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  • Day40

    Grand Canyon National Park (South), USA

    July 25, 2017 in the United States

    Nous sommes allés voir le sud du Grand Canyon. C'était très joli. Mais avant le repas il y avait tellement de brouillard que l'on ne voyait rien. Heureusement après ça s'est levé. On a pu fait une petite balade de 2km. Après nous avons pris un shuttle (un bus). Il nous a emmenés à 7 miles (11 kms) de là. Puis nous avons marché sur un petit chemin au bord du vide. 

    Le grand canyon a été creusé par la rivière il y a 60 millions d'années. Les paléontologues ont trouvé beaucoup de fossiles de dinosaures.


    Hier nous somme allés au Grand Canyon, partie sud. Au début on ne voyait rien car il y avait beaucoup de brouillard et il pleuvait: on a dû se réfugier dans la voiture. Quand on y est retourné c'était magnifique.

    PS : la rivière du colorado a creusé le grand canyon.

    PS : éviter de manger des sandwichs faits par le magasin du Grand Canyon. 😨😨😨

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  • Day32

    Grand Canyon South Rim & Heliflug

    October 2, 2017 in the United States

    Heute ging bereits um 5 Uhr morgens der Wecker los, wer mich kennt, weiss dass es dafür einen guten Grund geben muss. Nach einer kurzen Wanderung erreichten wir einen einsamen Aussichtspunkt, von wo aus wir einen wunderschönen Sonnenaufgang erleben durften. Nach ein paar tollen Fotos, einem Frühstücks-Burrito und einem atemberaubenden Helirundflug über den Grand Canyon gings für uns weiter Richtung Joshuatree.

    Auf den 560 km durch die Pampa gabs ausser unzähligen toten Tieren nichts interessantes zu sehen - ich hab geschlafen und Fabi fuhr wie ein Weltmeister.
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  • Day10

    More dodgy roads.

    August 5, 2017 in the United States

    Just the small matter of 170 miles to get to the South Rim of the Canyon. First stop was Kayenta - nearest town to Monument Valley - fill up & get essentials. Missed turn for shops - slight detour, major speed bumps - car not happy. Pushed on retracing steps for a little while more. Signs warning of rough road surface caused concern - could the car cope with anything more. As it happens it was nothing more than uneven & bumpy. By now the roads were straight & the surroundings dull & monotonous. Last resort to relieve boredom - American radio - miraculously something was found - a live concert. That helped. A scenic viewpoint came & went confusing signage dictated a huffy retreat - so unlike me. Tried the next one & unsurprisingly the roads down were abysmal. Just parked up & the rain began. Stubbornly insisted on seeing this gorge & it was quite impressive. In pretty much any other country it would celebrated as a wonder. It is however next door to the Grand Canyon. Eventually made it to the park gate & on entering cars were being ushered to the first sight of the Canyon. Needless to say most did. Very busy. Seems drier on this side. Nice clear view of the river. Quick look & headed to the lodge. It became clear that it wasn't just the canyon that was big on this side. Our lodge was split into 2 wings, each with 6 buildings. Massive. A world away from the North Rim. Unpacked & headed down to the rim & there was a really nice walk along the edge of the canyon for a mile or so. Had geological pointers, some great viewpoints & best of all was pretty quiet. A New York family were about the same pace as us - the dad offered to take our photo - appreciated. Handed the phone to his son to sort out - great delegation. Made it to the Village centre but it seems really to be just a collection of hotels with access to some stunning views. Back for tea - order was taken by a machine - no tipping issues.Read more

  • Day11

    On the rim

    August 6, 2017 in the United States

    Laid back start to the day - morning run aside. Brekkie was somewhat disrupted by the fact that the fridge had been set to vicious cold and all the fruit had been frozen. Headed to the general store with the expectation of something similar to the North Rim version. It was more akin to Asda with souvenirs. That said we picked up what we needed for breakfast and lunch - picnic with a view today. Today's joy was somethiing that the North couldn't really offer - an extended walk along the rim with ever changing views. What it would probably also offer was ever changing crowds. The first stretch to the village we knew & it was at the village we first encountered an element of busy but to be fair once beyond the trailhead down into the canyon it subsided and all was quiet as we like it. Ambled on watching the hikers descending and the condors gliding. You could practically see the trail virtually to the Colorado. A great challenge - one for the future maybe. Along the way encountered numerous chipmunks and squirrels as well as a lazy rabbit and a very showy bluejay. Opted for lunch at Maticopa Point. It was here we fully realised what a great invention ice machines are - 2 water bottles stuffed with ice provided cold water 3 hours into our hike - heaven. Decided now to head back on the bus - break from the sun or escape from the impending downpour - black clouds were looming. Found bus stop but there didn't appear to be a stop back to town. Turns out that was because there wasn't - had to go to the next stop. Bus arrived busy & we only just made it on. Phew. Driver was very chatty - giving instructions and details of stops in her distinctive southern drawl. Decided since we had a seat to push onto the visitor centre. Took in an Imax movie about the canyon - impressive. Came out expecting rain. It wasn't. Walked back but clearly this was where the crowds were. A bit of a chore and we'd probably had a bit too much sun. So back to the lodge for a cool down.Read more

