Day 1

Drive to Outward Bound’s headquarters in Moab. Get all the gear settled and embark via van toward our first campsite. Stop along the way for a quick hike to the top of Salvation Knoll, then make camp on some slickrock somewhere.

The Route

Okay, so it turns out that it’s pretty difficult to keep up with a blog.

I thought I would write a lot more during this trip, but I spent most of my downtime drawing, eating, or just enjoying not having to do anything. I’ve never been more grateful for lightweight shoes and electrolyte powder.

Over 5 days, we traveled about 24 miles on foot. I think the day that most tested my strength was day 3: hiking over seven miles from Todie Canyon to the rincon. That distance in the hot sun with a 70 lb. pack pushed me to my physical max. Interestingly though, I remember it as one of the best days of the entire trip.

Here’s a map of our route.

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Countdown to Utah…

The adventure begins in t-minus 35 hours.

7:00AM ET Saturday and I’ll be off to Grand Junction CO, stress-chewing gum on my first flight ever and thinking about how it’s going to feel to disconnect from the world for a week. (Ironically, my plan is to take everything I write in my travel sketchbook and digitize it on this blog…) Anyway, after a brief, 4 hour drive from G-Junc, I’ll be in Bears Ears.

This is pretty cool: