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Grand Canyon Adventure, Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim. Some pics.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Arrived in Phoenix and ran/hiked up Squaw Peak to loosen up after the flight. Wife showing how white the rocks were and how blue the sky was.

Hiked around Courthouse Rock in Sedona.

And climbed a nearby rock with TTO/wife.

Right calf painful to touch and kicking myself for rock climb possibly jeopardizing Canyon run but had dinner at El Tovar at the Grand Canyon and the excellent meal calmed my worries. Restaurant is just off the South Rim and we were able to get a table for 7 at 6:00 p.m. on a Saturday because a party did not show up. You can't get a table with no wait anywhere decent at that hour. A good omen!

This is the view from the South Rim. You can barely see the North Rim but you can see it and I always say if I can see a place, I can run to it.

We set 3 rules for the run: No whining, no racing, and nobody gets left behind.

We started on the South Kaibab Trail at 5:00 a.m. and about 2 hours later, I was looking at a tunnel and bridge across the Colorado River.

Here is a view along the way to the North:

I'll post more pictures in another Blog. The trip was about 46 miles and we figure we ran half and hiked half. Expected it to take 16 hours but it took 18. Having no moon was an issue as the trail at the start and finish was hard to see and when you shined your lights past the edge there was nothing there but potential death. And TTO insisted that we take our time and enjoy it.

Over the last 8 miles we took it easy figuring there were no time goals and we did not want to crash after having gone so far without either of us falling. Plus I was saving a bit of energy to finish like this:

And at 35 degrees at the finish, I was wearing a jacket!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PAULINLIM 10/29/2010 4:58PM

    This is amazing! I rafted for 3 weeks down the G.C. on my 40th-birthday year, but I would love to do what you did, if only I could run that far! I keep making vision collages, and all my visions are of trail running, which I only do occasionally, so I see that I want me life to take that direction. I'm going to read your whole blog!

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CANYON_GAL 10/24/2010 7:37PM

    Wow! I live at the Grand Canyon and work at Yavapai Cafe. I have met others who have done a rim-to-rim hike. I don't think my knees will ever make it.

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GRAMMIE1959 10/21/2010 4:10PM


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ALEXTHEHUNN 10/21/2010 3:21PM

    Wonderful pictures!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 10/19/2010 10:34AM

    Wow - CONGRATULATIONS! Great photos!!

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PURPLEALLY 10/19/2010 7:14AM

    AWESOME!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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LAGREBE 10/19/2010 7:13AM

    This is quite incredible! Well done!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 10/19/2010 6:44AM

    Looks and reads 'totally awesome'. On my bucket list.

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BILLALEX70 10/19/2010 6:02AM

    Sounds like one heck of an adventure! The scenery is just gorgeous and I'll be anxious to see more picutres.

I'm envious that you have a spouse to do things like this with.
Congrats on a tough trail!

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MARATHON_MOM 10/19/2010 5:54AM

    Yep... this adventure is going on my "bucket list"!!

Congratulations, Ray! What an amazing experience!

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PRINCESSNURSE 10/19/2010 4:42AM

    How amazing is that view? What an incredible acomplishment--way to go!

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AELARLEE1 10/19/2010 12:52AM

    Awesome, absolutely awesome! What a great adventure!

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JOPAPGH 10/18/2010 10:47PM

    Love the pictures. As a family we drove an RV from Pittsburgh and stayed at the South Rim. POssibly our most peaceful RV trip ever.

DD and I even hiked down the South Kaibab Trail, back when she was a peanut.

Can't wait for part two.

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KEAKMAN 10/18/2010 9:25PM

    Ray I am so proud of you for doing this! I know that the park usually recommends HIKERS to make it a 2 day trip. But you ran it and did it in less than a day!


(loved the pics....thanks for sharing them!!)

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SARAWALKS 10/18/2010 9:19PM

    Amazing. I stayed on the South Rim in 2002...woke up to the silence before and during was January, not many people around. Incredible that you walked to the North Rim! emoticon in the fullest and deepest sense of the word.

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BOBBYD31 10/18/2010 9:15PM

    ray that is totally amazing, pics are great too. the pic from the south rim would have sent me running back to my hotel. you and your wife are amazing.

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AURORA98 10/18/2010 8:55PM

    Wow amazing pictures.

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MOTIVATED@LAST 10/18/2010 8:52PM

    Oh wow - what an awesome adventure!!

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