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[–]terrapin2 384 points385 points  (10 children)

Those angular unconformities are so sexy

[–]AwkwardPancakes 79 points80 points  (0 children)

To me it looks like a time lapse or a long exposure of a night sky kinf of thing.

[–]markradwin 16 points17 points  (6 children)

Those are planes of cross-bedding, showing where a new sand dune overrides the lower one, rather than angular unconformities

[–]LaughForTheWorld 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Wouldn't cross bedding be an example of a small time scale angular unconformity?

[–]markradwin 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I guess you could say that, as the upper portion of the sand dune is eroded while/before the next sand dune is stacked on top, erasing that portion from the stratigraphic record.

However, I would argue it is worth separating the terminology as the term cross-bedding pretty much implies the stacking of foresets on an erosional surface, and geologically speaking that time gap is basically nothing. It's also worth pointing out that for eolian sandstone units (like in the photo) you don't see hundreds of unconformites marked on a published stratigraphic column for the unit, but will see symbology indicating cross-bedding.

[–]Dannarsh 184 points185 points  (11 children)

This is album art for Carving Desert Canyons by Scale the Summit. I recommend you check them out!

[–]sleepy5zzz 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Saw them opening for Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa. Most impressive opener I had seen until I discovered Animals as Leaders when they opened for Meshuggah at Roseland Ballroom. Scale the Summit is a fantastic band

[–]Jipley0 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I remember the megaphone solo from Zappa Plays Zappa on that tour as one of the least expected solos ever... And they nailed it!

[–]CocaineAndMojitos 19 points20 points  (3 children)

My first thought when I saw this!

[–]HoneyBeamin 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Fucking fantastic band

[–]MagnumBlood 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Those dudes are great. Kind of forgot about them for a bit, thanks for the comment! I am going back to listen now.

[–]dj0ntCosmos 4 points5 points  (0 children)

LOVE Scale the Summit!! Saw them live for the first time like a decade ago.

One of my best friends even did guest guitars for them on a track!

[–]creaturefeature16 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Oh man, I used to listen to so much prog rock.

I still do, but I used to, too.

[–]faceofbeau 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Such good music to work and clean to!

[–]Paolito14 69 points70 points  (3 children)

Such a beautiful area of the country.

[–]Dramatic_Bear_7985 31 points32 points  (2 children)

The entire border between AZ/UT is a gold mine. Reminds me of the formations within Antelope / slot canyons nearby.

[–]creaturefeature16 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I lived in Northern AZ for 6 years and never made it to Antelope Canyon. I deeply regret that, and I'm very far from it now.

[–]BuckeyeSwiftie[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This and Antelope are so close and theres plenty other cool hikes really close! The Witch Hat post here from yesterday is really close to this too!

[–].phdoofus 206 points207 points  (24 children)

Funny. I went there in January about 20 years ago and the place was deserted. Of course, it was cold enough to where you weren't going to be hiking over there until about 10am.

[–]VibraniumRhino 21 points22 points  (0 children)

shows picture of desert

“The place was deserted.”

This made me laugh lol.

[–]MagnusPI 289 points290 points  (22 children)

20 years ago you couldn't post about your hike on Instagram.

[–]thousand7734 69 points70 points  (21 children)

20 years ago social media didn't exist to share places like this with other adventurers

[–]Muteb 153 points154 points  (14 children)

MySpace started in 2003

[–]gravy_boot 137 points138 points  (7 children)

You shut your mouth

[–]Muteb 37 points38 points  (5 children)

I know I know, I feel old

[–]CaveGnome 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Why you doin this to us on a Friday night man.

[–]Mech__Dragon 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It's over. Shut it down, turn off the lights, and tuck yourself in.

[–]TwoZeroTwoThree 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Day man. Fighter of the night man.

[–]Mrfoo213 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I mean, you’re here aren’t you?

