Gentri Lee: Angels Landing

9.18.2012

Angels Landing

Saturday I hiked Angles Landing in Zion National Park. I had never done this hike before, unlike everyone else from Utah.
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Lets start at the beginning. Kelsey and I drove through the park gates early Saturday morning. I had only been to Zion once before and it was November, so I was not aware of the shuttle system. So we drive on through, pass the road that says "shuttles only" and drove up the winding mountain side. I don't remember this road at all, from my previous trip. Soon, we come to a tunnel. This was no ordinary tunnel. It was carved out of the mountain and felt like we were deep within a castle.
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After driving for ten more minutes we realized it was not right. So we turned around, which gave us an excuse to go back through the tunnel (YES!) and back to the park gates. After talking to the lady at the gate, we realized the turn we should have taken was ten feet from the park entrance. Awesome. So we park, hop on a shuttle and go down that "shuttle only" road.

twenty minutes into our hike, I see this girl running down the path. She looks familiar, and as she gets closer I realize... It's Shay! So I grab her arm and pulled her to a hault. We exchanged "what are you doing here"s and I found out she made it to the top this time! You can read her experience HERE. I tried to convince her to go right back up with us, but she wasn't having it.

So Kelsey and I continued on our way up the mountain. Up the switch backs, straight up. We made it to the top of the "normal" hike and took a little break. You see what Kelsey is looking at? That's what we were going to climb. All the way up and over to your left.
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If you ever do this hike, prepare to be attacked by chipmunks. They're everywhere and not afraid of humans.
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After we were rested, we headed up the mountain. This is no ordinary hike. This is a "cliff on all sides so hold on to this chain for dear life" hike.
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One wrong step and I'd be a goner.
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But we made it to the top! And it's beautiful.
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Then Kelsey pulled out her ukulele and serenaded all of the hikers.
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And we watched the chipmunks some more. As I was snapping some photos I felt something fuzzy on my arm. I looked down to find a chipmunk on my lap! I yellped and he ran away.
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some guy that brought his boxing gloves to the top
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It's quite the view from the top.
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After taking it all in, it was time to head back down.
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After some yoga on the rock.
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Such an awesome hike, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. But in different shoes...

I slipped and slid just after I took this picture. Everyone around me "gasped" and my heart stopped. But I'm ok! Alive and well.
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Read about our Post Hike Adventures Here!

13 comments:

Emmett Katherine said...

Beautiful scenery, makes me want to go hiking :) I haven't been hiking in years. Those chipmunks are so cute, interesting they aren't afraid of ppl.

Megan Wait said...

My heart just stopped when you said you slipped there! Oh my goodness.

And it is soooo high! I don't think you'd ever get me up there. By the way, I commend your friend for her I heart Africa shirt, seeing as I am from the continent :)

Ann. said...

looks like a great day :) hiking is so rewarding when you make it to the top!

Mrs.Danielle.Warren said...

look at you little adventurer! You're right, that is an awesome view from the top! Glad you didn't get eaten by those crazy chipmunks or that you slipped off the mountain side!

GingerPeachT said...

Gentri!! Oh my gosh, I would be so freaked out to try that!! I got butterflies just looking at the pics when you look down lol but that sounds like a great adventure. Never thought chipmunks were so friendly. Kinda odd lol

Alli said...

Yikes!

Shaylynn... I blahwg It's True. said...

I loved seeing you.. so glad you grabbed my arm and forced me to a stop. running down that is serious business.

We both slipped.. GO US.

I wasn't about to sit down on the top, those things crawling over me? I would jump over the edge.

Karm said...

Holy moley, My heart was beating furiously just looking at your photos. A chain on the boulders. Are you serious? OMG. I would have already slipped down the mountain side and died ): Is there a sign that says NO CLUMSY PERSONS (like Karm) allowed? hahaha I bet it does.
But these are gorgeous photos and I applaud you both for getting to the top. I hiked Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale Mountain, and I freaked because we werel literally mountain climbing and using rails too.
I am still shaking in my sandals thinking of the cliff on both sides of the path...

Janette said...

Okay so... I just have one question..is this a seismically active area (ie are there ever earthquakes here??) If so, consider me NOT INTERESTED! I'm usually not scared of heights, but having to hold on to a chain and you slipping..well... Those sound like deal breakers.. but it is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! WOWOWOWOW! What a view! And what's with that guy's boxing gloves? Haha! What a character!


♥Janette
http://janettethejongleur.blogspot.com


PS. I wouldn't mind a chipmunk on my shoulder.. They look sooo cute!

Treasure Tromp said...

oh my goodness, this hike looks beautiful. I'm hoping to make it out to Utah for spring break this year and finally go to Zion!!

Lauren Gardner said...

I love that hike. Can be super scary though. Why else would it be called ANGEL landing? When I went one summer, there was snow on the top

indie by heart said...

Amazing place. Sounds like a great adventure, with scary parts on the path & the most beautiful sights. Nice post!


Satu
Indie by heart

Ruby Girl said...

what a BEAUTIFUL hike!! gorgeous photos. xoxo linds {{www.rubygirlblog.com}}