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Grand Canyon Improv, AZ
mini location map2020-10-21
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Grand Canyon Improv, AZ 
Grand Canyon Improv, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 21 2020
jtaylor
Backpack22.80 Miles 5,800 AEG
Backpack22.80 Miles
5,800 ft AEG
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This trip had improv written on it from the start. My favorite way to travel! Went with my bro-in-law and plans changed from Bryce Canyon to Zion to Grand Canyon with Sycamore Canyon as a back-up. Special thanks to Chad at Verkamp's Visitor Center for the great advice!
-Wed (10/21) - Up to Flag for dinner/beers at The Lumberyard and a hotel stay.
-Thu (10/22) - Up early in hopes of scoring a walk-up permit at the Grand Canyon. Learned they're not doing same-day permits ("...for the hikers' sake"...what??). Landed a night at Indian Garden the following day. For today, we opted for Dripping Springs from Hermit's Rest. Only saw two other hikers once we got off Hermit! Spontaneous charcuterie board at the spring. Car camped that night outside the Park.
-Fri (10/22) - Woke to a dead battery and 35 degree temps. Amazingly, good samaritans turned into our camp 5 min later (before sunup) thinking it was their friend's camp. Breakfast in a warm truck (with seat heaters) and on the trail by 8:40am. South Kaibab to Tonto to Indian Garden. Saw only two higher there, too! Dinner on Plateau Point.
-Sat (10/23) - Up early thanks to our tents being 10 feet off the trail and the crazies getting a ridiculously-early start. Great breakfast and we were on the trail around 8:30 getting the lactic acid out. Euphoria at the top followed by onion rings, beer, and a dead battery. Another good samaritan, down to Flag for a new battery and linner at Beaver Street. Home by 7:30 for a blissful shower and long night's sleep.
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