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Thursday, May 29th, 2008
6:46 pm
My boyfriend and I are going to see Grand Canyon on the way to Las Vegas. We will stay there for only 1 day. Can anyone recommend what we should see first? Thanks in advance.
Sunday, May 25th, 2008
9:23 pm
Top of the World
Saturday, April 26th, 2008
6:32 pm
i may be going to the grand canyon in may.. i'll be there for one whole day and i was wondering if anyone can recommend a nice trail that would take up a whole day to hike round trip. im hoping to catch a nice water fall or something.. so if anyone can help me out i would really appreciate it :)
Monday, November 12th, 2007
12:06 am
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
6:35 am
Sunday, November 13th, 2005
2:44 pm

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Here's a picture I took at the Grand Canyon, west rim in February, 2003.
Thursday, July 21st, 2005
10:53 am
There is a proposal in the Bush administration to begin oil drilling in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The proposed well would be drilled in one of the most scenic locations in the West, in a region renowned for its geological wonders, outstanding backcountry recreational opportunities and a rich tapestry of human history.

The proposed well would result in the construction of a drill pad, sludge pit and several miles of road, all of which will scar the landscape for decades.

Please click here and urge the National Park Service to conduct a full environmental review and hold public meetings before proceeding with the proposed well in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The Park Service is accepting comments until the end of July, so please speak out right away.

This sensitive area of the Glen Canyon is also adjacent to two magnificent national treasures: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Capitol Reef National Park. Wildlands like Glen Canyon must be kept off-limits to drilling-- and not only because, according the Park Service's own estimates, drilling would produce a truly insignificant amount of oil.
Friday, July 15th, 2005
9:53 am
Le sigh
Beach along the Colorado River between Tapeats Creek and Deer Creek
Grand Canyon, Arizona
8:39 am
Grand Canyon, October 2005
Here's a pic from the area we will be starting the October hike from. This was taken from near the top of the Bill Hall Trail at the start of the Thunder River / Deer Creek trip in May 2003.

The cliffs in the distance in this shot are on the east side of Fishtail Mesa and Fishtail Canyon would be right in front of that. Cranberry Canyon is barely visible in there as well. Kanab Canyon, our exit route, is on the other side of Fishtail Mesa... an entirely undiscovered and new world for canyoncat.

The Esplanade - Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Current Mood: dreaming

Thursday, July 7th, 2005
8:44 am
Thunder River - Grand Canyon, Arizona

Thunder River trip report...

Thunder River photo index map...

8:39 am
Been there... done that...
Very cool Google...

Phantom Ranch

Clear Creek

Thunder River

Little Colorado River

Nankoweap Creek delta

Mordred Abyss (Abyss Cave)

Lancelot Point

cross posted to canyoncat

Current Mood: nostalgic
12:03 am
Day Three.
Day Three.

Tonto Trail.
Grand Canyon, Arizona.
May 19, 2005.

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Cross posted to kai_malino, backpacking, digicams, hiking, landscape, world_tourist.
12:03 am
Day Two.
The hike down.

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Small cactus blooms up close and personal.

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Passing the trail that we were due to go on the next day which we had to walk past. Man. A glimpse of what was to come....

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Cross posted to kai_malino, backpacking, digicams, hiking, landscape, world_tourist.
12:02 am
Day One.
The day before we began our hike into the Grand Canyon.
The anticipation.

Views from the top.
Grand Canyon, Arizona.
May 17, 2005.

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Cross posted to kai_malino, backpacking, digicams, hiking, landscape, world_tourist.
Friday, July 1st, 2005
5:11 am
Favorite places...

Abyss Cave and spring - Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Abyss Cave is one of my favorite places in the Canyon. Most of my favorite places in the Canyon seem to be water related: Clear Creek, Elves Chasm, Thunder River, Deer Creek... Go figure, eh? It is a desert after all.

Abyss Cave took me four days to get to when I visited there in September 2000. The first day involved a very pleasant hike out to the trailhead for the North Bass Trail at Swamp Point along the Swamp Ridge Road. I never did figure out why these places are called "swamp" since there is no swamp anywhere near them. From Swamp Point I descended the North Bass Trail to my first camp, just above the Redwall rock layer.

