Day: April 1, 2018

Hayduke Route 14th day (March 31, 2018): 17.3 miles/237.7 miles total. The Dirty Devil Dance and Poison Spring Canyon

Considering the beating we took yesterday, sleeping in until 0630 was an acceptable compensation. After the usual morning ritual of pooping, eating, packing, and pooping (one more time sometimes), we proceeded to begin our hike going upriver along the Dirty Devil River. This entailed…

Hayduke Route 13th day: 20 mile day/220 miles total. Miles on map are actually longer on foot: Dragging ass to the Dirty Devil

There was something about today that really made me hurt. I am tired. We are tired. My feet and my ankle stabilizer muscles are sore. Maybe it was the 20 miles over rough cross country desert terrain. Or maybe it’s the fact that we’ve…

Hayduke Route 12th day: 18 miles today/200.4 total. Good Bye Dark Canyon. Hello Hite cache.

I was kinda sad to leave Dark Canyon and its delicious perennial waters. I definitely wouldn’t mind coming back here again. From our campsite to the base of the Sundance “trail” that climbs out of the canyon was about 3.5 miles. This would be…

Hayduke Route 11th day: 19.5 miles/182.4 total. Dark Canyon Hydrophilia

We finally reached flowing water today and it was clear, clean, and delicious. We started the day at 6am with frozen water bottle. Yes, it was that cold. 27F inside the tent to be exact. After breakfast I had 3L left that I would…

Hayduke Route 10th day: 19 miles today/ 163.9 total. Finally in Dark Canyon!

Yes, we are finally in Dark Canyon Wilderness. The 19 mile day seemed long and tedious. It was mostly forest road walking, 14.4 miles of cold, windy, snowy-muddy road walking. We slept in today until 6:45 because it was so damn cold, 25F to…

Hayduke Route 9th day: 18.10 miles today/143.9 total. Good Bye Canyonlands. Hello Beef Basin Road

It’s 9pm right now, and I am mustering energy to write this entry. I am tired, sleepy. Today was the first day that i felt like the Hayduke is starting to feel like a thru hike. It was a long 18.5 mile day. We…

Hayduke Route 8th day. 14 mile day/125.8 mile total Back to Hiking: Into Canyonland’s Salt Creek (another alternate).

Yes, we are taking another Hayduke Route alternate. Apparently this one is more scenic and has water. It adds about 15 more miles to the standard route. Believe it or not, as much as I love paddling, it feels good to be hiking again….