|Weird place for a cairn|
We followed the directions--went up the hill and registered, then crossed the railroad tracks to follow an old roadbed up through a gap in the rim. Then we had to follow rock cairns through a sandy pass and then down to the base of the cliffs.
|Safety cable by the steps in the slickrock|
There was a safety cable to help traverse the sidehill. A second cable gave you something to hang onto as you climbed up the steps cut into rock.
Then there was a little ladder to get on top of the ledge. From there it was a walk across slickrock to the arch.
|George contemplating the ladder|
Actually there are two arches: Bow Tie Arch is adjacent to Corona Arch.
|Bow Tie Arch (on left) and Corona Arch|
|Bow Tie Arch|
(Look close--there are two guys up on top.)
We stopped in the shade of a big rock alcove across from Corona Arch before we did the final bit past Bow Tie and on to Corona when we heard yelling. It was like we were in a big amphitheater, so we could hear really well. Suddenly we realized that someone had jumped off the top of the arch on big long ropes, and was swinging under it!!! (Idiots!)
|Just getting ready to jump off the top|
|There he goes! NO WAY could I do this!|
|Swinging under the arch|
|...and back the other way, upside-down!|
I thought it was pretty cool (stupid, but cool!). George wasn't as impressed as I was. I could tell because he took at total of 35 pictures. I took about 100 more than that, but edited them down to 94, including the video...Certainly makes for fun memories.
|At the bottom they have to get the ropes straightened out|
Link to Corona Arch Hike
Link to Corona Arch Swing
I even took a video. We were too far away when I recorded it but it's still pretty impressive to see what they were doing.