|Day 1 (10/16/1999)
||Plan: Car to Apache Point.
Actual: Car to somewhere on the South Rim. We didn't make it very far
after starting from the car late and having the sun go down quickly. I
got one cactus prick in my leg. What vicious plants. Our packs were
extremely heavy. It took another person to put in on our backs. The
night was very cold and windy. My Thermarest sleeping mat was flat also.
Not a very good start for the trip.
|Day 2 (10/17/1999)
||Plan: Camp to Apache Point,
then down to the Royal Arches.
Actual: We ended up going from our camp to about 0.5 miles past
Apache Point. We then had to backtrack to Apache Point. We went down and
around Apache point; a very difficult route. We finally got to the level
where we could make it down to the Esplanade level and then cruise to
the Arches. Of course, that did not happen. The route down to the
Esplanade level was treacherous. I took two falls and cut myself up
good. We were far behind schedule and running low on water, so we
decided to "BAIL". We camped on the Apache Point route that
night and planed to return to the car the next day and go to get a
permit for a different route for the rest of the trip.
|Day 3 (10/18/1999)
||Plan: Camp to car, then
over to the Back Country Office for a new permit, then to a hotel to get
situated for the next hike.
Actual: We made it back to the car ok. Everyone was Pricked by a
cactus on the route out. We ended up getting a permit for a 5 day hike across
the Tonto trail. We got a hotel room, fixed the Thermarests, went
to see the IMAX Grand Canyon film, & had a great dinner.
|Day 4 (10/19/1999)
||Plan: Take South Kaibab
Trail down to the Tonto and continue on Lonetree Spring for water and
camping. Total distance planned 5 miles.
Actual: Believe it or not.
Most everything went well. We made our goal and found
a nice campsite at the Lonetree Springs. This was a pleasant day with
good scenery. Although Smita would probably not agree as she didn't say
a word all day.
|Day 5 (10/20/1999)
||Plan: Lonetree Springs to
the Left fork of the Grapevine Creek. Total distance planned 4.5 miles.
Actual: Great day. All went well. The scenery was amazing. Great
views down the canyon to the Colorado River. Great ledges to stand on
and look out. Our campsite was in the creek bed. A little water
was flowing off to the sides. Perfect!
|Day 6 (10/21/1999)
||Plan: Take Grapevine Creek
down to the Colorado River @ Grapevine Rapids. Total Distance planed 1.5
miles and 1300 vertical feet.
Actual: We spent the first half of the day making our way down the
creek bed. The water was flowing well and the walls around us were
smooth. Lots of rock hoping and avoiding small waterfalls by climbing
the rocks around them. This was amazingly fun. As we made our way down
the water falls kept getting bigger and more difficult to get around.
Finally we saw the Colorado and the rapids, but we were stuck at a 15
foot water fall about 20 feet form the river. Brian went down on a very
makeshift rope ladder we concocted, but no one else thought it very
safe. We headed back and made it to camp, staying the night in the
same place as Day 5.
|Day 7 (10/22/1999)
||Plan: Short hike to
Cottonwood Creek. Total distance 2.5 miles.
Actual: We took our time getting to Cottonwood, enjoying the scenery.
Spent the afternoon in camp, and exploring.
|Day 8 (10/23/1999)
||Plan: Get out of the
Canyon via Grandview Trail. Total distance of 2.25 miles and 5,000
Actual: We made it out in 4 hours. It was quite a slog up. Very
steep. Once out we went for showers at the village, had a nice
lunch/dinner, and headed home.