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Feb 09 2019
friendofThundergod
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Isis TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Well this one has a been a long time in the making. I think I have wanted to do Isis as long as I have wanted to do Grand Canyon summits. Isis however, always seemed unattainable due to not being a “real” climber and the general logistics of the climb. But after a fall of gearing up and training up, the summit of Isis finally came to fruition for me.

Day 1:

Missing keys, little sleep, a broken down vehicle and a detour for another rope led to a late start Saturday morning. Consequently, the Overhang won out over Hippie camp for our base camp. The hike in was pretty uneventful, apart from bumping into a "climbing" ranger on the Utah Flats route. Matt the climbing ranger was in the area for an Isis attempt as well. He was guiding a researcher from NAU up who was doing a research project on climbing in the canyon, but she did not give us many details. Their bid for Isis never got off the ground, as they were worried about the relatively significant amount of snow encircling the northwest edges and corners of Isis, just below the Coconino summit. We chatted it up with Matt and the summit enthusiast researcher for several minutes before going our separate ways. Matt warned of ice and snow and urged us to use caution, but also told us good luck and acknowledged we could find the conditions better than what they appeared. Nevertheless, I will admit that our conversation with Matt left me a little spooked and less optimistic about our chances of reaching the summit. After some quick camp chores and dinner, I think we were all in bed by 8 p.m.

Day 2:

Early start day 2. Head lamps hike for at least the first half of the hike up to Hippie Camp. One last gear check and consolidation at Hippie Camp and it was on to the redwall break. The redwall break was pretty tame climbing/scrambling and much easier than what I had feared for so many years. From the break it was the steep climb to begin the tedious traverse to the Isis-Shiva Saddle. Chris used a quick check of the Tomasi picture with route to identify the correct bay and level for the crux climb and we were off. It was your standard off-trail Suapi traverse to the crux. We decided on Chris leading the crux and I am glad we went with that decision. The lead was certainly within my ability level, but the sandstone was something new to me and there was a decent little crux move that I was happy to watch someone else do. Although, it should be noted that this crux move can be protected through clipping an older, but seemingly solid piton. Chris set up an anchor pretty quickly and had me on top belay shortly after. Top roped in the climb was a breeze. Dallin did take a small fall coming up the face of the climb, but he quickly recovered to finish the climb and the anchors held admirably, nice job Chris! From the crux things became a bit of a blur a few class five climbs, the house sized boulder crack and the crawling traverse. We blew through most of these obstacles pretty easily, but did take a couple minutes on two of the climbs to set up a quick body belay for Dallin. The traverse to the Coconino break was tedious, but strangely enough the snow did not seem to make it any more worse, in fact, it may have actually made it a little easier. Locating the break in the Coconino slabs that comprise the summit of Isis took a minute, however, the climb/scramble was not overly difficult. Then it was the Coconino shuffle to the summit. An amazing summit and an amazing feeling to be up there. The accomplishment felt tremendous for me and honestly it may have been the most difficult summit I have ever completed. I think the fact that zero parties/people signed the register in 2018 reaffirms this assertion of mine. It was hard to enjoy the summit too much because we knew we had a long descent ahead of us and it was now just after 2 p.m.

Our descent went pretty smoothly, but we ran out of light quickly and completed the last two raps in total darkness. We placed some new webbing at each of the Supai raps and reused some webbing and a quick link in the redwall. The webbing looked good and our guess was that it was left over from a group’s failed attempt at Isis in October. The final push from Hippie to the Overhang was a bit of a slog and we got back after 9 p.m. But there was no way that we were going to allow the long day and late night to detract from our accomplishment. Dallin and Chris celebrated with a little whiskey, meanwhile I busted out the Reese. High winds, rain and snow throughout the night made us happy to be under the large overhang.

Day 3:

We woke up to snow at camp level and snow all around us. The snow really made the hike out something special. You really can't beat the Utah Flats Route after a nice dusting of snow. Ropes and climbing gear are heavy and the Canyon is steep, but we made it out in a relatively good amount of time. The road was closed because of snow right before the SK Trailhead, but we were able to open the gate to get out.

Final Notes
Big thanks to Chris for providing most of the technical expertise on this one and thank you to Dallin for snagging the permits. For planning purposes it took us 7.5 hours to reach the summit from the Overhang Camp. You do not need much pro and a 60m rope is overkill. 19th Grand Canyon summit.
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Mar 30 2018
arizona_water
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Phantom Canyon - LowerNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 30 2018
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Backpack33.07 Miles 11,961 AEG
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1st trip
I have two friends who have never been to the Grand Canyon before. They wanted to go backpacking, so I put them on a six-person permit. Quite the intro to the Canyon and to backpacking... :lol:

Day 1
We left Phoenix at 5:15am, hoping to beat spring break/holiday weekend traffic at the south rim entrance gate. Fail. There were long lines of traffic when we pulled up at 9. This, and a long line for the shuttle bus put us on the South Kaibab 10:45, which was much later than I felt comfortable starting. The group had no issues until the Utah Flats route. I must have not done a good enough job of mentally preparing everyone for the second half of their day because they were quite surprised with the elevation gain. Piano Alley was cool, and we experienced some minor route finding in the cactus maze on the plateau before finding the easy-to-follow trail. We arrived at the established campsite at Phantom Creek at 6:40pm. I ran over to the webbing anchor to verify that the rope was solid and the anchor was in good shape. Returning to camp, I realized that my hopes of exploring up-canyon would have to wait for a future trip. What a nice place to sleep! The sounds of flowing water are hard to beat when it comes to nighttime noises.

