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Grand Canyon wander, AZ
mini location map2014-04-20
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Grand Canyon wander, AZ 
Grand Canyon wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2014
Dave1
Hiking31.00 Miles 8,800 AEG
Hiking31.00 Miles   15 Hrs      2.38 mph
8,800 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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1st trip
My initial plan was to summit Brahma Temple and Maybe Deva Temple if there was enough time. Ha! Here's what really happened:

Got on the first bus to South Kaibab Trail and was on trail by 4:45am. Walking down, I was able to pass a group of 10 Rim2Rim runners. When they ran, they ran fast. But they also took lots of breaks. Must have been union runners. I was happy to see the water faucets were back on at the bottom. Picked up Clear Creek trail about 1/2 mile north of Phantom Ranch and followed for about 2 3/4 miles until Sumner Wash. Took Sumner Wash up to a break in the Red Wall layer which allowed me access to a cairned route through the Supai and eventually to the base of Zoroaster.
While trudging through the lower Supai, I became victim of an unprovoked agave attack. A spine pierced about 1" into my shin. I yanked it out but I think part of the tip is still inside (still hurts 2 days later and my foot is slightly numb and tingly). I didn't want to run into anymore agave so, like a midget at a urinal, I knew I'd have to stay on my toes.

There are several class 4 climbs in the Supai, 3 of them have ropes to assist. When I got to, what I believe was, the last one, I saw that the end of the rope was hanging about 10 feet off the ground. Being considerably less than 10 feet tall, this would be the turn-around point for me. I probably could have found a way up and I did have about 60' of rope with me but...so many excuses... I had already gone up several climbs that I was unsure if I'd be able to get back down. It was getting warm out and the Redwall notch had some tricky spots that were weighing heavy on me so I knew it was time to head back. So I made it almost to the Coconino base of Zoroaster. I felt satisfied enough.

On the way back I stopped at Phantom Ranch canteen for a bagel and lemonade. Took a long nap in the group site shelter. Followed Bright Angel out of the canyon. Didn't see anyone until Indian Garden and even then only saw a handful all the way to the top.

Water faucet was on at 1 1/2 mile resthouse. I didn't check 3 mile RH. They're both advertised as off.
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