Paria Pariah

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    I'm planning a camping trip to West Texas next month. Made me reminisce about my trip to Paria Canyon last summer. Without question, it was the most amazing piece of geology I've ever seen. That includes Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon NPs. 4 day hike of endless jaw dropping scenery. Hope to go back one day.

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    1. MS-R / Michael S-R 39 months ago | reply

      Beautiful, I love the convergence. Were you walking when you took this? Just asking 'cause the side/corners look blurred.

    2. k2sleddogs 39 months ago | reply

      Wow, that is amazing for sure. A geologists dream. You going to Big Bend?

    3. AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker 39 months ago | reply

      @K2: Yep, my fifth trip to Big Bend is just 4 weeks away. Can't wait.

      @MSR: This shot was taken on the first day of the hike, when we had to go 16+ miles (with a full load of water.) Andrew and Meyer kept up a frenetic pace in order to get to the campsite before nightfall; it was tough to get them in a frame. By the time I got my camera out, they were gone. Thing is, the scale of the canyon is impossible to capture without people in the shot. So, a lot of time, I was firing "on the run." I probably paused for this shot, but certainly didn't have enough time to set up for a proper shot. One lesson I learned immediately: A 40-ish pound pack makes it a lot tougher to hold the camera steady, especially if you want to hold the camera at certain heights/angles, etc. And, I didn't have time to doff my pack every time I wanted to take a shot. It was hell walking past hundreds of areas with amazing light/scenery. Would love to go back to the narrowest part of the canyon on a day trip (or a one night boomerang trip) sometime...

    4. WanaM3 39 months ago | reply

      That's some overwhelming scenery. Nice capture. You guys are always in some nice spots. Super.

    5. emeraldcitycreative 39 months ago | reply

      Wow! I've never even heard of it. Definitely adding it to my list.

    6. delphinus818 6 months ago | reply

      Where exactly is this location? Is it down the Paria river? How far away from the confluence?

    7. AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker 6 months ago | reply

      @delphinus: I couldn't tell you for sure. But, based on the time stamp, it was late during the first day of hiking. If memory serves, it's somewhat upstream of the confluence. We did Wire Pass to Lee's Ferry. Honestly, there were amazing views all throughout the first day. I don't think this particular spot will stand out for you. Also, contrary to what most folks say about slot canyon photography, you don't need a tripod.

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