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Lower Antelope Canyon and my 88 year-old grandfather

Lower Antelope Canyon and my 88 year-old grandfather

Dec 4th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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Bill, I need to send your description of the Paria hike to my grandfather so he can decide whether he is ready for this hike or not but he does some tough crazy things so who knows. I'll be checking all the links you listed. Thanks
Another thing, how do you keep your digital cameras free of dust in places where is lots of stuff floating around? I will definitely follow Myer's suggestion of a plastic bag but is there anything more I can do?

Myer, I really like your Horseshoe Bend photos and to take a picture from the same spot I just see myself doing what you did. Thank you for sharing a list of your favorite spots. I would like to read your trip report, if you have one. Always looking for more ideas on fascinating places to visit.

easytraveler, there is always a room for one more person. My grandfather makes new friends wherever he goes. Regarding a light I think we don't mind spending money for a more reliable light. Thanks




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Dec 4th, 2007, 01:10 PM
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Way_North: Thanks for making room for me!

I'd love to meet your grandfather one day. If he ever comes to the San Francisco Bay Area, please let me know!

Don't know where you live, but here's the REI webpage on "headlamps":

http://www.rei.com/search?vcat=REI_S...query=headlamp

There are reviews which could be very helpful with your selection.

One of my headlamps is a Petzl Tikka Plus and it has survived for several years through thick and thin. However, I'm salivating over the Petzl Tikka XP LED. Both models seem to be able to run forever on three ordinary AAA batteries.
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Dec 4th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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Bill, I need to send your description of the Paria hike to my grandfather so he can decide whether he is ready for this hike or not

Here's the 'official' info on the hike from the BLM office (what they say agrees with what I've experienced)
http://www.blm.gov/az/asfo/paria/coyote_buttes/plan.htm

Here's info on acquiring an internet permit ... the first day you could apply for March was Dec 1 so check and see if any are even available on your dates:
http://www.blm.gov/az/asfo/paria/coy...es/permits.htm

how do you keep your digital cameras free of dust in places where is lots of stuff floating around?

Try not to change lenses too much, point the camera down when changing lenses ... nothing really works all the time though, in the Serengeti we sometimes have to clean the sensors twice a day on every camera, while in Alaska it's rare to have to clean it.

In Arizona the sand is a problem but easier to avoid than dust, I feel. The newest models from Canon have a vibrating plate that seems to get a lot of the dust off but we still have to clean the sensor occasionally.

Bill
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Dec 4th, 2007, 02:43 PM
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Way_North,

My way too long and detailed trip report to Bryce, Zion, GC and Sedona is at:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...1&tid=35019098

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Dec 6th, 2007, 05:04 AM
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easytraveler, thanks for information on headlamps. What is so special about the Petzl Tikka XP LED? I'll check the REI website. Unfortunately we don't have this store anywhere near by. Btw, my grandfather spent a whole week in SF last February attending AAAS meeting. Too bad the meeting in 2008 is in another city.

Thank you Bill for all your great information. And now I need to learn how to clean my camera's lenses instead of relying on other people to do it for me.

Myer, I'll be reading your report today. Thanks for the link.
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Dec 10th, 2007, 07:46 PM
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Is the entrance to this canyon very narrow?

Way_North, in case you are still checking this thread I just stumbled across a pic of the entrance to lower Antelope ... http://www.pbase.com/emcnally/image/78859660 ... you just lower yourself down into this slit, which is only a couple feet wide, and start working your way downstream. Pretty quickly you're 15 ft below the surface, then maybe 50 ft below after a hundred yards and two ladders.

The other images on this lady's gallery are from lower and you can see the lighter colors of the rocks compared to upper ... I still think your 88 yo grandfather can do it.

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Dec 12th, 2007, 04:48 AM
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Bill, thanks. This photo gave me a good idea how the entrance to lower Canyon looks. You are right, he won't have any problems and will be there to hold his hand but only if he asks
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