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September 2008 Southwest Backpacking Trip

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  Introduction
  Arches National Park
      The Great Alcohol Search
      Camp
      Devils Garden - Arches
      Devils Garden - Hiking
  Grand Canyon
      Preparation
      Pre-Hike
      The Plunge
      Bright Angel Campground
      Clear Creek Trail
      The Ascent
      Indian Garden Campground
      Tonto West Hike
      The Great Snake Battle
      The Final Ascent
  The Narrows
      Gearing Up
      The Awakening
      The Hike In
      Pee / Poo
      Camp
      The Hike Out
  Sedona
      Places We Missed
      Meteor Crater
      Airport Mesa
      Thunder Mountain
  Farewell

Saturday, September 13 - Sunday, September 28, 2008

In September of 2008, Robyne, Elaine and I headed to the Southwest for a two-week trip.

Robyne Doten Elaine McHale
Robyne (hiking the Narrows) Elaine (resting on Clear Creek Trail, Grand Canyon)
Rose Wachowski
Rose (soaking her feet at Indian Springs campground)

We met in Albuquerque, NM since Robyne and Elaine were already there attending a wedding. For the next two weeks we traveled to Arches National Park, The Grand Canyon, The Narrows in Zion and Sedona before returning back to Albuquerque.

Arches National Park The Grand Canyon
Arches National Park, Utah The Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
 
The Narrows in Zion Sedona
The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah Sedona, Arizona

Maps

This map shows the route we took. Each leg of the trip was 6-8 hours of driving.

Driving Map

Our Schedule:
Sat, Sep 13Albuquerque, NMArrivalF
Sun, Sep 14Albuquerque, NM
Moab, UT (Arches)
Drive to Arches National Park.F to B
Mon, Sep 15Moab, UT (Arches)Hike Devil's Garden.B
Tue, Sep 16Moab, UT (Arches)
Grand Canyon, AZ
Drive to South Rim of Grand Canyon.B to C
Wed, Sep 17Grand Canyon, AZBackpack to Bright Angel Campground (bottom of Canyon).C
Thu, Sep 18Grand Canyon, AZDay hike Clear Creek Trail.C
Fri, Sep 19Grand Canyon, AZBackpack to Indian Springs Campground (1/3 of the way back up).C
Sat, Sep 20Grand Canyon, AZDay hike Tonto West Trail.C
Sun, Sep 21Grand Canyon, AZBackpack to summit. Dinner at El Tovar.C
Mon, Sep 22Grand Canyon, AZ
Zion, UT (Narrows)
Drive to The Narrows.C to D
Tue, Sep 23Zion, UT (Narrows)Backpack 8 miles into The Narrows.D
Wed, Sep 24Zion, UT (Narrows)Backpack 8 miles out of The Narrows (through hike, not out and back).D
Thu, Sep 25Zion, UT (Narrows)
Sedona, AZ
Drive to Sedona.D to E
Fri, Sep 26Sedona, AZHike around Thunder Mountain.E
Sat, Sep 27Sedona, AZ
Albuquerque, NM
Drive back to Albuquerque.E to F
Sun, Sep 28Albuquerque, NMDepartF
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