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Feb 21 2020
jajohnson11
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 Tucson, AZ
Cheops PlateauNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking23.50 Miles 9,500 AEG
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2nd time up Utah Flats route and in the general area. The first time there were 4 of us and rain stopped us from making the summit. This time I was going for a solo day hike to bag both peaks. As usual beautiful descent down SK. Perfect, clear weather. Flew up Utah Flats and had the Plateau in sight pretty quick. Decided to hit the base of the plateau early instead of taking Utah flats route until parallel with the saddle. Although this saved distance, it probably didn't save any time. Made the Isis Cheops saddle in about 5 hours. The scramble up to the plateau was a fun one. The "crux" definitely was a little scary coming up / going down but very obvious and doable for this rookie climber. Amazing view at the top. Soaked it in for quite some time before heading down. Amazing that the two summits are only 100 or so feet apart if one can stomach the rotten class 5 ridge (which I've heard no one has?)
The traverse over to the pyramid was a nightmare. The gullies are ridiculously time and energy consumptive. That, and I'm currently not in my best hiking shape by any means during this home renovation time. Every muscle in my legs was starting to cramp on the way over. Made me a bit nervous about the hike out of the canyon...
The pyramid summit was pretty straightforward. Definitely not a walk up but not as bad as the plateau. After that it was a nice descent back to the river. Stopped and soaked my sore legs in BA creek and felt completely rejuvinated. Made it to the car at 9:30pm for an even 16 hour day. Happy to have these peaks bagged. Looking forward to coming back in March for some more summits. Have Isis, Vishnu, and Zoro on my radar. If anyone is interested let me know!
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 Tucson, AZ
Cheops Pyramid 5206Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2018
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Hiking19.20 Miles 6,690 AEG
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I will start this triplog with a PSA for making sure that you wash AND disinfect your water bottles, especially the mouthpieces. Been training for months for this hike and was in scary good shape leading up to the trip. A week out started having some gurgles and thought I ate a bad salad, but nothing major. Then had full out dash to the bathroom food poisoning and couldn't figure out why it was lingering for as long as it was. While driving around with my favorite water bottle, the sun hit my mouthpiece and illuminated the entire area where you bite down to get water out and it was black with mold. Despite frequent washings in the dishwasher, the area where you bite down never got cleaned. Looked it up and read that most people's water bottle mouth pieces are dirtier than your toilet seat. Immediately threw away this water bottle and hastily washed out every other hydration piece that I owned (bottles & bladders) with a disinfection solution. Solved the problem, but left me feeling 50% in the days leading up to the trip. Called my buddy in Idaho that was joining me to let him know and we came up with a Plan B in case things didn't get better. Spent the rest of the week eating bland food and popping electrolyte tablets every hour. My training regimen took off 8 pounds from last year's GC trip but the bout with the food poisoning took off another 4 pounds I didn't want to lose.

Wednesday morning came and got a phone call from my hiking partner Doug. He was heading off to the airport and wondering if he should bother getting on the plane. Told him I was up to feeling 70% and that worse case scenario we do Plan B on Thursday. Doug and I met when I lived in Idaho and immediately bonded over our joint love of peak bagging, especially remote, off trail excursions in the back country. We still get together at least once a year and have decided that every October from now on will be a Grand Canyon trip of some sort. Last year was a R2R2R and this year we decided to combine GC hiking with some peak bagging. Did the research and decided that Cheops was a stiff challenge but within our skill set. Left Tucson early afternoon and scooped up Doug at Sky Harbor, then headed north. Quick stop for dinner in Flagstaff before going up to Tusayan and checking into our hotel.

