I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon for almost a week in January, 2014. I traveled with my best friend Tim and we hiked down the South Kaibab trail and back out the Bright Angel trail. The best thing about the trip was every 100 yards was a totally new view. These videos just don’t come close to being there yourself. If you want a brief summary, this article provides a great brief overview of the hike.
Hiking Down the South Kaibab Trail
This is a steep way down and totally amazing views the entire way. The following video does a good job on the overview and I recommend full screen if you are on a desktop. We were carrying about 30 pound packs (including a beer or two). Well, Tim had a heavier pack. We also had help from the mule train to carry provisions down so we could stay in the campground in style!
Tromping Around Bright Angel Canyon
Once we got to the campground, we certainly a bit beat up. Our knees took a beating, even though we used ski poles to cushion our descent. I certainly remembered the thrashing I received hiking in Nepal all those years ago. So it’s not the old age but the body type. Long and long legs take a long pounding. Ugh. But still, the most memorable part in this video is the North side of the river trail. Totally amazing and worth it two or three times over!
Hiking out the Bright Angel Trail
We were still beat up a few days later, but nothing that 3 Advils and an ace bandage could not help with. This was just as amazing but in a canyon instead of the ridge trail of the Kaibab. It took us 9.5 hours to get out but I know we stopped all the time for checking out the views.