14/09-14/10/2013 - photos
Participants: Tom Brennan, Rachel Grindlay
Orderville Canyon and The Narrows
Rachel high up in Orderville Canyon - the first few kilometres are often similar to this, with more open walls and dry, rocky floor
Occasionally the walls close in
The first obstacle, a log slide. The logs are typically much more smooth and slippery than similar logs in Australian canyons
The party behind us at the log slide
Rachel on the island between two muddy sections. Similar to Birch Hollow, Orderville drains a section of the plateau with shale formations that deposit a muddy layer on top of everything when wet.
Rachel in an impressive section of the canyon
First signs of water flow
By now there is a good flow of water in the canyon and it is time to get wet feet. You can see the line of moss where the springs are seeping out of the rock. In dry weather, these springs are the only water flow in many of the local canyons.
The party in front of us abseiling at the Guillotine
Rachel handlining the drop at the Guillotine ...
...and now you can see why it is called the Guillotine!
Nearing the junction with the Narrows, though there are still a couple of obstacles left to negotiate
First this awkward drop...
...to a compulsory swim
Then a sunny section ...
...followed by a climb down a rope at Corkscrew Falls...
...and finally the slippery descent of Veiled Falls
Rachel in Orderville
Rachel at the bottom of Orderville
Orderville Canyon then flows into The Narrows (of the North Fork of the Virgin River)
Typical scene in the Narrows - it takes a long time to be able to take a picture that doesn't have any people in it. There is always a steady stream of hikers
Lower down in the Narrows