Day 2
We easily down-climbed the 20ft rope into Phantom Creek Canyon and enjoyed the next 4+ miles of enticing creek hiking. This section was by far the highlight of trip, with narrows sections, waterfalls, and waterslides. We had 3 mandatory swims, but keep in mind that Phantom Creek appeared to be flowing at a lower rate than in previous photos on HAZ. This is likely due to a low snowpack on the rim.

The confluence of Phantom Creek and Bright Angel is amazing because it is uncommon to see a true triangle confluence in small riparian areas. We proceeded up the Clear Creek Trail to a campsite below Sumner Butte. I expected this to be a mediocre dry camp after the previous night's perfect campsite. However, the views were stunning and it was fun to look around and identify all the different points and temples. After sunset, we had a light show as headlights were flashing all around the canyon. I was surprised to see two lights coming down the Brahma Saddle. I was curious about their itinerary, but mostly jealous. :)

Day 3
It was an uneventful hike down to Phantom Ranch and out Bright Angel. We had three rangers stop and talk with us, asking if we approached Clear Creek trail from the Brahma Saddle side. I found this question a bit odd since approaching the Sumner Wash area from the north (departing from phantom creek canyon) would be a considerably difficult hike in one day. One of the rangers had talked with the two climbers who I saw the previous night, coming down from the Brahma Saddle. The ranger told me they were climbing Zoroaster, but in a single day from the SK. While I understand doing Brahma in a single day, the trad climbing up Zoroaster seems like a bit of an EXTRA long day... respect!

Overall, this trip had many high points and only one low point - I lost my sun hat. So if you see an Outdoor Research broad brim hat on the Clear Creek, let me know. ;)


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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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Nov 29 2015
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Phantom Canyon - UpperNorthwest, AZ
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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.
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Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
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I kinda knew I wasn't going to get up past Isis' southeast corner but thought I'd tag along anyway just to check it. We got to the canyon by 7am and Joe and BiFrost got a head start down the South Kaibab while I waited for the backcountry office to open to get our permit. Then I hoofed it down Bright Angel to try and catch up. They had at least an hour on me plus a shorter trail so I really didn't think I'd see them again until near Isis. Plus I stopped at the canteen for a lemonade and a bagel.

Earlier we decided that Joe and Kyle would leave a piece of gear at the intersection of the route to the SE corner and the trail down to Phantom Creek so I would know they were there. When I got there I saw that Joe had left his fanny pack. Inside was his water filter and an empty bottle. Did leaving these items mean they had already gone down to Phantom to get water? I was sure I was way behind them so I grabbed the fanny pack and headed up to the base of the south-east corner. Didn't see them so I just hung out. About 45 min later I see Joe under an umbrella trudging up the slope. Turns out they had spent some time at Phantom Creek and then Joe went back up to retrieve his forgotten filter but some idiot had already taken it.

Joe showed us the route up the corner and I pretty much noped-out right away. They tried hard to convince me to give it a go but I had made up my mind. So the two of them went up like champs and I turned and headed for Phantom Creek. Before we split up Joe said something that would echo in my head for the rest of the trip: "You gotta live a little". Later that night as I lay in my sweaty bivy sack I realized how much I would regret not at least trying.

I went down to Phantom Creek to wash up a little and look for a campsite but then decided it was too buggy without a tent so I trekked back up to Utah Flats and found a nice campsite within the legal use area. It was hot most of the night so I didn't sleep much. Was up, packed and on trail by 4 am, hoping to beat the heat out the canyon.

Out of the canyon by 8:30, I now had an entire day to kill waiting for J and K. I didn't want to go too far, not knowing exactly when they would finish and with no way to communicate with them and too tired to do any shot hikes, I searched for a quiet place to rest. I napped in Maswick Cafeteria, in front of the General Store, in the Yavapai Cafeteria, on several buses and at the Kaibab TH parking area. They topped out on SK at about 6pm and I was glad this long day would be coming to a close.

Thanks, Karl for driving and being my 50th HAZ hiking partner!
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Backpack avatar May 18 2014
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Backpack28.00 Miles 7,800 AEG
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A pretty standard intro to the Grand Canyon courtesy of 9L. My previous experiences in the canyon had only been your standard rim to rim to rim marathons and a few other longer day hikes. We left Happy Valley road exit around 5:50 which sealed a very late canyon start time on what would eventually shape out to be a pretty warm day but a great day overall and eventually an excellent first trip to the canyon.

We were boots on ground at South Kaibab TH after 9:30 and making our way to the rim and down by about 9:45 in the morning. The hike down was quick and a little warm, but pretty standard. John gave a detailed description of each layer of earth, pointed out a few lesser known routes and introduced me to terms, like, red walls, the whites, and all the colorful names attached to all those temples and massive rock features, like, Isis, Zoraster, Brhma and Cheops. Seeing some of those land forms that a select few crazy HAZers have been scaling lately, really put into perspective the magnitude of those hikes.

Phantom Ranch, was well Phantom Ranch the usual assortment of legitimate hikers and backpackers mixed among those who had hiked down with a bottle of Aquafina to their well stocked cabins for the weekend, and the steady stream of rim runners of course. We took an extended break at the ranch and then made our way up the spur/use trail leading to Utah Flats.

Utah Flats was very warm, in fact, someone at ranch claimed 107 degrees, but I cant confirm. I was by no means falling out at this point, but I was certainly pretty fatigued as we snaked our way along the top of the Phantom Canyon drainage, until the point where we would drop in.

