Planning a trip to Utah end of May with a coworker. Our plan is to do some serious hiking/canyoneering around maybe the canyonlands area, maze district, horseshoe, etc. Still figuring out the exact destination. I would like to be able to fly in somewhere accessible and close to a trail, however I am very comfortable covering some mileage on foot. I have been studying here, shortfield, and utah backcountry pilots site. Also been practicing a lot of short field technique with my bird.
1) What strip(s) is/are most accessible to the areas listed above?
2) What strips are most suitable for c172/taildragger 145hp if any? (i will be as light as possible and factoring density altitude etc.) Any 145hp 170 guys have experience there?
3) Is Fly Utah book worth it or just approach videos on youtube and guidance from forums?
4) What areas if any are safe to leave the plane for a few days and take off on foot? I would hate to be stranded when we return.
5) Anyone on here plan to be in the area over memorial weekend?
Goal: to be safe as possible, not be a statistic, well prepared, HAVE FUN, and come home to my family.
If flying into caveman or KCNY, and taking a ride over to wherever we are going is the best solution that is something I will also consider. Although it would be much nicer to land somewhere already in the bc. Thanks.