Grand Canyon rim-rim-rim 2-day

  • May 15 · 7:00 AM
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Total Distance: about 43 miles round trip over 2 days
Total Elevation Gain: about 11,000' over 2 days
Altitude: about 7,200' - 2,400' - 8,200' - 7,200'

Terrain Description: trail

Approximate Hiking Time: about 20-24 hours

 

I had originally wanted to organize a trip for this endeavor, but it instead highly desired as a private trip. Unfortunately, that has fallen through at the last minute. Reservations are already in place so I am thus interested in seeing if anyone would like to join me for this very tough hike. I do not plan on hiking at a balls out pace, but instead a steady reasonable pace. I have had challenges training the way I wanted, but I still feel I can do this hike. I for sure know I'll be hurting at the end, but with the feeling of accomplishment.

The plan is to leave Las Vegas about 1 to 2 pm on Thursday  May 15 driving to the South Rim. If you need to leave later, then you'll have to drive yourself. I want to get there at a reasonable hour to be rested.

I have one room with two queen beds at Maswik Lodge. We will wake up early to ride the shuttle to South Kaibab trailhead to begin the hike to the North Rim on Friday May 16. My wife and son along with a friend and daughter will drive to the North Rim with a pop-up camper to setup camp for which we have a campground reservation.  My wife and son plan on hiking (if time allows) down North Kaibab to meet me so we could hike out as a family. My wife will then shuttle us to the campground. I am sleeping in the camper so anyone else will need to sleep in a tent. We'll end up exceeding the limit for the number of people in the campsite so we will use one big tent. We have a four person tent to use. My wife will transport anyone's camping gear and food to the North Rim. We'll then cook at the campsite.

The next morning on Saturday May 17, my wife will shuttle us to the trailhead. We will then hike to the South Rim down North Kaibab and then up Bright Angel. I again have a hotel reservation at Maswik Lodge. I figured we'd be so tired that it would be best to sleep and then take a casual drive back to Las Vegas on Sunday May 18. If desired, we can splurge and make reservations for dining at El Tovar to celebrate the accomplishment.

This endeavor is an amazing adventure and accomplishment for which I'd like to share with like minded people.

We will share the room expense $184 and gas if carpooling. I intend to drive.

 

Please remember to answer the questions after RSVPing. If you are using a phone, the questions will not appear. Therefore, please check back again to answer the questions.

To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: http://www.lvmc.org/w.... The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.

If you don't answer the three RSVP questions and you are not listed on the LVMC member roles I will ignore you and remove you from the trip without notice. Although, if you are new to the group and want to try us out without being a member, I welcome you as long as you contact me describing your experience for consideration on a case-by-case basis.

I am very tired and annoyed with random non-members signing up for my hikes I don't know who don't communicate with me and/or don't even show up for the hikes after I spent time corresponding with them. Thank you for your understanding!

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  • Bill I.

    I noticed in the Wall Street Journal this weekend an article about permits being required for advertised or paid rim-to-rim hikers. Don’t think that would affect us if we kept low key in future.

    September 1

    • Chris M.

      The fee we can deal with. Having someone who is a Wilderness First Responder and a general liability insurance of $300,000 is a big problem. It pretty much stops the vast majority of people from hiking the inner canyon.

      September 1

    • Craig R.

      This is ultimately a good thing, in the long run. Trail best practices suggest hiking in separate groups of no more than six, so that's a rule most abide by anyway. I'm not sure a group of hikers like those in the LVMC will be impacted by this, as long as the group is kept to a minimum. However, the medical issue and certification requirement is a serious one, as people really, really underestimate the threats posed by the inner canyon. The real problem is those who are after time milestones and those who choose to hike it all instead of camping for a night or two. That's when things tend to go awry. Most people would be very surprised to hear the things I've seen people doing along those trails, from crapping dead center on the N. Kaibab to sleeping in between cactus beds and leaving large jugs of water for others.

      September 16

  • Chris M.

    I finally got around to process the pictures from this hike and write a trip report.
    http://www.kcmeyer.com/Grand_Ca...­

    September 1

    • Bill I.

      Great collection of photos, Chris. Thank you for sharing them!

      September 1

  • Chris M.

    Very neat experience. We all only did rim-to-rim. Camped with my family on North Rim.

    May 19

  • Fabrienne B.

    Thx Chris awesome experience. Can't wait to do it again. Michelle I need my knee brace back :)

    May 19

  • Bill I.

    Every rim to rim hike teaches me new lessons. I enjoyed it and I'm glad Chris made spaces available for Michelle, Fabe and I. It was fun eating all the great grub and drinking the fine ales around the campfire with the group and the two young'uns. This being the second day the trail was really open it was as clean of burro by-products as I have ever seen and as a result the air was really fresh and pleasant over almost the entire length of the hike. I look forward to doing this again soon. Thank you, Chris!

    May 18

  • Michelle M

    I have to quickly make arrangements for a pet sitter but I wanted to rsvp before the spots were taken. I will have it finalized within the hour and will remove myself if it doesn't work. 95% sure just need a few minutes

    May 1

    • Chris M.

      I sent you an email, but in case it went to spam please contact me on my cell at[masked]-7523. Thanks. Chris

      May 4

    • Michelle M

      I didn't get it but will call you tomorrow!

      May 4

  • Fabrienne B.

    I did cactus to clouds this last Saturday 4/26/14 for a total of 26 miles in 10 hrs. 10,300' of gain in one day.

    1 · May 2

    • Chris M.

      Awesome. You are more than ready for this trip. As a matter of fact, more than me. I'll call you tomorrow so we can talk anyway.

      May 3

  • Craig R.

    Please have a look at a discussion I started about this event in the club forums. Thanks!

    May 2

  • Fabrienne B.

    When I RSVPd for this hike I did it through the mobile app and didn't get the 3 questions to fill out but you can contact me[masked] via text and I will answer any concerns you may have. Thx

    May 2

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