Grand Canyon Trip Coming
Easily my greatest regret on the activity side of life, occurred in the Grand Canyon. I'd hiked various trails including day hiking to the Colorado River and back via the usual trails and multi-day backpacking via Bill Hall/Thunder River/Deer Creek Narrows that I've described here, Hermit Trail, North Bass, etc... but I had heard the hike down Nankoweap Trail that included a view of ancient granaries.....
.....was the hardest in the Canyon and included what is commonly referred to as the "scary section". I planned to do a day hike and check out that part while proceeding on at least to Marion Point so I could plan for a future multi-day hike to the river. I arrived at the scary section, where it disappeared around a corner with no guarantee of hand holds beyond, vividly remember thinking, "What the **** are you thinking" turned around and hiked out. I've thought often of that experience and about going back. Today, I learned the park rangers hiked to that spot a couple of years ago and opened it up a bit!!!! This image is after the rangers cut into the sheer cliff above, creating a scree slope through which a faint trail can be seen. Hmmmm, may have to do this later this year, hike down to the river, camp and then hike back out the next day.
7/10/2012 03:05:54 am
You regret hearing about a hike down Nankoweap Trail?? This post makes no sense!
7/10/2012 06:09:02 am
Thanks for the head's up. One paragraph did not "take" when posted.
It's not just you
7/10/2012 05:35:12 am
I was equally puzzled. Perhaps Wilson is upset about his bike not being fixed yet. Either way it seems like he was cut off mid sentence..
I have fallen and can't get up
7/10/2012 07:45:44 am
As someone who has hiked on a moderately difficult trail into the Grand Canyon (with Mark), I recommend that everyone collect their IOU's from Mark and demand the return of anything he has borrowed from you before he takes this trip. It is difficult to appreciate the danger involved in hiking the GC until you have done it and Mark is proposing to do the most dangerous trail in the park. Falling, getting lost, injury, running out of water, severe sun exposure, and boots falling apart from the heat are just some of the things that can spoil a walk in the park. Otherwise, it is a great experience. Mark, I hope you have crossed everything else off your bucket list before you try this one. If anyone can do it, it is you.
7/10/2012 10:58:27 pm
Don't forget about snake bites! There is little of that experience that I do not still vividly remember and I can't say that about much else. That harrowing hike above the Colorado River, in and out of numerous side canyons, pouring rain and thunder, a snake, walking off trail by mistake, trudging up the final incline praying that it was the last before Deer Creek Narrows (and it was), mucking about in the dark trying to find the camp site, setting up my tent and laying inside with water dripping through the fabric (it never rains in the inner Canyon so why bring a cover?). It was as if all my good fortune from previous trips had caught up to me. What great memories!
8/13/2012 04:33:23 pm
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog.. I like it..I enjoyed every little bit part of it and I will be waiting for the new updates.
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