Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gratitude # 12

For my friend Karin, she was my hiking buddy. Because of Karin I worked out like a crazy women and backpacked the Grand Canyon down the South Kaibab trail and out the Bright Angel trail. I slept in a tent during a freezing night up on the rim and carried my 50 pound backpack down and out.  Remember going out means going up!   This was the first hike we did together.  I weighted the backpack when I returned to work and it weighed 40 pounds without the water.
Karin and I at Havasu Falls
The night before the hike down in to the canyon we sleep in our tent on the rim and it was 32 degrees when we woke up in the morning.  Thank heaven for a sleeping bag good enough for freezing weather.
Our second night we had camp at the Bright Angel Camp ground and the third night at the Indian Springs Camp ground. A storm had moved in the evening we were at Indian Springs and it was raining and cold. We didn’t pack a tent down because we didn’t want the weight to carry. We had two tarps which was fine at the bottom but not fine at Indian Springs. We slept under a picnic table and it was a miserable night.
Sleeping in freezing weather was never on my list of things to do in this life but I am so glad I did the hike. We did our hike in April so the lower levels of the Canyon won’t be so hot. It was a wonderful adventure!
We have hiked the Havasupai Canyon two times together. We got smart on these trips and let the horse pack our supplies down.   We camped in style with a Coleman stove and a 2 man tent.  We had a great time hiking.   

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