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North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2014
Crzy4AZ
Hiking29.00 Miles 5,790 AEG
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It's been about 6 weeks since Brad and I did this awesome two day hike to celebrate his 42nd birthday, but I haven't been able to post the triplog until now. I wrote about the man who lost his life on the HAZ Forum, and I still pray nightly for his surviving kids. But for this triplog, I am going to celebrate the two days that we had on our canyon adventure.

We started planning a year ahead of time and are lucky that his parents are healthy enough to fly to stay with the kids while we were gone. Brad started calling Phantom Ranch and he would call every Saturday and every Sunday for months. He wanted to hike from the NRim down to PR - spend the night - then back out. But without PR reservation we were going to go to Roaring Springs like we did in 2005. Brad was on some kind of mid-life crisis type of mission to get to PR before our knees or some other ailment kept us from going "one more time". Neither one of us is sick in any way - so I'm not sure why he felt such pressure - but his persistence paid off!! Two weeks before the trip there was a cancellation and we got a night in a CABIN for goodness sakes.

The hike down N Kaibab was beautiful and some of the maples were changing. Our pace was reasonable and we were predicted to get to PR by around 4pm. I had been doing Tom's Thumb all summer long to train and I felt like all that work paid off. We are not R2R kind of people - so our goals for the hike were to enjoy the view and soak it all in. The joggers are a new thing compared to the last time we hiked to the bottom in 2004 - - moving to the side for them over and over gets old pretty fast.

We did a side trip over to Ribbon Falls - WOW! Gorgeous! Although Brad napped while I went up behind the waterfall. If I was a college aged kid with a person of the opposite sex . . . holy moley that place is begging for a good make out session. As I walked back down there was a pack of young French guys ripping their clothes off to get in the water and it looked like the beginning of a racy NC-17 movie with subtitles. I averted my eyes and got back on the trail. :whistle:

About another mile later was the very sad 2.5 hour attempted rescue of the 46 year old hiker from Indiana. After we had given our report to the investigators, we were the only people at the scene who were headed to PR. Now we were definitely going to miss dinner and I had it stuck in my head that they were going to give away our cabin and we wouldn't have anywhere to stay. I was sobbing for a while just rehashing the events as I walked as fast as my body could go to avoid hiking in the dark. I don't even really remember much of that next hour or so.

We did make it to PR about 6:30pm - and our cabin was fine - and they had saved dinner for us but we had to come back at the 8pm opening to get it. So we showered and popped ibuprofen and talked about the day. The dinner was great but a little weird to have everyone else staring at us eating it who was there for beer and snacks.

Next day after inhaling breakfast we took off back up North Kaibab. I am very proud that I did not have ANY blisters in the two day trek. Lots of stops, mole skin, and pouring water on each other. My brain was over it all after taking pics at Coconino Overlook and that last little bit to the top just felt like forever.

Back to the Grand Lodge for one night before driving home the next day - we got a fantastic pizza dinner at the Deli in the Pines. We had dinner reservations but used them to just have birthday dessert. Mice in the cabin kept us from sleeping very well but all in all was a great end to a great trip. I hope our knees hold up to do this trip again with the kids in 10 years - or maybe we'll have new titanium knees by then ;)
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cottonwoods still green, but few maples close to Coconino Overlook were red
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