On day 2 I continued down the North Bass Trail and followed White Creek to just above the Tapeats rock layer and the gorge that White Creek has cut through it. I passed the spot where White Creek (and my own stupidity) claimed by Nikon Coolpix 900 digital camera the year before and that was very sad. On this trip I was shooting with a Coolpix 950. My camp that night right above the gorge was glorious.

That was the end of an actual trail for me for the remainder of the trip, not that the North Bass is much of a trail anyway. On day 3 I climbed down into the Tapeats gorge, followed it a short distance to Redwall Canyon and then climbed back out of the gorge there. At that point I started following something called the Burro Route which was an extrememly infrequently used route that lead over to Merlin and Mordred Abysses on the other side of the Rainbow Plateau. The Burro Route was originally by prospectors back in the late 1800s and early 1900s to pack gear and supplies between White Creek and Shinumo Creek. I lost the route completely when I attempted this same trip in 1999 and as a result of some other mishaps totally lost the desire to try and find it. I lost it again a few times on this trip, once in the exact same spot, but I persevered and always managed to find it again. My campsite over at Shinumo Creek that night was shared with a rattlesnake.

Day 4 had me crossing Shinumo Creek and then following Abyss Creek up through Mordred Abyss. I encountered another rattlesnake along Abyss Creek, snoozing along the bank of the creek. Fighting through all of the brush growing along the creek was extrememly time consuming and it took all day to get the fault ravine in the Redwall that I would use to start my exit from the Canyon. That camp was also located only a short distance fom Abyss Cave, one of the sources for the water flowing down Abyss Creek.

Abyss Cave was the ultimate destination for this trip and the primary purpose for doing it. I read about some of these isolated spots in the Canyon and my heart is drawn to them. After 4 days of backpacking to get to it, and a totally botched trip the year before, it was a very special feeling to finally find the cave and sit there in the shade beside its cool and crystal clear waters and just soak it all in. The cave itself is somewhat difficult to find as there is a lot of vegetation growing along Abyss Creek that you need to fight through and the cave itself is set back somewhat from the creek. The only way to find it is to follow the creek and look for the spot where the water from this spring comes down into it and then follow that to its source. Luckily I got to camp with plenty of time to do this and also sit and enjoy it for a while.

Day 5 was a lot of work and involved climbing up the Redwall fault ravine to a camp on the saddle between Elaine Castle and Lancelot Point. I think this camp was in the Supai rock later which sits directly atop the Redwall. Or it could be in the Hermit layer which sits atop the Supai, I don't remember exactly. I had originally planned to climb to the top of Elaine Castle that day as well but when I finally got to the saddle I had no energy left for it. I took lots of photos, ate dinner, enjoyed a fabulous sunset and went to sleep early.

Day 6, the last day, had me looking for the route out to the rim at Lancelot Point from the saddle. There is lots of brush growing on the saddle, scrub oak and Manzanita, and it's all intertwined, and this was no easy task. I was pretty sure I knew where the route was going to go but when I got there I was wrong. I could see the actual route out from that point though and it just involved some more bush whacking to get to it. Once I found the route out it was a pretty straightforward task to follow it up to Lancelot Point. The views along the route out, looking back down into the fault ravine and Mordred Abyss beyond, were simply awe inspriring. When I finally got out to Lancelot Point the view from there was not too shabby either. I could look back over all of the distance I had covered over the past 6 days and it was all just there, spread over before me, in one fantastic view.

The final portion of the trip was simply an overland hike through the Ponderosa Pine forest to the Point Sublime Road which I then followed back to my car which was parked at the other end of the Swamp Ridge Road.

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The complete trip report for this trip can be found at http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/show_report.php?trip=2000B

The photo map is at http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/tr002/gc0900pa.htm

The complete set of photos is at http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/tr002/

Thursday, June 30th, 2005
8:26 am
Tequila sunrise
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Grand Canyon sunrise - September 12, 2004

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8:11 am
Nankoweap granary and the Colorado River - Grand Canyon, Arizona
Wednesday, June 29th, 2005
2:49 pm
Grand Canyon Nankoweap backpacking trip - April 2005
I finished this trip a day early and let’s just say things didn’t go exactly as planned. It was still a good trip, an enjoyable trip but not quite what I had hoped for.

