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Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim day hike

Last weekend, October 26th till October 28th 2007 I was in the Grand Canyon, Arizona. We started early on Friday. Through the start of the trip was supposed to be 8:30AM I started a bit late since I had to pickup people that were car polling with me, Tim and Lumme. We all arrived at the South Rim just for the sunset - over 500 miles from my home in Playa Del Rey. Trip was mostly uneventful except maybe for a gas station in the middle of the desert which was selling gas for 4.37 a galon and had posters everywhere explaining their high prices and asking people not to make comments about them. After setting in a camp we went for a dinner/ supper at a local restaurant. All three of us shared a pizza while most of other people in our group decided to go for a plate of pasta. We also scoped out the trail head. At around 3:10AM my alarm clock sounded and I waken up. Well, its time to do this. We started from the trail head to which we driven in my car at 4:47AM. There was some delay due to other members of the party arriving late in their cars. The first 30-45min were spend in total darkness moving quickly down towards the river. We removed all heavy clothing after it started to shine and were in just t-shirts. Temperatures raised quickly as we moved down and sun started to operate. It was full morning weather once we got to the river. There I had a short encounter with a bit lost young big horn sheep. After crossing the river over nice and almost brand new bridge we taken on water and moved on towards the Phantom ranch. After the ranch we were on our way through many miles of almost flat trail that leads through the canyon along a creek. Views very very spectacular. Through this trail is almost flat we still risen around 2000ft from the river. When we arrived at the Cottonwood campground it was almost noon, water was found about 30min past the campground on private land. This was the start of the north rim ascent. It took some hard work to ascent to the top of the North Rim. Especially since I was caring (as usual) too much water. I also opted out to keep all of my warm clothing with me for security reasons - I was still not confident in my right calf. At the north rim I meat some of the people I was supposed to hike with - since we broken up into groups as small as single person. On our way back the first few miles were rather easy - going down is always easy except on your knees. At the Cottonwood camp we assembled a small team of 4 people and from that point on we stayed together all the way to the top. The last few miles of climbing the Bright Angel trail to the top of South Rim were very hard. I felt sick close to the top - my stomach was giving way. I think there is such thing as drinking too much water. However, with encouragement from Lumme I was able to reach the top in 18h and 15min. We were second at the top with Tim finishing 45min before us. Other members finished up to few hours after us, however in less then 24h. It was a long hike, but I enjoyed the view. If you have the energy to do it - I definitely recommend it.

