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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 13.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,547 feet
Elevation Gain 1,400 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 8 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 21.6
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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21  2019-02-09
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Phantom Canyon - Lower
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35  2015-11-29 Dave1
30  2014-05-18
Phantom Canyon - Lower
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Phantom Canyon - Lower
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24  2014-04-26
Isis Temple
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Isis Temple
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Overview
A trip up Phantom Creek as far as you can go on foot, the further you go, the more difficult and more beautiful it gets!

Warning
This is a remote canyon that gets narrower the further up you go. Be aware of the weather and do not enter the upper narrows if there is any chance of rain. Only approximately the last 2 miles of this canyon (above Hippie Camp) present flash flood danger with no chance of escape. Below this, there is adequate access away from the creek to escape flooding, with enough advanced notice.

Be aware that scrambling up obstacles in remote places is inherently dangerous. Do not attempt anything that is unsafe, use your judgment and know when you've hit your limit, and turn around there.

History
Back in the 60s/70s, people and animals down at Phantom were getting sick. Park rangers did some testing of the water and found e-coli coming out of Phantom Creek. Travelling up there they found signs that people were living in Upper Phantom for some time. The name "Hippie Camp" got tagged for the campsite. Even today you will find trinkets: such as geodes, and deer antlers piled up on a rock in this place. Some flower plantings and a bit of rock arrangement is still apparent as well, though the rangers did destroy most of the encampment.

It is rumored that the people living there had an "inside source" and were tipped off about the ranger's plans. To this day nobody has been able to identify the actual individuals that had lived there.

Hike
Upper Phantom Creek generally begins at the 20 foot waterfall that demarcates the upper from the lower part of Phantom Canyon. Assuming you have gotten here either by climbing it, bypassing it, or coming in Utah Flats, you will likely be on the south side of the creek in a generally rock slabby area. From here a trail proceeds west a hundred or so yards until you are forced to cross the creek to the north side. The water is cold and about knee deep. Immediately you will encounter a large campsite that is great, as long as no rain is predicted.

On the north side the trail will continue west a ways until it crosses over again to the south side. You may be able to stay dry at this crossing if you are nimble. From here, a good trail runs the next mile or so along the south side of the creek. At one spot a minor scramble is needed to get up a ledge. You will soon reach Overhang Camp, which is tucked away under a high rock ledge. From here, continue along the south side until you get close to the intersection of Haunted and Phantom. You have two choices here:

1) Cross the creek (wet feet), continue along the trail on the other side for 200 yards, and cross back (wet feet)
2) Scramble higher up a talus slope on the south side (poor footing) and along the edge of an embankment, avoiding cactus, until you meetup with the trail again.

Past this, the trail will continue along the south for another mile, going high in places, until it descends back to the creek and switches over to the north side. The trail will begin to get faint as it goes through a somewhat swampy area full of interesting trees. Carefully pick out the trail (it goes a little high in places) and get past the brush. Soon you will reach the Hippie springs, which is a small spring on the north coming out from under a boulder, and a large powerful spring on the south, that reminded me of fossil springs (not quite as much flow though.)

A few hundred yards further you reach the hippie camp on the west side of the creek at the intersection of Outlet and Phantom Canyons. This concludes the relatively easy part of Upper Phantom, now it is time to get wet and scrambly!

A beautiful slot begins to form in the Muav layer and is full of spectacular little waterfalls. Jump in the creek and continue to walk upstream. Boulders began to appear and you will have to scramble up and over much rockfall. Be safe and don't climb anything you are uncomfortable with. Bypasses generally exist for the difficult obstacles if you look for them. The Muav layer is short lived and you will start encountering bigger waterfalls when you get into the Temple Butte Formation. The first few are about 10 feet high. Scramble up and around them. The going will get more difficult and you will begin battling both brush and the boulders. About half a mile up Phantom from Hippie Camp you will encounter a very attractive 20 foot waterfall that falls beneath a van-sized chockstone. I thought this was the end of my journey, but looking closely there is a scramble to the left that looked "doable".

