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Grand Canyon - The Plunge
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Rules and warnings are prevailent to hikers of the Grand Canyon. I know, I know... "Rules! We don't need no stinkin' rules!" But some of these you might like.
With all of our concerns about this particular hike, we were pleased to see one sign plastered everywhere. It showed a single, buff male in his early 20's. The poster said, "If you look like this, you have the greatest chance of dying in the Grand Canyon." Evidentually, that demographic tends to be a tad overconfident, so they under-plan and over-exert. Luckily, since we weren't male, young or physically prepared, we knew we'd do fine!
We started our seven mile hike down with heavy packs and light spirits. We figured our packs weighed around 40 lbs. except for Elaine's.
Since she had the bad knees, we let her carry an extra 5 pounds. Seven miles may sound easy, but it's seven miles with your brakes on.
We averaged about 1.5 miles per hour.
Elaine and Robyne are dressed like twins!Rose on the trail
Our first stop was Cedar Ridge at 1.5 miles. You'll never guess what we saw there! Something you'd never expect to see on a backpacking
trip!! That's right... Toilets. As if that wasn't strange enough, each of the three stalls had toilet paper. This is what we get for hiking
in the main touristy corridor of the canyon.
Our next stop was Skeleton Point at 3.0 miles. Remarkably we weren't dying of heat exhaustion and Elaine's knees were doing better than expected.
Our final resting point at 4.4 miles was called "The Tipoff." Not only were there more toilets, but also an emergency phone.
From here we took our final plunge to camp.
So, to sum up our descent, we started at the top and...
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