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Team: South
Friday, August 30, 2002
Down into the Canyon
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Team South gets pumped as they ready themselves to head down the Tanner Trail into the Grand Canyon.

Team South gets pumped as they ready themselves to head down the Tanner Trail into the Grand Canyon.
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

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An interpretive sign tells the trekkers how far they're going to climb down. Don't forget you still have to come back up!

An interpretive sign tells the trekkers how far they're going to climb down. Don't forget you still have to come back up!
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

Six members of Team South, accompanied by National Geographic videographer Wayne Clague, are starting down the Tanner Trail this afternoon, on their way to the Colorado River. They will camp on top of the Redwall, then continue to the river the next day.

Like most of the Grand Canyon trails, the Tanner too, was an old Indian route. Seth Tanner, an early Mormon prospector, improved the trail and moved the trailhead from East of Desert View to its present location at Lipan Point. At one time this trail was also known as the "Horsethief Trail" because horses stolen in Utah would be driven down the Nankoweap Trail, swam across the Colorado, then up the Tanner to the south rim and sold to unsuspecting ranchers.
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