We made it to the top of the iconic Angel’s Landing Rock Formation in Zion National Park, Climbing for Grant Mauldin,Terry Bowen and Andrew Miller with my colleague Brian Lane who climbed with us before in Yosemite. On the summit day he wore a shirt that says, “Kidney Cancer, I treat it and I BEAT IT!”
Our trip began at the Grand Canyon. We were on the South Rim. We watched the sunset from Yavapai Point, caused an eclipse and then next day hiked down the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point.
Zions National Park
Then we drove to Zions National Park about 4 hours away. We had two main objectives, climbing Angel’s Landing for Andrew, Grant and Terry, but we decided we were going to try Canyoneering for Kidney Cancer this year as well. Our goal was Mystery Canyon.
Mystery Canyon starts about 12 miles away from the Zions Narrows. We descended about 3000 feet over 12 miles by hiking, down climbing, and ~15 rappels. Then we came to the grand finale: rapelling into the Zion Narrows to a clapping crowd of about 40-50 people.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Finally we drove over to Bryce Canyon. This terrain was very different from both Grand Canyon and Zions National Park.
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