The Buckskin Adventure

The Dive of the Buckskin, Paria River Narrows, and Wire Pass. A journey into the depths of the earth, an adventure of a life time. On June 23, 2005 our journey began. Adam had drove down from Heber to Kanab. Ty and me left from St. Goerge to Kanab at about 9:00 p.m. But before I get that fare I have to go back in time just before we where about to leave. Ty had gone to get his gray truck from the Warren Energy yard and came home. He then realized that the gray truck was not yet insured and so we decided to take his white truck. The battery was not in so good of shape and the transfer case was about to go out. But we decided to head out. We made it to Kanab at about 11:00 p.m. We meet Adam at the Food Town and talked and got water and the local gas station. Adam and Ty where extremely tired and so we got a hotel room. This hotel room was at the Sand and Sun Hotel, lets just say it wasn’t the best hotel in Kanab. We packed our packs in the room the night before and went to sleep.(for olny like 3 hours) We woke up at five in the morning and headed to the trail heads. I fell asleep so I don’t remeber the drive to much. We got to the Whitehouse trail head and left Adam’s truck there, and we all got into Ty’s truck and headed to the Wire Pass trail head. Wire Pass trail head is down a eight mile dirt rode that was completly washboard and bumpy. We got to the parking area in front of the trail head and there was to old men geting ready and a young couple asleep in a tent. We put our packs on and headed out. The first part of the walk is a half mile or so walk in a sandy wash, and then you see it. Wire Pass a two foot wide slot canyon that goes on for a mile and a half. We toke a few pictures and started in. We barley had enough room with are packs on and only in one spot did we half to actually take are packs off and hold them sideways and walk. Wire Pass was the greatest start to any backpacking trip I have ever been on. With 200ft walls and crazy rock formations Wire Pass was the most beautifull places I had ever been. Words can not describe the majesty of the canyon. After exiting Wire Pass you come into the Buckskin a 13 mile dive into the very soul of the earth. An even more beautifull canyon than Wire Pass, Buckskin was the most amazing place in the natural world. This is where we got into the mud. Every five seconds someone would slip and about fall. The water was waist deep in some spots but most was ankle deep. Log jams scatered through out the canyon showed how high the water could get inside during a flash flood. The Buckskin was amazing really it was extremely amazing. Pictures where taken and thoughts where shared as we headed deep into the Buckskin and away from the world we used to know. All through out the Buckskin dead animals every where. Like two dead mice that had fallen and implanted intot he mud and lots of dead birds. We came to a pool of water that looked deep and was. Ty was the first to go in, he took of his pack and stepped in. The water was up to his waist, he turned around and grabed his pack and held it over his head and went across. The Adam went across and Ty came back for my pack and then I crossed. After that we stopped for lunch. We ate one of are M.R.E that Adam had bought a pack of. I had meatloaf that tasted like a cold hotdog, a cracker with jam, and raspberry applesauce. We started once more. This time at a faster pace with the energy form the food. It seemed like tons of hours had gone bye and then foot prints appeared in fornt of us. Some where someone had came down the Middle Pass.(Witch we missed) The we rested and went on for a long time and where waiting for the rock jam that Ty had read about in his book. It said you would need a rope to lower your packs and then use a rope already there to climb down on. It never came it semed like hours and then we came to it. We looked for a while for a way down because the way you where supposed to go down look like a big drop. Ty finaly went down and it was no big deal so we all went down and that was that. We walked on more. Oh before I forget before the rock jam we saw a baby rattlesnack and then a half mile up a huge one that I made us all go fast bye. So back to where I got off on the snakes. We walked another mile and then came to the Paria Narrows canyon. It was cool too. We where so tired theat we did’nt realy care about looking so we walked a little up and found a spot and stoped took off our shoes and then ate food. I got right into my sleeping bag and layed there and never got up for the rest of the night. We all went to sleep and where slepping peacfully when and the sudden Tyrone is screaming and trying to get Adam up. He was yelling they got me and the dead bodies touched me and just screaming. Adam tryed to get up but was still in his bag and kept falling. He tried to get me up but I was so scared I did not say a word or move. Adam finally got him to settle down and try to go to sleep. I could not fall asleep but I finally did. We got up and headed out we had to walk 6 miles and we did it. We got out at 11:37 a.m so that was cool. We got in Adams truck and drove to Ty’s truck and he got in and it didn’t start, he had left the lights on. So we tryed jump starting it and pushing it and all failed so we had to drive to Page, Arizona. We got a battery and lunch and drove back and put the battery in and drove to St. Goerge and that is the end of the adventure of the Buckskin.
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3 thoughts on “The Buckskin Adventure”

  1. Enjoyed your story of the Buckskin Adventure. It’s been probably 20 years since I made the same hike. It was mostly dry when I went through but all the rest seems the same.

  2. Enjoyed your story of the Buckskin Adventure. It’s been probably 20 years since I made the same hike. It was mostly dry when I went through but all the rest seems the same.

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