I finally went to Zion! After living in Utah for 7 years, moving to Florida, Boston and now living in California I made it! I met a guy in my ward who went to Zion lots of times while he was in school. He has experience doing back country hikes in Zion that not a lot of people do because the repelling. I was so lucky to meet him and do one of the back country hikes. I never would have gotten to do something like this without him so thanks Pete!
The first day we were there we decided to hike Angels Landing, which is one of the most popular hikes. The hike is pretty intense and the heat didn't help. It was over 100 degrees! It is also a little dangerous, you have to hold onto chains in spots to make sure you don't fall off the very high cliff! It was beautiful and worth it!
Pete and I hiking the switchbacks on Angels Landing.
Pete, Holly and I hiking down one of the spots where there were chains.
Holly, Pete, me and Tony at the top of Angels Landing.
On the second day we did the back country hike Pine Creek. It was so incredible! We almost didn't get to do it though because the guy that worked at the check in counter told us I made the reservation for the wrong day and that there were none left for the next day! I felt so bad! I couldn't believe that I made such a huge mistake! luckily Pete and I went back later to see if there were any cancellations and there was a new worker that told us that we were already booked... It felt so good knowing that I didn't screw everything up!
The hike was pretty short, only a few miles but had five repels. There was also water that we had to go through that was so cold! It was so worth it! The last repel was the longest and we had to free repel for the first half, such a rush! The beauty in the slot canyon was unreal... I sadly didn't get any good pictures but I will never forget it.
Holly and I at the bottom of the first repel.
This was an incredible weekend! I'm so happy that I put this on my list and that I made a friend that was able to help me experience Zion in a way that I never would have been able to on my own. Here is the video that was made of our trip and it is amazing, Tony did such a good job!