://www.kiwanispike.org/tourdepike.html

It loops around Zebulon and Concord, and it's Saturday, March 15. $30.00 entry as of right now, I believe, if you're interested. It supports Kiwanas Scholarships.

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My sister used to live in Zebulon...so now I am wondering why I have not heard of this ride before.
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My buddy is into ultralight backpacking, has some gear lists and whatnot at his site.

http://www.samh.net/backpacking/?do=showpage&id=9
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I haven't been to Needles for...quite some time. Beautiful place. Are you going over Easter weekend? It'll likely be crowded, but it's a big place.

We're camping for 3 nights at San Rafael, just a bit north of Canyonlands. Here's hoping the weather warms up a bit!
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http://www.samh.net/backpacking/?do=showpage&id=9
His website is very good. I looked at his long distance gear list. His pack tops out at 32lbs with food and water. I'm at 30 lbs, so in good range. It's great if you weigh 150lbs+. Sigh, I wish I weighed more.... (how often do you hear a woman say that). But I'm not complaining! I can handle the load, I hiked 9 miles on Sunday with 30lbs, and I am excited to go!
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I haven't been to Needles for...quite some time. Beautiful place. Are you going over Easter weekend? It'll likely be crowded, but it's a big place.

We're camping for 3 nights at San Rafael, just a bit north of Canyonlands. Here's hoping the weather warms up a bit!
I've never been in the Needles before, but my prof has. We have permits to camp, so I hope we don't see too many other people. Last spring break we had permits for the Maze and we only saw one other person backpacking down in Ernie's Country.

I love the San Rafael Swell! Awesome area! We have been trying to spend more time around Green River, UT, because no one else does. It's only about 2 hrs away from here. But with gas prices this summer we may as well stay home and there are plenty of great places to go right here in this county.

It has been rather cold, but not cold enough to stay home.
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Post up some photos when you get back, eofelis, and we'll do the same. I bet you'll have a great time. Our trip will be a little different than yours, though, with three families and 5 kids.

You do have some great country in your neighborhood. We stayed in Ouray a few years ago--I could have stayed in those hot pools and explored the mountains for months.

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dude, that does look like a good time!
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