Back in December when I was putting together our Grand Canyon backcountry permit, I didn't apply for camping in The Corridor. My thinking at the time: the trail is good, we'll want to get away from the crowds, we've been here before, and 23 miles is a short day by thru-hiker standards (when not on … Continue reading Rim to Rim with eight days of food
Got a little dose of wifi/data and posted a few pics. But bigger updates will have to wait. This morning we start an 8-9 day leg. Going rim to rim today with eight days of food. We've wrestled 16+ pounds of food into our packs. Feels like such an effort and we aren't even walking … Continue reading Arizona Strip bound
Short notes due to data connection challenges. Details to be filled in and pictures added! And pictures of Gabriel too! After wandering the parklands of the Kaibab Plateau we dropped into the Grand Canyon via the Nankoweap Trail. Camped on the sandy white beach of the Colorado River below the granaries. Breakfasted with rafters (French … Continue reading From Nankoweap to South Kaibab
Hope to share the fun of the last few days at some point. Our zero day in Kanab got filled up with good food, postcards, Gabriel read The Monkey Wrench Gang. Good ol' Hayduke is fresh in his mind. It also involved a BBQ with our motel managers, Don and Cassi, of the Sun'N'Sand. They … Continue reading Grand Canyon bound
This morning we walked out of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and into the next landscape and character change for the Hayduke: the Kaibab Plateau where we'll walk 60 miles of the Arizona Trail. The AZT is a real deal national scenic trail with signage, a nonprofit, honest to goodness super cushy, maintained trail, and even … Continue reading It’s all Smiles on the AZT!
A fun morning in Kanab, you'd hardly think we were supposed to hitch out and hike today. First I wrote emails to elected leaders and appointed officials asking them to keep our National Monuments in place; especially Bears Ears NM and Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Then we resupplied at Honey's (no beer, but they do sell … Continue reading Town lingering, mindsets, and an introduction to Buckskin Gulch
Short notes for now: A crisp morning walking down Bullrush Gorge. From sandy wash to steep canyon of white and gray sandstone in a few bends. We like to look at the patterns of the cracks in the mud as the wash floor dries. Ponderosa pines and Douglas-fir leaning into the canyon. The pines on … Continue reading Descending a step of the Grand Staircase