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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2006
Hiking44.50 Miles 10,280 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles   17 Hrs   58 Mns   2.48 mph
10,280 ft AEG
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It's not a Death March if you properly plan and train for it. 8) This was a thru hike and total time includes all breaks. I had been training for this hike with TakeAHikeAZ for most of this past month and this weekend was the big day with a full moon and weather in our favor. My legs felt in great, I packed food that I'd already trailed tested, we had a support vehicle on the northside with extra supplies, and everything was going according to plans. When I was about to hit the major uphill climbs I would pop eletrolytes, peanut butter crakcers, Gus, and advils. I hung with the group most of the first Rim-Rim until Cottonwood Camp so that I didn't burn myself out early and to get a feel for how I felt physically. I made to the top of the North Rim 20-40 mins ahead of the others, changed clothes, ate some warm soup and headed back down after about 30 mins of resting. I made it back to the Colorado River bridge after about 5 hours without any breaks and only stopped for water. On the first Rim-Rim we took a few 20-40min breaks, but going back by myself the only real break I took was for 5-10mins at Indian Gardens. My legs and body still felt great and my uphill pace going up the Bright Angel didn't slow down due to fatigue either like it did on the last 2 miles of the North Kaibab. The second Rim-Rim is about 2 miles longer than the first and I ended up doing it in less time also. The first Rim-Rim though I socialized with my buddies, took 200+ pictures, and enjoyed the scenery much more than on the way back. Hiking back under a full moon was a pretty sweet experience and it's something I recommend for all you Grand Canyon lovers out there. Thankfully I didn't have any problems with blisters, cramping, chaffing, or twisted ankles; just the usual soar legs afterwards. I ended up finishing SOOooo ahead of schedule that I had to walk the additional 1.5 miles in the middle of the night back to the campground to score some grub and sleep. :D

07:50am - Headed down the South Kaibab
10:30am - Crossed the bridge over the Colorado River
11:15am - Left Phantom Ranch after a 30+min rest
01:45pm - Rolled into Cottonwood Camp and took another 30+min rest
05:05pm - Made it to the top of the North Rim
05:40pm - Left the North Rim
10:30pm - Crossed the bridge over the Colorado River
12:00am - Left Indiam Gardens after a brief rest
01:48am - Made it to the top of Bright Angel

1st Rim-Rim: 21.1 miles in 9:15 hours
2nd Rim-Rim: 23.4 miles in 8:08 hours
Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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