Thursday morning came early when the alarm went off at 3AM, but still got just shy of 6 hours of sleep. Made some coffee, downed a Clif Bar and headed off to the trailhead. Parked at the visitor's center, called a cab and 10 minutes later was being driven over to the South Kaibab. We purposely chose this day because of the full moon, which helped immensely on the descent. Started the hike at 4:45AM to almost perfect conditions, it was 37 degrees and no wind. The weather conditions allowed us to pack minimally and we both used trail running packs to shave off weight. The hike down South Kaibab was uneventful, just a little slower than anticipated. Had to make full use of each of the rest stops along the way due to a few lingering gurgles in my stomach. Also with age we are finding our descending times are affected a tiny bit and it took us 25 minutes longer than planned to get to Bright Angel campground. So a bit of foreshadowing of the day to come, losing 5-10 minutes here and there added up. We did agree that scheduling a GC trip with a full moon is the way to go for future hikes, made nighttime descending a lot easier.

Made it to Bright Angel campground and set off to search for the next part of the hike, heading up the Utah Flats route. With all of the rain this year everything was brushy and overgrown and the start was not obvious. Again another 5 minutes lost making sure that campsite #1 was indeed the start and I headed into the bushes to see what I could find. Ten yards later an obvious path appeared and we began our climb. Much like many of the trails around Tucson that are generally more solid but with all of the rain are looser, Utah Flats was in similar condition. Spots that were probably hard packed most of the year were loose and rocks that looked like good foot placements moved when stepped on. We kept a good pace, but again felt like probably lost time due to trail conditions. Our first big obstacle of the day was an outcropping of rocks and with brushy overgrowth could not see a way around it, so felt that going up and over was the best way. I headed up first and found the climb to be a short but stiff third class climb with just enough exposure to get your attention. Doug at that point discovered that his choice of shoes was great for hiking, but not so great for traction on any scrambling. Made it past, but this cost us another 15 minutes of time. Kept going up and quickly made it to Piano Alley. Followed a somewhat obvious trail that was decently cairned. To our surprise found a set of fresh footprints that helped with route finding. Picked our way through Piano Alley but felt like we lost another 10-15 minutes with route finding. Popped over the plateau rim and was greeted by the appropriately named Utah Flats. Simply beautiful red rock that was a joy to hike through, plus combined with views of the canyon neither one of us has ever experienced made this one of the highlights of the day.

The next part of the hike was our nemesis, what I later read is called "Cactus Alley". Green and overgrown, the trail was next to impossible to follow at points, Route Scout helped a lot with giving us a bird's eye view of where we should be. But at this point we were left to tip toe through fields of ankle high cactus that were healthy and hidden well under the scrub. Plodded slowly through the fields of cactus to what we thought would be the obvious turn off point to the route up Cheops and immediately was struck with how would we would hike over the first drainage. We split up to explore and I fired up Route Scout again only to discover that we had overshot the official route by about a third of a mile. Began tip toeing through the fields of cactus again and intersected the official route at the quarter mile point from where the track starts. Called up to Doug and he began working his way to me. Doug thought we should approach one way and pointing to Route Scout and informing him of emails that I had with Joe, told him that going low is the way to go. Resist the temptation to go high along the red wall. About this time we both started looking at our watches and found that we were 6.5 hours into the hike/climb and we still had 1.2 miles of climbing and route finding to get to our summit. Then had to turn around, so made the mental calculations and figured it would be a minimum of another 2 hours if not 3 before we could begin our descent back down Utah Flats. With my stomach issues I knew I had at best 12-13 hours of hiking and scrambling in me, but not much more. One of the reasons I like hiking with Doug is we are both similar in ability and temperament. At that point we looked at each other and decided in unison that calling it a day was the most logical thing to do. Wandered around a little bit taking pictures and mental notes of the route ahead of us, then found a nice rock to stretch out on and eat lunch.

