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Grand Canyon – Postscript/Postmortem

Grand Canyon – Postscript/Postmortem

Now that I’ve had some more time to think about my trip to the bottom, I figured I’d give a little background of what equipment I brought, how I used it, and what I would have done differently. First, what did I bring? Backpack: Kelty Lakota 65 – I got this at REI Outlet. I liked my Kelty tent and this seemed to be the right size for multi-day hikes. I was happy with basically everything about it. It has…

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Grand Canyon – Part V: Indian Garden to Bright Angel Trailhead [2014/12/07]

Grand Canyon – Part V: Indian Garden to Bright Angel Trailhead [2014/12/07]

If you haven’t read Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV, you should. It seems strange to read Part V first. Go on. So after waking up and making some Gnorr Instant Side Pasta, and lazing around, it was time to make the final ascent. It is about 3000 feet up to the South Rim and about 5 miles of hiking. Below is the view leaving Indian Garden. You can see the South Rim through the gap in…

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Grand Canyon – Part IV: Plateau Point [2014/12/06]

Grand Canyon – Part IV: Plateau Point [2014/12/06]

If you haven’t read Part I, Part II, and Part III, I suggest you check those out first. These are probably the best pictures of the whole trip. You’ve got to earn them! By looking at all my other pictures and reading my witty commentary! Go back, I’ll wait. Ok, cool. So after I pitched camp at Indian Garden, I immediately headed for Plateau Point. The sun was beginning to set and I thought it would make for a once…

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Grand Canyon – Part III: Colorado River to Indian Garden [2014/12/06]

Grand Canyon – Part III: Colorado River to Indian Garden [2014/12/06]

If you haven’t already seen Part I and Part II, I suggest you check them out first. So after bidding adieu (or adios or whatever) to the Colorado, I began the ascent to Indian Garden. The hike to Indian Garden is significantly smaller elevation than the hike from Indian Garden out. I guess that’s good because if I would have known how hard it would the last day, I may have joined the Park Service like one joins the French…

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Grand Canyon – Part II: Bright Angel Campground [2014/12/05-06]

Grand Canyon – Part II: Bright Angel Campground [2014/12/05-06]

If you haven’t read Part I, check it out first. You should see all the work I put in before you see me lounging and drinking beer… All said, it took me about 5 hours to get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. A lot of people told me it would take 3-4 hours, but I guess I took my sweet time. Once I got there, my dogs were barking. I picked a camp site right next to Bright…

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Grand Canyon – Part I: South Kaibab to the Colorado River [2014/12/05]

Grand Canyon – Part I: South Kaibab to the Colorado River [2014/12/05]

In December 2014, I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I booked a permit for four a few months in advance but, unfortunately, my friends are lame… I booked two nights in the Canyon, one at Bright Angel Campground and one at Indian Garden. I spent the night before in Flagstaff in order to shorten the trip to the Canyon. The drive to the Canyon was about an hour and a half. It was really foggy and I…

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