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Rim to Rim

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 8:53 am
by Candace
That was a fascinating story. I do Rim to Rim to Rim twice every year and I might be able to offer you some suggestions for your next foray.

First, you went in the wrong direction on the first day. For R-R-R, always go North to South first and then South to North the second day. Others will advise you differently, but believe me, this is the way to go! Why? Because the sun is much more friendly on the second day on the North Rim. I realize that South to North is harder because of the elevation gain from Roaring Springs to the top, but after having done this hike many times, I'm convinced I'm correct in this.

Secondly (and most importantly), you didn't drink enough water. You said in your post that you hadn't really drank that much upon arriving at Phantom Ranch. This is a huge mistake. You should have drank at least 3 liters of water by this point. You were already dehydrated and you were only at the beginning of your hike. Even in shade, the box area after Phantom Ranch is extremely hot and will deplete your body.

You should be snacking every half hour, even if it's a handful of peanuts of other salty foods. You should also eat something substantial at Phantom, like bagel with peanut butter or something similar.

What kind of pre-hike training did you do? This hike is not for the faint of heart, but I believe it's the greatest day hike in North America.

Best of luck next time!