Grand Canyon Ascent

Posted on November 24, 2015. Filed under: American Southwest, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Grand Canyon AscentAfter a good nights sleep at Phantom Ranch and a hearty breakfast we set off in the cloudy morning past mule stalls and across the mighty Colorado River.  I was happy to find a few small streams to cross as well since I always like to put my Keen hiking boots to the test again.  It really does amaze me how they do not leak even one drop.

The day progressed fairly quickly and easily.  I find ascending tiring which I tolerate much better than descending which can produce pain for me.  We clipped along for most of the morning enjoying how the bands of rock changed color.  Several times we were convinced we were getting close only to be chastised by the next turn.  After about 4.5 hours we could see people at the top so we knew we were getting there.  The last hour was interesting because we heard so many different languages of all the day hikers on the trail.  I was amused by the Eastern European ladies in all their finery getting down into the canyon.  I was also disheartened, however, to realize that I heard very little English spoken.  It seems few of my fellow Americans venture below the rim.  At Phantom Ranch rangers told us only 1% of all visitors hike into the canyon.

That’s a shame.  We have this world-famous geological wonder right here in our backyard.  I felt I had gotten acquainted with it having spent these two days in the canyon.  I also felt very accomplished to have completed the 5 hours of hiking down and 6.5 hours up!

Grand Canyon Completed

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