I have reserved a room at Maswik lodge from Dec, 30 - Jan 1. I will stay up all night on Dec, 30 and sleep all day on Dec, 31 (night acclimatization). I plan to start at Sunset and will be back to South rim before midnight on Jan, 1.
I'll go "heavy and slow" for safety reason. I will take 2-lb/15F down sleeping bag and a Bibler Big Wall Bivy sack with me (just in case). I'll bring enough winter gear including KTS crampon, -40F 2.2lb Salomon Snow Pro boot, The North Face XCR Parka and pant, 180°s® Edge gloves & Powerstretch glove, headgear, GPS, and 200-lumen headlamp with spare bulb (will last 16 hours).
There are 2 other solo hikers with me (they may be call bail out the last minute). With or without them, I'm going.
Worst comes to worst, I'll make a satellite call for warm pizza.
P.S. I'll write a letter to the Backcountry office to let them know that we will be doing this on the New Year Eve. This is to make sure they won't be surprised to see a few bright light (200-lumen) going towards the North rim. If they mind, I'll postpond the trip, not cancel. I can do it after the New Year Eve (well, the lodge is cheaper too!).
Any snow yet? The Live Web Cam (at http://www2.nature.nps.gov/air/webcams/ ... rcacam.htm
)does not show much