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Apr 26 2002
lobo41
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73 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Litchfield Park,
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2002
lobo41
Hiking44.50 Miles 10,280 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles   22 Hrs   5 Mns   2.02 mph
10,280 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After we finished climbing Humphreys Peak in September 2001, DB and I decided to attempt a Rim to Rim to Rim (RTRTR) on April 26 - 27, 2002. We selected this date because there was to be a full moon on April 27. We started our preparation in January with weekly hikes of increasing difficulty and distance. Because of the proximity of the White Tank Mountains most of our hiking was done there. For variety, we also hiked the Quartz Peak Trail, Flat Iron, Reavis Ranch, Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Squaw Peak. (We climbed Squaw Peak 2 consecutive times.)

In March, DB asked John Mumma if he would like to join us. John was in process of moving from Puerto Rico to Grand Rapids, Michigan. His folks reside in Tucson so the timing worked well for him. John arrived on Wednesday afternoon.

I picked John and DB up at 7:30 on Friday morning. We stopped for breakfast at Denny's in Verde Valley en route and arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park a little after noon. The original plan was to have lunch, take a nap, and start hiking at approximately 5:00 PM. However, we were all full from our big breakfast and no one felt like eating. We also decided that we were too excited to take a nap. So, we caught the shuttle bus to Yaki Point. We arrived at the South Kaibab Trailhead at 1:25 PM and started our hike at 1:30 PM.

It was cloudy, windy and 52 degrees when we started our hike. The weather forecast was for a 60% change of showers/snow Friday night.

It is 7.2 miles from Yaki Point to Phantom Ranch and there is loss of 4840 feet in elevation between the trailhead and the Colorado River.

We arrived at Phantom Ranch at 3:45 PM. We took a short break to fill our water and started up the Bright Angel Trail to the North Rim. It is 14 miles from Phantom Ranch to the North Rim with a 5821 foot elevation gain.

We took another break at Cottonwood Campground to fill our water and stash some trail food for our return trip.

It got dark as we arrived at the caretakers house below Roaring Springs. A heavy cloud cover hid the full moon so we hiked by the light of our Petzl Tikka headlamps, rather than the hoped for moonlight. We passed Roaring Springs a little after 7:30 PM.

We had been told earlier by some hikers we met that they were unable to get through the Supai Tunnel because of blasting for trail maintenance. We saw signs of on-going work, but no work was being done at night and we were able to make it through without any problems.

We arrived at the North Kaibab Trailhead at 9:40 PM. It was cold and windy with light snow showers. It was too cold to take a break. So, after taking a quick picture, we immediately started down the North Kaibab Trail.

Going down the North Kaibab by flash light was extremely challenging. We arrived at Cottonwood Campground at 12:30 AM on Saturday. After another short break to fill our water, it was on to Phantom Ranch. We opted not to stop at Phantom Ranch and hiked on to the rest room just across the Bright Angel Creek foot bridge. We filled our water and changed socks. When we crossed the Silver Suspension Bridge at 6:10 AM, we only had 6.2 miles and an elevation gain of 4360 feet to go.

We took a 30 minute break at Indian Gardens. Our "gas tanks" were empty and the last 4.5 miles were a challenge. DB topped out at 11:20 AM (21:52), John make it at 11:30 AM (22:00) and I was at the top at 11:35 AM (22:05).

Our RTRTR was a total distance of 44.5 miles with 20,802 feet total elevation change (Or 3.95 miles). Excluded the numerous side hikes on our raft trip, that gives me 149.5 miles of hiking in the Grand Canyon.
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Mike

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Apr 13 2002
lobo41
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 Guides 3
 Photos 22
 Triplogs 8

73 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Litchfield Park,
Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2002
lobo41
Hiking3.50 Miles 319 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   3.00 mph
319 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Mike

Every day is a good day!! Some are just better than others.
Feb 11 2002
lobo41
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 Guides 3
 Photos 22
 Triplogs 8

73 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Litchfield Park,
Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2002
lobo41
Hiking18.60 Miles 2,040 AEG
Hiking18.60 Miles   6 Hrs      3.10 mph
2,040 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
DB and I used this has one of many training hikes for our Rim to Rim to Rim.
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Mike

Every day is a good day!! Some are just better than others.
Feb 04 2002
lobo41
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 Guides 3
 Photos 22
 Triplogs 8

73 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Litchfield Park,
Goat Camp / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2002
lobo41
Hiking 1,662 AEG
Hiking
1,662 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I have hiked the various trails in the white tanks approx 25 times in the past 5 years. I scared up a deer a couple of years ago. Other than that one time, my wild life sightings were restricted to birds, rabbits and lizards. Sunday, Feb 3, about 3 and 1/2 miles into the hike, we hit the jackpot - saw 12 deer!! (By the time I fumbled around and got my camera out, I was only able to capture a couple on film.) Also, met Doug H on the trail - he recognized me from my HikeArizona.Com picture. (He stood still long enough for me to get his picture.)
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Mike

Every day is a good day!! Some are just better than others.
Feb 04 2002
lobo41
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 Guides 3
 Photos 22
 Triplogs 8

73 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Litchfield Park,
Goat Camp / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2002
lobo41
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,662 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   2 Hrs      3.30 mph
1,662 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Near home. Nice challenge.
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Mike

Every day is a good day!! Some are just better than others.
Jan 27 2002
lobo41
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 Guides 3
 Photos 22
 Triplogs 8

73 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Litchfield Park,
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2002
lobo41
Hiking 2,497 AEG
Hiking
2,497 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This hike is a good work out for people who are in moderate to good shape. It is not for beginners. Directions found on the web site are right on. For planning purposes, it took us 1 hour to go the 33 miles from I-10 to the Trail Head. My hiking partner was impressed with the cleanliness of the toilets at the Trail Head. 'They even had toliet paper.' His compliments to the BLM.
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Mike

Every day is a good day!! Some are just better than others.
Jan 27 2002
lobo41
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 Guides 3
 Photos 22
 Triplogs 8

73 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Litchfield Park,
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2002
lobo41
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,497 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
2,497 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Great views from the top.
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Mike

Every day is a good day!! Some are just better than others.
Sep 01 2001
lobo41
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 Guides 3
 Photos 22
 Triplogs 8

73 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Litchfield Park,
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2001
lobo41
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs      3.00 mph
3,313 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
First experience with altitude sickness
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Mike

Every day is a good day!! Some are just better than others.
average hiking speed 2.63 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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