Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mid Season Newsletter! Hot off the virtual presses!

Follow the link below to our newsletter. Read all about our Canyoneering Safaris, updates on our Falcon rescue, our new Art on the Patio events, and wish Matt farewell and good luck in his upcoming adventures! 

Find all that and more here:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Canyons and Kids

Canyoneering is a unique sport that uses a variety of skills, teamwork, and problem-solving to follow the path of water through a canyon.  We adults often find ourselves feeling like a kid again, sliding, scooting, getting a little dirty, excited and eager to discover what is around the next corner.  It is no surprise then to hear that kids take to canyoneering like fish to water!

Tons of research has demonstrated that spending time outdoors benefits kids' physical, mental and social development.  Participating in activities like canyoneering helps kids to build self confidence through facing fears like learning to rappel, or in working through a canyon problem. They learn teamwork and communication, as the group must work together and communicate to move through the canyons' many twists and turns.  The sense of accomplishment is palpable as some kids realize they are much stronger and more capable than they once believed!

When families experience canyoneering together, everyone is on the same playing field.  Dad might need his kids' encouragement to get him down the rappel, an otherwise awkward teen may discover they are a natural, smoothly working through the canyon and able to give help or encouragement to Mom or their siblings.  Mom may prove to be the rockstar of the group- giving the kids the opportunity to cheer on their constant cheerleader.  All around, the canyon brings families together, cooperating, communicating and bonding through an experience of a lifetime!

Check out these articles that some awesome moms wrote about taking their kids canyoneering with us! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Last week was busy, fun and full of adventures!

Whew! We've been busy playing in the canyons, just the way we like it!  Enjoy some shots from some of our latest tours, big days and big fun.

Florent and Justine, geared up and ready to go!  

 Chris looking great on rappel!

Florent, checking out the view on rappel.

The crew! Justina, Florent, Matt, Rick, Chris and Sachin back from a great day on the desert. 

Dmitry demos some sweet canyon moves!

Bo thinking she's not in Colorado anymore! 

Dmitry getting cozy in the canyon.

Dmitry and Natalya and some beautiful glowing walls!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Saturday's Crew 6/28

Arnell, Ian, Elliot, Michael and Denis enjoyed a day out in Egypt this past weekend.  Ian had been with us in June of 2012 and returned with some friends and family to introduce them to canyoneering.  Awesome crew and awesome time!  Looking forward to their next visit!     

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Have no Fear, the Photographer is here!

Excursions of Escalante is proud to announce a new service for our guests! 

Patrick Hayes, a longtime friend and part of our Excursions family will be offering his professional photography services on our tours. Guests may now hire Patrick to capture their experience through his photojournalistic images and video. 

Death Hollow Descent
Canyons are full of sand, sometimes mud, and always a bit of dust.  Getting a little dirty adds to the fun...unless you have a camera to worry about!  

Well fear no more! Let Patrick stress about the camera while you live in the moment of your adventure.  His photojournalistic style will tell the story of your experience and let you focus on remembering the moments! 

Check out Patrick's page on our website for more photos, information and videos.

Mondays are the Best! If you're in a canyon, that is...

Mondays can be a bummer to many people.  It's the start of another work week, back to the grind, waiting and daydreaming of the upcoming weekend's adventures.  Yesterday was not that kind of least not for our crew (or us- we love our job!).  

Dave, Meg, Carol and Greg had been looking forward to this Monday for a while, and they were ready for an adventure!

We were treated with a beautiful, clear day and incredible bluebird skies!  Dave showing his smooth skills on rappel. 

As we worked our way into the canyon, the bright sunny day above created stunning, glowing walls inside the narrows.  

The spaces seem almost magical, the shapes as beautiful sculptures.  What a world exists inside a canyon that could never be imagined standing on the rim above!

Out of the canyon and into the river! Carol and Greg look back at where they've been.  What an adventure- and it's not over yet!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Best Monday Ever.

Mondays. Something many of us dread...but not when you're in Escalante playing in a beautiful slot canyon!  Yesterday's crew got to help this little guy out of a real pickle.

They found him stuck deep in the canyon. Sometimes animals fall or get washed into the canyons and can't get back out and end up starving or dying of dehydration.  We like to help the animals out when we can- karma comes around!

Our canyoneers descending into the depths of this twisting, colorful canyon.  Amazing to think they are following a path carved by water through an ancient sand dune! Earth is so cool.

 Kasey, Garrick, and Judd just chillin' and bridgin'.  Did you know sandstone gets its red color from iron oxide? Each grain of sand in the rock is coated in it!

 Up close and personal with the sandstone, Kasey and Garrick show how to be smooth in a tight spot.