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More summer fun to be had in Moab

By Jed Boal and Jennifer Stagg | Posted - Jul. 19, 2011 at 11:11 p.m.


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MOAB — KSL's Summer of Fun trip to Moab continued Tuesday with adventures that were all about the three "R's" — and we're not talking about reading, writing and 'rythmatic.

No, we spent Tuesday rafting, rappelling and rock climbing in Moab's redrock country. We headed out with TJ from 97.1 ZHT for our first adventure: rafting.

When you are river guide steers your raft into the rolling current right above the Rocky Rapid on the Colorado River, you don't just hang on. You paddle, and get ready to get soaked.

One of the great things about the water on the Colorado River this spring is that the volume is two or three times normal. That means big rapids and a lot of fun for everyone.

Before Tuesday, most of us thought that a scramble is something you eat for breakfast. But around these parts it is how to scale a mountain.

In scrambling, we didn't use ropes. Instead, we used their hands, along with some creativity and problem solving to get us to the top.

When it came to rappelling, our guide from Red River Adventures taught us the ropes. Then, one by one, we rappelled down the side of a cliff only to get the Wall Street next and climb back up.

After a great day of discovery on the water and the rock, we decided to kickback and enjoy the scenery. We hopped in a Hummer and headed up the trail.

"Most people never drive up something that is 45 or 60 degrees. They're used to freeway," said Ammon Nielsen, of High Point Hummer.

"This kind of a sensation is just completely different," he continued. "All of a sudden they are in a car and at a crazy angle just wondering why in the world they are not sliding backwards or rolling backwards, and it just really trips people out."

Everything grips the redrock really well, Nielsen said.

"It is amazing. I didn't even like nature until today, and now i can't ... it's like more appreciation of it I think. It is just gorgeous up here," TJ said.

We had fantastic guides for everything we did in Moab. Next time you go on vacation, we think that you should consider Moab.


Written with contributions from Jed Boal and Jenn Stagg.

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