The Grand Canyon is indeed Grand. Ridiculously Grand. Inspiring. Perfect. Created. Incredible. October of 2008 was my first trip to the Canyon. At the time I was not prepared for how ‘awe-inspiring’ this ‘hole-in-the-ground’ actually is. In fact, it is not simply a ‘hole-in-the-ground.’ This canyon is splendid in every sense of the word. This time around, I thought I’d be more prepared and less ‘blown-away’. It was not to be. I am every bit as inspired this time around as last. I don’t think the Grand Canyon can ever get old. Annie being able to come was an added plus to this year’s trip (2010) as this was her first time to the Grand Canyon. We traveled down with Scott Drum and his wife Liz, Ryan Burch and his wife Megan, and we met up with Doug and his wife Kirsten. A fantastic trip was had by all. The ladies did a 17-mile run from the Bright Angel Trail down to Phantom Ranch, and back up the South Kaibab Trail. They had a great time. The guys headed out for the infamous Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim (R2R2R) double-crossing. We went down the South Kaibab trail to Phantom Ranch, and then over to the North Kaibab Trail and the North Rim, and then retraced our steps back on out for a total of 42 miles. The weather was moderate, with a decent cloud-cover occasionally helping us during the hottest times of the day. This was a beautiful trip that I will remember for a long time. Enjoy the pictures below (most were taken during the 2008 expedition) and I would encourage everyone to make the trek to the Grand Canyon at least once! You will not regret it.
Published October 18th, 2010 by Duncan Callahan
Grand Canyon 2010. Double Crossing
This fall has been fantastic. I was seriously contemplating racing once or twice more, but now I am glad I opted not to. I have enjoyed running this fall tremendously. In previous years, I have been very sluggish and unmotivated in the autumn. This year, I have been running quite a bit and enjoying every step. As I look to next season, these joyous running miles will certainly help both mentally and physically. The Signal Peak madness continues. I have now run Signal Peak 103 times this year. Ryan Burch is at 100 summits as well, and Tim Parr and Scott Drum are chalking up quite a few summits of their own. Here’s to a great October and into the winter. Snow is falling up high around the Gunnison valley as I write this. Train well. Live well. DC.