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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 16 2010
Backpack44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Backpack44.50 Miles6 Days         
11,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
I just noticed that I somehow never posted a triplog for this fabulous backpack we did a few years ago.

Basically, we did a SK>NK>BA R2R2R. Other than a rather disastrous R2R2R attempt the year before, this was my husband's first real extended backpacking trip. It is amazing what a difference rigorous training and an understanding of the phase "essentials only" makes! Of course some of the hiking was difficult, but overall we breezed through the physical aspect of the trip and were able to concentrate on truly enjoying everything. :D

We were lucky to catch the window of no mule traffic on South Kaibab, which helped make it an even more pleasurable descent. Both of us were completely stunned by the amazing views from the trail - this is the one to descend if you're doing a corridor trails hike, hands down! North Kaibab was great to Cottonwood, since we were out of the box before the sun hit. The side-hike to Ribbon Falls was well worth it - a lovely, cool nap location.
Up to the north rim and back to Cottonwood made for a really great day. The only downside is that it was really cold up top and still quite a lot of snow. The redbuds were going full-force in the canyon :D and we saw a trail crew working the switchbacks. They seemed happy to take a quick break to let us pass.

2 Grand Canyon rattlesnakes on this trip - 1 at Cottonwood and 1 at Indian Gardens. These guys are really pretty. A few deer and condor sightings. Tons of really fat lizards. Oddly enough, at Indian Gardens we saw a group of guys we had met the previous year at Cottonwood. They were staying at Horn Creek campsite, but had hiked over to Indian Gardens to hang out and load up on water. How crazy to be in the same place again on the same day! :?

Every once in awhile, my husband will say out of the blue, "I really loved that Grand Canyon backpack," then smile and stare into space. Seems I made a convert! :y:
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Some scattered flowers, mainly Datura.
Also, some flowering ringstem on the River Trail. :y:
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