Racetrack Valley Overlook provides one of the more spectacular vistas of the western U.S. At least I think so. The Waterpocket old is a monocline developed over a deeply buried fault in South-central Utah during the Laramide Orogeny. An orogeny is a mountain building event and the Laramide was active between about 75 and 40 million years ago. Regional uplift and differential erosion of mesozoic sediments produced the feature we see today.
🇺🇸 Story time: End of Day 5 and completely cliffed-out.
We’d started way down in the narrows of Halls Creek and climbed up into the slick-rock of the Waterpocket Fold until the ridge in the video cut us off from a direct approach back into Escalante country.
At this point, we were just too committed to backtrack so we made camp for the night.
I actually had a few bars of cell service here and was able to get a weather report, which warned of a cold front sweeping through the area bringing hurricane-force winds.
Being as exposed as we were, we simply got lucky the front didn’t reach us any sooner. In fact, there wasn’t a breath of wind in camp that night and the bugs were pretty bad.
In the morning, we dropped down into the canyon below and free-climbed (without ropes) up and over the slab in the background, which was one of the sketchier climbs I’ve ever made.
By late afternoon, we were trudging headlong into 40mph winds in East Moody Canyon, and didn’t find a single drop of water until reaching the Escalante River well after dark.
Little did we know the worst day would be the next but that’s a whole different story...
This week I’m struggling with my vision, time management, and commitment, 😐and trying to stress less. 👌
Reflecting on my recent trip to Capitol Reef National Park...
How do you respond to stress? Do you crack under pressure? 💢Or do you bend? 〰️Our earth is subjected to many different stresses and responds in many different ways.
In this picture I took of the park during my visit it was explained to me that the white rock layer on the left was 165 feet lower than the exact same rock layer on the right.
The geology at this National Park, the Waterpocket Fold, is an epic example of the earth bending under pressure. 60 million years in the making, intense East-West compression and pressure caused over 9,000 feet of overlying rock layers to warp and fold on top of one another.
We can learn so much from Mother Nature...when feeling the weight of the world on you, resist cracking, don’t let it break you. Stand tall. Find a way to change, to adapt, to make it work for you, and continue to let your beauty and strength shine through! In the end, you’ll be more stunning than ever.
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