Greetings Arch Hunters...today is Arch Wednesday! (Issue #29)
Worldwide arch count: 6137; Net Change: +6; Arches with GAD 100 ft (30m) or more: 154; 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.
Natural Bridges National Monument/White Canyon Project (Utah, USA)
We are continuing to enter and update arch data in these areas in
anticipation of the Natural Arch and Bridge Society's (NABS) Spring 2013
Arch Rally. Search US>UT>San Juan>location keywords "Natural
Bridges" or "White Cyn."
One more new entry on this project, Shortcut Arch. There will be no
updates on this project until after the NABS Spring Arch Rally, unless
something really big comes up!
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 nearing completion. Our cutoff point for arches in this project is a GAD of 100 feet (30 meters) or greater.
None this week.
New entries (two of these were found inadvertently as part of the LAIP research, but do not have a GAD over 100 ft)
Talava Arches (Niue): Three
beautiful arches in the small Pacific Island country of Niue, one
of which has a span of 116 feet (photo above and data from Ray Millar).
Three Arches National Geopark (China): Three huge arches with height of over 300 feet (from Raymond Hardy).
NABS Web Site Cross-Reference: Cross-reference of the WAD with the Natural Arch and Bridge Society's "Gallery" and "GIS" sections.
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."
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!