A big hike in the Grand Canyon, part 2

Kanab Creek was, at least at first, a relief after walking up the river in the sun.  Cool, wet, green, and easy walking for about the first bend or two.

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A small corner of a monster of a hanging garden…

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The walking was quite a bit less serene than the pics suggest.

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Jumpup provided some colorful distraction from our already heavy packs that had recently added 7l of water.

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Of course, as we predicted, there would be plenty of water along the way.  When you aren’t sure, though, you keep drinking up and tanking up when it goes dry.

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I somehow didn’t notice the fairy tale walking cottonwood in the moment…

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Back up for air in the morning.

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We considered taking the pass between Fishtail Mesa and the rim but figured the drainage-heading on the other side might be worse than taking Indian Hollow all the way up.

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While Indian Hollow might not have been the most dramatic section of the trip, going from hours in a shallow drainage of mountain shrubs and PJ to suddenly being on the rim and being punched in the face with what had been right next to us all morning was a highlight of the trip.

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Down East Deer…

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… far enough to decide straight up and out was better than turning back.

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We moved fast but the knee and quad punishment was significant.

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The thought of a morning of having the current carry us seemed was quite welcome.

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Back in Kanab

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Boulder variety…

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At camp night 6…

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It was immediately apparent that we were going to be ending on a high note…

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Laughing, retry…

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Probably less than two miles as the crow flies and we were almost to the rim.  All in all a seriously smashing adventure.  New places, new skills, a new friend, and a wonderfully varied, fun, relentlessly challenging route.

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Things were capped appropriately by a work safety training the day after returning home where I learned about the dangers of walking on uneven surfaces.  Heh….

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