Peek-a-boo and Spooky slots

Stephen Fischer Photography

Rating: 2A/B-II

The Peek-a-boo and Spooky slots are relatively close to each other, and somewhat similar in characteristics.  They are located in what is called Dry Gulch as accessed at the end of about a mile hike from a side road off of Hole-in-the-rock road, coming from the town of Escalante.  Technical details on these hikes can be found here.

The trickiest aspect in access for each is the initial scramble to get into the slot. Both are relatively tight, requiring a bit of wiggling and contortions to move through the various areas.  In one case you have to go through a hole perhaps only 2' in diameter.  In other situations the slot can be so tight that you must turn your head sideways in order to pass (see image 8 of Don). 

During one tricky traversal by Don, he was able to test the durability of his Nikon D3 with the mongo 14-24 f/2.8 lens attached when slipping and falling off a ledge, and landing in a pot hole about 6' below.  Image 3 shows him afterwards not much worse for wear, continuing to photograph, with the camera surviving the fall just fine (along with Don).

For those even more adventurous, you can also explore Brimstone another mile down canyon.  This is even more narrow and trickier to get through, getting closer to class 3 in the skills required to access it.


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