Grand Canyon river trip

  • Date:
    2018/03/11 to 2018/04/01
    Car-to-car:
    20 days
    Round-trip distance:
    220 miles
    Trip type:
    river trip
    USGS quad:
    Cape Royal
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  • Day 0: Put-in at Lees Ferry

  • Loading the PRO Outfitter's truck in Flagstaff
    Loading the PRO Outfitter's truck in Flagstaff
  • Rigging at Lees Ferry
    Rigging at Lees Ferry
  • Lees Ferry
    Lees Ferry
  • Camp at Lees Ferry
    Camp at Lees Ferry
  • Day 1: to Soap Creek Camp

  • Listening to the pre-launch ranger talk
    Listening to the pre-launch ranger talk
  • Jack
    Jack
  • Andy
    Andy
  • Navajo Bridges
    Navajo Bridges
  • Unloading at Soap Creek Camp
    Unloading at Soap Creek Camp
  • Hiking up Soap Creek
    Hiking up Soap Creek
  • Day 2: to Upper North Canyon Camp

  • Low tide
    Low tide
  • Patrick & Charlie
    Patrick & Charlie
  • The New York team in House Rock Rapid
    The New York team in House Rock Rapid
  • Upper North Canyon Camp
    Upper North Canyon Camp
  • Hiking up North Canyon
    Hiking up North Canyon
  • Dinner!
    Dinner!
  • Day 3: to Nautiloid Camp

  • Kyle
    Kyle
  • Redwall Cavern
    Redwall Cavern
  • Redwall Cavern
    Redwall Cavern
  • Redwall Cavern
    Redwall Cavern
  • Oops!
    Oops!
  • Unloading at Nautiloid Camp
    Unloading at Nautiloid Camp
  • Day 4: to Upper Saddle Camp

  • Breakfast!
    Breakfast!
  • Jack
    Jack
  • Alex
    Alex
  • Upper Saddle Camp
    Upper Saddle Camp
  • Hiking up Saddle Canyon
    Hiking up Saddle Canyon
  • Day 5: to Lava Canyon Camp

  • Hiking up the Nankoweap granaries trail
    Hiking up the Nankoweap granaries trail
  • View from the granaries
    View from the granaries
  • The Nankoweap granaries and Tapeats, the hedgehog floss container
    The Nankoweap granaries and Tapeats, the hedgehog floss container
  • Clay and Noel
    Clay and Noel
  • Andy
    Andy
  • The confluence of the Little Colorado River and the Colorado River
    The confluence of the Little Colorado River and the Colorado River
  • The Little Colorado River
    The Little Colorado River
  • The Little Colorado River
    The Little Colorado River
  • Super strong Andy!
    Super strong Andy!
  • Camp at Lava Canyon
    Camp at Lava Canyon
  • Point 4,046 from Lava Canyon Camp
    Point 4,046 from Lava Canyon Camp
  • The Palisades of the Desert
    The Palisades of the Desert
  • Day 6: layover day up Lava Creek and Carbon Creek

  • Hiking up Lava Canyon
    Hiking up Lava Canyon
  • Point 3,741, between Lava & Carbon Canyons
    Point 3,741, between Lava & Carbon Canyons
  • Carbon Canyon
    Carbon Canyon
  • Cairn on the south end of point 4,054
    Cairn on the south end of point 4,054
  • Lava Canyon
    Lava Canyon
  • Coffee grinder embedded in a cottonwood
    Coffee grinder embedded in a cottonwood
  • Lava Creek
    Lava Creek
  • The view up-river from a hill above Lava Canyon Camp
    The view up-river from a hill above Lava Canyon Camp
  • Lava Canyon Camp
    Lava Canyon Camp
  • Day 7: to Upper Rattlesnake Camp

  • It started raining while we were cowboy camping and I could not find poles for the tent, so I found some sticks to set the tent up with
    It started raining while we were cowboy camping and I could not find poles for the tent, so I found some sticks to set the tent up with
  • Tanner Rapid
  • Nap time
    Nap time
  • Bryant
    Bryant
  • Upper Rattlesnake Camp
    Upper Rattlesnake Camp
  • Hiking up the trail to The Tabernacle
    Hiking up the trail to The Tabernacle
  • Solomon Temple from the summit of The Tabernacle
    Solomon Temple from the summit of The Tabernacle
  • The view up-river from The Tabernacle
    The view up-river from The Tabernacle
  • Upper Rattlesnake Camp
    Upper Rattlesnake Camp
  • Dish duty
    Dish duty
  • Day 8: to Clear Creek Camp