A scramble underneath trees and through brush up about a hundred and twenty feet will get you well above the waterfall and wall. Contour back around towards the creek and continue your nontechnical canyoneering upstream. More waterfalls (and a re-emergence of the Muav layer??) is found with more spectacular cascades. Soon you will encounter a 20 foot long, 8 foot high waterslide into a deep pool. This may be the end for many, but for the adventurous, there is a little more to see. Scrambling up the waterfall isn't too difficult and oh boy will you be rewarded for your efforts in springtime! What is around the golden corner? Well, it made my jaw drop! I couldn't believe that I haven't read a description of it. An approximately 80 foot, two tiered waterfall is coming down the redwall, right in front of you! I hope you are able to get out there and discover it for yourself ;)

Unless you can grow wings, that's the end! Return the way you came, or use a connecting route to continue exploring the canyon.

Water Sources
Both Haunted and Hippie Springs run perennially and supply water to this canyon throughout the whole year. Spring snowmelt will generally continue down Phantom late in the year. Filters can have problems with silt, though the South Hippie Spring is a perfect source. If filtering from the creek, especially upper Phantom, it may be desirable to bring something to flavor the water, as I thought it tasted quite poor. Hippie Spring water was pure and tasteless.

Camping
There are generally 3 campsites in Upper Phantom that people make use of: 1) The camp right where Utah Flats comes down - nice for a big group. Don't camp here if rain is predicted.
2) Overhang camp, about a mile up on the south side of the creek. Great for all conditions. Doesn't get sun until late in the day, so you may oversleep.
3) Hippie camp at the junction of Outlet canyon and Phantom Canyon. Small campsite good for 2, maybe 3 tents.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Phantom Canyon - Upper
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I headed to the Grand Canyon with @carriejane over the New Years weekend. The goals were: Hippie Camp in Upper Phantom, a recon of the Shiva exit route, a quick trip up Haunted Canyon and then Cheops Pyramid. The trip was also a test run on my surgically repaired shoulder, which is nearing its fourth month of recovery and long awaited end to its five pound limitation/restriction.

Day one included a late start and then an extra trip down the road to the trailhead to go back and grab some containers we had forgotten that would be needed to haul the water for our dry camp on day two. South Kaibab was a bit of a zoo, but the hiking was quick and the views were nice as usual. The Utah Flats Route was the rugged steep little climb we expected, but it went well. The stretch from the top to Phantom Canyon was a real treat, some great clouds and big views. The scramble down to Phantom was a little tedious, but that initial stretch of canyon makes it worthwhile. Initially, we had planned to hike into Hippie camp on the first night, but the attractiveness of the overhang camp and taking off the heavy packs won over.

On day two we day hiked up to Hippie camp and did a quick recon of the Shiva Exit Route, which I have to admit looks pretty intense, but I would still like to utilize it on a future ambitious trip. Although Hippie camp was a minor let down, the area intrigued both of us and we discussed a potential future return during snow melt. There was no time for Haunted Canyon with Cheops Pyramid still on the slate, so we returned to camp, packed up and made our way down stream. After a quick visit to the rope and falls that mark the upper and lower divide of Phantom, we filtered and stocked up on water for Cheops and our upcoming dry camp. Then it was the brisk climb back up U.F.R. and a quick stroll across the Tonto. We dropped the heavy packs and started off for Cheops at about 2:10 p.m. The off trail contour to the pyramid is a bit of a slog, but it seemed to go by quickly and before we knew it we were at the base of the “steps.” This part went a little smoother for me than the last time and we located the little climbs and the cairns marking them with relative ease. On the summit before 3:30 p.m. and after a ten minute break or so we were heading back down. The hike back to our packs was a little slow, but we were still able to retrieve our packs and make our way down trail to a nice campsite just before nightfall.

Day three consisted of slipping and sliding down Utah Flats into Phantom Ranch and then the River Trail to Bright Angel. We detoured off BA to do some of the Old Bright Angel and made the obligatory stop at the archeological site along the way. The last three miles of BA were a major slog for me, but Carrie was unfazed and left me in the dust a little.

Phantom Canyon - Upper
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Had a few things I wanted to accomplish for this trip: check out the cave that JJ found below a certain temple that I don't want to name online and be put on some government list, find a rare agave (agave phillipsiana) found in Phantom Canyon and just 3 other places in GCNP, finish off the River Trail (I had never done the section between the bridges), check out a ruin in the area that I had just read about, and, if I had enough time, climb up to Cheops Pyramid. Happily I was able to check off 4 out of the five.

