At the "trailhead" on Hells Backbone Road (there is parking and a trail register a few hundred yards down the slope, but no maintained trail). Based on the register only a few dozen parties do this route each year.
Hiking through brush and pines on day one.
One of three large domes near the end of the first day's hike.
Reflection in a pool near our first camp. This was the first water on the hike, about 11 miles from the car.
Camp one, a short 4th class scramble above Death Hollow.
Moonrise over our first campsite. Trees in Death Hollow are just visible in the bottom right of the picture.
Early morning light on sandstone formations, day two.
Large volcanic boulder in the first stretch of narrows. These lava boulders, common in the upper regions of Death Hollow and other drainages in the area, give the town of Boulder, Utah, its name.
Amy downclimbing a volcanic chockstone wedged in a narrow channel. While this spot allowed easy downclimbing, other chockstones on the route required us to lower packs and rappel or downclimb with the help of a short section of rope.
A frog on the hunt in a pothole near the confluence of Death Hollow and its right fork. This pothole was our water source for camp two, a few hundred yards up the right fork.
Brendan relaxing near camp two.
Morning on day three: Brendan near a large jumble of chockstones in the crux narrows.
At a snack break.
Amy floats her pack through a wet section of narrows. Floating the packs was critical for efficiently navigating much of Death Hollow.
Amy scoping out a steep drop. We were able to bypass this drop and a swim in the water below by traversing the ledges visible in the upper left of the picture.
After the narrows, Death Hollow becomes a continuous flowing stream, and the shore is often lined with lush vegetation; however, frequently narrow sections still required deep wading or swimming.
A narrow rock channel, somewhere North of the confluence with Moonshadow canyon. See the next picture for a detail of the seeping orange streaks (yes, they were really that orange).
Detail of algae streak on the side of the canyon.
Camp 3, on benches about 100' above Death Hollow on the Eastern side, 1/2 mile North of the confluence with Moonshadow canyon.
Amy peeking out of the tent on the morning of day four.
The confluence with Moonshadow canyon.
This spring gushes from the side of the canyon just before the Boulder Mail Trail (BMT) descends into Death Hollow from the East.
Amy, wearing a wetsuit and walking across sand dunes.
Camp four, located on the BMT where it climbs out of the canyon on the Western side on its way to Escalante.
Amy filtering water for camp four. We filled all of our bladders, bottles, and the cook pot so we wouldn't need to repeat the hike down into the canyon on the morning of day five.
Looking North up Death Hollow from a spot near camp 4.
Day five. The weather had definitely changed, as witnessed by the snow that fell on us as we started the hike down the BMT to Escalante. Quite a change from the 90 degree weather on the first two days.
Amy above a pool on Mamie Creek.
Climbing slickrock on the BMT.
Brendan looking out over Antone flat.
Old shack on the outskirts of Escalante, looking back towards the wilderness.