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Jun 02 2017
Hippy
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35 female
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 Grand Canyon
North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Jun 01 2017
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North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Dry run of this Summer's tour route with my boss and my best friend Rachel
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May 15 2017
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 Grand Canyon
Widforss Overlook, AZ 
Widforss Overlook, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 15 2017
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Hiking11.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
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North Rim opening day!
Jamie was off and I don't start work until the 30th I so we have hiked to "Widforss Point", which is the viewing area that can be easily reached by the five Mile hike on Widforss Trail.

We just headed east, down a 250ft steeeeeep gully/drainage type thing that was FULL of new Mexican locust trees and a few sleeping stands of scrubby oaks.

Thank goodness for the oaks and convertible pants!! I'd hiked the trail without my zipons on but opted to zip em on into pants before heading into the gully...ahhhh!

Followed a beefalo track to the bottom of the gully then right on up the other side. Numerous large fallen trees made the scrambling up through the locust quite easy for me, just walk the logs.

The summit was covered in fossils (Kaibab Limestone layer) and the views were beautiful of course.

The viewpoint we reached is known as "Widforss Overlook" because it Overlooks the TRUE rock outcrop known as "Widforss Point".

So when you hike Widforss Trail you're not really reaching Widforss Point. But I won't tell the tourists that ;)

The true Widforss Point is a class four scramble and climb where a handline might be necessary depending on your skill and the rock condition.
It was so windy today we opted out of attempting the true Point.

We returned from the overlook by sliding down 250ft back into the gully and following a well trampled beefalison track back to Widforss Trail.

Oddly enough it took us 1.5 hours to get from trailhead to the tourist point but two hours to get back...that wind was brutal and exhausting!! That gully though.... phew!
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May 02 2017
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 Grand Canyon
Salt-Tanner, AZ 
Salt-Tanner, AZ
 
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Took a leisurely backpack between working seasons at the Canyon.

Had our former coworker Ryan drop us off at Salt trailhead, we began our scramble down this historic route around noon on May 2nd...

It was already warm. Oh well.
The first section was definitely the steepest and I stopped at one point and was reminded of a section of Marble Canyon i.hiked with Jamie once... "We go where?!"

It looks pretty intimidating those first few "switchbacks" but it's a lot easier than it looks.

There was apparently a "climbing" spot.
Jamie suggested we hand down packs so we did and then I monkeyed down the "hard part"...
That climb section isn't difficult at all even with a large pack, the climb is protected and surrounded by large blocky boulders full of hand and footholds.

There was an old frayed rope there. If anyone is hiking out/up salt maybe you can haul that out the last half mile or whatever?
It was day one for us so...yeah, sorry I couldn't grab it.

But yeah, certain folks but a stress on the climby spot and it gave me undue stress even though I knew I could handle anything thrown my way...but it wasn't scary or nerve wracking or anything like that.

In fact, if you look at it from above...there is clearly a "staircase" awaiting your boots! People, I swear...

The rest of the trail is very straightforward,well loved and worn in. A few rockslides here and there near the redwall but nothing too intense.

In fact, the redwall break was my favorite part! It was fun and involved hands a f ew times, maybe just because I'm short.

We camped at the base of Salt on the helipad.
The creek water coming down from. The redwall is VERY salty tasting and I think even with treating and boiling my stomach is against its use in the future. Tea, coffee, food, Crystal light mix.... everything will taste incredibly salty and the thickness is like milk! Drink the LCR instead that's what the fish hatchery crew does...

Route to confluence from salt was easy "just go that way -- :next: "

I recommend crossing the river above the travertine dams, you'll know em when you see em. I think Chumley triplog from way back when had a great photo of em.

We opted to cross walking atop or rather just a behind the top of the travertine dams...I don't know why.
Those of you who know me know I'm quite petite and there were a few times the water was up to my hips! Whoa!
It actually felt very nice thanks to the day's heat but after my accidentally swim in Granite Falls Rapid back in December I was still a bit "mehr" regarding water...the water was swifter in the LCR toward river left, the further we crossed the faster it swept us.

So crossing further above the dams might be better.


I got to play in quicksand!!! First time ever... hilarious fun.

Confluence was packed with "river runners"... Big group on a big pontoon boat I forget which company but took photos. They were quiet and waved and we're respectful.
Of course Jamie and I were on the other side of the river so...maybe we couldn't hear them ;).