  • Day37

    Trek America - Grand Canyon

    May 26, 2015 in the United States

    Today we had the opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon by taking one of the trails down into the canyon itself. There are many signs warning of the risks involved due to the changes in altitude and increased temperature as you descend (it can be as much as 30C hotter at the base of the canyon than it is at the rim). This has led to people dying as they are unable to ascend back out of the canyon and help cannot get to them quick enough. Signs warn against attempting to travel down to the Colorado river at the base of the canyon and attempting to return to the rim in the same day, however we've heard people still attempt to do this. Emily advised that the Grand Canyon National Park is the country's most dangerous with deaths numbering in the hundreds each year due to these risks as well as people getting too close to the edge...

    We chose to descend at the South Kaibab Trail, originally honed out of the rock with pick and explosives by workers in the 1920s. The trail is just wide enough for two people to travel side by side or allow mules through to carry goods between the base and the rim. The trail is a 6 mile round-trip iand descends a total of over 2000 feet (the rim to base is nearly 4800 feet) There are three stages to the trail, Ooh Aah Point, Cedar Ridge and Skeleton Point.

    When we began our descent from the rim, along steep switchback trails, we had our jackets as despite the sun and bright blue sky, the breeze and canyon's shadows kept the temperature cool. Acknowledging the risks we took plenty of water and went slowly, prepared to turn back at any point if needed. The enormity of the canyon's drop at the side of the trail was knee-buckling (for Alex at least) to view but this was a mental battle and we pushed on with the physical task ahead. We reached Ooh Aah Point and decided to continue on to Cedar Point. It was here that the geology changed from yellowy limestone to a rich copper of sandstone, reminiscent of that we had experience in Arches National Park and Monument Valley. The trail narrowed here and returned to switching back and forth as we descended further still into the canyon. As well as moving down, we were also moving further out into the canyon as we approached Cedar Ridge. Drawing us away from the cliff face of the rim, we became exposed to the sun, which began to beat against us and quickly our jackets were removed.

    We rested at Cedar Ridge, which offered us a near 300 degree view of the canyon. Looking back up we could see just how far we had come but knew that the hardest part, the ascent back out, was yet to come. We sat resting and replenished with water and food (even when descending, at such altitude and with such heat, it was still crucial to do this). We walked out to the very edge of the ridge to take in the views before contemplating whether to continue on to the end of the trail, Skeleton Point. Our fellow Trekkers had all turned back at Cedar Ridge and it was appealing to try and achieve the full trail. However the sun and our depleting supplies of water were foreboding a very difficult and possibly dangerous climb so we decided, sensibly, to return to the rim. Quickly we realised how sensible our decision had been as the heat, altitude and steep climb took their toll on our bodies. Nevertheless we kept a steady pace and after a brief rest at Ooh Aah Point we returned to the rim in just under an hour. The round-trip to Cedar Ride was 3 miles and we descended just over 1000 feet.

    Overlooking the canyon and using our camera lens we could make out specks of people moving to and from Cedar Ridge whilst more people near us were contemplating the descent themselves.

    We walked along the rim and attended a talk by one of the ranger guides on how the canyon was formed. In short - the canyon was originally formed when the Colorado plateau was pushed up through the earth's surface when the plates that cover the earth's surface collided billions of years ago. This also created the Rockies mountain range from where the Colorado river flowed and began to break its waters against the edge of the plateau. Over millions of years the river steadily flowed through the plateau creating many tributaries along the way. Again, over millions of years, the force of the flowing water caused the limestone and sandstone (two stones very susceptible to water erosion) to break off and up, making the river bed deeper and wider, eventually creating the canyon you see today. The Colorado river still flows furiously at the base of the canyon and at certain points on the rim it can be seen with the distance disguising it as a slow trickle.