After finally reaching Phantom Canyon, the day got exponentially better. There were no people, we had a pristine spot, there was time for rest and relaxation and John was able to address some "safety concerns" we had had earlier in the day.

I know to the canyon enthusiast and hardened veterans our day two itinerary was nothing earth shattering. However, I can honestly say it was one of my more fulfilling hikes in a long time, and for me really nothing short of spectacular. Phantom Canyon was a blast, the pools of water started off freezing, but were welcomed by the end, we were able to keep all essential items dry, the canyon was beautiful and although short, it really proved to be a quite the gem overall.

I am not going to lie, I had a lot of anxiety for some reason about the climb out after our little canyoneering experience, however, it proved to be pretty tame. We hit up a section of the Old Bright Angel and John took me to a couple of ruin sites along the way, was very happy to mark my first two ruin's sites in the canyon. We left Indian Garden(s) near 2:30 and had to make sure we did not take too much time the rest of the way, as our last stop on trip would be and introduction to the B.C.O before closing time at five.

We ended up doing the final 4.5 miles in about two hours on the dot and were easily able to make it to the B.C.O where I obtained my first back country permit for the Grand Canyon, Nothing too crazy, just a little five day jaunt through some outer corridor areas during the first week of June, which I am already looking very forward to.

Interesting Side Notes:

John holds his camera three feet above his head even when he is going through ankle deep water, he says to minimize splash damage.

All the people are kind of annoying on the Bright Angel, however, I found feeding off the misery of others as they crawled out was great motivation and even fueled me to a certain degree.

Finally, there is no greater satisfaction then passing (with full pack) a group of famed ultra runners completing, but certainly struggling to complete a mere rim to rim.

Disclaimer: AEG needs some work, waiting on John's finally tally, my G.P.S. decided to bounce off a couple points in northern Utah I think.

Warning: I don't want to hear one pumpkin comment from Chumley about the length of my photo-set, it was an awesome trip and my first time over night in canyon so its allowed!
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May 17 2014
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Phantom Canyon - LowerNorthwest, AZ
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Backpack avatar May 17 2014
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Backpack28.00 Miles 7,800 AEG
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Lee was interested in doing an overnighter in the Canyon and I was down. I recently saw the Phantom Canyon trip report from Dave and Toddak and figured it would make a perfect overnight option for us. I picked up the permits before my Tanner Trip a couple of weeks ago. We worked out the details and were on our way.

We left Phoenix on Saturday morning around 5:50am and drove up to the Canyon. We left a vehicle near the BA Trailhead and took a taxi ($12 plus tip) over to SK. We started down around 10am and cruised down taking very short breaks mostly to take pics and soak in the views. We arrived at Phantom Ranch and took a break where we hydrated and ate some food. From there we grinded up the Utah Flats Route starting around 1:40pm. It was hot! This was my first time on the route and it went really well. There is a full blown trail going up all the way to the top of Piano Alley. The trail disappears for a minute once things level off but we picked it back up again shortly afterward and followed that all the way down into Phantom Canyon.

We arrived in Phantom Canyon around 4:15pm to find the area deserted. The camp we used is right at the bottom of the trail. We settled in and got camp set up. Lee was using a tent and I was using my bivy. Afterward we took a quick walk over to the rope drop. It’s right around the corner from our camp. It looked fine and I looked forward to going down the next morning. From there we hiked about a mile up Upper Phantom Canyon. This is a really beautiful area and is very lush. I’d like to return another time with more time to explore the area. I really want to see Haunted Canyon and other areas. We returned to camp and filtered water with my sawyer mini and then had dinner. We both turned in fairly early. The long hike & heat really took a toll on us.

Sunday morning came and we both woke fairly early…6:30ish. We took our time in camp and got all of our gear situated. We had three dry bags. One large bag we borrowed from Chumley (Thanks Chums!) and two smaller bags. Lee took the large bag and I took the two smaller bags. We divided up our gear and then got packed. From there we walked over to the rope and got ourselves situated. Lee went down first while I took pics. After he was down I lowered our packs one at a time and included both of our cameras. Lee took pics as I descended. Going down the rope was very straightforward and a good rush!

Once in the creek bottom we started heading down canyon. We were greeted by two very short swims immediately after the rope drop in. The water was very chilly when we first jumped in. It was roughly 8am and it woke me up immediately! After that the canyon opens up and we proceeded down the creek. Most of the going is very easy. There were a few more swims as we descended. They were very short averaging 10-20 ft across. Nothing is overwhelming and we were having the time of our lives. About half way down canyon we noticed fresh footprints and then saw wet rock. A few minutes later we caught up to a group of three. They dropped in about halfway off some sketchy route that started from the “Antler Room”. I’ll have to see if I can find any info on this route. We chatted with them for a bit and then continued down canyon. There were a few more short swims along the way. Some can be bypassed and others are mandatory. I would guess we did six mandatory swims. They were all very short and easy. As we neared the end we ran into another group who were making a day hike up from Phantom Ranch. Finally near the end we ran into ranger Christie from the BCO. We recognized each other from my numerous trips to the BCO. It was cool seeing someone I knew down here. A few short minutes after that we walked out on the North Kaibab trail. Hell of a morning!

