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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ
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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ 
Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 29 2016
Tough_Boots
Backpack26.62 Miles 8,090 AEG
Backpack26.62 Miles3 Days         
8,090 ft AEG
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Apparently all of HAZ descended into the Grand Canyon this weekend and I was lucky enough to be in one of those groups. The weather and temperature couldn't have been more beautiful and the trails couldn't have been rockier and steeper.

We ran into Karl and Kathy at the east entrance and they came along for the first part of our day. Tanner is steep steep steep. I don't think my calf muscles ever recovered-- the downhill hurt all weekend. Camp at the bottom was a little crowded but we managed to snag a sweet spot after Chumley scared off some youngsters.

On day two, we hit the Escalante Route. I loved this trail. It was tougher than the sections of the Tonto I've done but much more interesting with some great "wow" moments. 75-mile Creek was definitely a highlight and the Papago Wall and Papago Slide were good "oh crap" moments.

That night we stayed at everyone's favorite camp spot. Its nice to revisit places I've camped before. I went to bed early dreading the climb out the next day. I remembered how rough New Hance was coming down and was not looking forward to that hike. I tried to remind myself how cool that trail is-- I don't think it helped.

We headed out in the morning. I did my best to enjoy the section in Red Canyon before the real ascending began. I think this ended up being my worst climb out of the canyon. I was broken off by the time I made it up the redwall. I sludged up the rest of the way up. It seemed like every time I looked at my GPS, I still had 2,000 feet to go. I was going slower than planned and realized I would need to conserve my water more than I had originally thought. I finally hit that last 500 feet and the end was in sight. I reached the top, turned around to give the canyon a couple single digit salutes, and went to meet the rest of the pack. Great trip, though :D
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