SIBSGIVING (Sibling Thanksgiving)
Instead of a traditional Thanksgiving – We’re not a big fan of mashed potatoes and turkey- my sister Meghan and I decided to try a non-traditional thanksgiving. We chose to have a destination Thanksgiving in Moab Utah. Our plan was to explore the canyons Moab had to offer.
With both of us on a budget (Christmas was close) we decided to make a food and adventure plan spanning the entire trip. We first brainstormed a list of foods we liked, adventures we wanted to do and refined everything to fit into our ten-day adventure window in MOAB UTAH!!!
Being the canyons we explored had claimed many injuries and even deaths, Meghan and I thought it was a good idea to grab a technical guide. A few years ago I stumbled up on a website with awesome guidance for navigating and planning canyoneering trips called Climb-utah. We used this resource to guide us through the technical canyons using GPS waypoints.
Repeat JR. Canyon
150 Feet Down
The first rap we did was a cool 150′ into Repeat JR. Canyon. This was a great canyon to start with and establish a rhythm for the rest of the canyons on our trip. This was not an easy rap to let my sister just go down, so I triple checked the ropes, anchors, and equipment. Once at the base we explored all the red-orange walls and floor wash patterns. Deep in the canyon, the light from above was a photographers dream.
NO TURNING BACK
This canyon has a few big raps meaning you can’t just stop in the middle of the hike and call it quits. You have to commit and push through. I rappelled this canyon a few years back but it was more fun taking my sister and seeing her reaction after every big rap. You could tell she was in a happy place with adrenaline I’ve never seen in her before.