We apparently walked right above/under/past Beamers Cabin...how the heck did we manage that?! Oh well...

Took my first step into Beamer Trail and we camped about half a mile down along the Colorado River. Awesome campsite! Much tastier green Colorado River water!


Third day headed down Beamer and camped at Palisades I think it was called and explored some gorgeous mudflats...gotta ask Wayne about those...why are they there?! And "found" the old mine and of course went right up almost into it.
It's a sensitive bat habitat just like all the others now. But still wet and some seepage around the tailings piles.

Beamer Trail is exactly how I always imagined it to be. Long, winding, hot but with Gorgeous views of everything! We could even see snow on the North Rim!

The entirety of Beamer we had company...down on the river maybe 1000ft below us?
Some sort of science river trip with a small motor boat that kept zipping upriver and Down again. Our third night the boats crew was going from camp to camp in the dark...collecting nocturnal specimen maybe?? It amused us and was akin to watching a sitcom on TV haha

Fourth was our shortest day I think, a whopping three miles to Tanner Beach!

Jamie explored up Canyon a bit and found the pouroff where the old man fell and died and the one young boy built a raft a lived...
About a quarter mile away Jamie said he found a Tapeats break that took him right to Tanner Trail...hmmm...

We met a couple of guys who may have been illegally camped at Tanner Beach and boasted their "100 miles in 7 days" while I boasted "I've been napping on this beach since noon" haha

The two guys wanted to hike out wit us at 3am...so we slept in.
Started hiking out on May 6th (day 5) at 4am...it was 84° at the beach.

3 hours later at the Redwall it was 96°...
We reached Lipan point at 10:30 on the dot and it was a cool 75°. Ah, perfect.

The sun really beat me up that time...I need to spend more time IN the Canyon and less time gallivanting on the rims and summit apparently ;)
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Apr 22 2017
Hippy
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Hermit Basin Jaunt, AZ 
Hermit Basin Jaunt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2017
Hippy
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,400 AEG
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Headed down Hermit with Jamie and our two good friends KC and Clint for Earth day.

None of them had ever seen Sweetheart Spring so we went there first.

Then after gawking at the Coconino-Hermit contact we contoured down toward the Supai and out to a pretty "point" where we spotted Santa Maria Spring just below us.

From there we skipped merrily back to Hermit trail near Red Bud Cove and Hikes back up toward the rim after poking around Waldron for about half an hour.

Just below the rim Jamie and I led our friends down into a drainage and headed out to show them the "Four Sisters" and some of the "unidentified rusty crap" in the area.

We found glass insulators, beer cans, chew cans, wagon wheel, gasoline containers, something that looked like Fanta, a beanie from the late 90's?!, oh and a gorgeous collared lizard.

Score!

We then hiked out and got booze.

Tis a rough life, but someone must live it.
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Mar 17 2017
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Battleship - Grand CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2017
Hippy
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,200 AEG
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Birthday butte with Jamie day before my birthday.
Popped a Guinness up top. Fun times!

Took "the high route" and found some seeps and springs in the Hermit contact area absolutely gorgeous.

Lots of bighorn evidence but no sightings this time.

Do not recommend the "high route" out from BA to the Ship's saddle unless you're down for some scree sliding excitement haha

Took the "middle route" back which is now the most traveled and obvious to follow.
First time I sailed the ship, 4 years ago??? Have I been here that long?! And nobody's tries to rescue me yet? ;)

Anyway, first time I did this butte the middle Trail was not nearly as defined.

Nowadays it's a single track with the occasional agave pointing the way!

Anyone else been up there lately?
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Feb 04 2017
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 Grand Canyon
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2017
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
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Haven't been out to the ship in years!

My boyfriend flew back in from Pennsylvania on Thursday so we decided to dayhike before heading back north to the South Rim.

We met our Grand Canyon Historian friend Doug and headed out bright and early.

Early meaning we started hiking at 10:40am.

1st water trailhead was entirely full so we parked down aways near the Dutchman.

The hike itself was simple, extremely easy to follow I don't remember all the Cairns heading up to the ship from the creek.
It's obvious and straightforward and Cairns really weren't necessary.
Must see a lot more footraffic than years past.

The creek was flowing nicely and very clear! Deep in a few crossings but we kept our toes dry.