After we were back on official trail we cruised on down to Phantom Ranch and took a long break at the Canteena. We unpacked all of our gear and got it resituated. I was surprised how dry the contents of our packs were. I guess the short swims didn’t give the water enough time to really soak in. The dry bags really helped as well. After our long break, we started the hike up BA. Along the way we took a detour up Old BA where I showed Lee the ruins. We then cut over to the ruins below Plateau Point. From there it was the grind up BA. We were back on the rim around 4:20 and then over to the BCO. After that we made the ride back to Phoenix but made a quick stop at NiMarco’s in Flag for pizza and the golden bbq wings. Damn those wings are yum!

This was another solid trip into the Canyon! I loved Phantom Canyon and would definitely “hike” the route again. Thanks Lee for driving and good times backpacking with you!
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Apr 26 2014
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Isis TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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sbkelley
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To begin, this is, without rival, the most difficult summit I've done in the Lower 48. We started down the South Kaibab at 6:45 a.m., moving through intermittent rain, snow, and patches of sun. We stopped north of Haunted Canyon for lunch, then filtered water (4L each) just before heading up the Redwall. There are two pretty sketchy climbs here, the 2nd of which is among the sketchiest of the 8 we encountered on the whole route, in my personal opinion. Pack hauls helped here. The traverse after is airy, fun, and generally awesome. Then a long, obnoxious stretch of side-hilling brought us to the Sheva-Isis saddle. It was now 4 pm. We had a brief discussion about our next move and decided to press on, knowing that we'd have to bivy somewhere up there.

A steep grunt and traverse across the first bay on the north side of Isis led to the crux pitch. Eric skillfully led this awkward climb, which had a little bit of everything (lie-back moves, face climbing, traversing - you name it!) We all followed, which is fun with a full pack and angled nature. This pitch, however, removed the need for the long traverse that JJ and Joe undertook. I cannot possibly express how impressed I am with those two after now having seen the terrain and knowing the amount of time they spent on it! We stashed the rope and harnesses here, but Richard kept some webbing for possible handlines up higher, which came in handy.

Getting through the room-sized boulder/crack was "fun" with our full packs. By the top of this, snow flurries were upon us, and so was evening . We found an amazing sheltered site on a ledge below the 3rd Supai layer and called it a night. This campsite is one I'll always remember - "nice view" is an understatement. It did rain off and on throughout the night, which added to the adventure.

Up at first light, we negotiated the fun fin/crawl pitch, then found a highly sketchy crack climb after that. Two more somewhat sketchy climbs found us atop the Supai. We drank from the full waterpockets here, then trudged up and across the traverse. Legs burning now, we crossed the "spooky gully," which was actually fine with the recent rains. The Coconino climb went ok (loose rock everywhere!) and after a little route-finding, we spied the summit, and topped out in windy, cold, cloudy conditions around 8 a.m. No pencil/pen in the register still, but we didn't care. A short summit photo shoot ensued, but we didn't linger long, knowing we had to get all the way back to Phoenix tonight. We began to retrace our steps, and I was admittedly nervous about the 5 hair-raising downclimbs before having the ability to rappel the last 3. They actually passed without much issue, and setting up and completing the rappels was a welcome change. There is now a new anchor at the top of Pitch 1 in the Redwall.

Elated to be on safe ground, but dreading the 16.5 mile exit hike, we shifted to summer hiking mode and enjoyed the warm, breezy afternoon as we moved steadily back towards civilization. Upon finishing the heinous descent of the Utah Flats Route, we chatted with a ranger at Phantom Ranch who'd actually climbed Isis before (and was good friends with Richard's uncle!) He even offered us a free night of camping at Phantom! I cannot express how hard it was to pass that up, but life called us home. Up the deserted (yes, you read that correctly) Bright Angel Trail we went at 5:30, and were at the car by 9:30, ready to start the long drive home.
Thanks for the Grand Canyon adventure of a lifetime, guys!
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Isis TempleNorthwest, AZ
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We were really lucky to have a storm bring in such cool weather for this time of year. Apparently you should be extra careful with your camera on this trip because it seems to have claimed almost everyone's camera who has posted a triplog here. Check out Scott's triplog and/or the captions in my photos for more details.
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trip 1 = explore
trip 2 = conquer
trip 3 = enjoy... :sweat:

Prep
Although we summited on our last trip, it was miserable running out of water. My pack was 24lbs and jj had 10lbs for a 3 day trip. For this trip I downsized to an 11oz REI FLASH 18, dirt cheap on sale for $24. With a piggyback 4qt, 2-qt bottles and my 3qt Camelbak bladder I was ready to fill up to 9qts. The next factor got 24lbs down to 13 with the same 3qts to start.

Game Plan
2 days instead of 3, up the "jj shortcut", summit, down the SE corner

Hike
We have a "last supper" ritual before these hikes as neither of us are backpackers. It works since the initial hike is walking down the SK ramp into the canyon. We stopped at BA creek and drank up a bit as the faucets were off. Up UFR and down into Upper Phantom. At the last good flow I pumped to capacity.

Feeling great I made it halfway up pitch 1 on the redwall standard route. I imagine I choked at the same point Steve felt the pressure with his 40lb backpack. It still amazes me he did it solo with all that weight. So off came the pack and out came the rope.

Humble Pie - Bite 1 - up the jj shortcut
We made decent time to the "jj shortcut". For weeks I was excited about going up. Apparently the dehydration on trip 2 gave me super powers. A slanted 6mm rope without gloves ( had to get that pack size down ) seemed ridiculously unsafe. The only good thing was jj wasn't liking it either so we made a quick change of plans. The southern spider leg intrigued both of us and had been planned for Autumn. No biggie, bite the bullet here and move on out to the Autumn plan.

