Editor’s Note: In September our european marketing manager Andrea Meerholz came stateside to visit the Gregory team and join us for quick overnight trip in southern Utah. She recently filed the following trip report.
Escalante, UT – September 2012
After arriving in Salt Lake City from my home in Switzerland, we headed south towards the Utah desert for the starting point of our hiking tour. After a deep sleep in the car (to help shake off the jet lag), we started early the next morning for the Death Hollow trail.
It was a marvelous hike down to the canyon passing sandstone formations, with great views all over the trail. The temperature was just perfect and the light playing off the canyon walls changed the scenery all the time.
A good part of our hike was walking inside the canyon, which mainly was shallow, and the combination of high red rocks, the canyon and the green outback was exceptionally beautiful.
After having an awesome Italian “pasta and pesto” dinner at our campsite and watching a sky full of stars, it was the silence and the small waterfall behind our campsite that dominated the night. Everyone was tired and my jet leg made me fall asleep pretty early.
It was an early start the next morning with pretty cold temperatures and the shallow canyon quickly changed into a deeper river. We thought that we’d need to swim in order to continue our trip but CJ found a way around the really deep water by only walking through waist-deep water. As the sun crept higher into the sky, our clothes and equipment dried quickly and we continued our final part of the marvelous trail through the Death Hollow.
For a central European such as myself, this trip turned out to be in a rather desolated area – without anyone crossing our path over the two days – something I wish we had here in Switzerland. It was a challenge to find the beginning of the canyon trail as it’s not really marked but the cairns showing the direction were helpful. One thing that was new to me, and everyone should be aware of, is the “poison ivy” on this trail. Several of us suffered from the allergies this plant produces and even though shorts are great for wading in the canyon water, I highly recommended wearing long pants to avoid having this happening to you.
A great trip and good fun! I’ll come back for sure!