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Backpacker Magazine – January 2011

Our Backyard: Glen National Recreation Area

Explore slots and marvel at arches in Glen Canyon.

by: Andrew J. Matranga



Desert rat Dave Taus, 32, of San Francisco, makes annual pilgrimages to Canyon Country, exploring a remote section of southern Utah each year. His last trip? A 40-mile loop combining Coyote Gulch and the Escalante River. “Once you get into canyoneering, get an Alpacka Raft,” he says. “At four pounds, they’re light and water is not an obstacle.”

Chris Griffin, 30, of Salt Lake is a 20-year Glen Canyon vet. His tips: Pack a gallon-plus of water and throw in a filter for desert springs, and have solid map-reading skills. “GPS is great,” he says. “But missing your exit canyon turns a fun adventure into a survival situation.”



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