    We returned to camp happy with the success of our hike as well as the knowledge that tonight was our last night under canvas and tomorrow we were heading to Las Vegas.
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  • Day25

    Grand Canyon (in the mist)

    September 29, 2016 in the United States

    Despite the masses of (mostly asian) tourists we also had a weather problem over here. We tried several spots but all seemed cloudy and the road was foggy as hell.
    By the way: it's quite a trip from vegas to this spot ~ 300km a 4.5h drive.

  • Day2

    Grand Canyon

    March 18 in the United States

    🇫🇷 Nous arrivons au Grand Canyon vers 14h30 et bien qu’il y ait de la neige sous les arbres et en bordure de route je suis un peu déçue de voir qu’il y en a peu dans le canyon.

    Navette jusqu’au centre d’information, direction Mather Point (beaucoup de monde, y compris un japonais en costume cravate!), film sur le canyon, puis retour en navette jusqu’à El Tovar et à pied jusqu’à Bright Angel lodge où nous dînons et passons la nuit.

    En raison des problèmes d’alimentation en eau les restaurants utilisent de la vaisselle en plastique. Si la situation ne s’arrange pas il pourrait même être question de fermer le parc la semaine prochaine.

    Les sacs sont prêts pour demain...espérons qu’il fera beau.

    🇬🇧 We arrive at the Grand Canyon around 2:30pm and although there is snow on the side of the roads and in the trees, I am a little disappointed to see that there isn’t much in the canyon itself.

    Shuttle to the visitor center, Mather Point viewpoint (lots of people, including a Japanese man in a suit and tie!), film on the canyon, then shuttle to El Tovar and we walk back to Bright Angel lodge where we have diner and spend the night.

    Because of the broken pipeline all restaurants on the rim use plastic plates and cutlery. If it doesn’t get fixed quickly we’re told that they may even have to close the South rim.

    The bags are ready for tomorrow...let’s hope the weather is good.
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  • Day3

    South Kaibab trail - 1

    March 19 in the United States

    🇫🇷 Moins froid que prévu ce matin et soleil et beau ciel bleu ce matin. A 8h prenons la navette ´hikers express’ qui nous emmène au départ du sentier South Kaibab. Dans la navette Tom se rend compte qu’il n’a pas son appareil photo, appareil neuf qu’il pensait utiliser pour filmer.... Où est-il? Au départ de la navette? Dans la voiture? Il faudra attendre mercredi pour le savoir, et nous contenter de mes photos.

    Neige gelée au départ et nous sommes bien contents d’avoir les crampons. Plus nous descendons et plus les températures montent, quand nous arrivons à Phantom Ranch nous sommes en t-shirts.

    La descente nous prend 6 heures et est beaucoup plus dure que j’avais prévu... il vaut donc mieux ne pas penser au retour mercredi!

    🇬🇧 Not as cold as expected this morning and nice sunshine and blue sky. At 8am we take the Hikers Express shuttle to go to the South Kaibab trailhead. In the shuttle Tom realises that he doesn’t have his new camera he was planning to use to video... Where is it? At the shuttle stop? In the car? We’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out and make do with my photos.

    We start heading down at 8:45am and the trail is icy to start with, we’re glad we’ve got our crampons. The more we go down and the warmer it gets, by the time we get to Phantom Ranch we are in short sleeves.

    Going down is harder than I thought it would have been, it takes us 6 hours to get to the bottom... It’s probably best not to think what going back up on Wednesday is going to be like!
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  • Day5

    Bright Angel trail - 1

    March 21 in the United States

    🇫🇷 A 5h50 nous sommes prêts, le ventre bien rempli et beaucoup d’eau et de snacks dans le sac. Jusqu’à Indian Garden ce n’est pas trop dur, même le Devil’s Corkscrew n’est pas si terrible que ça. Nous arrivons à Indian Garden vers 10h et faisons une pause d’environ 30 minutes, nous mangeons et refaisons le plein d’eau. Nous partons quand les mules (avec Simon et Dingus) arrivent.

    Après Indian Garden cela devient difficile car cela monte tout le temps... Après de nombreuses pauses et de nombreux snacks nous arrivons enfin à 15h30... il nous a fallu 9h40!

    🇬🇧 After a good breakfast and with a lot of water in our bags we're ready to leave at 5:50. Until Indian Garden (half way) it's not too bad. Even the Devil’s Corkscrew is easier (?) than I thought it would be!

    We get to Indian Garden at 10 and have a long 30 minute stop. We have lunch, refill our bottles, talk to the others hikers, then leave when the mules (with Simon and Dingus) arrive.

    After Indian Garden it becomes much more difficult as it goes up, up, and up. After many snack and rest stops we eventually arrive at the top at 3:30pm, it has taken us 9 hours and 40 minutes!
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