I was in the middle of receiving a back injection when my doctor, Peter, brought up his latest trip with his wife Stephanie. (I think telling me about his adventures is Peter’s way of distracting me from the pain of these medical procedures.) Every year, Peter and Stephanie leave their kids at the grandparents and take a “Remember Why We Married” trip. This year, that trip was to the Grand Canyon.
Staying on the South Rim, the couple stood at the Bright Angel Trailhead early in 2018 and decided to walk down a ways. As Peter tells it, the top of the trail was a little icy without Yaktraks®, but it got better as they descended. They were so entranced at what they were seeing, they ended up hiking all the way down to the Three-Mile Resthouse.
I knew Peter and Stephanie had been to some amazing places. I recall him telling me stories of Costa Rica and other exotic trips during earlier procedures. But as he described this visit to Grand Canyon, it was obvious he was overwhelmed. “It’s an amazing place,” he said of the canyon, “and its right here in our back yard.” The physician and his wife are making plans to some day hike to the bottom and back up.
|Hiking the South Kaibab Trail just after sunrise.|
I’m one of several people who meet to hike Grand Canyon every year. We go as individuals who have decided to trek the corridor trails together. Last year, we hiked North Rim to South Rim in one day. This year, we’ll start at the South Rim at 6:00 a.m., hike down the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, and then hike back up the Bright Angel Trail. It is 17 miles down and up, and the two trails we’re hiking are as different as night and day. I’ll tell you why in future blog posts.
|Looking down the Bright Angel Trail from the South Rim.|
1. Visit our website at https://canyonhike.wordpress.com/, sign up for the Thursday evening Feedbag (Spaghetti supper), and make room reservations now. Rooms are short supply as the date for the hike approaches, but there is no shortage of great material on our website that will tell you how to successfully hike the canyon in one day.
2. Read future blog posts at Grand Canyon or Bust. I’ll share the wisdom of experienced hikers on how to get to the canyon and back, what to pack, and most importantly, how to train for hiking Grand Canyon. You might even want to buy and read a copy of my book YOU CAN Hike Grand Canyon, which is available on Amazon.
3. Start walking.Recently, 9X Grand Canyon hiker Jason Womack asked his digital friend Alexa how deep the Grand Canyon is. She replied: The Grand Canyon is 6,000 feet (that’s 1,830 meters) deep.
To paraphrase Jason, “And YOU are thinking about hiking down to the Colorado River and back up to the rim in one day? CONGRATULATIONS! Let’s get ready together.”