Began our descent down and like in many cases, the trail was much easier to follow down than it was to go up. Made really good time on the descent and found the route around the outcropping that had earlier given us issues. Took a detour over to the Phantom Ranch canteen and had a lemonade spiked with electrolyte powder and got ready for the climb out. For an unexplainable reason I got a second wind and felt my best on the climb up South Kaibab. Made it from Phantom Ranch to the SK trailhead on top of the rim in about 3 hours. Along the way we were passed by Jim Walmsley, the current R2R2R record holder while he was out on a training run. He looked inhuman as he was bounding up the trail doing what appeared to be 8 minute miles. Our luck continued to hold out with great weather conditions the entire day and 60 seconds after we hit the trail head, the bus to take us back to our car appeared.

Overall the theme of the day was how 5-10 minutes here and there added up to probably 90 minutes or more of productive trail time lost. Plus now we know that based on our age and fitness levels, we should plan on a 14 hour day on our next attempt. Making some minor equipment and shoe changes will assist with this as well. Still pleased with how far we did get and would add this to one to my list of all time favorite hikes.
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Dec 30 2017
friendofThundergod
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Phantom Canyon - UpperNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 30 2017
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Backpack35.40 Miles 10,481 AEG
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I headed to the Grand Canyon with @carriejane over the New Years weekend. The goals were: Hippie Camp in Upper Phantom, a recon of the Shiva exit route, a quick trip up Haunted Canyon and then Cheops Pyramid. The trip was also a test run on my surgically repaired shoulder, which is nearing its fourth month of recovery and long awaited end to its five pound limitation/restriction.

Day one included a late start and then an extra trip down the road to the trailhead to go back and grab some containers we had forgotten that would be needed to haul the water for our dry camp on day two. South Kaibab was a bit of a zoo, but the hiking was quick and the views were nice as usual. The Utah Flats Route was the rugged steep little climb we expected, but it went well. The stretch from the top to Phantom Canyon was a real treat, some great clouds and big views. The scramble down to Phantom was a little tedious, but that initial stretch of canyon makes it worthwhile. Initially, we had planned to hike into Hippie camp on the first night, but the attractiveness of the overhang camp and taking off the heavy packs won over.

On day two we day hiked up to Hippie camp and did a quick recon of the Shiva Exit Route, which I have to admit looks pretty intense, but I would still like to utilize it on a future ambitious trip. Although Hippie camp was a minor let down, the area intrigued both of us and we discussed a potential future return during snow melt. There was no time for Haunted Canyon with Cheops Pyramid still on the slate, so we returned to camp, packed up and made our way down stream. After a quick visit to the rope and falls that mark the upper and lower divide of Phantom, we filtered and stocked up on water for Cheops and our upcoming dry camp. Then it was the brisk climb back up U.F.R. and a quick stroll across the Tonto. We dropped the heavy packs and started off for Cheops at about 2:10 p.m. The off trail contour to the pyramid is a bit of a slog, but it seemed to go by quickly and before we knew it we were at the base of the “steps.” This part went a little smoother for me than the last time and we located the little climbs and the cairns marking them with relative ease. On the summit before 3:30 p.m. and after a ten minute break or so we were heading back down. The hike back to our packs was a little slow, but we were still able to retrieve our packs and make our way down trail to a nice campsite just before nightfall.

Day three consisted of slipping and sliding down Utah Flats into Phantom Ranch and then the River Trail to Bright Angel. We detoured off BA to do some of the Old Bright Angel and made the obligatory stop at the archeological site along the way. The last three miles of BA were a major slog for me, but Carrie was unfazed and left me in the dust a little.
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Apr 15 2017
friendofThundergod
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Cheops Pyramid 5206Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2017
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Hiking22.35 Miles 8,595 AEG
Hiking22.35 Miles   13 Hrs   23 Mns   1.82 mph
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I had been wanting to see Cheops Plateau from the other end of the spine since my summit of the Plateau just about a year ago. My return to the area in the fall with @DallinW further piqued this desire. In fact, we had planned to do it together this weekend, but Dallin has a foot that needs to get right by next month, so he had to bow out. I nearly bowed out myself due to a nasty bug and spending about 15 hours in bed on Friday, but nevertheless, fueled on energy drinks and Thera-Flu, I dragged myself out of bed at 3:30 in the morning on Saturday to pack for a night at the canyon and a big day hike. I was on the road by 4:30 and started off for Cheops at 8:05 a.m.