Went down BA trail the first day and stayed at BA campground. The nights are long in the canyon this time of year and I was asleep by 6pm :o Thankfully my noisey neighbors made sure I didn't get too much sleep. Next day went up to Utah Flats and then explored around Phantom and Haunted Canyons. Spent a cold night (21 degrees) below Cheops. Hiked out on the 3rd day.
Phantom Canyon - Upper
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I kinda knew I wasn't going to get up past Isis' southeast corner but thought I'd tag along anyway just to check it. We got to the canyon by 7am and Joe and BiFrost got a head start down the South Kaibab while I waited for the backcountry office to open to get our permit. Then I hoofed it down Bright Angel to try and catch up. They had at least an hour on me plus a shorter trail so I really didn't think I'd see them again until near Isis. Plus I stopped at the canteen for a lemonade and a bagel.

Earlier we decided that Joe and Kyle would leave a piece of gear at the intersection of the route to the SE corner and the trail down to Phantom Creek so I would know they were there. When I got there I saw that Joe had left his fanny pack. Inside was his water filter and an empty bottle. Did leaving these items mean they had already gone down to Phantom to get water? I was sure I was way behind them so I grabbed the fanny pack and headed up to the base of the south-east corner. Didn't see them so I just hung out. About 45 min later I see Joe under an umbrella trudging up the slope. Turns out they had spent some time at Phantom Creek and then Joe went back up to retrieve his forgotten filter but some idiot had already taken it.

Joe showed us the route up the corner and I pretty much noped-out right away. They tried hard to convince me to give it a go but I had made up my mind. So the two of them went up like champs and I turned and headed for Phantom Creek. Before we split up Joe said something that would echo in my head for the rest of the trip: "You gotta live a little". Later that night as I lay in my sweaty bivy sack I realized how much I would regret not at least trying.

I went down to Phantom Creek to wash up a little and look for a campsite but then decided it was too buggy without a tent so I trekked back up to Utah Flats and found a nice campsite within the legal use area. It was hot most of the night so I didn't sleep much. Was up, packed and on trail by 4 am, hoping to beat the heat out the canyon.

Out of the canyon by 8:30, I now had an entire day to kill waiting for J and K. I didn't want to go too far, not knowing exactly when they would finish and with no way to communicate with them and too tired to do any shot hikes, I searched for a quiet place to rest. I napped in Maswick Cafeteria, in front of the General Store, in the Yavapai Cafeteria, on several buses and at the Kaibab TH parking area. They topped out on SK at about 6pm and I was glad this long day would be coming to a close.

Thanks, Karl for driving and being my 50th HAZ hiking partner!
Phantom Canyon - Upper
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A pretty standard intro to the Grand Canyon courtesy of 9L. My previous experiences in the canyon had only been your standard rim to rim to rim marathons and a few other longer day hikes. We left Happy Valley road exit around 5:50 which sealed a very late canyon start time on what would eventually shape out to be a pretty warm day but a great day overall and eventually an excellent first trip to the canyon.

We were boots on ground at South Kaibab TH after 9:30 and making our way to the rim and down by about 9:45 in the morning. The hike down was quick and a little warm, but pretty standard. John gave a detailed description of each layer of earth, pointed out a few lesser known routes and introduced me to terms, like, red walls, the whites, and all the colorful names attached to all those temples and massive rock features, like, Isis, Zoraster, Brhma and Cheops. Seeing some of those land forms that a select few crazy HAZers have been scaling lately, really put into perspective the magnitude of those hikes.

Phantom Ranch, was well Phantom Ranch the usual assortment of legitimate hikers and backpackers mixed among those who had hiked down with a bottle of Aquafina to their well stocked cabins for the weekend, and the steady stream of rim runners of course. We took an extended break at the ranch and then made our way up the spur/use trail leading to Utah Flats.

Utah Flats was very warm, in fact, someone at ranch claimed 107 degrees, but I cant confirm. I was by no means falling out at this point, but I was certainly pretty fatigued as we snaked our way along the top of the Phantom Canyon drainage, until the point where we would drop in.

After finally reaching Phantom Canyon, the day got exponentially better. There were no people, we had a pristine spot, there was time for rest and relaxation and John was able to address some "safety concerns" we had had earlier in the day.

I know to the canyon enthusiast and hardened veterans our day two itinerary was nothing earth shattering. However, I can honestly say it was one of my more fulfilling hikes in a long time, and for me really nothing short of spectacular. Phantom Canyon was a blast, the pools of water started off freezing, but were welcomed by the end, we were able to keep all essential items dry, the canyon was beautiful and although short, it really proved to be a quite the gem overall.

