This week we went on trips in split groups in the Grand Canyon. One group went to Grand View Trail at the Grand Canyon while our group ventured to Hermit Rapids, also on the south rim. We left Hunter House in Flagstaff on Sunday morning and made it to the canyon in the early afternoon. We got lucky with good weather and prepared our things before leaving the van on our journey. There we descended 8 miles down into the canyon to our campsite. Hermit’s trail was created by a true canyon-man who earned his name because he never left. The trail has a 3,500 ft elevation difference from peak to trough and had rugged, rocky terrain. We made it to camp as the sunset and ate dinner before a meditation AA meeting and bedrest.
On Monday, we walked down slot-canyon trail down to the Colorado River. The Hermit Rapids we arrived at were flowing with ferocity and were awe-inspiring. We threw the frisbee and enjoyed some sun. It was a nice relaxing day in which we talked about future goals and steps we might take to achieve them as well as discussing recovery and sharing laughs. We retired to our tents early that evening to prepare ourselves for a challenging ascent out of the canyon up the same trail we had come down.
Tuesday morning began before sunrise with our headlamps on with the goal of beating the bad weather on the way out of the canyon. We were once again fortunate to have ideal hiking weather which was overcast and chilly but void of rain or blistering sun. The trek was highly strenuous as we climbed up rock stairs that tested our mental and physical strength. Sticking together and motivating one another, we were able to make it to the trailhead after 5 hours of hiking. We rejoiced when we returned to the vans and felt a sincere sense of accomplishment and brotherhood.
The camaraderie and memories formed from the trip made all the physical challenges well worthwhile. We returned home to Flagstaff around 1pm to begin our week in town before next week’s Grand Canyon trip.
Until next time,