I immediately realized that my zeal for the hike may have been enhanced by cold medicine and two energy drinks on the drive up. I could just tell it was going to be a slog, my legs were even fatigued going down hill and those are supposed to be the free miles on these big days in the canyon. I even thought about just making a loop with the Tonto back to BA and shuttling back to SK, but I was worried that I would be confused with the throngs of free pass users that were cluttering up the trails and decided it was best to continued on to the pyramid. I filled up, rested a little and cameled up at the campground before hitting Utah Flats where I ended up almost turning around due to feeling so poorly. My legs just weighed a ton, I was short of breath, feeling a lot warmer than what I should have been feeling and a little nauseated. In fact, it took me an hour just to climb the first mile up Utah Flats, however, the pyramid was just too close to call the hike.

The route to the pyramid was a little tougher than I thought it would be and I was not very fast going at all. In terms of approach, I think the plateau is easier. As stated in the description, the route to the pyramid will test those stabilizer muscles in your legs. Throw in an achy body, some intense fatigue and a little remorse for pushing on and you have the key ingredients to a miserable 1.5 miles. However, as the "steps" neared, my resolve grew. It took me a minute to figure out the the steps, but eventually they went smoothly and I was finally on the pyramid. A top notch summit in my opinion, with some solid views to the east. I tried to just enjoy my stay on the summit, rather than think about what I still had to do to get out, but that was definitely on my mind. I took some pics, replenished my energy stores a little, while watching two brave souls attempt crossing the spine from the plateau. I don't know how far they got, but they had not given up when I left the summit. The off trail portion seemed to go a little quicker on the way back and despite taking several mini breaks along the way, reaching the campground did not go nearly as bad as I thought it would.

The climb up SK was a complete slog. I was taking breaks at nearly every mile by this point and just trying to keep my feet moving forward. I got a boost of energy near the top when I saw a guy carrying a full mountain bike on his back, props to him and slightly motivating. I topped out just after nine and reached the car at 9:30 p.m. I had intended to stay the night, but my body was telling me I needed some rest, so I just headed straight home, not one break. Back to the house just before 1, just your run of the mill 21 hour excursion to the Grand Canyon.

Final Notes

Although the pyramid was great, I still put the Plateau above it, in terms of views and even route. Utah Flats is a superb trail right now with the green and yellow hillsides and nice cacti bloom. Speaking of, am I the only one who always loses the Utah Flats route for a couple of hundred feet every time? It's warm again in the Canyon! I consumed just about six liters of water and Gatorade, although, I was over-hydrating to compensate for being sick. I have always been a mind over matter person when it comes to being sick, but I did learn on Saturday that eventually the body will win when applying that mindset. It was not pretty and I did not set any land-speed records, but I got it done and still experienced that great sense of accomplishment and elation/buzz that has came with my tougher Canyon summits.
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Mar 23 2017
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cheops Pyramid 5206Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 23 2017
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Backpack26.20 Miles 8,399 AEG
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This was Plan B. Mud stopped us about 14 miles short of Pasture wash. We did make it in ten miles. :scared: We slid off the road twice and almost got hit by a truck sliding in the other direction. We decided to turn around and hope Chumley's group wouldn't miss us too much. Plan A was Pt. Hutzil to Elves Chasm :( . After such a long drive, we had to do something. We went to the BC office and got permits for Thurs night. It was cold and snowy and rainy and we took shelter several times. The route to the pyramid was fun. There were a couple easy climbs but it was mostly a ramp up. The hike out was tough especially since I carried a condo on my back for 23 miles.

