under: epic - 12 nov 2002|
warning: 300K worth of jpgs ahead
days ago we hiked the grand canyon, from
the south rim (at the top) to phantom
ranch (at the bottom) and back, to mark
larry speidell's birthday.
from 7100 ft)
left at dawn.
wouldn't necessarily have been counterproductive to ignore this sign, except that
the whole point was to hike down and back in one day.
and much of it was spectacularly dizzying.
to traverse the, erm, traverse
looking down (from around
3800 ft) at the colorado river (at around 2400 ft). two of eight hikers had turned
back by this point.
green area at center right is phantom ranch. the southfacing valley sheltering
the ranch was possessed of a stunning and almost unearthly tranquility. we passed
a departing hiker who had been there for 17 days.
late day, hobbling and other assorted impaired gaits were commonplace. no longer
thinking about missed photo ops, the next picture is hours after leaving the bottom:
meb contemplating his knee (or perhaps his sturdy north face gear....all licensing
inquiries licensing@mattbonn....blah blah, etc.).|
through an immense purple dusk.
you've ever been in a room with your eyes closed, and then you've gone into a
bigger room with your eyes still closed, and you've heard the difference in the
size of the rooms....this will make perfect sense:
is the biggest sounding place on earth.
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