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MDA Rim Traverse

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Offline steelfrog

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MDA Rim Traverse
« on: February 12, 2019, 04:36:46 PM »
Has anyone hiked out to Mariposa, hang a right down to the Rim, run the rim all the way up to teh Point (traversing the several side canyons) and then don the whole north rim back?  In other words, basically draw a line around MDA?  Dumb idea?

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: MDA Rim Traverse
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2019, 05:15:55 PM »
 I think Desert Rat Shorty, and also Lance and Elhombre, et al, have done the first half (in reverse), and many have done the second half, but no one has yet done the whole in one fell swoop. It would make a great story.


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Re: MDA Rim Traverse
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2019, 09:57:09 PM »
Done!  Pack weight without food and water will be under 5 pounds.  I got an 8oz MLD bivy and a 900 fill 30degree bag thatís about a pound. Light close cell foam pad. ULD fastpack 30. Throw in the filter and some layers and 5 pounds or less. Will roll with 2 liters and about 15,000 calories including moose goo. Total pack weight with food 12-13pounds. Itís gonna be fun. Camp first night near rockslide and second at the Point. Then out next day traversing the whole north rim.  In March sometime. If you donít hear from steel by April, drink a beer in remembrance. 🍺

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Offline Lance

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Re: MDA Rim Traverse
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2019, 09:58:25 PM »
Dumb idea?

Youíve never had one of those..


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Re: MDA Rim Traverse
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 12:36:09 AM »
Do I detect...sarcasm?  Ha ha

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Re: MDA Rim Traverse
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2019, 06:59:06 AM »
Oh good lord.

Have you considered the possibility that for some people, long hard days are full of joy precisely because they are long and hard?

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Offline Keepa

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Re: MDA Rim Traverse
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2019, 09:01:06 AM »
To each his own.

A guy did the Arizona Trail (800 miles) in 16 days, that's the fastest known time.

A guy did the AT, PCT and CDT in the same year.

My friend did rim to rim to rim in the Grand Canyon.

I would never do these things, but that's me.

Hike your own hike.

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Re: MDA Rim Traverse
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2019, 09:28:48 AM »
Agreed.  I've been nothing but encouraging on here for anybody wanting to do things.  Not really looking for criticism.

I can't explain why I've gotten into the long-distance stuff.  Started about age 40 or so when I did my first GC RtRtR.  Only did 2 of those but have since done 13 more RtRs, and plus a whole bunch of other stuff.  Going fast and light opens up tons of possibilities for me that aren't reasonably available to me otherwise.  Example, I am super busy and have 6 kids, so time is at a premium.  And yes, the kids go too (Mandy did OML dayhike with me in November '18, e.g.).  The other thing is, I'm old and fat, 2 bad knees and a bad back.  I don't like carrying a heavy pack.  That, to me, is miserable.  Back hurts, knees hurt, etc.  Even when I do overnight backpacks, I go very light.

Another thing is that many things requiring overnight permits, such as OML, many of the loops in the Tetons, things in Cali or Washington (like the Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness) are impossible to get permits for unless you're lucky.  But, as light dayhikes, don't need a permit.  And you get to see much more in a given period of time.  Also, see things at different times.  For example, people camping on the Dodson might not see the stars I see all night, smell the wonderful smells on the Dodson from the night-blooming plants and see all the wildlife you see out there at night--snakes, scorpions, nightjars, cats, owls, you name it.  I highly recommend taking a night time jaunt across the dodson if you've never done it, it's a surreal experience.  And doing it alone adds another level of mysticism to it that is hard to forget.

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Re: MDA Rim Traverse
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2019, 10:39:26 AM »

And you get to see much more in a given period of time.  Also, see things at different times.  For example, people camping on the Dodson might not see the stars I see all night, smell the wonderful smells on the Dodson from the night-blooming plants and see all the wildlife you see out there at night--snakes, scorpions, nightjars, cats, owls, you name it.  I highly recommend taking a night time jaunt across the dodson if you've never done it, it's a surreal experience.  And doing it alone adds another level of mysticism to it that is hard to forget.


Now I HAVE done that one. What you say is very true.



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