With 16 new mapped regions and an additional 32 new pages, Michael R. Kelsey has once again expanded his number-one-selling guidebook: Non-Technical Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau. In this new 6th edition, Kelsey has added many new hikes abundant with rock art and ruins that will bring the history and mystery of the Plateau alive. He has also added many new scenic and photogenic hikes whose beauty will be etched into your mind forever. New hikes can be found in Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park and in White Pockets—an amazing region of the Sand Hills/Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Other new hiking regions include Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Inscription Rock, Cañon Pintado, and Dinosaur National Monument. Kelsey has also included over 380 color photographs, most of which are new to this edition. Though the hikes that are considered technical—where ropes and rappelling are required—have been placed in Kelsey’s other top-selling guidebook, Technical Slot Canyon Guide to the Colorado Plateau, 2nd Edition, two of the more adventurous hikes still remain—the Black Hole and West Canyon. Whether you are new to hiking and canyoneering the Colorado Plateau or an old desert rat, this new edition is a must have.
416 pages, 385 photographs, perfect Bound, 15cms x 23cms (6″x9″), ISBN 978-0944510-27-8
US$19.95 (Mail orders $22)
Guidebook Updates and Corrections
The driving distance from Highway 95 west of Blanding, Utah, to the parking place for the Over & Under Ruins is about 10.6 miles instead of what’s mentioned on Map 59 on page 174 (9.6 miles–lost 1 mile in the addition/subtraction!). According to Jim Lloyd, don’t confuse the correct trailhead turnoff with another ATV track leading south which is about 500-600m to the east.
Update for Little Wild Horse Canyon, San Rafael Swell
The road is now paved all the way from Temple Junction on Highway 24, to Goblin Valley, and on to the trailhead at Little Wild Horse & Bell Canyons.
Video —The Subway
In early September, 2011, Isabela Brozyna and Milan Petrik went through The Subway in Zion National Park with a GoPro camera. Click on the following link for a kind of birds eye, or fishes eye, view of most of their hike. In the first part of this video, it shows lots of swimming, but you can avoid some of that by scrambling along a hiker’s trail above and on the south side. If you decide to swim through that part, a wetsuit would make it more enjoyable; but few use wetsuits, at least in summer. In cooler weather, wetsuits would be pretty much mandatory.
Video —The Black Hole—Page 152
In July of 2011, a young couple went through the Black Hole of Upper White Canyon with a GoPro camera. It recorded their adventure which included lots of swimming which is normal for the Black Hole. They did it without wetsuits but were happy to see the sun whenever possible. Milan Petrik is from Ceska–he wore the camera most of the time, while Isabela Brozyna is from Polska. They’re living and working in Chicago.
Update for Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon Photo Tours, near mile post 302 on Highway 98, navajoantelopecanyon.com, has 2 new tele. numbers; 928-380-1874 & 928-209-6646.