[–]ssup3rm4n 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shots fired

[–]JaWSnVA 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You're right. AOL was there first. 🤣

[–]UselessLezbian 14 points15 points  (0 children)

This is Xanga erasure. Started in 1999.

[–]leafleap 7 points8 points  (1 child)

True, and nobody paid any heed to the kind of weirdo outcasts that populated it at that time.

[–]Consequentially 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yes that is indeed what he said

[–].phdoofus 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Y'all say that like web sites didn't exist before 2003. Just because you InstaFaceSpace didn't exist, didn't mean there wasn't a way to find out about things. You just had to be more self-reliant and ... adventurous.

[–]mitchob692 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Not what they are talking about. They mean that these places are so overcrowded because the use of instagram and tiktok in these locations are so popular that everyone visits and sort of use these posts for popularity. Thus deeming it hard to visit locations on earth like this, overall decreasing its value.

[–]Tobacco_Bhaji 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh, it did. It had for 20 years at that point.

It was just very different.

[–]tdizzleforeshizzle 92 points93 points  (4 children)

Geology rocks

[–]LankyMarionberry 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Ross, is that you?

[–]stonec0ld 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gimme your money, punk!

[–]Lou_Sassle 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Christ Marie they’re minerals!

[–]gv111111 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)


[–]apex6666 126 points127 points  (124 children)

You have to get a permit to hike?

[–]joshhupp 150 points151 points  (69 children)

Popular passes, yes. There's a hike in Leavenworth WA called the Enchantments (if you have Windows daily wallpaper you've probably seen photos) that requires a permit to camp overnight. You can do a day hike, but it's grueling to see it all before you have to come back.

[–]informativebitching 113 points114 points  (44 children)

I was lucky enough to get a permit for the Enchantments. It’s fairly hard to get those and after we applied my wife got pregnant. She was 7 months when it was our turn to hike and she was like, fuck it, let’s do this. Got a lot of comments about what a badass the baby would be.

[–]DazzlingDingos 23 points24 points  (43 children)

So I'm not a hiker, can you explain why you would need permits to go see this place and others? Who gets approved and why? I'm from the Midwest where any hiking is just in forests and free. I've never been able to travel to amazing places like this. But happy to see pics online . There are some gorgeous places out there.

[–]gingeracha 54 points55 points  (38 children)

Because they're so popular it would be crowded insanity if there wasn't a permit, and negatively affect the environment.

Normally they're done by lottery, you apply to whatever service is over the park and they randomly select the winners to make it fair and ensure everyone has an equal chance.

[–]informativebitching 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The area is pretty sensitive ecologically and had gotten too popular (Instagram ruined a lot of places) so authorities are limiting how many people can visit per year

[–]zaisaroni 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Overcrowded with people all wanting the signature photo for Instagram.

[–]DazzlingDingos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn yeah that would be annoying to see.

[–]ShowMeYourMinerals 51 points52 points  (46 children)

Absolutely you do. You file it in person in kanab. It’s a lottery system. Very few people get permission to go in this area

[–]BurgerBurnerCooker 28 points29 points  (11 children)

It has changed a bit since. There is an advance lottery that you can file for months in advance, then there's a two-day rolling lottery that you can file using the Recreation.gov app as long as you are within the geological vicinity of Kanab (a fairly generous radius). You no longer need to go to Kanab at 8AM except for picking up the permit if you win the lottery.

[–]ShowMeYourMinerals 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh cool. It was like 19’ when we won the lottery so it’s been a bit.

[–]windowsfrozenshut 1 point2 points  (9 children)

I bought the advance permit lottery for like 3 years in a row and decided that I wasn't going to waste any more money on getting denied. The last year I did it was I think '22 and IIRC there was a calculated 2% chance of getting it that year.

[–]kadk216 4 points5 points  (7 children)

It’s pretty stupid they make you pay to be in the lottery. They should only charge those who receive permits. I disagree with the permit system entirely

[–]007craft 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Can't upvote this enough. We need more people to complain about this.

