Grand Canyon Adventuring

6 Jun

It’s been quiet on the blog-front for a while.

This is why…

and

also this

We spent five days hiking 23+ miles from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the South Rim.  A quick breakdown of our journey:

Day 1   North Kaibab Trailhead to Cottonwood Campground

6.8 miles

8,241 ft to 4,080 ft

wind gusts up to 50 mph

Day 2   Cottonwood Campground to Bright Angel Campground

7.3 miles (plus .5 mile side trip to Ribbon Falls, a.k.a. the most amazing place on Earth)

Finally! A sign telling us where we are.

4,080 ft to 2,480 ft

the easiest day of hiking

Day 3   Bright Angel Campground

2 miles approximately to hike a loop on the Black and Silver Bridges

2,480 ft

a day of recovery and recreation

Day 4   Bright Angel Campground to Indian Gardens

4.7 miles (plus a 3 mile roundtrip hike to Plateau Point)

2,480 ft to 3,800 ft

a hot day, thanks to Grandpa Bill for spray bottles to keep us cool

Day 5   Indian Gardens to Bright Angel Trailhead

4.6 miles

3,800 ft to 6,860 ft

steep hike, lots of rest stops, but we made it!!!

So there you have it, the Reader’s Digest version of our Grand Canyon Backpacking Adventure 2011.  By the end we had bruised toes, blisters, unbelievably sore legs and shoulders, and lots of new friends.  :)  It was totally worth it, but it will be a few years before we forget enough to plan another rim to rim trip.

♥ v

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