Since running the Trans Zion earlier this year we've been talking about the rim to rim to rim. Schedules didn't work out for everyone but luckily Jared had Sunday afternoon and Monday off so we headed down for a quick trip. We worked out splits to make the round trip in under 10 hours. Our North to South goal was 4:20. After starting just after 7 AM we quickly ditched our jackets as the sun was getting hot, fast. The first section is a 5 mile down hill off the North Rim and down to the "caretaker cabin." We were expecting to move a bit quicker on this section but the trail was pretty steep in places and the footing not always very secure.
|Jared off the N. Rim|
|Heading to Phantom Ranch, main branch of the GC in the distance|
|Up the S. Kaibab|
|View from close to the top|
A quick water break at the top and we were back running. Jared's GI problems for the day started after eating wasabi/soy sauce almonds on the S. Rim. In retrospect, maybe not the best warm weather food... Back down to Phantom Ranch he was fighting dry heaves and over heating. Passing the trains of mules was ridiculous. We had to wait until they could pull off the trail and then slowly walk behind them hoping we didn't get kicked.
|"Scariest part of the day."|
Once down to the Colorado, we lounged in the water for a few minutes before starting the 8 mile low angle up hill to the "caretaker cabin." This is were the GI distress worsened. The 7 miles of dry heaves down to Phantom Ranch left Jared a little behind on nutrition, not a good place to be with 13 miles of up hill to go. We walked/shuffled the next 6 miles glad for the overcast skies and rain, the whole time hoping Jared's GI would settle and that he'd be able to put down some food and come back to life. With 7-8 miles to go it looked like we'd have to walk it out since Jared couldn't hold down food. He insisted I run it out and try to hit our goal. Feeling bad for leaving my partner (not bad enough to stay) but motivated to break 10, it was a very uncomfortable/hard effort for the next 2 hours. To make matters worse my watch died 8:10 into the day. I had the last big climb to do without knowing how close I was to the 10 hours mark. Knowing we started at 7:04AM I kept asking hikers for the time and going as hard as I could. 4:47PM once I hit the trailhead made the total time right around 9:45. Turns out after I left Jared he tried to drink a little Coke, 10 minutes later it came right back out. He had a rough last few hours but topped out just under 11 hours.
|Afternoon rain on the N. Rim. Notice the bridge down low.|
Total elevation gain: 10,710
Total milage: 41.8 miles
Total time: 9:45 (give or take a few mins)
Food: 20 gu's, 1 probar, 1 oz beef jerky, 1 Phantom Ranch lemonade
Total SLC to SLC time: 32 hours