September 22, 2018
Day 3 of the Zion Canyon Rendezvous I did Rock Canyon while the rest of my group went and did Pine Creek. Shirlz of Imlay Canyon Gear would be guiding/leading the group. I knew my vehicle wouldn't ever be able to make it down the long dirt roads and so I jumped at the chance to meet Shirlz and finally get to see this canyon.
After setting up a short shuttle we headed down into the canyon where it slotted up and presented us with our first set of rappels for the day.
I was in the back pulling and stuffing ropes so I didn't get to see that the fourth rappel was rigged short and the first rappeller had to be lowered. Fortunately we rigged all rappels with a contingency rigging system so lowering was simple.
After rap 4 we stopped for lunch. That alcove was so beautiful! I didn't even realize it while I was in there because I was so focused on my chips, beans, and salsa. It wasn't until we left and I turned around that I realized what an amazing place I was in.
After a bit of hiking we arrived at the final rappel where we de-rigged and took this group photo:
At the end of the canyon there are some spectacular petroglyph panels. Even without the technical canyon these panels were worth the trip.
The hiking ended with a brisk climb up the hill and to our awaiting shuttle vehicle. I'm so thankful I went to the rendezvous this year, met some great people, and was able to visit so many wonderful canyons.