Reality Check
Apparently the jj shortcut baffle destroyed me physically and mentally. The southern leg would have to wait for morning. Instead we opted to camp on the WSW leg. Which had nice soft ground to sleep. After 3 sleepless nights on the prior trips I actually slept an hour or two!

Day 2
Nice start admiring and checking out the southern leg. For reference Isis is surrounded by 7 bays, between each is a wall jutting out like a spider leg. This one is special being nearly a half mile long.

Humble Pie - Bite 2 - SE Corner Exit
On May 14th I sent jj a PM titled "SE Longshot" based on some map work. Later we found others have completed it! Not sure I can translate what happened into words. Just know that had we summited the day before we would have been in possibly serious trouble.

The standard route is a 5 hour drudge. It just seemed best to swallow bite 2 of our humble pie and get out alive.

Super Reality Check
Shouldn't it be enough that we didn't get to summit, didn't conquer the SE corner and drudge through multiple obstacle courses back to SK. After consuming FIVE gallons of water I was under the impression I'd feel better than dehydrated. Typically I fare better than most in heat but oh brother, this was just horrible.


Hate it, hate it, hate it!
Okay I'm better now, let's go back... :scared:
( slightly longer hiatus, like summer though... )
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This trip back to Isis held the promise of sweet enjoyment sitting atop the Mighty Goddess that we had recently visited. Instead it delivered a lot of hard miles with some life lessons along the way.

We thought we had devised a way to short cut some of those difficult miles. In the end we would get slapped down and have to pay the price.

I picked up Joe early Saturday morning after getting 3 hours of sleep. We headed up to the Canyon and were off to a brisk start. Everything was feeling good and we were excited for what lie ahead. Down we went and when we saw the water was off down by Phantom we loaded up from the creek. Then up through piano alley and over Utah Flats. Back up Phantom Creek we went to the standard route up the redwall.

We were in good spirits and had aspirations of making it to the third tier of Isis on day one. Then day two we would summit and head out via a different break in the redwall on the SE corner.

Upon reaching the Shiva Saddle we promptly headed over to the "JJ shortcut" that we had descended a couple weeks prior. This would save us hours if successful. Joe went up the first tier and got a little uncomfortable. I went to give it a try myself. I was 8 feet away from success but the fear of the fall was greater than my desire to save a few hours. It was a real eye opener as to what we had done on the previous trip. If I wasn't so dehydrated on that previous trip there is no way I would have gone down this route with the rope we used.

Our options at this point were to switch gears and go with a plan B or make the Giant traverse and hope to make it to the top the following day. Daylight was running out so we quickly moved to plan B. Camp, and go check out the longest leg of Isis and then head out via the SE corner that Joe had seen on Google earth and that we heard was actually doable.

The sleeping went as well as could be expected given the circumstances. Then in the morning we made our way around the difficult terrain to the long leg. I had really been wanting to go out on this thing and it ended up being one of the highlights of the trip for me. Afterwards we made our way to the south-east corner of Isis. This is where the alternate (shortcut) route goes down. I made my way down about a third of the wall looking for possible routes. If exposure isn't your thing don't even consider this one. Much of the rock was loose and crumbly adding to the fear factor.

I really wanted to figure this out as it would save a solid 5 hours but the fear of the unknown combined with the exposure and loose holds had me turning back after an hour of attempt. I think it would be best to go back on another day and try if from the bottom up.

We then realized we would have to bite the bullet and head out via the standard route. More difficult miles in the heat and eventually we were back to where we started.

On the way out we took a dip in the narrows of Phantom. It took about 10 minutes for our cloths to completely dry afterwards.

The hike up South Kaibab was a difficult one. The heat and lack of victory produced adrenaline took its toll.

This trip took a sharp turn and didn't go exactly as planned however it wasn't a loss. Isis is a Monster and each trip back we learn a little more.

At this point we have:

Traversed the entire base of Isis on Tier one.

Spent the night on three of the 7 spider legs.

Been to the top once.

Traversed the longest leg to its end.

Traversed two thirds of the way around tier two.

And have learned many lessons along the way.
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After reading about John and Joe's excellent Isis adventure I wanted to explore this area a bit and see if I would be able to reach Shiva Temple some day in the future. I started from the new Bright Angel Trailhead at 3:45 am (on no sleep, of course). Hiked by headlamp until just before Indian Garden when it started getting light out. Near the bottom I must have passed at least 50+ people heading out, probably trying to get out early and beat the heat. I think I'm going the wrong way. Got to Phantom Ranch to load up on water for the day (I brought 4 empty bottles with me) and my GPS says my brand new batteries are low. I turned it off and on and it decides to reset itself to factory defaults. I went into the PR canteen to see if I could buy some more batteries and I was promptly kicked out because they were serving some private breakfast or something. So now that I can't follow J&J's GPS route I guess I'll have to wing it. This is a good reason to always bring a topo map.

At campsite #1, where the Utah Flats route starts, was a ranger talking to some hikers. I'm thinking "oh boy I'm not gonna get past her without a lecture." I have to walk right past her so I try not to make any eye contact and luckily she doesn't acknowledge me! Yay! Up and up to piano alley, this has to be the steepest trail in the park! Once through the Utah part, the well-worn trail is easy to follow all the way past Cheops and down to Phantom Creek, just above the 25' drop off. There was a bunch of gear at the campsite before the drop off but I didn't see anyone down there all day. I followed Phantom Creek to the end where J&J started Steck's exit route. I call this the end even though Phantom continues after an abrupt turn to the north-east, that part should be called Outlet Canyon IMO. I was gonna go for the two class 4 climbs leading to Shiva Saddle but (here's my list of excuses): I was already past my turn-around time, I was alone, it was getting pretty warm, I still had a long way to get back to the south rim, it looks f****in' scary from below.

