Sunday, May 17, 2009

Phantom Ranch Excursion - May 10-12, 2009

Mac would like to inform the Around the Bend Friends that the 18 people who participated in this event did hike down the Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch and yes all 18 hiked out on the Bright Angel Trail to the South Rim.

On Sunday, Mother's Day, we all hiked down the Kaibab Trail, seen in the second picture, going from an elevation of 7260 feet to 2480 feet in over 7 miles. The hike was not easy on our knees, but we all got there. We stayed two nights at Phantom Ranch, the food was very good. On Monday, most of us took it easy and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. On Tuesday we started the hike up on the Bright Angel Trail going up 10 miles and an elevation gain of 4400 feet. The first 5 miles to Indian Gardens were reasonable and the views were breath taking. The next 5 miles were brutal particularly the last 3 miles. AT THE END OF THE DAY, ALL 18 OF US REACHED THE TOP SAFE AND SOUND.

Congratulations to all who participated for conquering the Grand Canyon. I would like to thank them for being so cooperative and helpful in making this event so pleasant. Special thanks to Chris D. for always being there to help and guide. Hopefully this will become an annual event. Any volunteer for next year????

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