Trip Report
Quadzilla, GCNP.
Thursday May 22, 2014 1:49pm
View North from New Hance trail, Red Canyon, South Rim, GCNP. Our prim...
View North from New Hance trail, Red Canyon, South Rim, GCNP. Our primary goal was Rama Shrine, the 6411' red Hermit shale capped summit located lower and to the right of dominating Vishnu Temple.
Credit: pseudalpine
Of course, we know this wasn’t that big, or nearly as cheesy, but for some reason, the way we went about this trip may qualify to some as a ‘terrifying force of nature'.

New Hance Trail, Red Canyon, South Rim, GCNP.

Crossing above Hance Rapids.

Traversing the north bank above Hance Rapids.

Asbestos Mine Trail.

Vishnu Temple.

The lower spring, above miner camp, where my younger brother & I had resupplied in Jan., 2000 was dry. There were seeps, upstream, below the pourover, but the location wasn’t good for the following day. We adapted & settled with East Fork Asbestos, above the Shinumo pourover, AH9 Vishnu.

Sheba Temple.

Ascending Rama.

The Tabernacle.

We gained the 6411’ summit of Rama Shrine, ~3000’ above our packs by 8:30. One down, three to go.



Descending Rama.

We were back to our packs ~10:00am & headed over to Sheba, which took about an hour to climb.

We lumbered through Seventy Seven Mile from noon to one. It was hot, likely the crux of the day. Across the river is the South Rim, Red Canyon & Coronado Butte.

Heading over to hike up The Tabernacle after climbing Soloman Temple, our third summit of the day.

Jupiter, Venus & Apollo Temples. Out of view to the left, would be Juno Temple & to the right, Ochoa Point.
I think these five could impressively be done by a superb boater in a long day via Basalt.

Descending the Tabernacle Trail into Rattlesnake Camp. The cold Colorado was a big relief.

Back in the Valley (of the Sun), an OP opinioned on social media about some other fellow users…
“A little further down river we ran into some hiker/pack rafters. They definitely went down river a long ways in those pack rafts. Way further than what is allowed, I believe. Could someone remind me of the regs on this?”

The subsequent post somewhat regressed…
“The pack rafters probably did 2-3 miles at the least. I have it documented but haven't had time to look it up. I have photos of them. I'm not looking to get any one in trouble or report anyone. Just seemed that they were way beyond the allowed. I'm pretty sure they also took out because of strong winds. They probably would have kept going. If there are rules, people should follow them.”

W Wh Wha What, whatever... please tell me this post isn't representative of the privates!? Yup, we’re loving these places to death & it’s getting more crowded, but I don’t see how this attitude improves our situation.

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About the Author
I’ve hiked over 3000 miles in GCNP the last thirty four years and have been climbing there for over twenty. Rama Shrine was my 112 unique summit. The other three, Sheba Temple, Soloman Temple & The Tabernacle were repeats, bringing my total to 132. It was our first four in a day. Thanks to Supai Adventure Gear.

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Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
  May 22, 2014 - 03:25pm PT
Very nice. Good to see you're still out there getting after it!

The Granite State.
  May 22, 2014 - 03:58pm PT
That looks like a great outing, ignore the whaambulance chasers.

Trad climber
Portland, Or
  May 22, 2014 - 05:36pm PT
Thanks for the TR. That's an ambitious trip in a day, but looking at it again seems like it must have been an overnight. Looks like you were within the 5 mile limit, too, but curious where you hiked out. Packrafting is still pretty unfamiliar to most but it certainly opens up some new possibilities to combine different exploration methods on one itinerary.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  May 22, 2014 - 04:16pm PT
Really beautiful!

Awesomeness has descended upon you.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  May 22, 2014 - 04:58pm PT
Oh, man, that looks like a blast.

I bet that cold water was refreshing. Can you dunk your head and drink, or do you need to filter that water?
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  May 22, 2014 - 06:50pm PT
Beautiful place !!!!!

Boulder climber
  Jun 2, 2014 - 10:56pm PT
This attitude about packrafters is NOT typical from our experience with raft groups but there is a vocal minority attempting to restrict hikers. Because of the extreme distance and terrain, crossing and floating sections of the Colorado river in Grand Canyon is critical access for hikers, climbers, and canyoneers. Stay involved to protect access to the river and beach areas.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Jun 2, 2014 - 11:03pm PT
Dood, you are so the reincarnation of Colin Fletcher! I'm sure he approves, too.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Jun 3, 2014 - 05:28am PT
Wonderful, thanks for sharing.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Jun 3, 2014 - 02:30pm PT
Enjoyed the photos, thanks for sharing!
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
  Jun 3, 2014 - 02:48pm PT
where did you see the on-line banter? I just completed a permitted 23 mile packraft and canyoneering trip first week in may. started down n. bass into muave canyon, and exited at tapeats, thunder river bill hall trail.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Jun 3, 2014 - 03:00pm PT
nice pictures and rad summit bags!

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