August 2014 – The Narrows, Utah
Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous
Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park, was rated #5 in the National Geographic ranking of America’s Best 100 Adventures….and I can confirm from personal experience that it’s indeed an adventure and an ultimate travel experience I think everyone should try.
Hiking is done largely in the river as, for a third of the route, the river runs canyon wall to canyon wall. Hiking in the river was a challenge for me and an unforgettable experience. The water was murky and the bottom of the river was covered with round, basalt rocks. Proper footwear and bringing a walking stick was essential …. but I found out too late…I was barefoot hiking in the river with a severe thunderstorm warning being announced that could cause the Narrows to flash flood. Fortunately, after 2-3 hours hiking I’ve managed to get out of there with just some bruises and cuts on my feet and knees.
Later on I found out that hikers should exercise caution when hiking the Narrows during rainy periods as the winding canyon and sheer walls make approaching flash floods all the more sudden and difficult to evade. The Narrows Escape (published in 2012) is a fictional novel written by Brad Allred – a survivor of a flash flood in the Narrows.