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    South Ariel Peak and Separation Canyon

    When you want to do something you have not done before...


    Bo and his friend Tim and I met in Zion this morning intending to do Petroglyph Canyon, but it looked cold and snowy. We park across from a place that looked warm and sunny, so up we went. Fun peak! Awesome view from on top.

    We were done with plenty of daylight so we headed off to explore a wash/canyon we saw from the peak. Another awesome hike! It ended in a great summit and view point.

    The only problem today was the sandstone was so wet it broke like a dirt clod! Crazy! There were no hand-holds!

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    Go find those dino tracks that were in the news last week,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceaxe
    Go find those dino tracks that were in the news last week,

    Ummm.... I do love a demanding man.


    I glanced at the article... are they open to the public? Bo wanted to go there but I wanted to go to Zion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceaxe
    Go find those dino tracks that were in the news last week,
    We debated and suggested what we would do this weekend. I thought it would be fun to try to locate the Dino Tracks, but we decided to do something else. In the end we concluded that hiking up Petroglyph Canyon to the north side of "Aires Butte" and then passing the saddle on the north side to the east and on up Jughandle Arch, then down "Keyhole Canyon" back to Rt. 9 would be the fare! Well...I decided that the west facing slopes of Aires would present a problem with "Snow" so we looked up at the "Mountain" now dubbed "Ribbon Peak" (East Face) directly above Keyhole Slot. Very Inviting! It was AWESOME! On a side note...we left (cross-thread) Dinosaur Tracks in the snow on the summit! I wore my Vibram Fivefingers Footwear and they were PRIMO! Ribbon Peak sits south of Aires Butte and maybe a hundred or so feet lower, but the views are stunning. Saw a waterfall and canyon on the south side of Rt. 9 and decided to do a "walkabout" after descending Ribbon. Got to a pass with another "Pinacle Peak" overlooking Parunuweap....best photos of the day in the late afternoon. This Pinacle we have dubbed Separation Peak and is one super "Dandy" Viewpoint! ZION AFTER A SNOW STORM IS UNBEATABLE! EAST ZION RULES!

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    Notice the shoes.. he did wear those toe/fingers shoes until we had to climb the CRUMBLY snow covered pile of loose rocks at the top of the mountain. ;)
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    The photos above are from the peak we climbed. The below photos are from the canyon/wash we saw from the peak and went to explore.
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    You can see Bo and Tim sitting on the "knife edge" to the peak in this photo.
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    The summit at the end of the wash/canyon
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    I'm not, but the man that was with us, Tim is! He teaches it at a college and was filming us for some hiking show that will be on TV. Sort of cool. Tim let me use a polarizer and the photos looked so good on my camera (even though it was a cold, hazy day) but when I got home they were too dark. I have to get use to it and set my camera to where they will be lighter.

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    Separation Lake

    You forgot to post a picture of "Separation Lake" on the way to Separation Point Tanya! Think we'll have to head back there this Spring to do some Kayaking!
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    Those pools of water sure make photos look prettier.

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    Very nice pics, sure looks cold with that water in the photo!



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    It was chilly! We did not start until 10am though and that helped... and then we started straight up a mountainside.. that will warm you up! Later in the day when the sun was setting and we were going downhill.. it was COLD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex



    There you go working on that favorite list again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanya
    . it was COLD!
    That's when you have to cuddle to stay warm and drink warm whiskey

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    So that's why everyone goes out and plays in the snow! I never could figure it out.

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    Yeah... hot pic Tanya.... you are looking might fine... all this hiking has been very good to you.


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    Not much snow, but good photos, guys. Thanks for sharing.
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