Trip Report
Grand Canyon and Rainbow Bridge

by Tozo
Monday January 10, 2011 9:16am
Hey supertaco friends
We haven't been doing any climbing lately due to various injuries and other setbacks, but that's no reason to cease the adventuring!
here's a trip report of our desert backpacking trip between xmas and new years.
great fun and adventure was had.
There's a quicky photo only TR below. if you want the full scoop clicky below!
don't forget to keep getting out!

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Tozo
About the Author
Tozo is a trad climber from East of West.

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eKat

climber
  Jan 10, 2011 - 09:18am PT
Really, Really nice. . . brings back some great memories!

TFPU!

eKat
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
  Jan 10, 2011 - 12:22pm PT
Nice.

How'd you get to the bridge?
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
  Jan 10, 2011 - 12:25pm PT
Nice long exposure of the stars.

So I have no experience with Grand Canyon... can you climb any of those walls? I know there are a couple routes around the rim, but there has to be some big walls down there. Are they fair game? or is the rock quality bad? Illegal? Or are people just lazy?
Tozo

Trad climber
East of West
Author's Reply  Jan 10, 2011 - 03:34pm PT
Thanks guys
Ron, we parked just south of navajo mountain and followed a trail that traversed along the mountain's western flank. From there we dropped into cliff canyon which connects with redbud pass and then to rainbow bridge canyon. We just followed that all the way to lake powell.
Good times and beautiful country

Slater, I've heard of a few long routes down there, but I think mostly the rock quality to pretty bad. I'm sure there must be some quality in all that vastness, but the combination of necessary research and epic approaches scare most folks from even trying
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jan 10, 2011 - 04:07pm PT
Awesome pics thanks for sharing!
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
  Jan 17, 2011 - 02:52pm PT
Hit the Sonoran desert. I have walked across Cabeza Prieta cross country three times. Take five gallons of water, do it in the dead of winter. Ajo to Yuma or Ajo to Tacna is a cool hike. Kind of trashed now by all of the smugglers. Haul ass, stop when sweating begins, and pack 7 extra large snickers. Take a bivy sack. I have been rained on in near freezing temps in there.

Abbey did it, but he walked the road on the southern side. And Abbey tended to embellish.

As T. E. Lawrence said,

"Why do you like the desert?"

"Because it is clean."
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
  Jan 17, 2011 - 08:13pm PT
great report -- good go on finding the bridge.
Bowser

Social climber
Durango CO
  Jan 17, 2011 - 09:33pm PT
Awesome adventure! Thank you for sharing.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jan 18, 2011 - 12:55am PT
Great stuff!! Love those pix.

More please!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jan 18, 2011 - 01:23am PT
Anti LEB bump.
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