Greetings Arch Hunters...today is Arch Wednesday! (Issue #30)
Worldwide arch count: 6139; Net Change: +2; Arches with GAD 100 ft (30m) or more: 157; US County with the most arches: Grand, Utah with 2395; Country with the most arches outside the US: France, with 101; Fallen (Worldwide): 25
Each week we update the World Arch Database (WAD) with newly reported arches as well as more accurate data and/or photos for existing arch entries. Each Wednesday (day may vary), we send you a list of the updated arch entries with a summary of what has changed.
Greetings from outer space! For
the first time, you are receiving this Arch Wednesday via satellite. I
am way out in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona where there are no wireless
or mobile services (but lots of arches!).
NABS Web Site Cross-Reference Project
We are cross-referencing the WAD with the Natural Arch and Bridge
Society's (NABS) web site www.naturalarches.org. This is a huge job that
will likely take several months to complete.
This week we made it through the first part of NABS' Arizona Gallery.
Changes such as better coordinates, better photos, better directions,
etc. were made to data for the following arches: AZ-84, Blackhorse,
Angel's Window, Boysag, Bridge of Sighs, Jicarilla, Royal and Jett
arches. No errors were found in the NABS data.
Largest Arches Inventory Project (LAIP): Focusing on updates for the largest arches in the world, defined in the World Arch Database as arches having a superior Greater Arch Dimension (or GAD),
this project is now complete. Our cutoff point for arches in this
project was a GAD of 100 feet (30 meters) or greater. As we continue
with our other projects, we may come across data for more large arches.
And there is still the hanging question about the size of an arch in
UtahArches.com Cross-Reference: Cross-reference of the WAD with Utah-only arch hunter David Sessions' site UtahArches.com.
Arches UK Cross-Reference: Cross-reference of the WAD with supreme arch hunter Ray Millar's web site "Arches UK."
Bob's Arches Cross-Reference: Cross-reference of the WAD with supreme arch documenter Robert Fagley's web site "Bob's Arches."
Arch Millenium Cross-Reference: Cross-reference of the WAD with awesome canyoneer and arch documenter Guilain DeBossens' web site "Arch Millenium."
Arches of Kentucky Cross-Reference: Cross-reference of the WAD with perseverant Kentucky arch hunter Bill Patrick's web site for Kentucky arches.
Tennessee Arches Cross-Reference: Cross-reference of the WAD with Tennessee geographer Tom Dunigan's web site.
Upcoming Arch Hunting Expeditions
Kolb Arch: Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA - an attempt to find a direct route to this arch from the rim at Point Imperial.
Tom Till's Arch, Manti La Sal National Forest, San Juan County, Utah, USA: A
local Moab, Utah photographer named Tom Till found a substantial arch
about 12 years ago and took a fantastic photo of it, but did not obtain
GPS coordinates for it or even accurate directions. NABS and others,
including Stone Canyon, have attempted to locate this arch on the
ground, in the air and about every which way you can think of. This arch
may have fallen, but if so we should be able to locate the site. If
not, we should be able to locate it with extreme effort applied to the
task (May, 2013). This week we have a new clue from Rob Jones for
finding this arch.
Bill Williams River, Arizona, USA: We'll be hunting for arches in the mountains on both sides of this western Arizona, USA river (March-April, 2013).
Happy Arch Hunting!