Trial Run for The Good Hike -
Heidi and I decided to hike The Grand Canyon in late June before we brought our friends out to hike with us. Boy O Boy was it HOT! It was most certainly a learning experience.
Things we learned:
- Start Early - I mean EARLY! Get up before the sun's up and start hiking. It's one of the most amazing things to witness, seeing the canyon come alive with the morning sun. It's also much easier to hike (in June) when the sun is low in the sky.
- Salt/Electrolytes = Best Friend: Believe me, it's HOT and the last thing that you want to do is eat pretzel sticks or drink hot water (the pipes were out so we had to carry all of our water) with electrolyte tabs but DO IT! There were a number of people suffering because all they drank was water. The ranger said that people underestimate the power of electrolytes.
- Be Open to Changes: Our idea was to hike from the S to N Rim and take the shuttle back around. We had a few days to do this and already had our camping permits in place. Upon arriving, we found out that there was a section of the trail closed and that we could not complete the entire trek across. Welp, we could either be super bummed or figure it out. We were bummed but seriously, it ended up as a blessing in disguise for us. We decided to do one night at Indian Gardens. We started hiking in the late afternoon to Indian Gardens and spent the night there. The next day we woke up at 4am and hiked to the Colorado River and back out the South Rim. Then we shuttled around and hiked the N Rim.
- Hiking Poles! Use Them!
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