Monday, September 12, 2016

What a Whirl Wind Season!

Wow!  The 2016 is just flying by.  We have been so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of folks come and visit us in the canyons this year.  September is now rockin & rollin and the canyons are awaiting our Fall season visitors.  Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more up to date photos etc.  

Teamwork!  Passing of the ropes.

Best Friends Trip!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring has Sprung!

Guided tours are in full swing now that spring is here.  Bob and Jo joined us again this year for an early canyoneering tour. They were here back in 2012 to take a 3 day technical course with us! It was great fun to see them again.  Jo also purchased and broke in a nice pair of TX3 La Sportiva shoes from our new gear store.

Of course with spring also comes “Spring Cleaning”…. Which is not near as fun as Canyoneering but has to be done. Amie is busy spring cleaning in the office, purging, organizing and dusting. Part of the cleaning is in preparation for a much needed new desk.  However, she’d much rather be out in the Canyons! 

Amie is also taking the jump and moving from a PC to an iMac! She has been waiting for a long time to buy an iMac and is very excited for the jump! This is quite an undertaking, between transferring files, learning the differences from the Windows world to the iMac world. Once the office is ready, then we plan to open the Shop for the season!  We are very excited about the new products we will be carrying this year. Come in and check it out!! And have a safe and wonderful spring season!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

An Unforgettable Family Trip

Canyoneering can be an excellent way to strengthen family bonds.  The Westgates recently had an unforgettable family canyoneering experience. Canyoneering incorporates teamwork and communication.  These skills can be used in daily life. Come visit for your canyoneering experience!

Woot! Looking good Westgate family!
Learning knots.
On Rappel!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Flower Friday!

Happy Flower Friday from Excursions of Escalante!  The grass is green and needs to be cut.  The flowers are getting buried in the madness.  Kelleen had to move grass to get this shot.  

The canyons are epic and the tours are a rockin.  The weather has been fab.  We were lucky to get a touch of rain today to brighten the desert and water the cactus.  Check us out on Facebook and Instagram for current happenings here at Excursions.

Hyacinths in front of the shop this morning. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

American Canyoneering Academy (ACA) Guide/Leader Rendezvous

Spring is here and we have kicked off the 2016 season by hosting an ACA (American Canyoneering Academy) Rendezvous for Professional and Aspirant canyoneering guides.  The crew of 17 arrived Thursday evening 3/3 and departed the evening of Sunday 3/6.  Rich Carlson, head of the ACA joined us for this event, leading groups through the canyons and conducting rescue scenarios for group members.  Safety First!  Rick, ACA Master Guide conducted training, anchor practice etc. along with leading groups through the slots.  We were also joined by Jared Hillhouse of Northwash Outfitters (Blanding, UT).  Jared was kind enough to offer his time to conduct a rigging workshop for the group.  Thanks Jared!  And thank you to Jeana for putting together a weather presentation for the group.  Weather plays a major part in canyoneering.  As always, Safety First.  A big Thank You for all who attended.  We are looking forward to hosting another Pro Rendezvous!

Rick (in red) and crew practice down climbing skills.  Looking great guys!

We hosted a catered dinner in our shop Fri/Sat nights.  

Jared Hillhouse of Northwash Outfitters conducts a rigging workshop in our backyard of the shop.

Partner assisted up climb!  Nice shot!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It's Almost Time!

It is officially mid-February and the weather here in Escalante has been epic the past few days.  The 16 inches of snow just about gone.  Now granted, it is likely that we will incur a bit more inclement weather, but this break has been fabulous.  Rick has been getting out and doing some canyoneering in Nevada and California along with more exploring in Baja, MX.  

The 2016 Season will kick off with our first tour March 7th.  I liked this shot that someone emailed me of the guides hiking out of the canyons.  The warm summer months are just around the corner!  Belay is On!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter Canyoneering

The Winter months are going by ever so quickly.  Escalante is currently blanketed in a foot of snow!  Rick had a chance to get out of the cold and do a canyon named Bubba's in Nevada.  Below are a couple of shots. 
Thanks Petzl for sending Rick the new static Push rope to test out!
The 2016 Season is right around the corner and we are preparing for March 8th opening.  Come and visit us for an adventure in the slots!
Rick backing up the sand trap anchor.  Belay is on!
Rick testing Petzl's new static Push rope.