|Hiking||25.00 Miles|| || |
|3,400 ft AEG|| || || |
What a truly rewarding experience. We arrived at the ARCH(Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped) at 2pm and loaded up the vans with supplies and we were ready to leave at 4pm. We made a few stops along the way and reached the Hilltop at about 10pm. Some people slept outside under the stars and others slept in the vans.
Day one...We awoke early and got ready for the hike down. I hiked with one staff and four clients of the ARCH. One of the clients was deaf. My son taught me a few signs that he knew and we were off. Some clients needed hand holding, others needed a shoulder to lean on, and others needed no help at all. The hike down went very well and we stopped at the village and ate lunch. A few went ahead to secure a nice spot to accommodate our group of 25. The bags arrived and we setup camp. I made a few trips to bring people to see Mooney from the top and we also made a couple trips to Havasu.
Day 2...Mooney Falls and beyond. I ended up having to head back before Beaver Falls. One of these times I'll make it to the Colorado.
Day 3...A few staff and I and one client headed over to check out the old Navajo Falls and they reminisced about the past. A couple of us climbed up and checked out a cave. Later in the day there were more trips between Mooney and Havasu. That night we pretty much packed everything up...so we were ready to leave in the morning.
The Hike Out...Some people left at 4am and others at 5am. My group which I knew would be fast left at 630am. We hit the village at 715am and we never looked back. The motivation was to catch up with the other groups. We caught the 5am group at the long straight away about 2 miles from the switchbacks. We gave them some supplies to help them and we were off. We caught the next group on the lower part of the switchbacks. We helped them with some of their issues and we combined groups. I used some motivation...err bribery to get everyone up the switchbacks. We got to the top (about 4 hours after we left). The people who rode the copters were there but no one had the keys to any vans. We were lucky enough to "break in" without breaking anything. I grabbed some water and gatoraide and headed back down to the bottom of the switchbacks to meet the other group. I gave them water and grabbed the keys and a backpack and hiked back up to the top. What a awesome trip...I can't wait until next year.
Day 1 menu...Breakfast muffins cinnamin rolls
Lunch in the village
Day 2 Breakfast Omelets,eggs,and beacon
Dinner Pasta and Garlic bread
Day 3 Breakfast Pancakes,potato pancakes, sausage
lunch bag lunch
Dinner Burritos and cheese crips.
There were always leftovers which were consumed by those lucky enough to be passing by at the right time.