I was very happy to be around the saguaros again. That's the one thing the canyon is missing.

Also, bird watchers paradise this time of year!
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Jan 29 2017
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35 female
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 Grand Canyon
White Tanks Radio Summit via Goat CampPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2017
Hippy
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,700 AEG
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One last hike "out west" end of the big city.

Saw course little deer gals and four javelina...Surprised they were out and about it's chilly down here but today was gorgeous!!

Tried my hand at some bouldering off BG summit that didn't last long because I got chilled in the shade.

How I'll survive up north next week I have no idea haha
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Jan 16 2017
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 Grand Canyon
North Mountain National Trail #44Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2017
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Hiking2.64 Miles 800 AEG
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Hashing with the Luchador and Juliachaos.

No real trails so it was enjoyable especially after dark.
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Jan 16 2017
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Hayden Butte Summit (HBP)Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2017
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Hiking0.55 Miles 300 AEG
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Spent another afternoon in Tempe as I'm meeting up with Juliachaos and A Luchador for some hashing later on...

Ever noticed there a like 8 or 9 little "alternate" use paths heading up A Mtn?

I got fed up with the spandex-ponytail movement up the asphalt road leading to the towers up top and explored 6 different use paths...One led to a little hippy size niche in a rock, there was not a chupacabra inside sadly...

Another led up then down to a small gully on the North side where 3 transients made their home...I waved and moved on at a trot.

Another led from Hobo Hotel up to the summit Wth a dozen switchbacks, interesting, old summit route maybe?

#notevenhumananymore :lol:

Another brought me down on the South side and led directly to "the gravesite"

Who's gravesite is that anyway? Y'all seen that before?

I have pics of it...Anyway. who know A Mtn could be so entertaining!

Until next time.

Note: I'm not hiding this for a week because I'm curious about this gravesite thing...Hope that's okay!!
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Jan 09 2017
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 Grand Canyon
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Didn't see JoeyB.

Much disappointment.
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Jan 09 2017
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Cholla Loop to Arrow Point, AZ 
Cholla Loop to Arrow Point, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2017
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,030 AEG
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Stopped by my stepmom's in Arrowhead Lakes en route to Surprise from Scottsdale.
Pretty tired from Shaw/North/Squaw cuz I've been so dang lazy lately.

Opted for a cute quickie hike near my old neighborhood.

Didn't disappoint!
Plenty of Cholla and saguaroas to keep me smiling for the rest of the year.

Hopefully returning to my Ponderosas soon...
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Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2017
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,850 AEG
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Borrowed sisters car and headed out at the buttcrack of dawn to hike N Mtn.

Checked HAZ for directions and saw this North-Shaw loop so said ah heck why not.

Started at 7th Ave the headed for North via maxine and a use trail...Tons of wildlife out at 6am!!

((Sitting in the parking lot eating breakfast as I type this now, lots of human life out around 9am... ))

Took North National down to the 7th st lot then headed for Shaw Butte.

The views from Shaw Butte were agreeable this morning with sunrise blinding me on my way up and back to the car.

Spotted 3 coyotes off to one side as I neared the Parking lot, strange they'd be so close to the Parking lot unless they're trash diggers?
Haven't been out this way in years! Felt great especially after I over did it a few days ago in White Tank.
Considering taking a peak at Squaw before lunch today... We shall see.
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Jan 07 2017
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Barry Goldwater PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
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Hiking15.50 Miles 3,100 AEG
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Sometimes you can't sleepy and borrow your sisters car to go somewhere pretty.
Parked in number 7 and headed up Mesquite Cyn trail pretty quick.
Saw a familiar junction and ended up bagging Barry Goldwater, I'm okay with that.
Went "down the other side" ran into 3 big puppies off leash so I went back the way I came to avoid the owners who I assume weren't far behind.
Back to Goat Camp jct then up Ford to make a loop out of it, came upon Waddell and opted to take that back to the parking lot.

Well. That was fun. Lots of birds out, redtails, a bat in the parking lot when I got there. Saw some fat quails, are they even supposed to be out when it's this cold?

Which by the way today was surprisingly warm. For January...

Fun loop, think I miss a trail connection in my links but forgot what it was
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Jan 06 2017
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 Grand Canyon
Hayden Butte Summit (HBP)Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2017
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Hiking1.00 Miles 291 AEG
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Because it's there?
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Dec 01 2016
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Colorado River Trip 2.0, AZ 
Colorado River Trip 2.0, AZ
 
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Another GC river trip to check off.