My stats are as follows. BA rt 14.9 4,521 aeg based on official route. River trail rt 3.3 and 770 aeg official route . Our Cheops route which I RS'd rt 3.46 1,596 aeg. Utah flats rt 3.5 1,512 aeg based on route info. and some side exploring including Phantom Ranch. Fun time with Dave. Thanks for driving and staying awake. First night, we camped in Williams at a hotel. It was whiteout conditions.
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Oct 08 2016
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South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking6.15 Miles 4,790 AEG
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My goal for this hike was South Kaibab trail to Bright Angel Campground, up Utah Flats Route to Cheops Pyramid, then return via Bright Angel Trail. I recall reading someone on this site saying they'd do this as a day trip (round trip) from Phoenix... :o absolutely insane! (No disrespect intended). I drove up Thursday and truck camped at a site adjacent to Grandview Tower. Woke up a little later than intended (top quilt was way too comfy and warm) and drove to the small parking lot/picnic area on 64 near the entrance to Yaki pt./SKTH. I planned to hike and return to catch the Blue shuttle from BATH to the visitor center and then catch the Orange shuttle to South Kaibab TH. I knew time would be the issue. As I found out later, time and electrolytes would be the issue. I Hit the trail at 6am and it was cool to see all the headlamps heading down the trail. I also quickly found out that I was about 1 minute behind the mule train...made for some careful stepping. :? I made it to the river at 8:30 am, did some photo ops then ate a snack before the ascent to Utah Flats route. The climb to Utah Flats took a bit longer than I had anticipated and I started doing the time calculations in my head, knowing my ascent up BAT would be ~5 hrs. Also, I started feeling cramps in my middle back. As much as it pained me to turn around, I felt it was in my best interest considering the shuttle schedule and now my apparent lack of electrolytes feeling in my back. I returned to Phantom Ranch cafe and enjoyed my $4 lemonade and consumed everything I had that had sodium in it. Restocked on water and headed back across the bridge to the BAT at around 1:30 pm. Hiking up the weather began to turn and it started to rain with thunder and lightning just after Indian Garden. The thunder sounded amazing in the canyon and the rain felt SO good :y: . I hit the top at 6pm with the Blue shuttle bus ready to go. I asked if driver could call to the Orange line at the Visitor's center, but he said he wasn't allowed to do so. He told me, over the bus intercom, that we "should" arrive at 6:39 pm and the Orange line (last bus) would depart at 6:40, and if I "Ran" to the bus the driver would probably wait for me. I told him I probably would NOT be "running". Apparently the entire bus full of tourists found that funny and burst into laughing. :lol: Anyway, I made it on time, with Orange bus driver waiting for me, only passenger and last bus...whew! I'm not sure I would have walked the 5 miles back to my truck if I had missed that bus. I truck camped again and drove home the next morning.

All in all, a great hike. I WILL conquer Cheops, next year now that I learned a few things. I sweat a lot and did not plan accordingly for this hike. Next time, I will bring plenty of electrolyte replacements, and an earlier start. I might also make it an overnight by camping at Phantom Creek (Backcountry) then doing Cheops the next morning.
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 Grand Canyon
Cheops Pyramid 5206Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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6 days of awesome just happened.

Jamie and I headed down SK bright and early May 1st...around noon-thirty really ;)
We ambled down to Phantom Ranch with dreams of lemonade and tecate...of which we got none. Wah ={

So after being lazy bums all day we headed up Utah Flats with 4L each of Agua. We camped as far across UF as possible and settled in with the setting sun.

The Morning of May 2nd we left camp kinda early-ish and headed west then south with the Cheops horn or pyramid dancing in our minds.
The "route" was fairly simple, "just head thataway!". So we did. Lots and LOTS of cactus, Mmmmmm...we rounded the South tip of Cheops and slowly began our ascent.

For some strange reason my mind decided to become acrophobic right as we reached the foot of he Redwall... wtf?! So I sat and talked myself out of being a wimp and up we went.

