˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜ Off trail backpacking in a national park through some of the most amazing canyons and views of the park? Yes please! Wasatch Will and I set off for a 4 day backpacking trip through Capitol Reef National Park via a route called the Beehive Traverse. Much of this route is off trail, following drainages, canyon rims, canyon bottoms, and washes through the heart of the Water Pocket Fold of the park.
Not much is to be known about this route and GPS data is far from available. Putting this route together came from a lot of hard work and credit goes to Steve Howe who pioneered the route. Through various means, and a lot of hours of reading maps, studying Google Earth, and google searching we pieced together the route. I respect Steve for the time he spent in the park figuring out this route, what an adventure that must have been.
Routes of this nature require experience, education and understanding of what you are getting yourself into. Out of respect for the work that Steve put into establishing this route and the remote nature of the route, we won't share detailed information on the specifics in terms of waypoints and gps routes. Traveling through areas such as this deserve a high level of respect in terms of Leave No Trace and ensuring it is well preserved. There is plenty of information out there for those who care to research and understand the remote nature and risks involved in completing this route for yourself. The planning of this trip was an integral part of our success in completing it.
Backcountry permits are required and a thorough understanding of this desert landscape is important to keep yourself safe from incident.
** While I do not have any affiliation with his Steve or his company, Redrock Adventure Guides, I would direct anyone seeking to experience this route themselves to contact Steve's company (http://www.redrockadventure...) to inquire about guided trips along this route. **
˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜ The Backcountry Exposure Promise (sooooo cliche...) For real though, I am here to share honest and transparent gear reviews that accompany real use in the backcountry. When you see a Backcountry Exposure review on a piece of gear, you can rest assured that it's been used by me personally, used in the backcountry and regardless of how it was acquired (paid for by myself, sent to me for free, or bought on a discount) it's real! Sometimes a review is 100% positive, but at least you know that it's because I truly love the product and I am not being paid to say it.