House Rock rapid was not as massive as I remember. Higher water this time.

Smaller trip, only 11 of us.

Visited Nautiloid Canyon! Been looking to see the Nautiloid fossils for years! So excited I got to see that!!

Ruins and granary at Nank, got some Gorgeous group shots.

Layover (2 nights) at Cardenas beach. SO windy.

Reminder to backpackers: be kind and friendly to river runners and they'll be kind to you! We ran into some backpackers on the Escalante Route who I happened to know from the rims, mostly gc locals, nps employees. Jamie gave them beer, I offered then more food to eat which they enjoyed then we packed out some trash for them.

Reminder to river runners: don't be jerks to backpackers!! They worked harder to get to those beaches and can't carry a fraction of what we can!! Be nice. Good grief.

Some...a majority...of the folks on my river trip were kinda rude/short to the backpackers and I'm not cool with that.


Ran Hance, had a blast. Good runs all around. Galen in the Raisin Box bucket boat "ran the meat" punched their way through.

Pete, Jamie and I let the river have its way with us, Jamie was torn from the boat in the first or second big wave. He clung to the bowline and I hauled him back in. He was in the water a mere ten seconds and back upright just in time for the massive tail waves at the bottom of Hance that lead into Son of Hance.

Passenger exchange at Phantom on Dec 8th.

2 hiked out, 2 hiked in.

Ran Horn with no problems. Scouted Granite it was SEXY!!! I've never seen a sexier rapid, not even Lava or Upset were this gorgeous.

Jamie and I rode in the yellow bucket boat with Pete on the sticks. First wave tore me from the front of the raft and according to my gopro I was trapped under the raft for We seconds then I managed to get a breath and the raft bore down on me again and trapped me for another 15 seconds.

12 or 15 seconds holding your breath while raging in a mosh pit and having a few thousand gallons of 45° water dumped over your head is the only thing I can equate this experience to...

I don't recommend that. I vomited up water and coughed up more immediately after before I was even pulled into another boat. Mine was stuck in Forever Eddy by the time the final tail waves spat me out.
The nearest boat was our green Cataraft, I swam that way as I coughed and gasped for a full breath of air. Tom the cat's owner pulled me out and after a final bout of coughing and hacking up Colorado River I gave a whoop and cheered.

The next day I walked Hermit Rapid as well as Crystal.

The green Cataraft that pulled me out of Forever Eddy below Granite was lucky enough to slam The Big Hole in Crystal Rapid...Miss Ruby was washed off the cat and in the water for abouy 15 seconds before Jake and I pulled her out and onto the blue Cataraft.

(Jake had gone through the rapid 2nd and picked me up below Crystal in the river right Eddy. I got some gopro video of the first 3 boats running through, the green car was the 4th...)

Note: back in September 2016 we hiked Deer Creek-Thunder River loop and TheThrone Room was bone dry. It was also bone dry this December. :(

Back in 2015 my boyfriend and I were flipped in Upset. This year we faced the big hole square and punched right through without our glasses getting wet!

There was almost 50 people at Lava when we arrived to the scout. Our group went through first.

Our TL had a perfect run.
The rasin box (another bucket boat) had an extremely wet run and he still photos I got had them mostly submerged the whole run haha!

Jake on his blur Cataraft had a fun wet run.

Tom and Ruby on the green Cataraft made love to The Mountain and almost flipped. They went sky high! Ruby had my gopro on and I was on river right snapping photos with Jamie's DSLR.

Pete and Jamie came last in the yellow bucket boat "Not-so-fast Eddy" we called it, too far right on entry but straightened out before anything got crazy...well, crazier. Wet wild bouncing run with some great photos from the DSLR and video from Pete's gopro.

Around Lava I began to feel feverish.
I came down with Bronchitis.
By the time we reached river mile 220 and camped there, I'd had a very bad fever for 3 days and lost my voice and couldn't eat.
Had to exit at Diamond Creek on Dec 22nd.
No regrets. I felt much better by Dec 26th.
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Oct 23 2016
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Hayduke Trail - Section 3, UT 
Hayduke Trail - Section 3, UT
 
Backpack avatar Oct 23 2016
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Canyonlands National Park to Hite, UT

Canyonlands was where we began at Big Spring Trailhead

We hiked the very obvious Confluence trail about 6 miles maybe to the Green & Colorado Confluence overlook.
We then hiked 1.5 mi back to Cyclone Canyon and in to "The Grabens"

We camped a few miles from the river to get 6L each, water enough to last the next 24 hours.

