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Team: South
Richard Tyrrell
Wednesday, September 4
Hiking the Grand Canyon

The trip progressing quickly now, or so it seems to me. We have just finished the Grand Canyon leg of the journey and it truly is an amazing place. I believe I have been the most fortunate here. My wife Marcia was able to join up with us at the south rim of the canyon and we took our first glimpse of the Grand together. We spent the first day going from one overlook to another, and back again because the light had changed and the view was now different. We stopped to see the IMAX movie Grand Canyon, and it presents some wonderful reenactments of the early explorations. We booked a one-hour helicopter flight over and across the canyon for that “birds eye view “. The following day we had breakfast at the El Tavor lodge at a table overlooking the south rim. Then it was time for me to start to prepare for my descent into the canyon. Marcia was there to see me off as the team dropped off on the Tanner Trail.
The Tanner is a double black-diamond descent and is nearly 10 miles in length to the river. We camped overnight almost half way down on the only spot flat enough for a team to throw down sleeping bags. The next morning we were up before dawn to get moving before the heat of the day could catch us. We reached the river about 9:30 am and waited a couple of hours for the raft that was to pick us up and carry us to Phantom Ranch and a chance to rest for the remainder of the day. The next day would be our hike out and it would be 14 miles with an elevation gain of nearly six thousand feet. We set the alarm for 3:20am and actually walked out of camp by head lamps at 4:00am. The first nine miles are rather straight forward on a well maintained trail. However the last 5 miles are very steep switchbacks that never ever end. At least that is the way it seems at the time, anyway we all topped out at about 12:30 in the afternoon, tired but very, very happy. So you can see by this entry that I have really experienced the Grand Canyon in a way few people ever have the opportunity to do.

Stay Well….Richard
for Wednesday, September 4
North South Both




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