Backpacking into Negro Bill Canyon

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Snow College Outdoor Leadership and Entrepreneurship Outdoor Skills Class enjoy their hike at Negro Bill Canyon. Photo by Shayla Roper.

Snow College Outdoor Leadership and Entrepreneurship Outdoor Skills Class enjoy their hike at Negro Bill Canyon. Photo by Shayla Roper.

What do petroglyphs, stiff backs, and freeze dried food have in common? Camping of course! The Outdoor Leadership and Entrepreneurship Outdoor Skills class here at Snow College headed to Negro Bill Moab for a three day hands-on expedition on March 12.

With a heavy pack strapped to their backs and walking stick in hand, they headed out for their three-mile journey with Whitney Ward as their guide. While there, they learned about proper campsite selection, tarp setup, map reading, cooking, and constellations.

On the second day, everyone awoke bright and early to hike to the top of the plateau and head around to the Medieval Chamber and the Morning Glory Arch. The Medieval Chamber was 90 feet while the Morning Glory Arch was a 120 feet free hanging repel. “I was terrified at first looking at the cliffs we would be going down,” said Tracey Clements, “However, as soon as you get going it is amazing! I would love to do it again sometime soon.” Every student expressed similar reactions after safely making it to the bottom of the canyon.

Students also spent time exploring the area where they found caves and petroglyphs where the Native Americans would camp during the harsh winters. Brandon Taggart, a student at Snow and a cave enthusiast says, “At first I didn’t seem to notice them, I was set on exploring and finding things to climb, but the petroglyphs were quite cool.”

One of the harder things was the cooking dehydrated food, which most students didn’t have much experience with. “I personally thought it was a great experience, to pack our goods and cook in the middle of nowhere,” explains Tanner Thomas, “The dehydrated food was very interesting because it didn’t resemble food, but it was so good!”

Everyone on the trip had a blast getting to face their fears and learn about themselves and each other, but was sure glad to make it home to their hot showers and food that wasn’t dehydrated.

Shayla Roper is a sophomore at Snow College and is majoring in Zoology. Shayla is from Delta, Utah and graduated from Delta High School in 2013. Shayla joined the Snowdrift and has joined the staff as an opinion writer. Shayla is going to graduate from Snow College in Spring 2015 and plans on transferring to Weber State University to further her studies.

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