One of the craziest things about living in Arizona is the fact that you can drive the Grand Canyon, hike in and out and be back in the same day. My friend Katie decided that her Birthday Bullshit trip this year would be a Rim-Rim-Rim traverse of the canyon in October. A fair portion of this event will be taking place at night when the temps are more tolerable. In order to prepare for this she decided that a training hike was in store. So with little planning and a sense of adventure we loaded up and headed to the Grand Canyon to hike. Starting Saturday evening we planned to hike down South Kaibab Trail to the river and then back up Bright Angel Trail to catch the sunrise. Pulling an all nighter was nothing new to me, but the rest of the crew was in for some Type Two Fun for sure.
3PM- Pick up Katie from this place some of you have heard of. REI sells outdoor gear to enthusiast in many outdoor disciplines. Some of these include kayaking, running, backpacking, biking and most recently Instagraming.
5PM- Arrive in Flagstaff under thundering skies to grab burritos, fuel up and hit the road.
7PM- Drive through pouring rain through the park attempting to find the others who were meeting us up there, while trying to remember if we packed our rain jackets...
8PM- The shuttle bus drops us off at the South Kaibab Trailhead, where we take a awkward group shot before heading down the trail before the sunlight fades completely.
8:30PM- We suffice to artificial light while pissing off a group of hikers. They asked if we could please not shine our headlamps their direction because they were trying to preserve their night vision. Mind you this was a moonless light, on wet surfaces.
9:30PM- By this point we have began to see the desert come to life after the rain. Frogs began to make their way into the mule piss/water puddles along the trail.
10PM- We reach the river and make our way to the water refill and bathrooms. We hangout in the bottom of the canyon listening to the night sounds. While we waited a deer wandered a few feet from us, reminding us that we are only a small spec in this ecosystem.
10:45PM-12:00AM- We begin the long climb up Bright Angel Trail to the rim. Along the way dodge frogs and keep our eyes peeled for Scorpions, Black Widows, and countless sticks that look like Scorpions.
1:00AM- We arrive at Indian Gardens and hang out for a few minutes pondering why we decided to do this on no sleep. After pooping in the restrooms and nearly sitting on a scorpion, I woke back up and was ready to continue.
3:00AM- By this point everyone is feeling the miles and lack of sleep. Like a bunch of zombies we continue up the trail racing the sunrise.
5:00AM- We take our final steps out of the canyon and are treated to a beautiful sunrise at the trailhead. We take a group shot and load onto the bus where we catch a short nap before beginning the 4 hour drive home.