If you remember our drone flight over the Fruit Bowl, you know I was disappointed that there was no one there except us when Jack led us out to this remote area. We have encountered many young daredevils climbing rock walls and rappelling down from canyon tops around Moab all week. I believe this weekend will be a good time for us to re-visit the Fruit Bowl. Maybe this time the bowl will be full.
When we arrive, we can’t see the canyon from the parking lot. After about 1/3 mile hike, we begin to see activity in the bowl and I get excited. Wow – there are high lines strung back and forth across the canyons everywhere! People are walking out on the lines 400′ above the canyon floor. There are short wires (about 70′) across the canyon mouth and wires as long as 700′ at the end of the canyon.
We learn that the high lines are often used on summer weekends. A huge event in November attracts flocks of high wire practitioners as well as wingsuit jumpers. To visit the Fruit Bowl, click here to view a map of the route from Moab. About nine miles down Mineral Bottom Road, look for the 2nd cairn on the right after the cattle guard.
We are ready to leave when one of the high wire walkers encourages us to wait. She promises that soon we will see a person jump off the side and swing in a rope chair at the bottom. Who could refuse an invitation like that? We watch a young lady prepare to jump. The rope is easily attached and the equipment checks seem good, but her psychological preparation takes a bit longer. Finally she breaks through the mental restraints holding her back and with a yell and a dash for the edge, over she goes! Storm does a great job capturing the jump on the video below (I could not bring myself to look over the edge :-))
Activity in the Fruit Bowl
Jumping into the Bowl