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we are moving quickly down to the river from the north side
we are moving quickly down to the river from the north side
welcome to phantom ranch
welcome to phantom ranch
waterfall on the south side of the river
waterfall on the south side of the river
way into the fog
way into the fog
view from the bottom
view from the bottom
walls around the trail are very steap up and down
walls around the trail are very steap up and down
view from a side road on south rim
view from a side road on south rim
very high and steep towers
very high and steep towers
very nice big rock
very nice big rock
trail hugs the rock
trail hugs the rock
turists on south rim
turists on south rim
tim and lumme enjoy last rays of the setting sun
tim and lumme enjoy last rays of the setting sun
tim at night
tim at night
the moon still shines despite competition from young sun
the moon still shines despite competition from young sun
there are no shortcuts down
there are no shortcuts down
temple in the distnace waterfall closeup
temple in the distnace waterfall closeup
temple in the distnace 2
temple in the distnace 2
temple in the distnace 3
temple in the distnace 3
temple in the distnace - closeup
temple in the distnace - closeup
temple in the distnace 1
temple in the distnace 1
sunset 1
sunset 1
sunset 2
sunset 2
sun is going to sleep on our way back to the south rim
sun is going to sleep on our way back to the south rim
sunrise at the bottom of south rim
sunrise at the bottom of south rim
south rim Sunday portret
south rim Sunday portret
steep walls of the south rim
steep walls of the south rim
smoke from the fire makes the whole area hazy
smoke from the fire makes the whole area hazy
south rim Sunday portret 2
south rim Sunday portret 2
shirley having a snack at the north rim
shirley having a snack at the north rim
sky is grey from all the smoke from the fire
sky is grey from all the smoke from the fire
shirley and the sheep
shirley and the sheep
route from south rim to north 2
route from south rim to north 2
route from south rim to north
route from south rim to north
river from the bridge 2
river from the bridge 2
river from the bridge
river from the bridge
river and immediate area
river and immediate area
river and steep canyon walls
river and steep canyon walls
red walls
red walls
river again
river again
peak in the clouds
peak in the clouds
phantom ranch poster
phantom ranch poster
on the way to the north rim
on the way to the north rim
on the way to cottonwood camp with Kevins back
on the way to cottonwood camp with Kevins back
on the way to the north rim - views
on the way to the north rim - views
on the trail with great view everywhere
on the trail with great view everywhere
on the way down from the south rim
on the way down from the south rim
north rim poster 2
north rim poster 2
north rim red walls
north rim red walls
north rim is steap as well
north rim is steap as well
north rim poster 1
north rim poster 1
mules at phantom ranch 2
mules at phantom ranch 2
north rim in the distance
north rim in the distance
more cool stuff
more cool stuff
mules at phantom ranch 1
mules at phantom ranch 1
more colorado river
more colorado river
mighty colorado river
mighty colorado river
more colorado river 2
more colorado river 2
massive rock in shape of a building
massive rock in shape of a building
me at the north rim
me at the north rim
lubos at the north rim
lubos at the north rim
many more hide in the fog
many more hide in the fog
looking down from the middle of north rim trail
looking down from the middle of north rim trail
looking down into the canyon from the middle of north rim trail
looking down into the canyon from the middle of north rim trail
long way to run down
long way to run down
long walk beyond phantom with small bridges over the creek
long walk beyond phantom with small bridges over the creek
long way to go tomorrow
long way to go tomorrow
long walk beyond phantom ranch 7
long walk beyond phantom ranch 7
long walk beyond phantom ranch with Kevin at the lead
long walk beyond phantom ranch with Kevin at the lead
long walk beyond phantom ranch 5
long walk beyond phantom ranch 5
long walk beyond phantom ranch 6
long walk beyond phantom ranch 6
long walk beyond phantom ranch 3
long walk beyond phantom ranch 3
long walk beyond phantom ranch 4
long walk beyond phantom ranch 4
long walk beyond phantom ranch 2
long walk beyond phantom ranch 2
late night fire over at north rim
late night fire over at north rim
long walk beyond phantom ranch 1
long walk beyond phantom ranch 1
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 4
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 4
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 5
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 5
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 2
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 2
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 3
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 3
kevin at north rim
kevin at north rim
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 1
large rocks on the way to cottonwood camp 1
great views in the morning sun on the way to the river
great views in the morning sun on the way to the river
kevin and lubos
kevin and lubos
grand canyon panorama
grand canyon panorama
fires at the north rim 2
fires at the north rim 2
first large rock on the way down in early morning sun
first large rock on the way down in early morning sun
endless canyon awaits us all as we didn't even get to the river yet
endless canyon awaits us all as we didn't even get to the river yet
fires at the north rim 1
fires at the north rim 1
different view of the rocks in different light conditions
different view of the rocks in different light conditions
early morning sun
early morning sun
creeks inside the canyon
creeks inside the canyon
colorado river in the canyon
colorado river in the canyon
colorado river
colorado river
colorado river and bridges accross
colorado river and bridges accross
colorado river from above
colorado river from above
close encounter with big horn sheep
close encounter with big horn sheep
colorado hikers bridge
colorado hikers bridge
canyon walls at the river
canyon walls at the river
canyon walls have caves in them
canyon walls have caves in them
big crater in the GC
big crater in the GC
bridge accross the river
bridge accross the river
another waterfall
another waterfall
at a view point on south rim on the last day of the trip
at a view point on south rim on the last day of the trip
another red tower
another red tower
another gaiant rocky mountain
another gaiant rocky mountain
another red tower 2
another red tower 2
andre at the north rim
andre at the north rim
another bridge over colorado river
another bridge over colorado river
abandomed house in the canyon
abandomed house in the canyon
almost at the bottom
almost at the bottom
a day after a long hike
a day after a long hike
Sunday on the south rim
Sunday on the south rim
South rim view 7
South rim view 7
South rim view 8
South rim view 8
South rim view 6
South rim view 6
South rim view 4
South rim view 4
South rim view 5
South rim view 5
South rim view 2
South rim view 2
South rim view 3
South rim view 3
Shirley is more interesting as far as the sheep is concerned
Shirley is more interesting as far as the sheep is concerned
South rim view 1
South rim view 1
Andre looking for batteries for his camera
Andre looking for batteries for his camera
 

Album created on 2007-11-03 and last updated on 2007-11-03