The Grand Canyon - Rim to Rim

Planning
Rim to Rim
North Kaibab Trail
At the Bottom
The Colorado River
Indian Gardens
The Final Up
Kudo's to Eb Eberlein

Planning the Hike


In my humble opinion, anyone that has any link to or enjoyment of the outdoors has probably dreamt of traveling in the Grand Canyon. Since moving to Arizona, the question became, not when, but which trip to take into the Canyon.

Fear of Heights

On my first trip to the Canyon (as a native of New Jersey) with 2 carloads of guys out here at a conference, I discovered that I had an acute fear of heights. Not only couldn't I get close the the edge, it made me nauseous to watch someone else go near the edge (go figure!).

After that, I resolved to beat this silly fear and I started hiking. I hiked trails and mountains to stress myself (like Squaw Peak and Camelback in Phoenix) and slowly beat the fear down. Even better than that, I discovered that I loved Hiking.

How to Start

Several guys at my office also wanted to trek the Canyon, but none of us really knew how to start (safely, that is). I, for one, have never even camped out overnight. (Really, not once, never!)

We discovered a Trailguide service on the web named Sky Island Treks that could assist us and guide us safely. They provided us with all the gear (tents, sleeping bags, packs, food) and most importantly, a fine guide in the person of Eb Eberlein.

We started the trip planning in April for an October hike. The backcountry permits required to stay overnight in the Canyon are applied for 5 months in advance!

The Trip

We decided on a Rim-to-Rim hike starting from the North Rim, down the North Kaibab Trail, with overnight stops at Cottonwood Campground and Phantom Ranch. Then up the Bright Angel Trail with an overnight at Indian Gardens. Finally ending at Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.

The crew consisted of me, Alan Morgan, and Ryan Allen. We are all fellow geeks at Direct Alliance Corp. based in Tempe, Arizona.

The picture to the left is the obligatory before picture. This is where we are clean, still smell good, and have all the energy in the world. (This picture was taken at the Desert View overook on the South Rim. In the large view, you can see the watchtower in the background.)

Interestingly, we each trained for this hike differently. I hiked lunchhours on South Mountain with longer hikes on weekends; Alan played (and coached) basketball; and Ryan worked out at the gym with many miles on the Stairmaster.

Join Us on our geeks tour of the canyon.

 

 

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