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Scott - Oct 3, 2019 9:51 am Date Climbed: Dec 2, 2017

The Bluffs  Sucess!

December 2 2017

Today Justin Kuhn, Shaylee, Kessler, and I and I went to the slot canyon near Baggs Wyoming. Along the way, we hiked to the top of The Bluffs for the views. It is a very weird slot canyon that goes under ground for several sections.

This time we had a camera and also completed one of the underground sections that we skipped last time. It was a good day.

Last time we referred to the canyon as Maggie's Ghost after Maggie Baggs, but the kids want to change the name of the canyon to Candyland, which may be a better name.

November 12 2017

Kimberly and I headed to the Baggs area to climb The Bluffs. The south side is more difficult, but more interesting, so we chose to climb from there. We made our way west up the drainage and then crossed over a ridge to a secluded valley, seeing one rattlesnake along the way. From there we headed up the valley to until climbing up to the ridge top. We then made our way to the highest point of The Bluffs and enjoyed the views.

We descended the steep slopes to the south and then followed a deer trail west and to a drainage. Thinking the drainage was a shorter way down, we descended it.

The canyon got deeper as we descended until it slotted up and then dropped into an underground tunnel. Past this there were some tight slot sections, several natural bridges and one long underground tunnel. It was barley doable without a headlamp and quite spooky. I could see light way up ahead and would have to feel the floor of the tunnel with my walking stick, afraid that there might be a hole or drop off.

The walls of the canyon were very colorful and the rock was somewhat similar to the rock in Bryce Canyon. There were a few tricky down climbs and at the end the canyon had a drop that we could not down climb. We found a sketchy bypass some rock that wasn't exactly confidence building. After the bypass we were mostly home free. The canyon did drop into another underground section, but we skipped that part.

Sadly, our camera died before we got to the slot. If the weather holds, I might go up there again Thanksgiving weekend and with fully charged camera. It should make for some interesting pictures. I have never seen a slot canyon like this one.
It was an interesting day indeed.

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