Ranger Kathryn's Arches

September 3, 2010

A climb, a view, a ram

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 11:38 am

I sit. I ponder. (No, I am not sitting on the archeological structure.)

We drove. Hiked. Followed cairns. Scrambled. Arrived. Marveled. Sat in silence. Heard hooves on rock. Found a bighorn ram below us. Read guestbook entries. Wrote our own. Sat more. Hiked out. Were deeply grateful.

Getting there is half the fun.

Please remember Ranger Kathryn's safety tip: When scrambling, going UP is easier than going DOWN.

This photo of me is full of motion and meaning. It's just plain good. (Photo: E Oak)


  1. if getting to the X. is as difficult as the pics make it look, does that imply that every trip to and from the homestead for its inhabitants was that difficult? what about the kidlets?

    Comment by john — September 4, 2010 @ 7:02 am | Reply

    • Not too many people know this but . . .
      A long time ago, when the climate was much colder and wetter, there used to be a Hopi ski-lift there. They figured out how to make a stop at X. so it worked out well for everyone.
      But then the climate became drier and hotter and the ski business fell off so they had to close it down. Fortunately, there were eco-responsible and dismantled the life when they left, so that is why there is no trace of the lift today.
      When the natives found they had to make that climb multiple times each day, they too, folded up their kivas and left.
      Times change . . . what can you do?

      Comment by skeptarian — September 4, 2010 @ 7:42 am | Reply

    • I deleted all references to the name of the place in your and Dad’s comments. The answer to your Q is: NO! Ed and I took the climbing/scrambling route up to the alcove instead of the Normal People route up the talus slope. (Therein lies the fun of hanging out with a climber dude.)

      Comment by kath56ryn — September 4, 2010 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

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