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Congrats and thanks for sharing. What were the temps at Phantom Ranch? I remember how sore I was when I did that hike. It's hard to train for something like that when you live in the flatlands.
Son left you behind?! What the? That hike's a big accomplishment. Congratulations
Congrats on hiking out of the Big Ditch! The South Kaibab is my favorite of the 2 main corridor trails. No water on the SK trail, but awesome views compared to the Bright Angel trail.
6 hours to hike out via the South Kaibab trail is actually a very respectable time. With only about 6 miles to climb 4750ft, the gradient is definitely steep. Shameless plug for Bob Ribokas's great resource site on the canyon.... here's the trail profile: http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/bc/gc_ep_sk.htmSeems like there are less tourists to deal with on the SK trail as well, since the trailhead is not right by the rim hotels.I noticed the river is running silty in your pics... I sure hope the river clears up by the end of April, which is when my wife and I will be hiking down the Tanner trail to spend 4 nights along the Beamer trail. Less silt will make for easier water filtering. This will be my wife's first hike in the canyon, so I hope the experience turns out positive for her. This will be my first time down the Tanner trail, which sees far less maintenance than the corridor trails. I'm hoping less people, too.
You were wise to go early, it was almost too hot when I did it years ago. We went down the SK and out the BA, since the elevation change seemed easier when it wasn't so steep. I don't remember sleeping much at Phantom Ranch either but the baked potato they served was so good! Next year, we are going to do rim-to-rim. Who's in?
Enjoyed your pictures and trail descriptions. I'm hoping to make that hike at the end of April. This opportunity materialized very quickly and I'm finding that the Grand Canyon isn't the best place for spontaneous travel. Phantom Ranch is full and so are Bright Angel Campground and Indian Gardens. I'm hoping that something will open up for one of the campgrounds at the last minute and I can get a backcountry permit. Of course I'm also hoping for a winning lotto ticket too
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