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( June 13th, 1980 to August 5th, 1980 )



squaw-papoose rockSquaw-Papoose Rock
July 23, 1980 -- Day 103

A landmark marking the beginning of the trail to Dark Canyon.


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aaron at dark canyonDark Canyon and Aaron Francom
January late 1980's

This is not a photo taken during HikaNation, but it is the best one I have of Dark Canyon.


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top of dark canyonApproaching Dark Canyon
July 23, 1980 -- Day 103

From Squaw-Papoose Rock, it was several miles to the rim of Dark Canyon; and then approximately one steep mile down to the stream running though the canyon.


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halfway down dark canyonHalfway down Dark Canyon
July 23, 1980 -- Day 13




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dc fortressInside Dark Canyon
July 23, 1980 -- Day 103




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poolEmerald green pools
July 24, 1980 -- Day 104

The hike through Dark Canyon was interrupted by many swims in emerald green pools.


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steep wallsSteep walls
July 24, 1980 -- Day 104

The canyon walls narrowed along the stream bed making for slow hiking at times.


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streamDark Canyon streambed
July 24, 1980 -- Day 104




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olympic poolL U N C H !!!
July 24, 1980 -- Day 104

A long and lazy lunch site by the lap pool----some food, a couple of swims, a couple of naps......


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dcstormStorm
July 24, 1980 -- Day 104

As nightfall approached, so did a storm.


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cabinCowboy cabin
July 27, 1980 -- Day 107




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wagonCowboy wagon
July 27, 1980 -- Day 107

Overturned and rusted (rustic, that is).


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cowboysCowboys
July 28, 1980 -- Day 108

Bruce, Howard and Kurt on horseback, at a campsite after hiking out of Dark Canyon.


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bob and a mapClimbing the Blue Mtns
July 30, 1980 -- Day 110

Bob consults a map----just exactly where are we (other than lost) ???


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nearing the topNear the top
July 30, 1980 -- Day 110

The main group took another path through the Blue Mtns, while several of us chose to climb to the top of the Blues (8 or 9 or 10 thousand feet in elevation---can't remember).


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snowBlues snowbank
July 30, 1980 -- Day 110

Even though it was the end of a hot July, there were still huge snowbanks near the top of the Blues.


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the topThe top of the world (so far).
July 31, 1980 -- Day 111

We made camp as far up on the summit as possible, in order to see both the sunset and sunrise.


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ryan at monticelloMonticello, Utah
August 2, 1980 -- Day 113

Monticello is at the base of the Blue Mtns and we took several rest days here. On one of them, the town whipped up a Navajo Taco "banquet" for us. Ryan seems to be enjoying it, while Scott reads some mail.


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utah/colorado borderUtah -- Colorado border
August ??, 1980 -- Day ??


...on to Colorado


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