Dan Ransom (@danransomphoto)2019-06-26 22:54:42
I’ve always been fascinated by the story of the Mormon pioneers who settled San Juan County, particularly because of the incredibly difficult terrain they had to traverse to actually make it there in the first place. The epic story of the Hole In The Rock expedition is definitely worth reading. It also just so happens that the areas cut out of Grand Staircase and Bears Ears more or less parallel the trail. There is a big argument nowadays about the future of these landscapes, and how best to preserve their history. My friends and I decided the best way to experience it ourselves was on a 100 percent self supported bikepacking trip where we would ride from Escalante to Bluff, pedaling, paddling, and hiking along the way. It was an incredible trip across a mesmerizing landscape. If we truly want to honor the sacrifices of those pioneers and the native tribes who called it home long before we did, we should keep that land as wild as possible. If you truly want to understand how hard that original expedition was, driving a paved road isn’t going to do it. For a much more eloquent write up and some amazing photos, hit the link in my bio from MikeSee.
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: Incredible idea and work Dan! I got a tour of Bears Ears from some Mormon gentlemen a year and a half ago and the history is indeed fascinating, especially from their perspective. I can't wait to revisit it.
: A few years ago I hatched the idea to backpack the whole thing as much as possible, and use a packraft to get across Powell and leave a strategic cache of food and water in a couple places along the route. Still something I'd like to try and do at some point. Mixing in some biking into it has some appeal too now.
: @wasatchwill *Correction...the route I marked up on a map begins at Dance Hall Rock which was justifiable for me.
: @wasatchwill that’d be epic. There’s unlimited potential for linkups out there for sure.
: Ah I saw you did this a bit back. Thought the same thing last year when we backpacked down it...crazy.
: Preserve Grand-Staircase! Also - I’m not sure the Mormons wanted to preserve the landscape untouched. They were there to farm and “tame” the land and get the water. Most of them still feel that way and just a few are thinking of preserving these incredible lands. We told all this from Native Americans and this administration is making sure Gad and mining destroy what doesn’t belong to them!!
: Also - pretty amazing self supported trip!! Truly impressive and very envious
: That was an exquisite trip. So satisfying, amd so much fun. Glad Mike and I could help make it happen!
: @loulasma thanks Julie!
: Makes my ass hurt thinking about that road
: @wyoutside just think we did 6 days of that.
: Wonderful :*