The not-really-the-end of Phantom was a pretty neat area and I was satisfied with my progress for the day. Phantom is fun to explore and there's a good use trail that follows the creek, sometimes switching sides, most of the way up. Its only over-grown in a few spots. I'm thinking Shiva would be a lot easier to attempt from the North Rim though. Someday I'd like try the lower part of Phantom Creek. Might be a good one to do in the summer, with all the wading. Uncle George says there's a bypass around the big drop.

The hike out was uneventful. I stopped at Bright Angel Creek to soak my feet for a while until the fish started nibbling. That put an end to that. Hit the BA trail at about 3pm. Hot but breezy. Felt good until about Indian Garden, after that my energy took a steep nose dive. I think my electrolytes were really low. I got passed by 4 girls whom I overheard one say "I wish I drank more last night. We have to go out and drink again tonight." So maybe my problem was not enough ethanol?

(Distance and AEG are estimates.)
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Isis Temple Part Two....

Two weeks after our first attempt it was time to go back and give it another shot. The window of opportunity on this beauty is very limited and we knew if we didn't get it done now it could be six months or a year before we could make it back.

Joe had put in countless hours studying a possible route with his tools and with Google earth. I had continued to look for information in books as well as made contact with a couple individuals who had previously been to the top. It had been years since they went up so that information was a bit vague but much appreciated just the same.

We left early Wednesday morning with our plan, our gear, and extra water bottles. The trek started by going down South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch then up thru Utah Flats. We continued on the small use trail up into Phantom Creek just as we had done before. We loaded up with water from the creek and hauled the heavy load up the break in the redwall. Having just done this two weeks ago made the going easier but our packs were much heavier this time.

Once up top we headed out past the Shiva/Isis Saddle and started making our way towards the south east corner. That would be our starting point for Thursday. Just before we reached that corner we found a good spot near a couple large boulders to set up camp. Out went our emergency bivvys and we did our best to get some rest. The weather was great and we gazed upon shooting stars. Sleep was difficult. Maybe it was the environment or maybe it was the anticipation?

In the morning we broke camp around 5:30am. We found our first break in the cliff band which required a class 4 maneuver and then started to look for the second. From here we traversed the western side of Isis on top of that first layer. We were looking for any possibilities to get up to the next level. Eventually we passed a spot where I had attempted to come up to this layer two weeks ago. It looked like it wouldn't have worked out but we made note of its whereabouts. Finally we got all the way around to the side by the Shiva Saddle. It was here with the help of the Tomasi book page I had in my pocket that we were able to go up through the next layer. I had brought a small rope and we found it useful in pulling up the packs and in assisting our climbs from here forward.

From this point we continued working our way up layer by layer. Each having its own set of challenges. I would like to say we found some easy breaks but it really didn't seem that way.

As we continued there were times when Joe felt comfortable going up something and I would follow or vice versa. We worked as a team trying to figure this puzzle out piece by piece. We both wanted it bad but as time went on Isis wore us down. We had consumed most of our water and had a long ways to go.

With each setback we would find a small success and that kept us going. Layer by layer we continued on our quest. Then finally we got past the top (supai) layer and could see the large white (Coconino) top of Isis! There it was sitting at the top of a steep hill. Joe giggled and scurried toward the base of the top layer. I was dead tired and super low on water. I took it slow and upon reaching the base I leaned up against the wall and gave it a kiss. We talked briefly about continuing on to the summit or calling it quits. Time and water were not on our side. Against our better judgment we continued on.

The route to the top is in the middle of the eastern side. Just before reaching it you must cross a hermit shale scree chute. This was quite possibly the scariest part of the hike for me. Once across it I tied the rope to a tree and threw it to Joe. He made his way across and then came the moment of truth. Even after all that we had been thru the smart thing would have been to turn back. We had to give it a shot though. Up I went and Joe soon followed. From the saddle of the top layer you go around a bit to the west and head up to the high point. At 1:18pm we were sitting on top of Isis! We were exhausted and in normal situations the adrenaline would kick in now. This time that wasn't really the case.

Under a stack of rocks we found an old can with a register. One group every other year for the past few years had made it up. This is a coveted place and very few have been here before. Oddly enough there wasn't a pencil or pen in the register. I had one in my pack but I left it down at the base and didn't have the energy to go back down and get it. I started searching my pockets for something to leave behind to signify our visit. I decided to leave my American Express Card. Afterall it is easy enough replaced. Joe searched his wallet and chose to leave his REI Card (seemed fitting).

We took a quick gaze around and then started to make our way back down. The visit up top was brief due to our concern for time and water.

Layer by layer we unraveled the puzzle that we had just put together. Down we went. When we got to the top of the last layer we were in a bind. We had no way down except to traverse all the way around to where we had started. It would be another 4 miles of hiking and we were virtually out of water. As we were making our way around we came to the spot I had previously attempted to go up. Joe calls this the "JJ shortcut" in his previous triplog. The drop was too shear to go down with no hand holds or foot holds. There is a ledge about 8 feet down that could be traversed and then on to a class four downclimb. The problem was getting to that ledge. If we could figure this out it would be a game changer. It would save hours! On the top of the upper ledge was a large boulder. We talked about using the rope to go down to the ledge we needed to be on. This was only a stabilizer rope and is not intended to be used for this kind of thing. With that being said we were getting desperate and it seemed worth a shot. I went first to check it out and it worked! Joe passed the packs down the line and then down he came. Once on the ledge it isn't a problem. We had no choice but to leave the rope there and hope to go back sometime and take it down.