I am not going to lie, I had a lot of anxiety for some reason about the climb out after our little canyoneering experience, however, it proved to be pretty tame. We hit up a section of the Old Bright Angel and John took me to a couple of ruin sites along the way, was very happy to mark my first two ruin's sites in the canyon. We left Indian Garden(s) near 2:30 and had to make sure we did not take too much time the rest of the way, as our last stop on trip would be and introduction to the B.C.O before closing time at five.

We ended up doing the final 4.5 miles in about two hours on the dot and were easily able to make it to the B.C.O where I obtained my first back country permit for the Grand Canyon, Nothing too crazy, just a little five day jaunt through some outer corridor areas during the first week of June, which I am already looking very forward to.

Interesting Side Notes:

John holds his camera three feet above his head even when he is going through ankle deep water, he says to minimize splash damage.

All the people are kind of annoying on the Bright Angel, however, I found feeding off the misery of others as they crawled out was great motivation and even fueled me to a certain degree.

Finally, there is no greater satisfaction then passing (with full pack) a group of famed ultra runners completing, but certainly struggling to complete a mere rim to rim.

Disclaimer: AEG needs some work, waiting on John's finally tally, my G.P.S. decided to bounce off a couple points in northern Utah I think.

Warning: I don't want to hear one pumpkin comment from Chumley about the length of my photo-set, it was an awesome trip and my first time over night in canyon so its allowed!
Phantom Canyon - Upper
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We were really lucky to have a storm bring in such cool weather for this time of year. Apparently you should be extra careful with your camera on this trip because it seems to have claimed almost everyone's camera who has posted a triplog here. Check out Scott's triplog and/or the captions in my photos for more details.
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Isis III - Humble Pie
trip 1 = explore
trip 2 = conquer
trip 3 = enjoy... :sweat:

Prep
Although we summited on our last trip, it was miserable running out of water. My pack was 24lbs and jj had 10lbs for a 3 day trip. For this trip I downsized to an 11oz REI FLASH 18, dirt cheap on sale for $24. With a piggyback 4qt, 2-qt bottles and my 3qt Camelbak bladder I was ready to fill up to 9qts. The next factor got 24lbs down to 13 with the same 3qts to start.

Game Plan
2 days instead of 3, up the "jj shortcut", summit, down the SE corner

Hike
We have a "last supper" ritual before these hikes as neither of us are backpackers. It works since the initial hike is walking down the SK ramp into the canyon. We stopped at BA creek and drank up a bit as the faucets were off. Up UFR and down into Upper Phantom. At the last good flow I pumped to capacity.

Feeling great I made it halfway up pitch 1 on the redwall standard route. I imagine I choked at the same point Steve felt the pressure with his 40lb backpack. It still amazes me he did it solo with all that weight. So off came the pack and out came the rope.

Humble Pie - Bite 1 - up the jj shortcut
We made decent time to the "jj shortcut". For weeks I was excited about going up. Apparently the dehydration on trip 2 gave me super powers. A slanted 6mm rope without gloves ( had to get that pack size down ) seemed ridiculously unsafe. The only good thing was jj wasn't liking it either so we made a quick change of plans. The southern spider leg intrigued both of us and had been planned for Autumn. No biggie, bite the bullet here and move on out to the Autumn plan.

Reality Check
Apparently the jj shortcut baffle destroyed me physically and mentally. The southern leg would have to wait for morning. Instead we opted to camp on the WSW leg. Which had nice soft ground to sleep. After 3 sleepless nights on the prior trips I actually slept an hour or two!

Day 2
Nice start admiring and checking out the southern leg. For reference Isis is surrounded by 7 bays, between each is a wall jutting out like a spider leg. This one is special being nearly a half mile long.

Humble Pie - Bite 2 - SE Corner Exit
On May 14th I sent jj a PM titled "SE Longshot" based on some map work. Later we found others have completed it! Not sure I can translate what happened into words. Just know that had we summited the day before we would have been in possibly serious trouble.

The standard route is a 5 hour drudge. It just seemed best to swallow bite 2 of our humble pie and get out alive.