It was a BREEZE. I really did laugh at myself on the summit. *shrug*
It's all 3rd class, no climbing necessary except a few spots where, yeah, you're using your hands to find handholds and feet to find feetholds.

Left our names in the register.
(It was minty fresh! Also, Hi JJ3 and JoeyB!)

The way down and back was a cactusy cake walk. We tore down camp and continued on down to Phantom Creek where we settled into that sweet Campsite just upstream from Phantom Falls.
(On a side note, we had thought of doing lower Phantom but that knotted fix rope there gave me the heebyjeebys and we only had a short bit of webbing... Next time?!)


We explored up Haunted Cyn a ways, my left foot was getting a hotspot so I headed back early and waited for Jamie at the Overhang.

There was much rejoicing at the pools upstream from our campsite. So. Many. Frogs!!
That was the highlight of my evenings was the chorus of amphibious delight that echoed across the canyon walls!

Spotted some neat Footprints, possibly hognosed skunk.
I spent the next two days in my birthday suit along the Creek while Jamie explored all he wanted.

Base camping in the GC by a Creek is awesome, just awesome.

May 6th we crawled out of bags, tore down camp, and headed up that lovely route out of Phantom Creek, passed below Cheops, crossed Utah Flats, said hello to some mule deer, slid down UF Route and we're fat and happy at Phantom around 10:30am...and there we stayed with Lemonade and Tecate happy as can be until we decided... Noon is late enough.

Then out we trotted commenting on the weather and the Buttes lit up by the sun as we went.

6 days of awesome just happened...and now...the North Rim calls to us!
I'll be spending June-September over there doing dayhikes and such for Grand Canyon Association, so if you're ever up there feel free to say hi!

Until next time...you stay classy Arizona.
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May 22 2014
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Cheops Plateau and Pyramid Dayhike II, AZ 
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Hiking24.58 Miles 8,433 AEG
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Even with the double loop roller coaster and all looming overhead jj is a sucker for the tea cups. Mickey makes all the rides fun so why not.

We slayed this dragon last year and it was exciting. jj has been hooked ( understatement ) on "the western approach" which wraps around the west. It looks mean, nasty and mighty intimidating. Brilliant disguise...

Okay back up. First you knock out the standard Plateau via the NW ridge. To add a little bite I went down as far as I could to the Pyramid bridge. About 15 feet above what I would consider "on" the bridge it is pretty much a pile of loose rocks. Crazy BobP's go and think later approach waned after roughly 0.001 seconds. Putting a foot out, backup options rolled through the mind. Absolutely none, lol! Onto the next assessment. Would it be doable with a handline? With several hundred feet of exposure to either side methinks you are rolling the dice of life with low odds.

Onto the task at hand jj picked an excellent route that put us right above the Muav to skirt the west. Turns out it's more enjoyable than scary. The cool part is looking back at your route. It still nets "are you kidding me". Along the way we passed a gem of a pillar. jj noticed where another must have collapsed. We wrapped around the south, knocked out the Pyramid then back to the south rim.

domaska mentioned something in the effect to jj that the SE corner of Isis opened up their perspective on redwall possibilities. No joke. Albeit wild imagination, we could make out previously unthinkable routes up Cheops on the north and west... at least two-thirds of the way up anyhow.

Temps were moderate for late May. Took 5 quarts, consumed 7. Should have downed another quart or two. I'm seriously starting to question the amount of iodine they put in the water at Grand Canyon. Each time jj mentions not feeling great after consuming. I've noticed the same effect too to a lesser degree. On the way out we cut it nearly fifty percent with fresh water by chance and noticed it was still overpowering.

Last year we thought it was cool to knock out this daily double in a day from Phoenix. This year we left later, chatted with Lopez at PR and stopped for an hour to eat. All without rushing much and several extra hours to spare.
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Cheops Plateau and Pyramid Dayhike II, AZ 
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Hiking24.58 Miles 8,433 AEG
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Ever since last year I have wanted to do Cheops Pyramid from a western approach. On satalite view it looks near impossible. However, looking at it in person on various trips to the area made me think otherwise. I also know of a group that had done it before so it was clearly possible.

