04/23/2010: Deb, Linda and Dianne exploring the Baker Canyons area of the Escalante

Deb, Linda and Dianne exploring the Baker Canyons area of the Escalante

Linda, Dianne & Deb

5 miles of hiking off trail to the Escalante

Our only overcast day was the hike in.

Overlooking the Escalante with Baker in the distance.

The start of Middle Little Baker Canyon

Deb squeezes through.

Deb squeezes through.

Linda

Dianne enters a pool.

Linda down climbing

Deb following Linda

Dianne and Linda in a subway section.

More subway in M. Little Baker

Deb rapping.

Dianne's proud of her deadman anchor.

Linda rapping

Dianne's turn

Water is clear and cold.

Augh.....the always attractive beached whale move.

Dianne backs down into a crack.

Deb follows

Down the crack the canyon is dark but wider with a choke stone making a water filled tunnel.

Deb swimming the dark corridor.

Deb down climbed this drop with Linda & Dianne spotting.

Deb contemplates.

Deb followed by Linda.

The last rap is 90 ft to the bench above the river.

This perch above the river had an amazing feel to it; more than beauty. Something else hard to describe and lost in a photo.

Deb on the last rap.

Dianne getting ready to do the last rap.

The end of Middle Little Baker. What a canyon. We were sorry to leave webbing at 3 drops since we didn't see any signs of human passage before us. What an adventure!

The end of Middle Little Baker. What a canyon. We were sorry to leave webbing at 3 drops since we didn't see any signs of human passage before us. What an adventure!

At the end of the day we scouted out a shorter route for returning to the car on Monday.

Looking back across the river at our camp between the ruins and the cave.

Looking at our canyon approach up the moki steps.

Moki steps to the right of the tree are the start of our search for passage into West Baker Canyon.

Deb finds a river rock that looks like it was pecked by the ancients.

Aunt Jamima Syrup

Dianne and Deb probably discussing possible location.

We needed to find a way across East Baker to get to West Baker.

To get to West Baker we had to cross East Baker. This is at a fork in East Baker.

Deb is considering a climbing move out of East Baker. Without her climbing shoes it was a no-go.

Deb on the 1st rap in West Baker.

Dianne goes out on the ledge to the rap anchors.

Dianne is happy!

2nd rap was down climbable.

Deb on 3rd rap.

Linda, the West Baker photographer gets in a photo before the batteries die.

Deb descends.

Last rap in West Baker.

Another fabulous day. A very different feel to this canyon which clearly had passage before (bolts).

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