The biggest problem was that I was so worried about snow that I totally neglected to even consider snow melt. I was happy that the snow on Saddle Mountain and on the North Rim was going away, happy that Mystic Falls would probably be flowing at a very healthy rate that I did not even consider where the rest of all of this melting snow was going.

Well, a good portion of it was flowing down a normally dry and dusty creek bed between Saddle Mountain and the north rim. It was a nice healthy flow that looked more like chocolate milk than melted snow, like the Colorado River itself on a good(?) bad… "too thick to drink, too thin to plow". This was the first indication of trouble as there was not supposed to be water here. When I got to camp at the end of that first day and went out to check out the view from the Nankoweap trailhead I could also hear what I suspected was water flowing down the Marion-Seiber drainage. There was lots of wind too so perhaps I was imagining it… the wind was playing tricks on me.

The next morning as I descended the Nankoweap Trail I was sure of it, there was water, and lots of it, flowing down Marion-Seiber, the route I was supposed to be taking into the Canyon. This was not good. There were a number of dry falls I needed to go down on that route and now they were not dry, they were not even just waterfalls, they were falls of dark brown choclatey goo... something out of Willy Wonka world… not the Grand Canyon. No way was I going down there.

So I went down the Nankoweap Trail instead all the way to Nankoweap Creek, a brutal one-day descent. Now things were all screwed up because I was not camped where I wanted to be. I thought about trying to get where I wanted to be but that was another 4 miles away and I was beat. People were expected me there but nothing could be done about it. I also forgot to bring the phone number for Dave’s satellite phone (it was in the back pocket of the pants that I left in the car) so there was no way I could warn him about Marion-Seiber. My only hope was that if I didn’t come down, he wouldn’t go up.

About an hour after I was in camp my friend Chuck showed up, with 3 other rangers. They had come down Marion-Seiber the day before. He said it wasn’t too bad and that the water was actually clear. He also said there were a couple of places where they had to climb without packs and then use ropes to get their backpacks down... an option that would not have been available to me. He said he met the group camped at the bottom of Marion-Seiber, told them about the problems and they were going to try going out that way anyhow.

I did make it up to Mystic Falls the next day but the hike that was supposed to be 4 miles turned into about 10. After the one-day descent on the Nankoweap my feet were not very happy with me.

The next day Chuck and another ranger and I attempted to reach Kolb Arch. We did not succeed. We got within about ¾ mile of it and had a pretty good view but we knew at that point we would never make it all the way and get back to camp before dark. I don’t know how the guy from Arizona Highways did it in one day because we were camped in pretty much the same place and we all travel and a pretty good pace. I don’t get it. Another 10+ mile day... my feet were filing for divorce.

The Nankoweap Mesa hike planned for the next day was cancelled. My feet would have no part of it. Plus I talked Chuck (and Sam) into attempting this new route out of Little Nankoweap. Chuck was very intrigued by it. The only problem was that he had to go out on Monday so it I wanted to do it with him I had to go out a day early. I welcomed the option of doing this route with someone instead of alone so it was decided; I was going out a day early. The Little Nankoweap route was extremely challenging and I enjoyed it immensely so things worked out rather well. Had I day-hiked it first to check it out I probably would not have attempted it solo though. There were a couple of places on it as well where packs had to be hauled up by rope... not fun when traveling solo.

On the last night I camped on the rim next to Saddle Mountain and it was absolutely gorgeous. Watching the shadows deepen in that Canyon all afternoon and then the sun set that evening and then the reverse the next morning are memories I will treasure forever. It was a wonderful trip.

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A more detailed trip report can be found at... http://www.kaibab.org/trip/gc_04_05.htm

The photo map from the trip is at... http://www.kaibab.org/tr051/gc0405p.htm

The complete set of photos (including many non-Grand Canyon but still northern Arizona at least) is at... http://www.kaibab.org/tr051/
1:25 pm
More teasers...
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Grand Canyon Nankoweap backpacking trip - April, 2005

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Larger versions at http://www.kaibab.org/tr051/teaser2_fl.htm

1:24 pm
Teasers from the last backpacking trip
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Grand Canyon Nankoweap backpacking trip - April, 2005

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Larger images can be found at http://www.kaibab.org/tr051/teaser1_fl.htm

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