I forgot to post these when I posted my experience about my Grand Canyon hike, but here is another throwback to some major views from the hike down the Hermit Trail at the Grand Canyon. It was an awesome experience, but definitely a though trail to do! Scroll left for more views and some major trail diversity ⬅️
The canyon is a result of millions of years of erosion due to waters from rivers such as the Colorado River. This has unearthed a wondrous specimen of geological time and evolution. A wonder indeed!
There are two main types of rock immediately visible in the Canyon: yellow limestone and the reddish limestone/sandstone with sweeping dusts of greyish sands. My personal favourite is the latter because from a distance, the sands over the red rock give off a halo-ish otherworldly feel, very cool!
Returning home from the most challenging backpacking trip to date in the monolithic and majestic Grand Canyon. Day 1 dropping 4200 ft to camp at Hermit Rapids, ascending to the Tonto Shelf to camp day 2, then climbing over 3000ft on Day 3 on the incredibly hard Boucher trail which at times involved mountaineering/rock climbing up various shoots to reach the narrow cliff band trails. Not gonna lie...it kicked my butt. I’m sore, bruised and battered, but it was worth every ounce of pain. Photo: Joey Coconato
Ben and I are fresh out of the Grand Canyon! We hiked 30+ miles during our 3 night stay and 12.5 miles from the river to the South Rim today. I’d usually be so excited to share some of my photographs with you. Unfortunately, I hit an all time photographer low. Our first day down the canyon, we hit some unexpected rain. We had to put on rain gear and my camera away quickly. It wasn’t until the next AM that I realized I left my camera on and it my fully charged camera was dead :( Devastated to say the least. While I do have a few photos from the day before our hike down, I have none from our epic adventure inside the canyon. There were a few moments specifically I would love nothing more to share. I guess my 6th grade memoir skills will have to do.
Photo 1: We hiked the hermit trail down to Hermit Creek. After rainfall all night, we woke up to clouds hugging the very top of the rim. We were literally surrounded by eons of geological time represented by each layer of green, red, and gold. If I didn’t know better, I would have believed you if you told me we were scooped up in the middle of the night and placed into a little jar of heaven.
Photo 2: We hiked a few miles from our campsite the Colorado river. We stood in the middle of the canyon. 4,500 feet below the rim. The microscopic river I looked at from the rim was now in my fingertips. The rapids glimmered variations of turquoise, indigo, gold, and granite. I felt honored to share a moment with this majestic river in the middle of the grandest canyon in the world. It was defiantly a sight to see.
Photo 3: We woke super early to get a head start on our hike before the heat swept the canyon. We left our campsite before sunrise. At about 1500 above the river, we hit a basin with a view of the river. The canyons colors were the most beautiful pastels.The sun’s reflection shimmered on the fluffs of clouds. The fluffs of clouds reflected in Colorado river. The river literally lit up the entire canyon. Absolutely breathtaking.
Actual Photo: The last photo before “the incident”
Planning our weekend adventures in the Grand Canyon and looking at all kinds of maps! One of our favorite map apps is @viewranger. It’s kinda cool how the beta for hiking the trails in the canyon are described in terms of the geology/layers of rock you are in.
We’ve been visiting our friend, Ben, this past week. . .he lives in a pretty incredible part of the country and works for Grand Canyon National Park as a geologist. We climbed on some awesomely featured limestone at The Pit, saw volcanoes and earth cracks, and went caving last weekend with Ben in a cave that, geologically, was very unique. In some passages, you were caving in sandstone, instead of limestone. This was also one of the cleanest caves we’ve ever been in. . .ascenders ran up the rope without slipping and clothing was almost clean enough to wear the next day. I even learned about a new super simple chest harness setup that was way better than my other one. You always learn something new when you go adventuring with people from other parts of the country/world.
And, yes, Philip is rocking his @patagonia onesie. It’s been getting down into the 10s this past week at night. . .