I knew I wanted to spend a day in the Narrows and I knew I was going to truly have time to do it on my trip. In the past I always visited the Narrows with only limited time and I was never able to really go as far and photograph as much of it as I wanted. This trip was going to be different as I set aside an entire day for just the Narrows.
I knew from past experience that it would be cold in the Narrows, especially at the end of October. I had been in the Narrows in the fist week of November a few years ago and I went in shorts with a pair of Keen sandals. It was really cold in the water. As in numbingly cold. Every other person in the canyon had the dry pants and booties. Several asked if I was cold. I was pretty excited just to be in the canyon so it did not bother me. However, as it got dark and I made my way out it was chilly. I was glad to be able to change into socks and shoes and warm up walking back to the bus, where I was the last one out of the canyon.
This time I knew I wanted to be up the canyon all day and be warm. I visited Zion Outfitters in Springdale on Sunday with a plan on going to the Narrows on Monday. I got sized for my gear, watched the video and would be all ready for Monday. Now I would have on 5.10 Canyoneer shoes, neoprene socks, and dry pants. They also give you a hiking stick, but I had a pair of hiking poles I was going to take. Now I was better geared up for a full day in the canyon. My legs would stay dry and with a base layer they were warm. My feet would be wet, but the neoprene keeps them warm.
I had chosen Monday as my day since it was going to be clear (which is important for photography), there was zero chance of rain (never go in a canyon like this with any chance of rain), and the shuttle stopped on Sunday, meaning I could drive into the canyon!.
I got my rental gear from Zion Adventures and was ready early. I was the first person at the parking lot at the Temple of Sinewava which is the start of the Narrows Trail. I did some light painting and a few night images. After sunrise, I had a quick snack and then suited up for the wading/hike the Narrows is.
|Orderville Canyon as it meets the Narrows|
After that you really enter the Wall Street area and I began to look for a good composition with a spot I hoped would get some good glow. I found a spot of dry ground and a rock for my pack, set up the tripod, and put on my down jacket to keep warm.
I still had to wait almost an hour but I did get a shot.
After that I packed back up and moved farther up the canyon. Now the light was good and I would wade until another good composition presented itself. Then it was set up the image, make a few shots, pack up and move again.
This process went on for a good 2-3 hours. Finally about 130pm, I turned around and now worked my way back down canyon.
|Waiting for the Light|
As the day wore on I saw more people wading upstream. Mostly they were just day hikers. Occasionally, I met a few other photographer.
As I passed Orderville Canyon on my way back down the amount of people increased and if I made any images usually required waiting for people to pass by the scene.
Finally as I got closer and closer to the end of the trail, I gave up trying to get images and just finished the hike out. By the time I got to the car I was tired but elated I had made it a good day. I hoped I had a few images in the bag and it was a huge success of a day.
I will certainly plan any future Zion trips to make a full day of the Narrows again as it is a place well worth that effort.