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Grand Canyon

The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features.  Language and illustration combined must fail.

- John Wesley Powell

My adventure into the Grand Canyon was....indescribable.  Powerful, peaceful, inspiring, humbling, energizing - as Powell and countless others have expressed, it just can not be put into words.  This place is truely one that needs to be experienced.  There is an energy about it that must be felt in order to comprehend it's imcomprehensibility.

My time in and around the Canyon was relatively short, but it had a very powerful impact.  I have thought of it every day since, with a flutter in my stomach every time I do.  HA!  I have a crush on the Grand Canyon!  

ANYway - needless to say, I'm looking forward to heading back for a longer adventure this fall.  For now, though, here are some stats from my maiden voyage:

  • start time:   5:32 am
  • total time:   9:13
  • distance:    28 mi
  • elev. gain: 12,940 ft  (462'/mi)
  • # photos:   217

(complete Garmin data HERE)

This is most of the gear that I carried:


Betty Designs tank top, shorts, full coverage sun hat, multiple fueling options, 3L fluid, trash bag, hand warmers, band-aids, sunscreen, spare batteries, map, and whistle (tested once in apartment - couldn't hear anything over the inner-ear ringing for ~37 min).

I started out wearing two hats, Rudy Project's, a long sleeve base layer, long sleeve run shirt, insulated cycling jacket, ski gloves, capri lenth running tights, full length running tights, knee high wool socks, aaaaaand my fave ASICS.  (It was 20°.)

Here are some of my favorite shots from between the rims:

(had warmed to 32° over the course of the first hour)

Crossing the mighty Colorado!

(as would be expectd, much warmer at the base) 

(sniffed a lot of the flowers on my path - did NOT check this one's fragrance)

Aaaaaah, yeah, so these folks were hiking across the Grand canyon with mountain bikes strapped to their Camelback suddenly felt foolishly light.

GETTING CLOSE!  (to Ribbon Falls)

Son of a - !  Really??  Maaaaaaaan.  (Not big on being prosecuted, so opted to turn back at the yellow tape.)

Back up we go!

This was, without a doubt, one of the coolest experiences of my life.  I hope that you all get a chance to not only see the Canyon from rim, but to venture inside and feel its energy surround you.

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Hold onto your butts!  The pace is really going to tick up over the next few months.  Up next:  Pemi Loop this Friday.  (Will be making the trek with one Jesse Kropelnicki - should be fun (and grueling)!)

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