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BUCKSKIN GULCH (photographs by Colin and Stanley Humphries)

Buckskin Gulch in southeast Utah is the world's longest slot canyon. It stretches thirteen miles with only a single option for a climb out. We did the trip end-to-end and then returned to camp by walking seven miles up the Paria River. Because Buckskin is a relatively easy route with no significant downclimbs, we encountered noisy traffic in the upper section. Fortunately, the groups disappeared at the first mud pit, so we enjoyed silence for most of the route. The walk in the Paria demonstrated an interesting feature of water shoes — pebbles flow in but never flow out.

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