Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Mileage - 43, Elevation Gain - 10,800 ft
Total Time - 9:59, Moving Time 9:13
My buddy Arrick has been asking me about doing the double crossing for the past year and we finally pulled it off on Saturday. We were anticipating really cold temperatures and the possibility of ice on the trail with an overnight thunderstorm. Neither of that happened and we enjoyed near perfect conditions for a hike/run of this magnitude.
We parked down the road at a small lot about a half mile from the actual South Kaibab trailhead and ran in to warm up. We dropped into the dark abyss at 5:45am and picked up speed as a little bit of daylight made the trail more visible. We topped off our bottles at Phantom Ranch and cruised across the bottom of the canyon. The lighting and clouds hovering around the North rim were spectacular and the air was crisp. We were pumped up and made good time to the N. Kaibab trailhead (4:25 moving time). We took a break, rearranged our gear and began discussing the strategy to finish in under 10 hours. Even though we had a goal in mind, it didn't keep us from having a little fun on the trail.
|Easy miles at the bottom of the canyon|
|Arrick running near the Colorado River|
|Arrick leading the way up N. Kaibab|
|Early miles heading down S. Kaibab|