Day 2.
We stayed in Butler the rest of Day 2 and Day 3! It's a looooong wash! Lots of wildlife, especially coyotes!
Kissing dinosaur rock Landmarks were my favorite :p

Right before Butler ended we found a rain pocket and filled up 2L each, this was delicious water.
We then climbed out of Butler this was what I call Secret Valley.

Night 3 we camped in "Secret Valley" which was an absolute joy to do!

There were plenty of water pockets to filter from in Secret Valley.

no water on Dark Canyon Plateau.

In Dark Canyon night 5 - reliable running water throughout the entire Canyon but it smells like decay.

About 8 miles from Hite on night 6 -no water.

When we reached Hite we camped on the NPS Visitor Center porch (hehehe) and restocked at (or emptied out) the tiny convenience store before bedtime.

I had to head back so I hitched 180 miles to Moab...the lady and her husband who ran the convenience store in Hite drove me all the way to Blanding where I caught two more rides and then a hotel room in Moab... My best friend, Dalton, made a burn run from Salt Lake to Moab and back for me and i caught a flight to Phx a few days later after some good dayhikes in SLC.

My other half is still out there hiking as I type this. He'll finish at Lee's Ferry on Nov 22.

Until then...Hike on!

May 18, 2017 Edit: The lady and her husband from Hite Marina are running the convenience store there again, go say hi if you're in the area and send her my thanks again!! :)
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Sep 15 2016
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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 15 2016
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Backpack24.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
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Went out as an assistant guide with Grand Canyon Association Field Institute took 9 awesome folks from the North Rim to the South Rim

Camp 1 @ Cottonwood
2 @ Bright Angel
3 @ Bright Angel
4 @ Indian Garden

It's always fun to experience someone else's first Canyon backpacking trip.
The group was all over 50 except me of course but they were tough and fun loving.

Yup, love my job.
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Sep 03 2016
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Kibbey ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
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Hiking3.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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....well...that was fun!!

Again with the bushwhacker special

Locust!

Locust!

Locust!?!!?

Those aren't Aspen we said...oh good grief...

Parked at Greenland Lake, walked a quarter mile north, headed east, down through the Kaibab and Toroweap then crawled and creeped and slipped and slid down a steep muddy slope

Luckily the first 15-20 minutes of slope in the burned area and made for even slicker and steeper traversing through the Kaibab.

What more could a girl ask for? This was a great Saturday date-hike with my guy!

Two "sketchy" parts...well they were extra steep and extra muddy and had no friendly trees to hold on to...made me pause and offer up a few choice expletives.

Jamie coaxed me onward and downward through more aspen and more locust and more mud with the promise of bagging another summit.

There is a very faint muddy steep "path" in the gulley but it's hard to stick to on the descent! Much easier to follow on the way back up to the rim.

Once we broke the Coconino gulley from hell we contoured east and along the Hermit until the bushes broke and our destination was in direct view.

This was the easiest part of the trip and the shale was such a gorgeous red that all was forgotten...for now.

We shimmied the hilly dunes and made our way to the top, the South face was the easiest ascent.

The summit is a mere 2-3feet wide and the true summit is on the east side of he solitary cliff rose that dominates the top.
The cairn with the old summit log is on the east side and contained an old coffee can full of water...and rotting paper and an old Mickey's bottle cap and a pencil...

The only date we could readily make out was either 2007 or 2008 from a Bob Ward? and a Jace?

The new register was place in 2015 and was tucked safely in the branches of the cliffose...

I happily shimmied beneath the cliffrose to rightfully place the new register inside the old coffee can upsidedown in the cairn to prevent further water damage.


This is a quite lovely little butte and is my 20th Grand Canyon summit.
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Deer Creek - Thunder River Loop, AZ 
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Backpack29.50 Miles 8,700 AEG
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1st trip
Limited days off leads to some epic hiking.

Friday night Jamie, myself and our North Rim buddy Kevin drove to Monument Point.

Spotted a GORGEOUS bobcat on FR206!

