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Jan 20, 2014 12:32 |  #1

A good friend of mine and I took a week long trip to a number of NPs in the Southwest over the summer. We only spent a short time at each NP (2 days max) and decided to do the most strenuous day hikes we could find. My friend was a 8 months removed from his second reconstructive knee surgery so we wanted to get a gauge of where he is at for future backpacking trips.

On our last day of the trip we started at dawn and took the Bright Angel trail of the Grand Canyon and went all the way to the river's edge, inside the canyon, and back. It was about 14 miles round-trip with 2-3k elevation change. After we finished the hike we packed up and drove 12 hours home. Long day. Here are some shots

The starting point. See the tiny trail out there?

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Still heading down...
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In the canyon's canyon
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The trail out is not so fun

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Almost back to the top!
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Jan 20, 2014 19:00 |  #2

My knees couldn't withstand Bright Angel Trail this past June. Went down a good ways but limped back.

I'd love to visit there again soon. Nice shots ......... thanks!


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Jan 20, 2014 19:15 |  #3

Beautiful images, well doneā€¦.


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Jan 20, 2014 19:46 |  #4

f5joe wrote in post #16622217 (external link)
My knees couldn't withstand Bright Angel Trail this past June. Went down a good ways but limped back.

I'd love to visit there again soon. Nice shots ......... thanks!

I definitely underestimated the trail. I thought it would be mild compared to the likes of Yosemite, which is in my backyard yet having a 2k + elevation change as the home stretch is just all out brutal.

Thanks for the kind words about the picture.




  
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Jan 20, 2014 20:34 |  #5

Beautiful! I like that you also included some pictures of the canyon floor and mid-way between. I've not been fortunate enough to visit the Grand Canyon yet so these are two views of it that I've never seen before. Very nice!


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Jan 20, 2014 20:55 |  #6

Nice images, nice variety. It gives us that have not been there a nice idea of what it's like.


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Jan 21, 2014 08:13 |  #7

Nice shots. I still have yet to do that hike.


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Jan 21, 2014 09:56 |  #8

paul3221 wrote in post #16623549 (external link)
Nice shots. I still have yet to do that hike.

Very nice set!.


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Jan 21, 2014 10:15 |  #9

Nice shots, and man do i really need to make it out there.


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Jan 21, 2014 16:01 |  #10

Beautiful! The #1 place on my bucket list if and when I get to retire!


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Jan 22, 2014 11:48 |  #11

Great location, great shots




  
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Jan 22, 2014 18:14 |  #12

Thanks everyone for the kind words. It really is a majestic place. Going from rim to the bottom is interesting because they are entirely different ecosystems.




  
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Jan 22, 2014 19:28 as a reply to  @ Niccas9's post |  #13

No photos can do justice to how majestic and breathtaking the Canyon is.

But very nice attempt. :)


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Jan 23, 2014 01:16 |  #14

I'm never bored with looking at the Grand Canyon photos. Thanks for sharing.


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