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Phantom Ranch Ribbon Falls and Battleship, AZ
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Phantom Ranch Ribbon Falls and Battleship, AZ 
Phantom Ranch Ribbon Falls and Battleship, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Sep 29 2015
GrottoGirl
Backpack34.00 Miles 8,830 AEG
Backpack34.00 Miles3 Days         
8,830 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Met some friends at Phantom Ranch to share the 10 person cabin. The pipeline wasn't working so we didn't get to shower and we had to haul water to flush toilets. But that was a small price to pay to have AC when it's 103 out!

When Joel and I arrived most of our party had arrived. Two of our party didn't make it until after dinner. The fiancé had problems and was only hiking about 1 mile an hour. Unfortunately they had followed everyone else and had done the SK to Tonto to Bright Angel which is a lot for people not really used to hiking longer distances.

We stayed two nights and our middle day we hiked up to Ribbon Falls. The travertine dome is really cool! We stayed in the shade by the falls napping through the heat of the day.

During our trip we saw a few helicopters which reminded me of our fateful trip in November. It was hard to look at the rocks at the bottom of the gorge and not think of that night, as well. I figure over time things won't feel as raw.

Joel and I were to have spent two more nights in the Canyon but the heat would have been hard after getting used to the AC. So we climbed out with our full packets and dumped them for a side trip up Battleship. On the way we weren't on the main route and the going was slow. Joel almost stepped on a rattler. As we neared the route that goes up, Joel looked at one of the spots that wasn't the right one. He started towards it and I freaked out as it looked really hard and scared me. Thankfully, that was not the way and we found the correct class 3 route up which used a lot of caving moves. Soon we were on the top!

After our success, we went to dinner at the BA Lodge - had to wait FOREVER! Don't go! However, it was a good way to pass the time waiting for the couple who had a very slow ascent.

Overall, most of the group had a great time. It was a nice relaxing way to visit the Canyon. I can see why people like to stay in the cabins and have meals prepared for them :)
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