I'll start off by saying I didn’t summit. Some unpleasant weather came in while I was trying to find the solution to going up a ten foot high head wall so I decided to turn back and save it for another day. It’ll still be there.
The peak on the left was my goal. To get there I had to work around from the right.
Part of the route up. Pleasing to the eye. Gentle on the feet
Tell me that’s not a cool looking tree! I’ve no idea why that bottom branch grew out that way but it’s fascinating. I’ve seen it once before on a much older/bigger tree that I was able to climb on.
Grand Canyon backpacking report (using three pairs of shoes + bare feet too) By Thea Gavin
Last month, since I was already at Grand Canyon's North Rim (for a creative writing workshop I lead there every June), I decided to take a stroll down to the Colorado River and spend the night at Phantom Ranch, a fun overnight backpacking trip I'd done several times from the South Rim.
Of course I "knew" that it was 14 miles each way from the North Rim (twice as far as from the South Rim), but I was feeling good about the workshop and happy to have a few days to enjoy the canyon solitude.
Long story short: to hike 28 miles in two days, in summer heat, carrying a way-too-full backpack (a sort of "rebound" pack job in response to being very cold backpacking in May) . . . well, it was a bit of a rough go the last five (steep!) miles.
But . . . one step at a time . . . I made it, experimenting with three...