Super Reality Check
Shouldn't it be enough that we didn't get to summit, didn't conquer the SE corner and drudge through multiple obstacle courses back to SK. After consuming FIVE gallons of water I was under the impression I'd feel better than dehydrated. Typically I fare better than most in heat but oh brother, this was just horrible.


Hate it, hate it, hate it!
Okay I'm better now, let's go back... :scared:
( slightly longer hiatus, like summer though... )
Phantom Canyon - Upper
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After reading about John and Joe's excellent Isis adventure I wanted to explore this area a bit and see if I would be able to reach Shiva Temple some day in the future. I started from the new Bright Angel Trailhead at 3:45 am (on no sleep, of course). Hiked by headlamp until just before Indian Garden when it started getting light out. Near the bottom I must have passed at least 50+ people heading out, probably trying to get out early and beat the heat. I think I'm going the wrong way. Got to Phantom Ranch to load up on water for the day (I brought 4 empty bottles with me) and my GPS says my brand new batteries are low. I turned it off and on and it decides to reset itself to factory defaults. I went into the PR canteen to see if I could buy some more batteries and I was promptly kicked out because they were serving some private breakfast or something. So now that I can't follow J&J's GPS route I guess I'll have to wing it. This is a good reason to always bring a topo map.

At campsite #1, where the Utah Flats route starts, was a ranger talking to some hikers. I'm thinking "oh boy I'm not gonna get past her without a lecture." I have to walk right past her so I try not to make any eye contact and luckily she doesn't acknowledge me! Yay! Up and up to piano alley, this has to be the steepest trail in the park! Once through the Utah part, the well-worn trail is easy to follow all the way past Cheops and down to Phantom Creek, just above the 25' drop off. There was a bunch of gear at the campsite before the drop off but I didn't see anyone down there all day. I followed Phantom Creek to the end where J&J started Steck's exit route. I call this the end even though Phantom continues after an abrupt turn to the north-east, that part should be called Outlet Canyon IMO. I was gonna go for the two class 4 climbs leading to Shiva Saddle but (here's my list of excuses): I was already past my turn-around time, I was alone, it was getting pretty warm, I still had a long way to get back to the south rim, it looks f****in' scary from below.

The not-really-the-end of Phantom was a pretty neat area and I was satisfied with my progress for the day. Phantom is fun to explore and there's a good use trail that follows the creek, sometimes switching sides, most of the way up. Its only over-grown in a few spots. I'm thinking Shiva would be a lot easier to attempt from the North Rim though. Someday I'd like try the lower part of Phantom Creek. Might be a good one to do in the summer, with all the wading. Uncle George says there's a bypass around the big drop.

The hike out was uneventful. I stopped at Bright Angel Creek to soak my feet for a while until the fish started nibbling. That put an end to that. Hit the BA trail at about 3pm. Hot but breezy. Felt good until about Indian Garden, after that my energy took a steep nose dive. I think my electrolytes were really low. I got passed by 4 girls whom I overheard one say "I wish I drank more last night. We have to go out and drink again tonight." So maybe my problem was not enough ethanol?

(Distance and AEG are estimates.)
Phantom Canyon - Upper
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Two weeks after Hello Isis. Study, study, study. Secure permits. Round II set. 4 days to go I tweaked my ankle at WCC swelling up pretty good. There was mention to jj he might get the solo...
reply Screw that! You are going Damn it!

Day 1 - 17mi to Boulders Camp
- higher temps notched up the drag factor, most notably due to pack weight
- pretend sleep in Escape Bivvy on fantasy Isisland

Day 2 - Game Day
- 200 oz of water from the creek was 70oz in the morning... dear god
- "easier than Shiva Exit" pitches beta... ha ha it's a joke
- 1st tier non-technical route drains simple resources
- 2nd tier revealed more climbs than anticipated for the entire hike
- 3rd tier, sour cherry lure into Hermit Shale scree awaits your fear

Oops I got a little ahead. 40 minutes to noon turnaround... I was out of water and impossible was screaming my name. We daisy chained off each others strengths barely unlocking to tier 3. A true view of the peak had us hooting and hollering.

What should only take 30 minutes took an hour extra to learn up. Walking across the mini ridgeline I should have been in seventh heaven. I lifted my head for a brief moment to indulge. My body was too numb to translate.

1:18 pm - 3 entries in the register. 2008, 2010 and May 25th 2012 was a larger party. Both of our cameras broke earlier in the day and no pencil to jot down our names. It didn't matter, we made it. jj had a clever idea to get our names in the register.

