|Kelly Laws describes one of the stops down the "Hole" where they will see "Uncle Ben's Dugway"|
Youth and adult leaders from the Blanding West Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a few "close encounters of the rough kind" last week as they participated in a three-day modified Hole-in-the-Rock trek.
|Actual trail marker at site|
Hiking the "hole" was the culminating activity following five months of preparation by about 100 youth, ages 12-18.
|Stake leaders weren't quite a s nimble hiking down|
the steep incline, but most made it up and back through
the 'Hole' which drops 2000 rough and challenging feet.
|Camp grub was the best on this well|
planned trek. Brother Pugh and Bleggi
know how it's done!
|Some of the camp leaders|
Mitch and Jana Bailey, Jennifer Nielson, Snookie Perkins, Debbie Pugh, Camille Ward, and Lori Webb orchestrated the set up and take downs. The stake presidency and many bishops also participated in the three-day event.
|There was also time for visiting, singing, and playing games together -- without cell phones and other distractions|
The group of about 130 people camped in Escalante at Jerry Roundy's property. The Roundy's have been working for over ten years to build a Hole-in-the-Rock pioneer museum and visitors center in Escalante. Ground breaking has begun on the parking lot, but more money needs to be secured before work on the facility begins.
|Sandi and Mary Nielson representing|
James and Mary Davis
|Stake leaders determine the logistics of serving 130 people|
|Latrine duty: An important part of camp|
|David Laws representing Silas Smith|
The area around Escalante seemed even more remote, rough and imposing than San Juan County with landmarks including such inhospitable names as Carcass Wash, Hell's Backbone, and Devils Playground. Despite this, the Blanding group enjoyed the high mountain loveliness of the community, the hospitality of the Roundy's and the challenge of a demanding hike.
|Dance Hall Rock, one of the landmarks of the Hole-in-the-Rock trail, rang again with fiddle music, as youth from Cedar City and Blanding met for a short dance social.|