To Rim To Rim: Grand Canyon
journal from an internet hiking buddy, Rich Hale, who has done
the rim to rim to rim four times before hanging up his
internet site, adventurehiking.com, a few years ago:
1998 my best friend and I decided to hike the Grand Canyon - Rim
to Rim to Rim.
on the route you take, the distance from the South rim to the North
rim and back is between 48 and 50 miles. A hike most people would
prefer to do in three or four days. We, on the other hand, had heard
about an informal race/event where they do the entire distance in
under 24 hours.
say race/event, because only a handful of runners are actually racing,
yet most all the runners and hikers do share a common goal. That
is a goal of having a completion time of under 24 hours. You see,
the story we heard is if you complete the hike in under 24 hours,
you have done "The Death March".
the other hand if you take 24 hours and 10 minutes, you haven't done
the Death March; you have merely gone hiking in the Grand Canyon
for "Two" days.
why we decided to do this is still a mystery, but we did it, and if
you ever do something like this yourself, it would be wise if you
didn't let the memory of pain fade too quickly, because if you
do, you too may end up doing it again and again.
are the links to our stories.
- Trip No. 1
is a record of our first triple rim crossing. Although
lacking the detail of our second trip, it gives the reader
a little insight into the event.
don't make the mistake of reading this story and thinking
you've learned everything you need to learn before hiking
the Grand Canyon.
- Trip No. 2
story of our second Rim to Rim to Rim crossing and a more
detailed look at the hike, mistakes we made and how to
even think about going rim to rim to rim without reading
- Trip No. 3
story is fairly long and gets into the heart and soul of
a of the experience. I expect this to be of greater interest
to those who are enticed by such an endeavor than those
who wonder why in the hell anyone would ever want to do
such a thing.
I write of what went wrong as much or more than I write
of what went right. I do this for a couple of reasons:
is because I find things like quivering muscles, sleep
deprivation, and dehydration more memorable and entertaining
to write about than say an evening stroll in the park with
Fido and Fifi.
is anyone can write a success story - without it being
of any real value to the reader. I have a sincere hope
that my writing about what we did wrong, as well as what
we did right, will help future Grand Canyon hikers have
a safer and more enjoyable hiking experience.
was supposed to be our final triple rim hike, but I seem
to remember saying that about our first and second hikes
as well, so if you see another hike listed below this one,
I guess we changed our minds . . . again.
Trip No. 4
permitting I'll write up our 4th triple rim hike and post
it here. . . . okay, it's way past my deadline for a 2002
update, but it's only a hobby.
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