If you take a minute to look around, you feel a calming feeling overcome you and suddenly you feel what one would call "safe", and another would call "alive".
Many people don't think of it, but rappelling also involves hiking. You can't just drive up to a slot canyon (there are some, but it's rare) - you have to hike a few miles to get to your "station." This photo is descending into one of the larger canyons to have to hike across, with no trail, to get to the smaller, slot canyons. Be prepared with all of your hiking gear, as well as a map, GPS, and anything else you need to find your canyon.
Dawn leads a group to one of their favorite canyons, Pine Creek.
Hiking through slot canyons are incredibly beautiful, and add to the adventure of canyoneering.
If you would like to get into canyoneering, REI has great advice and will offer a rappelling class throughout the year. Utah Mountain Adventures also host courses on Canyoneering. SLC also has a local Meetup Group, Utah Canyoneering, that hosts events for intermediate rappellers.
Dawn Griffith was born and raised in the South, on the beaches of Florida. People who hear this find it odd how that she loves the mountains so much, and doesn't try to live on the beach like she did as a kid. As much as she love the beaches and scuba diving, she fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Colorado to attend college where she first met snow, and learned to ski and snowboard. It is also where she experience the true closeness to spirituality by being in nature. It gives her peace and tranquility like no yoga class can, and has never felt more connected to our natural planet more than by being in the mountains. During the summers you can find Dawn hiking, biking, mountaineering, canyoneering, rock climbing, and playing golf. With the onset of winter, she cross country skies, snow shoes, downhill skis, snowboards, and ice climbs. A fun fact about Dawn is that she loves chickens, dogs, and most animals. She also loves nature photography, writing, and, yard work. You can follow Dawn via Utah Bucket Adventures on Facebook!