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This is a collection of my blog entries about hiking
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for the more recent trips that I have recorded in blog entries

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2010/11/26 Backpacking the Grand Canyon: South Rim to Phantom Ranch, Indian Garden, and Back
π 2010-11-26 00:00 in Hiking
After a Nice flight from Palo Alto and Sunset and Sunrise viewing from the South Rim, it was time to start our hike.

The trail was slightly snowy at the top, but became good very quickly, with smooth sailing/hiking all the way to Bright Angel. The only hard part for me was going down with over 50lbs on my back (a bit hard o ny knees).



Here is a picture of what the hike looked like:





Day 1: South Kaibab Trail

After hiking the Rim trail at sunrise, we went backpacking down South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Camp.








This crow came hoping to get fed
This crow came hoping to get fed















Day1: Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Camp

After a relatively easy 8 miles and 4h30, we got down to Phantom Ranch and setup camp at Bright Angel Camp. The Camp was pretty busy, but eh, you can't expect otherwise around thanksgiving.
After setting camp and saying hi to the local deer, we went to Phantom Ranch to listen to a ranger led presentation.






We got to learn about rocks :)
We got to learn about rocks :)


Night got pretty cold (freezing)
Night got pretty cold (freezing)

Candle Lit dinner
Candle Lit dinner

This shows the hike back up:




Day2: Bright Angel Camp to Indian Garden

The original plan was to hike around the canyon bottom on the second day and sleep at Indian Garden. Unfortunately, the weather forecast was for bad weather the next day (rain and snow, which wasn't great for hiking, and not great for flying out either if the plane is iced up and the runway snowed in).
So, we elected to get out early and go through Indian Garden directly back to the top.




still had my great ski hat :)
still had my great ski hat :)

this looks the way to get up :)
this looks the way to get up :)

we trailled and passed the mules a couple of times
we trailled and passed the mules a couple of times

Old mine shaft
Old mine shaft


Jennifer's boots were not water proof
Jennifer's boots were not water proof



the mules beat us there by a little bit :)
the mules beat us there by a little bit :)



Day2: Indian Garden to South Rim

We took a break at our supposed camp site for the night, Indian Garden, since we had reached it by 11:00.


After the quick lunch at Indian Garden, we pushed for the top (4500ft climb total and 11 miles up in 6h30):














back to the top, in record time!
back to the top, in record time!

After getting back up by 14:45 or so, we cleaned up quickly, and got a cab to the airport to fly to Vegas before sunset. If it weren't for the cab almost taking an hour to show up (!), everything else was perfect.

Georef Map

If you wish, here is a link to a big georeferenced map of Vegas/Grand Canyon Trip.

More pages: April 1999 June 2000 August 2003 March 2006 May 2006 July 2006 November 2006 May 2007 July 2007 August 2007 July 2008 May 2009 July 2009 June 2010 November 2010 July 2011 September 2012 June 2013 October 2014 January 2015 February 2015 August 2015 October 2015 July 2016