When Eugene first posted about this trip I was intrigued even though I don't run anymore. I still wanted to go,but just to attempt a Rim-River-Rim. Getting to meet everyone was a big deal for me. I didn't know anyone there and many of them are significant "celebrities" on this site. For sure these guys and Torrey are the real deal. Not a message board embellish-er in the bunch. And what a diverse group: AZ,CA,GA,AK,TX,MT,NM that I know.
I was pretty sure I could make it down and back and I thought it would take me 10-12 hr. Dan Carter,a friend of Eugene's wasn't sure if he could join the group, but he made it and wanted to do the walk so I was happy to have a hiking partner.We decided to hike down S.Kaibab and up Bright Angle. Our pace was way different than the others. We took pictures, talked to others, and really took in the grandeur. Dan is conditioned and this was a stroll for him. I appreciated him keeping me going at a good pace. While speed wasn't my objective (finishing was)it was nice to push it and see what I could do. Dan kept up with me until the 3mile House where he took off and finished about 30min before me.
We left at 5, made the river at 8:30, rested and ate for an hour, started up at 9:30, and I topped out at 2:45pm; 9hr 45min.
What I wore: 150g wool LS tee, R1 hoody, thermawrap jacket, driducks jacket,150g wool bottoms, nylon pants,thin wool liner socks, medium gloves, Kat P beanie, and Montrail ATs. I was concerned about the wet conditions we expected so I wore goretex socks in am and took them off at the river. Took driducks pants and didn't wear them. Took a Packa to use if it really rained and didn't use it.
What I ate: 1.5 PBJs, 1 Snikers, 1 nut bar, 2 beef sticks, handful of fritos, handful of cashews, 2l of sport drink, and 3l of water. Forgot my dried fruit (could have used some of David's apricots).
Thanks everybody, I had a great time.