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On the Hunt for Hoskinini

David Roberts ventured into Utah's tortuous canyons to solve the mystery of Hoskinini's escape.


Exploring a dead-end side canyon in the maze of the Kettle Country.

Exploring a dead-end side canyon in the maze of the Kettle Country.

Finding our way between 'Water Under the Rocks' and the larger canyon to the west.

Finding our way between ‘Water Under the Rocks’ and the larger canyon to the west.

Vivid evidence of flash floods in the Kettle Country.

Vivid evidence of flash floods in the Kettle Country.

Hoskinini's refuge? The 'nice little stream with grass'?

Hoskinini’s refuge? The ‘nice little stream with grass’?

An old Navajo axe, cached in a canyon bend? Or washed there by a flash flood?

An old Navajo axe, cached in a canyon bend? Or washed there by a flash flood?

The finest of the three old hogans they found. Hoskinini's?

The finest of the three old hogans they found. Hoskinini’s?

Roberts chimneying into the farthest canyon, before it broadens out into what may have been the refuge.

Roberts chimneying into the farthest canyon, before it broadens out into what may have been the refuge.

David Roberts hikes the faint old trail past a typical Navajo cairn.

David Roberts hikes the faint old trail past a typical Navajo cairn.