• (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The sky transforms as the sun dips below the horizon surrounding the hoodoos of Devil's Garden in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with color recently.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The sky transforms as the sun dips below the horizon surrounding the hoodoos of Devil's Garden in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with color.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Tools of the trade when navigating the tight confines of a slot canyon where ropes are required also means clothes wear out quickly, leading guide Rick Green to sew on an extra panel to his shorts.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green, owner of Excursions of the Escalante, preps Kristin Wold of Portland, Ore., before descending down a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
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Rick Green, right, owner of Excursions of the Escalante, talks John Lamping of Los Altos, Calif., through his rappel as he drops into a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green, right, owner of Excursions of the Escalante, checks all the safety equipment on John Lamping of Los Altos, Calif., before dropping into a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Gary Turnier, videographer for KUED, drops into a slot in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Making sure to keep a flat foot placement on the rock, Carl Wold, of Portland, Ore., gets his first experience of descending into a slot canyon in southern Utah.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Guide Jim Clery rescues a mouse stuck in a narrow slot canyon where its fate would have been sealed.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Nancy Green gets a helping hand from guide Rick Green as she bridges the gap during a descent down a slot canyon in southern Utah.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Guide Jim Clery acts as a backup belay while Gary Turnier navigates a tricky spot in a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Kevin Sweet figures out how to move through a tricky spot while navigating the narrow walls of a slot canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Salt Lake Tribune outdoors writer Brett Prettyman is assisted with his belay device by guide Jim Clery.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Guide G. Patrick Hayes reaches up for a bag being lowered by Rick Green as the group navigates the ever changing landscape in a slot canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Engineering a zip line offers a quick solution to lowering bags down bigger drops while navigating a slot canyon in southern Utah.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Slot canyon guide Rick Green keeps an eye on the progress being made by his group through one of the many slot canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Tools of the trade. Without ropes, many of the slot canyons in southern Utah could not be safely navigated.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Years of wind and water are ever present in the walls of a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Moving slow is the name of the game as the group navigates a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument so as to avoid a twisted ankle or worse.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
An extended forecast is always checked to avoid flash floods, which are revealed in the mud as Kristin Wold of Portland, Ore., navigates a small drop in one of the many slot canyons in southern Utah.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green, owner of Excursions of the Escalante, gets ready to run a line in a narrow slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jim Clery, top, and Rick Green of Excursions of the Escalante get ready to run a line in a narrow slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green, owner of Excursions of the Escalante, prepares a rope for a rappel down a narrow slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
John Lamping of Los Altos, Calif., rappels down a drop in a slot canyon in southern Utah.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green, owner of Excursions of the Escalante, guides Kristin Wold down a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument as guide Jim Clery keeps a backup belay on her from below.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Every turn reveals a different light pattern as guide Rick Green lowers himself down a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
John Lamping of Los Altos, Calif., descends down one of the natural slides of a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Slot canyon guide Rick Green gets a bird's-eye view on the progress being made by his group through one of the many slot canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A small lizard adapts to its surrounding colors as the group descends through the narrow corridor of a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green shows off some of the Native American tools he has encountered along his travels in the southern desert, always leaving them where he found them so as to show others on a future adventure.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Every step can reveal an interesting new find in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the geologic transformation of the planet seems to be more visible.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Every step can reveal an interesting new find in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the geologic transformation of the planet seems to be more visible.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
An overlook in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument reveals what was most likely a popular gathering spot for ancient Native American civilizations as the group gets a closer look at some of their tools, always leaving them behind for others to see.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Every step can reveal an interesting new find in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the geologic transformation of the planet seems to be more visible.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Every step can reveal an interesting new find in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the geologic transformation of the planet seems to be more visible.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Every step can reveal an interesting new find in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the geologic transformation of the planet seems to be more visible.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green, owner of Excursions of the Escalante, surveys the landscape he calls home in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, taking customers down slot canyons and also playing a central role helping local authorities when it comes to rescuing those who get into problems in such a remote place.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green, of Excursions of the Escalante, at right, starts and ends every slot canyon adventure with "knuckles" as a way to bring the group together.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green, owner of Excursions of the Escalante, cheers on Kristin Wold of Portland, Ore., after taking her on her first slot canyon adventure in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument along with fellow guide Jim Clery, at left.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Using a number of techniques, the group makes its way down a slot canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, making sure to maintain a slow pace so no one gets hurt in such a cramped space.
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
An extended forecast is always checked to avoid flash floods, which are revealed in the mud as Kristin Wold of Portland Oregon navigates a small drop in one of the many slot canyons in southern Utah.
  • Courtesy KUED |
Salt Lake Tribune writer Brett Prettyman prepares for his ride on the bobsled during the summer at Utah Olympic Park while filming for The Utah Bucket List show that will air on KUED-Channel 7 in August.


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