Shane, Brad, and I headed down to the Grand Canyon for a rim2rim2rim adventure on Saturday. This would be my fifth double crossing but the first for both Brad and Shane. Being able to share this experience with them made this extra special for me.
|The sign basically says you're going to die if you go to the river and back in a day|
|North Kaibab Trail parallels Bright Angel Creek|
|The canyon is narrow here due to the hard schist rock|
|We stopped often and took pictures to take in the experience|
|Grand Canyon is far from the desolate landscape often depicted in photos|
|Looking back to where we started just a few hours before|
Before we knew it we had arrived at the ranger residence before the big climb up the North Rim. The trail steepens quite a bit after the ranger residence and we were switching between running the flatter sections and hiking the steep inclines.
|Colors changing in valley below the trail|
|Lookout just below North Rim|
|Brad on the descent|
|Typical view about half way between rim and residence|
|Shane and Brad at the ranger residence|
We flew down the trail back to the rangers' residence. What had taken us about two hours on the way up only took about 50 minutes on the way down. For me, the stretch from the back to Phantom Ranch is the crux of the day. The toll of miles of downhill pounding really take their toll despite the moderate grade of the trail. I started having some stomach problems and had to rest a few times to let it settle.
|One of four bridges that cross Bright Angel Creek in inner gorge|
|Black Bridge crosses the Colorado River|
|Looking down at Bright Angel Campground from South Kaibab Trail|
On the way home Shane and I stopped for a burger and a beer to celebrate and fill our hungry bellies. In a show of endurance that pales the double crossing, Shane put down a 1/2 pound bacon cheeseburger and onion rings and promptly ordered another and crushed the second burger without flinching. Very impressive indeed sir. I also have to give a shout out to Brad's show of endurance by putting up with mine and Shane's ridiculous banter all day. In a word, it was SMUTty and Brad took it like a champ.