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Crescita posted 5/3/2013 11:21 AM

Seriously there is not enough SQUEE for this news...

My Grand Canyon back country permit request was approved!!!! I'll be turning 30 at the bottom of the canyon and having a beer at Phantom Ranch! So stinking excited even though I'm not even close to in shape yet. 4 months to prepare. Squee!!!

wonderingbull posted 5/3/2013 11:59 AM

That is great!!!!

I love the Phantom Ranch... Being in the canyon is one of the most unique spaces I've ever been in my life...

WB

MovingUpward posted 5/3/2013 12:06 PM

Awesome!!! More reason to train

h0peless posted 5/3/2013 13:13 PM

Awesome news! Time to lug that backpack up Camelback a few times a week. (if you can find parking.)

Crescita posted 5/3/2013 13:18 PM

Time to lug that backpack up Camelback a few times a week. (if you can find parking.)

Unfortunately that trail is closed this year to build a parking structure I have some alternate trails picked out that should last me through May. Any good ideas for triple digit hiking?

wildbananas posted 5/3/2013 13:44 PM

Awesome, Cres!

h0peless posted 5/3/2013 14:03 PM

Unfortunately that trail is closed this year to build a parking structure I have some alternate trails picked out that should last me through May. Any good ideas for triple digit hiking?

Actually, I do, although they all require a bit of a drive from the valley. There are tons of great places up on the Mogollon Rim. Fossil Springs (near Strawberry, North of Payson) is absolutely spectacular!

Alternatively, if you wanted to go South, there is tons of great hiking on Mt. Lemmon. One of the many reasons I moved back to Tucson after college.

[This message edited by h0peless at 2:04 PM, May 3rd (Friday)]

GabyBaby posted 5/3/2013 14:07 PM

OMG so jealous!!!!
Congrats! WB is correct...the Grand Canyon is absolutely gorgeous. Hubby and I are trying to get there again soon, but life keeps getting in the way.

tesla posted 5/3/2013 16:20 PM

Wow...this is fabulous!

thebighurt posted 5/3/2013 16:58 PM

Huge SQUEE!! I'm so glad for you! Seriously, have a beer at Phantom Ranch for me! And send yourself a post card "carried by mule from the bottom of the Grand Canyon". I'm looking at mine right now - it's been hanging over my computer ever since I brought it home from work when I retired.

I hope the trails are in better shape than the last time I went. Are you going down the South Kaibab or the Bright Angel trail? Did you order your meals at the Ranch? Some of the best-tasting food on earth, having dinner there! 4 months!! So envious!!

nowiknow23 posted 5/3/2013 17:11 PM

Yay!!!!

Crescita posted 5/3/2013 17:13 PM

Thanks for the hiking suggestions h0peless. I certainly don't mind driving if it spares me Phoenix weather!

tbh, I'll definitely have a beer for you How many times have you been? I'm hiking Rim to Rim, in North Kaibab and out Bright Angel. A night in Cottonwood, a night at Bright Angel, then a night at Indian Garden. I've heard South Kaibab is great for descent but not the reverse so I will save that for another trip.

thebighurt posted 5/3/2013 17:28 PM

Rim to rim is pretty ambitious. I've hiked in S Kaibab and out Bright Angel twice now, stayed one, then two nights at the bottom in a dorm and then in a cabin. No food to carry in or out except for the day. Traveled light! Don't take anything you don't absolutely need! (Moleskin and ointment for just in case are exceptions.) Only did a short hike in and back out from the North.

S. Kaibab is definitely steeper and they suggest you not go out that way. It's shorter and more direct for going in, but NO water and little shade. That's the trail the pack mules travel.

It will be wonderful for you!! One of the best things I have done!!

Amazonia posted 5/3/2013 18:30 PM

So cool Cres!!

Sad in AZ posted 5/3/2013 19:53 PM

I keep telling you; look up the AZ Desert Hikers on meetup--they do all their big warm weather hikes in Sedona, Flagstaff, Payson, etc. They rarely, if ever, set a size limit for the group, yet they are always managable. They also do early morning weekday hikes like Tom's Thumb, Piestewa, Black Mtn. There's a full moon hike & picnic on the 24th at Shaw Butte. Nice people too!

Nature_Girl posted 5/4/2013 01:00 AM

I have a cousin who hikes the Phoenix mountains all the time. Want me to ask him for some training trails?

Crescita posted 5/6/2013 15:24 PM

Sad, I did join the group, I just haven't signed up for a hike because the times haven't appealed to me I usually lean more towards late morning/early afternoon hikes. I should probably adapt to early morning hiking for this though.

Thanks for the offer Nature Girl. I have a few favorites picked out in Phoenix, it's comparable trails in cooler areas that elude me.

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