One more trip to the Grand Canyon, the third in a week. I was hoping to walk down Bright Angel Trail again, even for just half a mile or so, but the trailhead was still covered in snow, so we took a stroll along the rim walk. My first real hiking experience started here almost four years ago. In 2004 I hiked with two friends from the south rim of the grand canyon down to the Colorado River via this Bright Angel Trail and back to the rim all within one day (despite the National Park Service’s stern warning against doing this all in one day). It was probably a 14-16 hour hike roundtrip in 90-100 degree heat with a vertical climb of 1.3 km. Going down to the river was easy, but the hike back up to the rim was hell. I remember being completely exhausted at some point and had to rest my shaking and cramping legs every 100 yards or so while my more athletic friends had to wait up for me throughout the last couple of miles. But in retrospect that was an experience of a lifetime.
February 29, 2008Leisure