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    The Adventure Chicks Escape...

    This is a series of photos from a trip that was epic, challenging, and throughly enjoyed.

    Quick summary of the trip. We started on Black Ridge, hiked down Mee Canyon, camped by the Colorado River, floated the river to Westwater, and rode bikes back to the Kokopelli Loops in Loma.

    The hike took 7.5 hours with 30 pound packs. It involved scrambling, routefinding and bushwacking.

    The float was done in inflatable kayaks and took less than 2 hours (the river is so high that the normal 3-4 hour float was cut in half). It was a relief to to be able to sit before the ride.

    The ride was long and hot. We took about 7 hours, Cat had to bail at Rabbit Valley, and Anne and I ran out of water (not a good thing when the temps are in the 90s).

    Here is the first set of hiking photos:
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    More hiking...

    Yeah, yeah, no bikes yet...
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    Various other photos...

    The 2nd black and white photo shows part of the river we had just floated.
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    Life in the desert...

    We were fortunate enough to see some desert big horn. We had seen the hoof prints but never expected to see so many.

    The pawprint belongs to a bobcat, however, the cat is not responsible for the jawbone. Maybe a bigger cat...
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    Images of Mee...

    And some moonlit shots.
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    And the bike shots...

    Finally, with one random shot of a tower in Mee Canyon.

    Yours truly has the pink jersey on.
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    Flowers...

    Just a few shots.
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    Nice pix!
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    Naw, recon for for a business idea.

    We are putting together trips for women, however, this one is a bit too demanding for what we are looking for. Although, it was a trip that we all wanted to do. Two of us do race together on occasion, and only race when it's at least 12 hours, but we aren't currently training for anything.

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    Coooooooooooool! Those ledge-hiking shots are scaaaary!

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    Really enjoyed the pics. Thanks! And I love the bus. idea. Do it!

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    Really cool pics - beautiful countryside ('specially as I've just been riding in the cold....)
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    great shots and scenery!


    sounds like a super epic to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    sounds like a super epic to me
    Truly! And I posted before reading the thread about the definition of "epic."

    What made it epic for me was that it made me feel so fortunate to have all of it in my proverbial "backyard" and that I have such incredible friends with whom to share it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cannesdo
    Do it!
    Not question of if or when, but rather what route.

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    Very very cool route and pics.




    pssst....those ladder bolts sure could use some anchoring epoxy.

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    Good job!

    Awesome Pictures!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbak73
    pssst....those ladder bolts sure could use some anchoring epoxy.
    We noticed that, but it wasn't too bad, at least one side was still bolted securely.

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    Great trip. Looks like you gals had fun. Maybe too much for most guided tours but it would make a cool Exterra/adventure type race route.


    I sometimes forget how cool hiking can be when it takes you places you can't really go on a bike.
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    Cool trip. Is that just a colored rock under the flowers (added yellow arrow)? Looks like a partridge butt to me!
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    wow, awesome pictures! I love the desert. Thank you for sharing.

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    I agree with KRob about hiking

    I really enjoy the slower pace of hiking in country like that, getting to check out all the wildness without worrying about keeping your line or OTBing. Stopping under a shading rock overhang, listening to the quiet...good stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    Cool trip. Is that just a colored rock under the flowers (added yellow arrow)? Looks like a partridge butt to me!
    I thought the same thing until I saw it was in an Indian paint brush, and not a pear tree.

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    Just a rock. We saw frogs, snakes, lizards, and hawks that didn't get in the photos, but no partridges.

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    Yes, it was nice to do something different. However, my cycling conditioned legs were much happier the next day on the bike.

    I spoke to a BLM official about our adventure and he informed me that most people take two days to do Mee. No wonder it felt like such a long day!

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    One year I had a big backpacking trip planned for Canyonlands

    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    Yes, it was nice to do something different. However, my cycling conditioned legs were much happier the next day on the bike.

    I spoke to a BLM official about our adventure and he informed me that most people take two days to do Mee. No wonder it felt like such a long day!
    So in early spring I just hiked up and down the steepest trails in my area and really didn't bike too much. Then I went on my trip, hiked mucho miles daily, got back home and started riding again. I had NO leg strength, NO wind, NO endurance. Hiking and biking are definitely two different types of leg strength training.
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    Awesome trip! Now I'm jealous....
    Grow some food for yourself.

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