Diana Hernandez rappelling down Morning Glory arch The group at Delicate Arch, with Instructor Vanessa Herrera, Paula Fierro-Hernandez, Alexandra Ojeda, Diana Hernandez, Jessica Anguiano, Monica Ojeda, Verania Rodriguez, Instructor Marty Remsen, Maria Garcia, and Natalia Ramierez. Photo by Rohan Roy.
After a few after-school days of practicing rock climbing and packing a big trailer full of food and gear (thanks HMI for the use of the trailer!) Full Circle’s 8th and 9th Grade Girls headed to Moab for a long weekend. We arrived at camp along the Colorado River and set up camp on the first day, with time to cook fajitas, bake dutch-oven brownies and tell stories around the campfire. Day two was rock climbing in the warm sun on Potash Road, with a final chance to practice rappelling before our big canyoneering adventure the next day. We also squeezed in a hike to a beautiful waterfall. On day 3, we got our gear packed to hike the six mile long Morning Glory canyon from the top – which requires two rappels of almost 100′ each. The second one has an option to rappel with a partner off of an enormous arch that spans the canyon, which requires a great deal of trust in your partner! On the last day, we packed up camp and headed to Arches National Park to hike to the famous Delicate Arch (this is the one on the Utah license plates and the Welcome to Utah sign). After this last adventure, it was time to drive back to Leadville. Congratulations to our eight participants on facing all the challenges of our action-packed weekend!