Having a lottery system and charging $9 for the permit to the winner = good

Having a lottery aystem and charging $9 for everybody who enters = bad

It may take over $300 before you're able to do this hike. They literally force you to gamble. It's a REAL lottery. This should be made illegal

[–]kadk216 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly, and that’s not even including the price of a park membership or day pass to get in. I think it was $25-30 for a day pass last time I went. I have a membership so I just use that and that’s $80 or so.

I have nothing against paying to enter the park or buying a park membership to help support the NPS, but I disagree with the way their permit lottery system is implemented. I know some people spend YEARS trying to get permits for popular hikes like the one OP got and half dome in Yosemite.

[–]BuckeyeSwiftie[S] 43 points44 points  (1 child)

We got it three months ahead of time. Very limited number get to do a day, to limit the traffic and damage to this otherworldly place

[–]ShowMeYourMinerals 8 points9 points  (0 children)

One of the coolest things I’ve gotten to experience.

[–]apex6666 6 points7 points  (31 children)

That kinda sucks, though I’m guessing there’s a reason for it besides making money

[–]ShowMeYourMinerals 66 points67 points  (22 children)

The sandstone is extremely soft and it can’t withstand thousands of visitors a year.

Also the hike there is through the desert and quite isolated.

I sure they make money off the permit applications, but this isn’t a profit driven motif.

[–]vARROWHEAD 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Is there an option to take a horse? Doesn’t even need a name

[–]ShowMeYourMinerals 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Lol, your being downvoted it’s like Reddit doesn’t even get jokes / references sometimes.

I thought it was funny! Lolz

[–]vARROWHEAD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There is sand and hills and rings even

[–]scummy_shower_stall 9 points10 points  (8 children)

Didn't an older German couple die, a few years ago, from dehydration on the hike there?

[–]ShowMeYourMinerals 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Now that you mention it I think I remember that.

I was 27 when I did the hike, just off of ski season in great shape, and I remember how hot it was thinking “ I wouldn’t want to do this alone”.

There were a couple of spots where you can get lost as well.

[–]coachfortner 11 points12 points  (2 children)

[–]UC235 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is a very long and interesting read. Worth your time.

[–]purpleplatapi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I just lost an hour reading that. Not exactly how I was planning on spending my Friday night, but a fascinating read none the less.

[–]SimilarYellow 13 points14 points  (2 children)

if you mean the Death Valley Germans, they weren't even old. 27, 34, 11 and 4.

[–]scummy_shower_stall 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Actually, I remember that family. But this, in my memory at least, was definitely just a couple, and were found by the trail. I’ll have to take a look and see if I can find anything. It might not have been the Wave, but maybe Joshua Trees.

[–]kadk216 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In death valley.

[–]PurpleSunCraze 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Lots of people are assholes, and some do asshole things regarding nature preservation. The concept of “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time” is completely alien to them. Letting fewer people in overall reduces the number of assholes overall.

[–]sprill_release 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I suppose it also provides some accountability. If your passage through the land can be traced back to your name, then you'll be far less likely to do asshole things.

[–]KEKE5150 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah! I was at Gooseneck a couple of years ago. Hiking back up from the lower observation area, a soccer ball comes bouncing over my head within in a couple of feet ending up in the gorge below. Some a’holes filming for the gram were at the parking area pretending to be Lionel Messi. Not one in the group shouted “watch out!” I had a few words for them when I got back up to my family. Could have ended badly. All about the gram. Also witnessed people doing some risky stuff at Grand Canyon too. Dying for a pic is insane!

[–]lacajun -1 points0 points  (2 children)

It has nothing to do with money.

[–]Cutthechitchata-hole 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Sign says you gotta have a membership card to get inside...hoo!

[–]-_ellipsis_- 30 points31 points  (3 children)

Tony Hawk Pro Skater moment

[–]Kaldricus 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Time to hit a sick Christ Air.

