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May 06 2016

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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Cheops Pyramid 5206Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 06 2016
Backpack35.00 Miles
Backpack35.00 Miles6 Days         
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1st trip
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 stay classy Arizona.
Canyon Freak Adventures!
Nov 29 2015

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43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Phantom Canyon - UpperNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 29 2015
Backpack38.00 Miles 11,308 AEG
Backpack38.00 Miles3 Days         
11,308 ft AEG
 no routes
Had a few things I wanted to accomplish for this trip: check out the cave that JJ found below a certain temple that I don't want to name online and be put on some government list, find a rare agave (agave phillipsiana) found in Phantom Canyon and just 3 other places in GCNP, finish off the River Trail (I had never done the section between the bridges), check out a ruin in the area that I had just read about, and, if I had enough time, climb up to Cheops Pyramid. Happily I was able to check off 4 out of the five.

Went down BA trail the first day and stayed at BA campground. The nights are long in the canyon this time of year and I was asleep by 6pm :o Thankfully my noisey neighbors made sure I didn't get too much sleep. Next day went up to Utah Flats and then explored around Phantom and Haunted Canyons. Spent a cold night (21 degrees) below Cheops. Hiked out on the 3rd day.
Mule Deer
Old Rusty Stuff
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Apr 09 2011

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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
7 Days Wandering Around in the Big Ditch, AZ 
7 Days Wandering Around in the Big Ditch, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 09 2011
Backpack65.00 Miles 14,000 AEG
Backpack65.00 Miles7 Days         
14,000 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
1st trip
Bright Angel to Indian Garden - Plateau Point - Tonto Trail from Indian Garden to Cremation - to South Kaibob Trail and down to Phantom - Utah Flats - Haunted Canyon - Upper Phantom - Climbing Exit to Isis-Shiva - Down Trinity - Trinity West Arm - Trinity to Isis-Cheops - Utah Flats to Phantom - out Bright Angel Trail.

Since almost all of these trails are not on HAZ yet, I will probably end up writing a few pages on some of these areas. It was an interesting way to spend 7 days, in which I went 5 days without seeing a soul. Some parts were better than expected, others went as planned, and some were a bit of a let down. But to get away from everything for a week and not have to think about much other than the basics was a refresher I needed.

This trip is fairly remote and a few parts of this trip are a bit dangerous. I'd recommend that this type of trip only be considered by people who have a good deal of experience under their belt. This covers about all terrain between class 1 and class 4 YDS.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Burro Spring Dripping Dripping
Swampy area. There was water, but I wouldn't call it filterable.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Haunted Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
I estimated 4800 gpm, the flow was incredible and powerful from where it emerged. Even at its very source, it was a bit turbid, probably because the flow was so powerful.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hippie Spring North Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Seeping out from under a rock to the north of the creek, I'd estimate about 2 gpm.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hippie Spring South Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Wow, this spring rivals fossil creek, it was pumping out crystal clear, great tasting water at a thousand gpm.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Pipe Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Creek flowing @ Tonto intersection about a 10 gpm

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Trinity Seep Quart per minute Quart per minute
Water was seeping out at a decent rate in several spots here, but it tasted awful even though it was very clear and sand filtered. I'd suggest you bring some type of gatorade mix or something similar to mask the taste.

Hike Arizona it is full of sharp, pointy, ankle-twisting, HAZmaster crushing ROCKS!!
Hike Arizona it is full of sharp, pointy, shin-stabbing, skin-shredding plants!
Hike Arizona it is full of striking, biting, stabbing, venomous wildlife!

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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