scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: High Adventuire Idea - Grand Canyon
Anthony J. Hitchings, ASM T42, San Mateo (AHitchi@BART.GOV
Mon Nov 29 1999 - 10:25:25 CST
For a small party (there are area usage limits). A repeat of a trip I did
with three other adults in October. Great hiking temperatures (in October)
, never too hot, clear starry nights. There was water at all campsites -
treat the water (boil, filter or iodine).
Leave a car at Grandview and a car at South Kaibab trailheads. There is no
phone at Grandview. There is a phone at South Kaibab. Leave water/sodas
and snacks in the car.
Day 1 - Down South Kaibab, along Tonto to Lonetree and camp. Day 2 -hike
to Grapevine, and camp. Day 3 - day trip down Grpaevine Creek to the
Colorado. Take some climbing/belaying gear to get past the last drop off
of about 16-18 ft (webbng, rope, prussick loops, rapell ring etc, or make
rope ladder with loops - awkward, but we did it as we forgot our rope!!).
All other obstacles can be climbed around, a hiking stick is very helpful
in some areas. Back to same campsite. Day 4 - hike to Cottonwood Creek
and camp, this is a light day. Rest up, play cards, explore etc in the
afternoon. Day 5 - hike out, up the Grandview Trail. Start soon after
first light, be on the rim by noon. Drive to Mather Camp and take showers.
Don't carry too much water on the way out, its dead weight. I used less
than 1.5L, and was drinking steadily. Don't forget to snack as well as
Hang your food each night to avoid rodent damage to pack/food. Use hiking
sticks, putting 1 ABSOLUTELY SMOOTH stick or part thereof between rope and
pack - the rodents won't go down the smooth (important) aluminum surface.
Carry one unopened store-bought 1.5L of water the entire trip for washing
wounds, drink it on the way up the Grandview Trail.
P.S. You haven't lived until you've had a mouse run across your sleeping
bag at night.
YIS - Tony Hitchings, ASM T42 San Mateo