From here we headed to the Isis/Shiva saddle where we had cached a small amount of water. My mouth was so dry that my tongue was sticking to the roof of my mouth. It was 5:30pm and all we needed to do was get to the redwall and down to reach water in the creek. By 7:15 we were there. Joe had a filter and he pumped us several liters of water. I drank and drank. Then he pumped enough to fill our bags and on we went. In a short time I got my strength back. Joe had been doing better than me but I am sure the water helped him as well. We went a few miles down the creek to a place we spotted on the way in. This would be our camp spot for night two. It was nice and you could hear the creek flowing nearby.

In the morning we got up early and headed out around 6am. It was a relatively easy hike compared to what we had just been through. On the way home we stopped in Flag and devoured some salads and a pizza.

* Both of our cameras got destroyed in the hike. Joe’s took a hit when his pack got dropped and mine got so full of sand that it would no longer open. I will post what little pictures I have from the memory card when I can put it in another camera and transfer it to the computer.

* The first recorded ascent of Isis was done in 1970 by Alan Doty. I read that he did it solo and I have the utmost respect and admiration for his accomplishment. In fact it is incredible! Joe and I worked as a team and it was still a monumental task.

* We should have brought more water but I am not sure how we could have lugged it up there.

* The numbers may not look like much on paper but this is by far the most challenging hike/climb I have ever experienced. Half the battle was mental and the other half was physical.

* If we attempt this again it should prove much easier on the mental side of things as we would now know a general route.

* This was certainly the toughest thing I have done in my life. At the end of it I said I would never do it again. The following morning I was already thinking about going back!
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Two weeks after Hello Isis. Study, study, study. Secure permits. Round II set. 4 days to go I tweaked my ankle at WCC swelling up pretty good. There was mention to jj he might get the solo...
reply Screw that! You are going Damn it!

Day 1 - 17mi to Boulders Camp
- higher temps notched up the drag factor, most notably due to pack weight
- pretend sleep in Escape Bivvy on fantasy Isisland

Day 2 - Game Day
- 200 oz of water from the creek was 70oz in the morning... dear god
- "easier than Shiva Exit" pitches beta... ha ha it's a joke
- 1st tier non-technical route drains simple resources
- 2nd tier revealed more climbs than anticipated for the entire hike
- 3rd tier, sour cherry lure into Hermit Shale scree awaits your fear

Oops I got a little ahead. 40 minutes to noon turnaround... I was out of water and impossible was screaming my name. We daisy chained off each others strengths barely unlocking to tier 3. A true view of the peak had us hooting and hollering.

What should only take 30 minutes took an hour extra to learn up. Walking across the mini ridgeline I should have been in seventh heaven. I lifted my head for a brief moment to indulge. My body was too numb to translate.

1:18 pm - 3 entries in the register. 2008, 2010 and May 25th 2012 was a larger party. Both of our cameras broke earlier in the day and no pencil to jot down our names. It didn't matter, we made it. jj had a clever idea to get our names in the register.

3:30 pm - We made it down to the bottom layer of the 2nd tier. 6 hours was the best case scenario to water. Class four delivered us to the temple but we needed to save skin. We short rappelled with jj's 6mm rope(luckily 40ft was enough) off my dyneema loop, cheated death and saved 3 hours.

5:30 pm - shade
7:00 pm - water
9:12 pm - alcove camp

Day 3 - Go home
Still no sleep, perhaps an hour if you consider dazed. We walked back to the South Rim. A stop in Flag was in order to enjoy the best caesar salad on earth followed by some great pizza.

This was magical for myself. Thanks to all that have helped and encouraged along the way. My ankle just told me 12k on that terrain was a no-no so "Roma" gets a few days...lol
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dry Hippie Spring South Dry Dry
bone dry

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This temple taps into an energy field only associated with the most memorable moments in life.

new territory... heading further on the UFR we dropped down into Phantom. Box Elders typically flourish in the most unique areas Arizona has to offer. Their presence here is fitting with Crimson Monkey Flower on occasion.

Our first task, up to Shiva Saddle was possible due to Steve's generous description.

Pitch 1 is fun. Don't read into that too much. It scared the crap out of me at first. Coming back down you will notice it has several (maybe 3) terraces. Which gives you a chance to collect your thoughts and rest your limbs. At the bottom stay on the light colored rock to the left. I was able to downclimb this on my own without issue.

Pitch 2 is more fun. Albeit shorter in length the sheer verticalness at the top really messed with my mind. I had zero intentions of going back down on the return trip. jj took the time and helped me step by step spotting my blind footholds from a short distance away.... beyond appreciated!

I have a new respect for Steve in doing this with a huge pack, alone and with less specific information. Looking up from Phantom Creek or down from above this route looks impossible. Forget that, it doesn't even look like it exists, even after you have done it. You conquer 900ft in a quarter mile.

With an 11am start on the South Rim it took us 8 hours to reach Isis and night was falling. A simple lollygag pace to get us to camp. My pack was a ridiculous 6 pounds over my standard. Stuffed to 18.5 pounds, my camp set up (a sheet of tyvek) barely fit in.

Research and planning is done on a need to know basis. I thought I was stepping it up Bruce style. I checked for temps and more importantly rain. All looked good and I assured jj we could camp light. An hour after bedding down I hollered over to camp jj that I made a mistake.