[–]InstantHeadache 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This place is rideable in Rider’s Rebublic. One of the most satisfying spots on the whole map

[–]Kind_Tour2671 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Wow! That’s awesome looking! That would be fun!

[–]BurgerBurnerCooker 5 points6 points  (0 children)

On my 8th try counting this month's lottery, wish me luck lol

[–]KEKE5150 27 points28 points  (13 children)

How long was the hike? I’ve heard it’s 3 days out. I’m glad they are limiting visitors. People have gotten worse every year since I was there in 2000.

[–]windowsfrozenshut 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Pretty much every recreational area in the state of Utah is packed pole to hole with people now when it isn't winter.

[–]BuckeyeSwiftie[S] -5 points-4 points  (11 children)

in summer there would be no shade, but honestly with decent temps it wasn't bad at all and was a really fun hike, regardless of the destination, not that scary! Reminded us of the walk to Delicate Arch

[–]Niko___Bellic 75 points76 points  (10 children)

So... how long was the hike?

[–]ManfredBoyy 39 points40 points  (1 child)

I was just there last month. We parked at a public lot for coyote butte north, was about a 2.5 hour hike I’d say

ETA: I should say we took a bit of a scenic route and also did an unnecessary scramble. Could probably get there a little sooner than that.

[–]Shloop_Shloop_Splat 20 points21 points  (1 child)

All trails says over 6 miles. Probably a good 2-4 hour hike in the utah/Arizona desert.

[–]Inthefabric 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Also, delicate arch is about 2 hours round trip. The wave. A few times more.

[–]EarthAngelGirl 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Delicate arch is 1.5 miles each way with 630ft of gain. Most of that gain is in the slick rock section which is pretty brutal when you're in the desert.

The wave is 3.35 each way with 1,233 of gain. Over 600 feet of that gain is in the last 3/4th mile.

[–]BuckeyeSwiftie[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The middle section of the Wave hike was so much like that slick rock section of the delicate arch hike, we just felt it wasn't as uphill, just always like you were on a sidehill if that makes sense! Maybe we didn't notice the inclines as much because we were excited, but other than the end it was decently flat

[–]liaisontosuccess 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I wish I could find caramel swirl ice cream than looks like that

[–]testykillz69 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That’s more caramel than ice cream 👌

[–]Mental-Assistance-66 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It sucks we got a permit to hike The Wave it rained and we couldn't access the road to get there. Real bummer :(

[–]i_want_to_go_to_bed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

oooof. I was just feeling sorry for myself that I never got the permit. I think you have it worse, hahaha

[–]Honey-Scooters 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Looks like Swiss miss or some type of peanutbutter

[–]DragonBard_Z 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Lucky!! I've been trying over a year now and no luck yet

[–]blewmesa -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Just go in the afternoon after the ranger leaves having made his sweep for permitless criminals.

[–]noakedsova 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The best part of the permit area is in fact not the wave. I suggest future visitors climb up behind the wave and explore..

[–]GirlNumber20 2 points3 points  (1 child)


If you aren’t able to get a permit for The Wave, there are other formations in the area that are just as stunning, like the Labyrinth, which are free and require no permits. I don’t know if you can get there by land, though, as I’ve only gone there by boat. But that just adds a scenic kayak aspect to the visit, haha.

[–]gv111111 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lucky dogs! Awesome

[–]Piestatick396 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Isnt this a windows 10 background

[–]Anita_Doobie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve tried several times, for years, to get a permit … and no dice. What a treat, one day!!

[–]Bad_Pnguin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mfw you need permits to walk in nature in the Land of the Free.

[–]DOGO8991 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Being from Maine, visiting Arizona (Lake Powell area) was akin to visiting another planet

[–]Cool-Radish-1132 1 point2 points  (0 children)

fuck your depth perception

other than that pretty photo

[–]fire_crotch_mafia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whaaaa! Crazy looking!

