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Full Name :   Joshua Hoopes
Gender :   male
Age :   46
State :   Utah
Country :   United States
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Buckskin Slot Maneuver
sub-category : Backpacking
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Circa 2005....I grabbed my buddies Abraham, Trevin, and Papa Hoopes and hit the world's longest slot canyon, Buck Skin Gulch.  The 'gulch' is nestled nicely in southern Utah very close to Page, AZ.  Only 20 overnight permits are allowed daily and once your in the canyon...your committed.  One has to ultra-aware of story weather on the horizon as well as an understanding of what the forecast looks like.  A rain storm 20 miles away could flash-flood the canyon and kill ya.  We entered with beautiful weather but recent storms left big pockets of water and a super muddy and slippery-surface to walk on.  The 'cess pool' portage was over our heads so we wrapped the packs in garbage bags and waded/swam through it.  Fortunately, the stench was minimal.  We needed ropes for a repel just once.  We camped near the Paria River confluence (the only safe place in the canyon to camp).  When we woke up the water level had risen so we pressed down and up the Paria at a healthy gait.  Trevin almost disappeared in a pocket of silty mud and quick sand along the riverside.  Abe kept all of us laughing with jokes and peanut-induced flatulence.  Good times were had by all.  There is nothing quite like making memories with friends and family.  I highly recommend this hike...you can do it in one-day, but I recommend two to enjoy the beauty and experience of one of Utah's best.  
 
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This trip rocks! I'd do this again...just as soon as the Achilles heals.
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Incredible scenery! Brave souls. Looks like a young man's adventure. How long is it? Thanks for sharing.
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