Friday, July 15, 2011

Full Moon Running at the Grand Canyon

The thought hadn't even occurred to me until Evan Reimondo suggested it:  A full moon waltz to the river and back.  The timing couldn't have been better.  Karl Jarvis and Evan piled in my truck and we headed to the Canyon for this 14 mile jaunt.

The South Rim faintly backlit by the full moon.

With the most difficult part of trip over, getting through the entrance station, we were ready to hit it!

Happy to be diving in again!

The first steps off the South Kaibab Trail.

Using the last few rays of sunlight to our advantage.

Coming...

...and going.

The South Kaibab's tight switchbacks are enough to scare away any of those with vertigo.

Sunset at Ooh Aah Point.

Shadows and definition.

The full moon shows itself.

Darkness surrounded as we crossed the Black Bridge and the Colorado River.

The lights of Phantom Ranch's meal hall light up the night.

Step inside for cooler temps, some lemonade and Snickers.

These folks were partying!

Now you know exactly what you can get at Phantom:  Get a bed for the night for as much as a steak dinner, lotions but no raisins and tasty sack lunches.

Back out into the night, through the tunnel and up, up, up!

One step at a time.

Following Evan and Karl back out the South Kaibab.

Deer in the headlights at Tip Off.

Next up, Skeleton Point.

Cedar Ridge indicates the last mile and a half to the top.

The crew back on top at 12:30am.  (l to r) Karl Jarvis, Torrence, Evan Reimondo.

Your Moment Of Zen

The Canyon is difficult no matter how you cut it!

6 comments:

jea said...

At the canyon right now reading your post. Mark and I are heading in after sunset. Can't wait. -Joel

bflygirl said...

Great photo blog, love the moon pic!

Jason Henrie said...

Great post! I try to get in there at least once every summer for a night run and you just inspired me to try and get in there again this summer! Gotta love the canyon. Even when it's burning hot!

What's with the $40+ steak!?!

Gravityh said...

HAving the Bid Ditch close to home opens up lots of possibilities... nice little adventure.

Unknown said...

Nice work IT!!

Olga said...

Sounds like a grand idea to steal for the future.