[–]youre-not-real-man -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Talks about the entire hike being worth it: posts cliche photo of just the end

[–]Sea-Document-2330 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In case you want a permit, here's how to apply

[–]sirfannypack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you bring your skateboards?

[–]drkrelic -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The sickest natural skatepark

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[–]rookiemoves 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I went there in October. I will always remember it, what a magical experience.

[–]leokz145 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’re so lucky!!! We tried while we were visiting Arizona but weren’t picked unfortunately.

[–].No_Helicopter681 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]ManfredBoyy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great pic, I was there last month! Def one of the coolest places I’ve been

[–]horses_around2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is definitely beautiful how long did it take you and your wife in order to see that !

[–]horses_around2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mmmm lookis like ice cream !

[–]Doesanybodylikestuff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stunning. Absolutely gorgeous.

[–]peregrinodossonhos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those hills look tasty. If I were a giant alien I'd eat them with whipped cream.

[–]thxnhnguyen 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]redsandypanda 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh wow. Imagine doing shrooms there.

[–]unabsolute 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminds me of the kiddie ride at the carnival.

[–]ScornfulSeating55 0 points1 point  (1 child)

is this the real life? or is this just a fantasy?

[–].Drone_Boss 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lucky!!! I’ve been trying for years!

[–].Nespala 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It's a hike inside a croissant. Magical

[–]i_want_to_go_to_bed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s really funny. I had a tour guide show me around a nearby feature (white pocket), and she said a lot of people describe the appearance of features as food. Usually bacon for the striped bits I think

[–]annaerno 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I envy you. I have been trying to go, and have applied several times being am AZ local. It looks so beautiful

[–]BuckeyeSwiftie[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Keep trying! This was our third try with the three month ahead reservations. We did a Monday in December and honestly it was the perfect time to go. Been lucky to do so many of the famous and top hikes around AZ and UT and this is the best and was well worth it!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is so high up on my bucket list. Truly an astonishing looking place.

[–]p1gb3n1s 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Wait, so you need a permit to hike in America, but you can buy a gun over the counter? Murica

[–]jk021 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awesome! How long was the hike? How long did you wait for permission?

[–]swtnsourchkn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow this looks unreal. Putting this on my bucket list now

[–]BusyCryptographer3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

so beautiful. if there is a chance I will go here too

[–]Smochiii 0 points1 point  (1 child)

who painted them like that?

[–]Thescottishguy87 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Permits to go on a hike? As a scotsman this is weird to me because we have Freedom to roam act here where we can hike basically anywhere

[–]tdelamay 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember seeing this location in VR. I think it was on Brink Explorer. They did a high definition 3d scan.

[–]blankblank 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is there a r/tonyhawkitecture for geology?

[–]hairysperm 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What causes this kind of geological formation? Looks beautiful

[–]Virtual-Tangerine2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why do you need permits to hike there?

[–]DFHartzell 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sure but then all you show us is the end!

[–]guitarguy1685 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Are there fences to keep unauthorized people out ?

[–]blewmesa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are signs, cameras, and a ranger walks out there most days looking to bust people.

[–]treblah3 0 points1 point  (2 children)

You lucky duck. We did NOT get permits for this so we had to settle for Valley of Fire in Nevada. We also couldn't get permits for Angel's Landing so our Nevada-Utah-Arizona hiking trip was a little disappointing - next time, I guess!

[–]BuckeyeSwiftie[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Valley of Fire always looks so cool! Observation Point trail is very similar to Angels Landing in terms of views and 100 times less scary! Also, we did The Wave on a Monday in December and it was 55 degrees F which was honestly perfect with how little shade there was. In those temps its definitely not as hard as online leads you to believe. The whole hike is unreal which we were not totally expecting. Keep trying, definitely our favorite hike!

[–]mainebean207 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These are a great place to visit. This and horseshoe bend were my fav!

[–]RobertTV3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I LOVE AMERICAN VISTAS!!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦖

[–]Tobacco_Bhaji 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You need a permit for a hike?