Camped.
It poured.

Our tent stake camp out in the toe of the tent. Our down bags and my new down puffy were soaked.
Oh well, onward!

We awoke with the sun...uhhh...the dim haze that may have been the sun that just barely shone through a.thick cloud cover and gentle misting rain...as I said....onward!!

Saturday morning we shimmied down from the Rim to the Esplanade, checked out some rock art then went on down in Surprise Valley. It really is a surprise isn't it! First time I'd seen it, SO pretty!

The break down into SV is a knee jammer but it went swiftly and smoothly for we three.

(On a side note, Cogswell Butte is now in my sights and we'll be tackling it and Bridger's Knoll on our next trip out there...anyone want in on this let me know? I'll get the permits!)

Quick break at the junction then hung a right down toward Deer Creek. Surprise Valley is quiet and quick walking!

The amount of Limestone in this break made me swoon, Limestone bites are the best! There's one section that requires what some might consider scrambling.
Jamie sent me over it first and described me as "dancing" across the rock. Sounds about right.
Awesome scree chute down to The Throne Room, be careful on that! Whoo!

Deer Creek Springs at the Throne Room was bone dry... :(
Last time I saw this was also my first, back in March 2015 from our private river trip and it was a gusher!
We'll be back on another river trip in December, wonder if it will be flowing then...

The Patio was covered in mud and Deer Creek itself was mud mud muddy!!
We set up in the campsite and had the place to ourselves all night. Saw a small private trip down at the falls, they went up as we came down, it was raining and slippery as all!! Watch your step!
The Creek was higher than last year and the Falls louder, we almost held our breath awaiting a flash!! Lucky us, no flash. He river runners left, we had dinner on the Patio and went to bed to a drizzling rain.

Next morning is day 2, Sunday, we will camp on the Esplanade tonight but first we have to complete the loop.
Up out of the Patio we rode the low route from DC to Tapeats Creek, it was warm but not stifling hot...strange for August thank goodness for clouds.

I played in the river, we watched dories sweep by, no beers, the 135mi Eddy is too hard to maneuver in and out of before the rifle.

Tapeats Creek was clear! We headed up he break, slip sliding and enjoying the views.

This one break up from Tapeats Creek is the reason I'm SO grateful Jamie suggested a counterclockwise loop! I would not enough going DOWN that break, it's doable and safe-ish, but with a loaded pack it'd be a *****!

I'd suggest counterclockwise to any new folk considering this loop.

Sea Turtle Falls in Tapeats Creek was shortly after our first crossing, the creek was flowing nicely, Jamie said it's slightly deeper than usual and evidence pointed to some "overflowing" of the banks in the past few days but again, we were lucky!

Up the Creek was quick, warm and easy moving! We crossed again below Thunder River and began the climb up, up, up it goes!

Every twist in the trail opened up new views, wow!
We spent an hour and a half at Thunder River way up top, and as tradition mandates we.filled direct from the source, no filtering needed, yummmmm! Best water ever!
Ate dinner here and dried our socks in the sun.

Up we went again into Surprise Valley where we stopped to check out The Blue Eyed Indian, then across the smooth, quick and silent Valley, the sun setting in our eyes as we head west.

Started up the Redwall break towed the Esplanade well before the sun said it's goodnights.

About a quarter mile from the top of the break we turned on our headlamps and visions of warm sleeping bags danced in our heads.

Jamie played with his camera and got some Gorgeous clear night sky shots, the milky way lit up our tent and my socks dried on the bushes nearby...

Monday morning, we sauntered out on stiff toes well after the sunrose, yesterday was a lot of UP even for a Canyon junkie haha
We were out before 11am and dilly-dallied at the trail head enjoying the views cloudless sky afforded us today!

All in all this was easier than anticipated.
I definitely suggest a counterclockwise loop because Thunder River draws you up up up and is a stellar place to kick back before that last push to surprise Valley.

Deer Creek is amazing but it wouldn't have the motivation for me as TR Did...also that break up Tapeats Creek would be a pain in the butt to down climb for new folk...i dunno why Backpacker magazine suggests a clockwise loop...anyone know why??
Counterclockwise just makes more sense!

Anyway...awesome weekend. Back to work...I'm serious about anyone wanting to tackle Bridger's Knoll and Cogswell Butte though...let me know, they look relatively "easy"... :lol:
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