Howling repetitive wind gusts at 40 degrees left us swearing we were gonna die. I slept(joke, that never happened) face down into the ground to keep my heater(heart) from blowing a valve. A lot goes through the mind in nine hours of torture. The most reassuring thing I could think of was the movie Titanic. Those that fell in the water died within an hour. Whereas the few that stayed afloat survived much longer. I figured we weren't soaking wet in an ocean and it wasn't freezing.

When I stood up in the morning I couldn't feel anything below my knees. It was like walking on stilts. After a half hour I was good to go.

We said hello to Isis. Then left with 1,200 feet of unfinished business.

There are times in life when you see opportunity. It gets wicked cool when it starts chasing you faster. Walking out of the canyon we were literally invited back...

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hippie Spring North Quart per minute Quart per minute
Just over a trickle. Better options not far up or down canyon.

dry Hippie Spring South Dry Dry
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Ahh the allure of something beautiful and out of your league. Something so intriguing that it never leaves your mind from the moment you see it. Something you know will change your life forever if you get the chance to have it, even if only for a moment.

For me that something is Isis.

From the first time I did Cheops with Bob, Dave, and Joe Isis grabbed me and has never let go. Then recently when Joe and I did Cheops Plateau and Pyramid, Isis was there again teasing me and pulling at me.

Joe and I started talking about it and over the last few weeks and have been working out the details of an approach. We had hoped to summit but knew that very few before us had been to the top. Most that do make it did it as a technical climb. However it has been done without rope and gear. With that in mind our hopes were high and expectations were low.

We started out early and left Phoenix, and went up to the Canyon. We gained our permit and headed out. Phantom Creek was nice and the water was fresh and cold. Actually this would make a great day hike by itself. At the moment there is a fantastic swimming hole in the narrows.

Then came Hippie Camp where we turned and headed up to our first and second climb. These are both class four climbs and require caution and careful footing. Joe really impressed me here. Sometimes he gets a little itchy in these situations but midway up the first climb I heard him blurt out "that was exhilarating"! He was doing great and we were well on our way. Once up top we headed over to Shiva/Isis Saddle. The day was drawing to and end and we scouted out a good place to crash for the night. It was chilly and the wind was blowing. Joe had his Tyvek makeshift bedding roll and I had my 16 dollar mylar emergency bivvy. The plan was to have just enough and to be able to travel quick and light. We didn't account for the continuous wind and cold front. I felt like I was going to freeze to death and maybe got a half hour of sleep. All I wanted was for the night to be done and for the sun to come up.

In the morning around 5 Joe said it was getting light out. I had the bivvy pulled up over my head and could barely feel my feet. I wasn't sure how I was going to get out and change socks. I wrestled around for about 40 minutes and finally came out of my tube. We started looking for a break in the first cliff band. The top towered above us with its allure. We kept going making our way around the eastern side. There were no footprints or signs of any previous travel. Then I found a spot that would also be a class four scramble. I went two thirds of the way up. I asked Joe if he could see a way through the next level anywhere. He couldn't. I started to think that this wouldn't be a good place to go up if by chance I was going to get stuck on that next tier. I came back down and we continued on. The travel was slow as we were really examining the structure and looking for an opening. Eventually we decided that we had better turn back and collect more information before making another attempt. Any wrong turns or mistakes could cost the day.

Isis is like a giant puzzle to figure out. A layer cake with only one way through each layer but they aren't in succession. Even if you had the exact code to crack this beauty it would take the better part of a day to reach the top and return to the base. We were disappointed but didn't feel the day was a loss or a waste.

On the way down Joe once again impressed me. He was actually talking about exiting via the north rim the day before to avoid the down climb into outlet canyon. This day however he said he would give it a shot and he did fantastic! Some fears were spoken but his body language said nothing of the sort. He managed it as if he had been climbing rock walls his whole life.

Heading through Utah Flats was hot but manageable. My knee was giving me trouble so I stopped at Phantom Ranch to see if I could get some Ibuprofen. I was already riding a nice stream but didn't have anymore and was anticipating the climb out via South Kaibab.

It was here that a park person shed some light on our journey. He had seen us heading in the day before. Some information was provided that will help us on our return visit. He also gave me his e-mail address and said to hit him up for a hike the next time we were passing through.

Armed with this information Joe and I headed out and started planning our next attempt.

Amazing things in life never seem to come easy nor do they come without a price.

It is also amazing what one will do when they desire something so much.

To be continued....
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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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Swampy area. There was water, but I wouldn't call it filterable.

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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.

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Seeping out from under a rock to the north of the creek, I'd estimate about 2 gpm.

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Wow, this spring rivals fossil creek, it was pumping out crystal clear, great tasting water at a thousand gpm.

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Creek flowing @ Tonto intersection about a 10 gpm

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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.
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It has been sometime since I have posted any pics, as I have been more into canyoneering of late and did not think those pics were of interest on a hiking site (although I have seen some lately). Anyway, I thought this adventure might be of interest to some Grand Canyoners looking for a little something extra while at Bright Angel Camp/Phantom Ranch. Upper Phantom Canyon: We took the Utah Flats route (steep scramble) up and out of the BA campground at the upper bridge, and then dropped into Phantom just above the upper falls. The upper falls is the only semi-technical spot and there is usually a rope there for a hand-line (bring webbing as a backup), some may not be comfortable with this and need more. This is not for the casual hiker. Until someone writes one here, there are several write-ups out there if you Google. Enjoy! : )
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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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