I tried to get BobP and/or Dave1 to go along with me but our stars just never aligned. I asked Joe a few times as well. He had his sights set on other adventures in the canyon and didn't share the same desire to do the Plateau and Pyramid again. I kept bringing it up and Joe finally caved in and said okay let's go. :y:

We left Phoenix at 3am, got to the park around 6, and were hiking shortly thereafter. We park in a small auxiliary lot near the South Kaibab Trail. It adds about .62 of a mile each way to the hike but is fairly convenient.

Down we went to Phantom Ranch area, then up the oh so familiar Utah Flats Route. From there we would take a steep but clean line up to the northern base of Cheops Plateau. We traversed the base to the north west corner and then on up to the top of the Plateau. This would be our first stop of the daily double. After signing in we went out and looked over at the Pyramid. Joe thought he would see how far out on the bridge he could get. That didn't last long and at a few minutes after 11 we turned and headed out. Upon descending the Plateau we found a break to get us to the western side.

We started our traverse towards the Pyramid hoping we wouldn't run into any snags along the way. The travel went better than expected and actually was easier than the eastern side we had done before. Once at the Pyramid we naturally went straight for the top. It wasn't even 1 yet and we were looking back at the other side. The register we placed 13 months ago was still there and had only seen one other party.

Finally after a few minutes of enjoying the incredible views we headed out. This time taking the eastern side towards Utah Flats. We made such good time that we decided to grab a lemonade at Phantom Ranch. While there we caught up with a friend we had met a year ago. He works at the Ranch and shares a love for hiking in the canyon.

Then it was time for the dreaded South Kaibab Trail. Fourth time this year we have been up and down this one. Throughout the day we saw smoke in the canyon from the Slide Fire near Sedona. On the way out it had really set in and made for some interesting silhouettes. Up top we were greeted to clear blue skies which was nice. On the way home we stopped in Flag for a large pizza and some salad at Oreganos. Delish!

Back to Phoenix by 10:30 and home shortly after 11! Now that is what I call a GREAT day! Thanks a bunch Joe for giving in and letting me finally get this one out of my system.
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For the plateau we took the use-trail further over and headed straight up to the saddle over a long scree slope. It started out with larger rocks that got progressively smaller further up. The scariest part of the day was when I felt a good area around me slightly shift. The best route IMO is to ascend immediately and take the trail under the wall over (jj3 was right).

The difficult part on my last two attempts did not phase me going up today. I kinna knew it too from watching my video of Chums and Denny. Both breezed it then questioned the crossover more which I'd done several times. Big thanks to Bob, jj3 and all for helping put this one away. Excellent views up top and it's just nice to be on flat stable ground. jj3 headed down a ways to the Pyramid bridge. Just watching turned my stomach ( I think it was giving him the heebee jeebees too...lol )

Ten days ago we nearly froze, today was perfect to almost toasty. I was pretty tired coming down the plateau. jj was set on tackling the Pyramid, my whining was pointless. Midway over on the east contouring across the dreaded slopes I tried to change my attitude and accept the opportunity. What I thought would be an easy ascent up the south end of the Pyramid was more involved. Nothing difficult. Similar to ascending either side of peak 3 on the Mother Load. Fun bomber hand holds, up up up.

The views atop the Pyramid are spectacular. The best part was beyond views. It is the feeling of being on the tiny perch. Seeing the steep sides of the Pyramid hours earlier may have added to that feeling too.

For the hike back to Utah Flats we followed a route I plotted out on Route MGR. It worked very well and before we knew it Cheops was fading away quicker than anticipated.

