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Mar 04 2011

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55 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon Loop, AZ 
Grand Canyon Loop, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 04 2011
Backpack30.00 Miles 4,790 AEG
Backpack30.00 Miles3 Days         
4,790 ft AEG
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South Kaibab was snow and ice for the first mile, so I slipped on my Yaktrax. I usually backpack with trekking poles, but wanted to go extra light on this trip. Cool grotto just within the backcountry border on the Tonto. First night at Lonetree. Nice flat ledge and plenty of clear water. Met a couple in their 50's, along with three Amish (?) women in full length dresses!
Second night on the plateau on the east mouth of Grapevine 20 feet from the inner gorge. Killer views! One of the best sites ever.
Day three brought dark clouds and high winds as I made my way up the west side of Horseshoe Mesa to the shrine where that guy pushed his wife over the edge. Creepy vibe in the screaming wind. As I neared the top of Grandview, I really started to wish I had my trekking poles, as the hardpack snow trail was like smooth ice in sections, much worse than the SK. Hitched a ride back to the truck and left the park to sleep free in the woods outside Tusayan. A warm dinner and some potent potables were followed by a night in my tent under rain, sleet, and hail. I was as snug as a bug in a rug with my air mattress and pillow from home. Car camping has its advantages!
Video production done with our old video camera and Pinnacle software -
The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.

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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