Slipping from the top of the arch into the abyss below was a difficult move that rattled my psyche. Even though the sandstone band I was perched on was not much more than 4 feet wide, it was stable. Putting my faith into the rope cinched to my climbing harness and dropping into the 100-foot void went completely against my desire for self-preservation.
There's been a lot of comment on the Traveler this year about the safety of the Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park, so don't jump to conclusions if you visit the park on September 1 and find the trail has been closed. It's only temporary, and it's not for a reason most of us might expect.
GPS units can be a useful aid if you're traveling in unfamiliar territory, but they're often better suited for the city than the boondocks. Three hikers at Zion National Park who depended upon their GPS for directions in the backcountry found themselves in Heaps of trouble.