3:30 pm - We made it down to the bottom layer of the 2nd tier. 6 hours was the best case scenario to water. Class four delivered us to the temple but we needed to save skin. We short rappelled with jj's 6mm rope(luckily 40ft was enough) off my dyneema loop, cheated death and saved 3 hours.

5:30 pm - shade
7:00 pm - water
9:12 pm - alcove camp

Day 3 - Go home
Still no sleep, perhaps an hour if you consider dazed. We walked back to the South Rim. A stop in Flag was in order to enjoy the best caesar salad on earth followed by some great pizza.

This was magical for myself. Thanks to all that have helped and encouraged along the way. My ankle just told me 12k on that terrain was a no-no so "Roma" gets a few days...lol
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Hello Isis
This temple taps into an energy field only associated with the most memorable moments in life.

new territory... heading further on the UFR we dropped down into Phantom. Box Elders typically flourish in the most unique areas Arizona has to offer. Their presence here is fitting with Crimson Monkey Flower on occasion.

Our first task, up to Shiva Saddle was possible due to Steve's generous description.

Pitch 1 is fun. Don't read into that too much. It scared the crap out of me at first. Coming back down you will notice it has several (maybe 3) terraces. Which gives you a chance to collect your thoughts and rest your limbs. At the bottom stay on the light colored rock to the left. I was able to downclimb this on my own without issue.

Pitch 2 is more fun. Albeit shorter in length the sheer verticalness at the top really messed with my mind. I had zero intentions of going back down on the return trip. jj took the time and helped me step by step spotting my blind footholds from a short distance away.... beyond appreciated!

I have a new respect for Steve in doing this with a huge pack, alone and with less specific information. Looking up from Phantom Creek or down from above this route looks impossible. Forget that, it doesn't even look like it exists, even after you have done it. You conquer 900ft in a quarter mile.

With an 11am start on the South Rim it took us 8 hours to reach Isis and night was falling. A simple lollygag pace to get us to camp. My pack was a ridiculous 6 pounds over my standard. Stuffed to 18.5 pounds, my camp set up (a sheet of tyvek) barely fit in.

Research and planning is done on a need to know basis. I thought I was stepping it up Bruce style. I checked for temps and more importantly rain. All looked good and I assured jj we could camp light. An hour after bedding down I hollered over to camp jj that I made a mistake.

Howling repetitive wind gusts at 40 degrees left us swearing we were gonna die. I slept(joke, that never happened) face down into the ground to keep my heater(heart) from blowing a valve. A lot goes through the mind in nine hours of torture. The most reassuring thing I could think of was the movie Titanic. Those that fell in the water died within an hour. Whereas the few that stayed afloat survived much longer. I figured we weren't soaking wet in an ocean and it wasn't freezing.

When I stood up in the morning I couldn't feel anything below my knees. It was like walking on stilts. After a half hour I was good to go.

We said hello to Isis. Then left with 1,200 feet of unfinished business.

There are times in life when you see opportunity. It gets wicked cool when it starts chasing you faster. Walking out of the canyon we were literally invited back...
Phantom Canyon - Upper
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7 Days Wandering Around in the Big Ditch
Bright Angel to Indian Garden - Plateau Point - Tonto Trail from Indian Garden to Cremation - to South Kaibob Trail and down to Phantom - Utah Flats - Haunted Canyon - Upper Phantom - Climbing Exit to Isis-Shiva - Down Trinity - Trinity West Arm - Trinity to Isis-Cheops - Utah Flats to Phantom - out Bright Angel Trail.

Since almost all of these trails are not on HAZ yet, I will probably end up writing a few pages on some of these areas. It was an interesting way to spend 7 days, in which I went 5 days without seeing a soul. Some parts were better than expected, others went as planned, and some were a bit of a let down. But to get away from everything for a week and not have to think about much other than the basics was a refresher I needed.

This trip is fairly remote and a few parts of this trip are a bit dangerous. I'd recommend that this type of trip only be considered by people who have a good deal of experience under their belt. This covers about all terrain between class 1 and class 4 YDS.


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This is a connecting trail. I know of 4 ways to reach Upper Phantom: Utah Flats, lower Phantom (obviously), the Cattle Trail, and the Shiva -Phantom Access Route.

You will need a backcountry permit for this trip. Vehicular access to the park also has a fee.
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