Trip Report
Southwest hiking trip, barely on topic. Wait for it
Thursday June 13, 2013 7:44pm
My wife Vanessa and been asking for a Southwest Hiking trip for at least the last year. So off we went.

Narrows - Top Down, 16 miles, 11 hours.

You have to remember to look up. We spent a lot of time following the ...
You have to remember to look up. We spent a lot of time following the meandering path through the rocks and sandbars
Credit: martygarrison

Credit: martygarrison

Credit: martygarrison

Credit: martygarrison

Credit: martygarrison

Credit: martygarrison

Our thirtenth wedding anversary coming up. This lady is a trooper.
Our thirtenth wedding anversary coming up. This lady is a trooper.
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Next up we drove down to the Grand Canyon. Having visited it a number of times we had never hiked to the floor. No time like the present.

South Kaibab to Bright Angel, 17.5 miles, 14 hours.

Vanessa was not happy at the sight of this sign.
Vanessa was not happy at the sight of this sign.
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Just spectacular
Just spectacular
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V didn't know quite how hot it was going to get...
V didn't know quite how hot it was going to get...
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Getting warmer
Getting warmer
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Ah the Colorado!
Ah the Colorado!
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Hot
Hot
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We are halfway right?
We are halfway right?
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Time to book
Time to book
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Really cooking now
Really cooking now
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Credit: martygarrison

End in sight
End in sight
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Ebony and Ivory
Ebony and Ivory
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At the rim. Spent
At the rim. Spent
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I had promised Vanessa a little R&R after the hikes so we headed to Sedona and some vortex hunting. Not really, we just hung by the hotel pool and ate good food for the most part. We did however take a stroll to the Cathedral and check out the Mace.

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And this brings me to the only remotely on topic content...A couple of pics of the last time I was in Sedona some 35 years prior.

Second pitch of the Mace 1978. Look at that hair. Geeze
Second pitch of the Mace 1978. Look at that hair. Geeze
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Fun on the Mace, 1978
Fun on the Mace, 1978
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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Jun 13, 2013 - 07:53pm PT
Sweet! Great team. Thanks for posting it Marty.

DMT
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Jun 13, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
I was thinking this would be in a prairie somewhere, what with the barley and all ;)

I hope those nice spots are in my future! Thanks for the pics.
10b4me

climber
  Jun 13, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
Looks like a fun trip.
Someday, I will do a R2RNAD
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
  Jun 13, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
My wife Vanessa ...
w@@w
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Old West Crackramento
  Jun 13, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
You were a prettyboy! Nice way to get up in AZ's guts!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
  Jun 13, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
Nice TR Marty.

Makes one a wee bit thirsty to look at this, time for a brewski to celebrate Marty and Vanessa's jaunt into the canyon and out.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jun 14, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Dude, that's your wife? Well done man! You appear to have married above your station.....awesome!

You're my new hero. I married well above my head too!

Oh, sweet trip by the way!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Jun 14, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
cool stuff Marty!
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
  Jun 14, 2013 - 01:38pm PT
Nice report.

Would recommend the Left Fork of North Creek (aka "The Subway") the next time you are in Zion park. It is awesome...as is Orderville canyon, which you passed on your way down the Narrows...so many fun canyons in that park.
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
  Jun 14, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
+1

also respectfully submitted, more photos of Mrs. Marty?
perswig

climber
  Jun 14, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
With the dudes above - Vanessa's a beauty!
Sweet canyon pics, too, and the BITD shots (nice mane!).

I assume one checks the wx before committing to the streambed in such a canyon trip?

TFPU.
Dale
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jun 15, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Awesome TR, any more pics from 1978????
Beautiful wifey by the way!!!
-ez
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