For me, 2014 consisted of a lot of adventures. I am fortunate to have a supportive and adventurous wife and two boys that join me or send me out on my daily, weekly, and monthly adventures. Here's a quick glance at some of the fun I was able to have during 2014.
If a co-worker approached me with a handful of papers saying, "Take a look at this.", I'd probably be concerned that I either did something wrong or they have a project for me to take on.
When this happened to me on a Thursday, my sense of concern turned into confusion when I took the papers and saw that it was a Zion National Park backcountry permit.
Either this guy is inviting me on a trip or he is showing off that he's about to do something super cool.
Seeing the confusion on my face, Christian Weaver explained that it was a permit for Imlay Canyon. "A guy in our group just dropped out. Would you like to fill his spot?"
I had only done two technical slot canyons before in the North Wash of the San Rafael Swell and I had actually been craving to try out any of the canyons in Zion National Park. The last thing I wanted to say was, "no." Thanks to my wife and her willingness to move around her weekend plans, as well as a friend that let me borrow his wetsuit, I was able to accept the invite and head out on a not-so-regular-for-me type of adventure.
There were five of us and we only had a day to get things done. Our objective was to do the Right Sneak variation of Imlay Canyon.
I'll let the photos tell the story:
Photos by Ben Eaton and Christian Weaver.
On a morning where I was suppose to go out for a morning session of backcountry snowboarding, I ended up snowshoeing and snapping photos. Why the change in plans? Well, I forgot my avalanche beacon.