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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2013
squatpuke
Hiking21.00 Miles 6,200 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.21 mph
6,200 ft AEG
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SK >> NK

A coworker informed me that she was doing an R2R and had asked me if I would key swap. Of course I was very interested and agreed, looking forward to actually climbing UP North Kaibab for my second R2R. I recruited two other work buddies from work, Matt and Chris. Both very capable (in fact, Chris had already done an R2R2R before).

I happened to have my kids this weekend, so I had to find and arrange 3 sleepovers different sleepovers. This task proved more daunting than the hike itself, but all the pieces were starting to fit together. Then the sickness hit.

The night before, I had a decent sore throat and considered backing out. Since I was slated to drive, the opposing party already had my key. I woke up at 3am, coughed out some green throat buggers and dreaded what I knew was about to come.

We hit the trail about 5:45am and got out around 3pm. That's counting some leisurely break time at both Phantom and Cottonwood. The trip down was beautiful and my head cold didn't slow me down until we arrived at Cottonwood.

The gentle grade from Phantom to Cottonwood was nice and we were in the shade most of the way. We saw our counterparts and exchanged a laugh, they informed us there were cold beverages in their cooler in the car at the North parking lot, we felt bad we hadn't done the same for them (they over-nighted on Friday and had leftovers I guess).

I took a side trip to my first visit of Ribbon Falls and it was well worth it, glad I did.

At Cottonwond, I nursed a blister with Matt's roll of duct tape, soaked my feet in the creek and changed outta my heavy boots and into my Keen's. I was feeling pretty good when we left, but that quickly changed as the steepness increased; I could tell the rest of my day would suck. I told Matt and Chris to speed on ahead; the plan was to meet at Roaring Springs where we all took another quick break together (see pic). Again I advised them to move on without me, and meet up at Suapi Tunnel. The suffering was substantial with stuffy, head breathing and an achy knee as I made my way up the Redwall and Suapi. Overall my pace was decent. I caught up to the other two Goobers at Suapi Tunnel conversing with a tribe of 4 ladies of the cougar species.

We hiked out together at my slow pace and enjoyed the cold beverages waiting for us in the car exchange.

We stopped at Jacob Lake for a well deserved sandwich and chocolate malt.

Overall a beautiful day and and a memorable trip.
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