Dark Canyon, Utah, spring break backpack
Erik Lund, Tom Baskin, and I finished a backpack in Dark Canyon, in the desert of South West Utah. It was between Hanksville and Blanding, near Lake Powell on the Colorado River. It is very remote, and one has the feeling that a rescue is out of the question, there is no cell coverage, and its a long hard hike back to civilization.
The pic above shows the starting point, Sundance trailhead. From there, we hiked around and canyon and descended a rough, difficult, scary rockslide of 1200 feet.The red line in the picture below is the route down the rock slide, more or less. Each step was down, onto rocks with gravel on them, that could turn or roll, and was hard on old knees.
The picture below is on the rockslide, but doesn't capture how steep and difficult it is. There is no trail, but a lot of different use trails criss crossing the steep slope. There are places with a 100' drop off.
Pic below of Tom Baskin, partway down the slope, with Dark Canyon in the background, a long way down.