What a great week on the trails this week.
I shot my first video and broadcast my first Periscope within the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park and it was also the 373rd hike through the Furnace and no it still hasn't gotten old. However, it did make me a bit sad. Since the NPS has banned commercial guiding in the Fiery Furnace and haven't started their own ranger led hikes the damage is already starting to show. I saw social trails over what was once untouched sand dunes and trampled crypto-biotic soil that was pristine less than a month ago and it's only just beginning.
I also spent many hours exploring a new route I found that I'm calling Upper Courthouse Wash.
I've been spying this area since I had the good fortune and moved to Moab, UT. It's a beautiful area and not explored often. I spotted a dry-fall I knew I could climb on a thu-hike of Courthouse wash a month or so ago. It's about 3/4 of a mile up the reverse of the trail and has some exposure of about 12' over the wash and a whole lot of bouldering involved to get to the rim but once you're there it's wide open. Just above the bridge leading into Moab but just hard enough to make it too much of a commitment for your average tourist hiker. Everything I love in a hike with views you have to earn to get the honor of seeing.