My favorite part of these hikes is the hike back to the rim. It was more of a nightmare as I was tapped out. It took me 3h 10m to get out. jj got up a half hour quicker (3rd time and the gap is getting out of control). On the flat part above the halfway point I was almost ready to jump off the edge due to misery. Then with 0.9mi to go I gave in and took two ibuprofen. Probably should have done that earlier. Went from a stumbling crawl to running the last half mile like it was nothing. jj was sound asleep upon arrival...lol

Now the morning after I feel pretty good. Yesterday I swore this off as my most difficult hike. More sleep, water without gritty sediment and an understanding of the route will certainly make the next go easier.

Traversing the west side of the plateau seems feasible. We tried but came to a down climb that looked a bit too risky. The only other way to the west meant heading way down to the Isis bridge. That wrap around if possible might chew up an hour. The lowest east approach (our return) seems to be the ticket.

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Joe and I met at the Park and Ride at 2:30am sharp. I had an hour of sleep and I knew Joe didn't get much more. We loaded up and headed off to the Grand Canyon. Arriving 3 hours later Joe realizes he forgot to bring his shoes. :o Out with Joe Bartels and in with Teva Joe it would have to be for this incredible day hike that we were about to embark upon.

2 hours later we hit the Colorado and encountered our first obstacle. The mule train is stopped and we off trail it around them. Then past Bright Angle Camp, up the incredibly steep trail into Piano Alley, and across the beautiful Utah Flats we go. Cheops it getting closer and closer. I had a plan to do both (the pyramid and the plateau) today however the mission was to summit just the Pyramid. We come to the turning point and Joe says which way to you want to go. I think to myself that we need to do the Plateau first. If we did the Pyramid first it may be hard to convince Joe to go do the Plateau afterwards. So I suggest continuing on to the Plateau. He puts up no fight and on we go. Getting up to the base of the wall is one steep trip. Then we hit the north west corner where we would make our final ascent.

Joe wants to go first so I stay back and watch as he methodically climbs up. This time he has it!!! Once past the sketchy spot I scramble around him to get a picture of him coming up the final part. The theme from Rocky is playing in my head and here comes Joe. Sandals and all! :y: Way to go Joe!

From that point we would go sign in and take a moment to take in the incredible views. The Colorado is visible coming in from the east and you can see it snake its way through the Canyon to the west. Isis stands tall in the background like a God watching over you. The Pyramid lurks over the southern end of the plateau. We walk over and get a good look at it and the impossible bridge that connects the two. The Pyramid would be our next mission.

When we went down we started to take the western flank around Cheops. This would be the shortest route to the Pyramid from the north west corner. We came across a spot to get down below the wall but the rocks above were loose and if they slid it could be problematic. There are other ways to skin this cat but time wasn't on our side. With that in mind we went with the longer route that seemed a sure thing. It worked out fine but it is an arduous trip. The slope that we contoured is steep and had plenty of obstacles.

In due time we were at the base of the Pyramid. It looked different up close as do many things in life. This was it the final large task of the day. (oh wait we still have to hike up the South Kaibab :o ). Up we went following the occasional cairns. The top of the Pyramid is a true pointed summit. I had been told that there was no register so I brought a cool Wrigley’s can that was given to me for this purpose. We looked back at the Plateau and all around us before signing the new register and heading out. It's spectacular up there and if ever in the area I would highly recommend it. :D

Down we went and back the way we came. Joe was out of water. I didn't have much so Phantom Ranch would have to be our resupply station. When we got there Joe filled his clear Gatorade bottle with the water. It was brown like the river. Oh screw it! We filled our packs and headed for the dreaded south Kaibab. It had been a long and rewarding day and our batteries were running low. The chug started and up we went. The final mile really put the hurts on me.

It felt great to have done this but I am not going to lie. It put me to the test and it almost won. Shortly later Teva Joe shows up and off to Phoenix we go. We made it to his car before midnight and went our separate ways. It was the end to a day I won't soon forget!
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