Mid-Life Crisis: Hiking 50 Miles Across Zion In a Day

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By Michael Lanza

La Verkin Creek, swollen and bellowing with spring snowmelt, charges past us like a stampeding herd of bison—with a force and noise level that can make a reasonable person question the wisdom of stepping into its path. Deep in the Kolob Canyons in the northwest corner of Utah’s Zion National Park, it’s tearing enough dirt from its banks to turn the water muddy brown, making it impossible for us to gauge its depth. The pitch-darkness of shortly after 5 a.m. doesn’t help in that regard, either.

We need to get to the other side.

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6 Responses to Mid-Life Crisis: Hiking 50 Miles Across Zion In a Day

  1. michaellanza   |  March 1, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Paul, no sorry, I don’t have a GPX file of the route. It’s all on trail and quite straightforward.

  2. Paul   |  March 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Mike, would you happen to have the GPX file you could share?

  3. Curt   |  November 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    The twisted allure of the lunacy makes sense to me. I’m over also 50, can’t afford the Italian sports car either, and am also married to too good a woman to ever consider leaving. In my case, another friend over 50 invited me to do a long distance swim with him and a group of mostly over 50 guys a few years ago – 100 x 100 yards in 100 second intervals. 10000 yards in about 2 hours and 45 minutes. The distance is about 2 1/2 times the swimming leg of an ironman. One of the guys (that’s also into running marathons) said that he thought it’s about like running 20 miles in the same length of time. Its close to the limit of my capabilities, but I’ve done a few of those swims now. They get harder as I get older, but I think I still have some craziness left in me. I don’t tell anyone anymore that I’m going to attempt one of these because I always get the same response, “Are you out of your mind?”. My wife doesn’t understand at all, and I don’t know how to explain the lunacy of it to anyone. But every year there are some other lunatics to whom it makes some kind of twisted sense that want to swim it too.

    • michaellanza   |  November 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Curt, thanks for sharing that story. It sounds to me like you’re another hopeless lunatic.

  4. Barefoot Jake (@BarefootJake)   |  March 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Nice day hike. Enjoyed the creek fords in the video.

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