  • Rigging the boats
    Rigging the boats
  • Scouting Hance Rapid
    Scouting Hance Rapid
  • Noel
    Noel
  • Lunch!
    Lunch!
  • Clear Creek Camp
    Clear Creek Camp
  • Clear Creek
    Clear Creek
  • Day 9: to Granite Camp

  • Filling water at Phantom Ranch
    Filling water at Phantom Ranch
  • Nap time
    Nap time
  • Eating where the Colorado will carry away the crumbs
    Eating where the Colorado will carry away the crumbs
  • Scouting Horn Creek Rapid
    Scouting Horn Creek Rapid
  • Horn Creek Rapid
  • Mikenzie, Bryant and me
    Mikenzie, Bryant and me
  • Lindsay and Alicia
    Lindsay and Alicia
  • Tower up Monument Creek
    Tower up Monument Creek
  • Granite Rapid
    Granite Rapid
  • Granite Camp
    Granite Camp
  • Day 10: to Bass Crossing Camp

  • Morning safety talk
    Morning safety talk
  • Scouting Crystal Rapid
    Scouting Crystal Rapid
  • Our kitchen at Bass Crossing Camp
    Our kitchen at Bass Crossing Camp
  • Bass Crossing Camp
    Bass Crossing Camp
  • Day 11: layover day up Shinumo Creek

  • Scenery from the groover
    Scenery from the groover
  • The Colorado River from North Bass Trail
    The Colorado River from North Bass Trail
  • Hedgehog cactus
    Hedgehog cactus
  • Shinumo Creek
    Shinumo Creek
  • Old miner's camp
    Old miner's camp
  • Shinumo Creek
    Shinumo Creek
  • Scorpion illuminated by a black light
    Scorpion illuminated by a black light
  • Day 12: to 120 Mile Camp

  • Shinumo Creek
    Shinumo Creek
  • Lunch
    Lunch
  • Elves Chasm
    Elves Chasm
  • 120 Mile Camp
    120 Mile Camp
  • Conquistador Alley
    Conquistador Alley
  • Day 13: to Stone Creek Camp

  • Low tide
    Low tide
  • Blacktail Canyon
    Blacktail Canyon
  • Blacktail Canyon
    Blacktail Canyon
  • Blacktail Canyon
    Blacktail Canyon
  • Spanning the Great Unconformity, one billion years difference between the Tapeats Sandstone on top and the Vishnu Schist on bottom.
    Spanning the Great Unconformity, one billion years difference between the Tapeats Sandstone on top and the Vishnu Schist on bottom.
  • Bighorn sheep ewe
    Bighorn sheep ewe
  • The Dollhouse
    The Dollhouse
  • Charlie pulling through Bedrock Rapid
    Charlie pulling through Bedrock Rapid
  • Scouting Deubendorff Rapid
    Scouting Deubendorff Rapid
  • Unloading at Stone Creek Camp
    Unloading at Stone Creek Camp
  • Stone Creek
    Stone Creek
  • Tapeats Terrace and Arrowhead Terrace over Stone Creek
    Tapeats Terrace and Arrowhead Terrace over Stone Creek
  • Tree frog
    Tree frog
  • The most competitive cribbage match ever
    The most competitive cribbage match ever
  • Bryant and Kyle
    Bryant and Kyle
  • Alicia and Andrew on dish duty
    Alicia and Andrew on dish duty
  • Day 14: to Across Deer Creek Camp

  • Low tide
    Low tide
  • Unicorns!
    Unicorns!
  • Hiking up Thunder River Trail
    Hiking up Thunder River Trail
  • Tapeats Creek
    Tapeats Creek
  • Prickly pears!
    Prickly pears!
  • Andrew capturing Thunder Spring Falls
    Andrew capturing Thunder Spring Falls
  • Alex and Tapeats Creek Valley
    Alex and Tapeats Creek Valley
  • Surprise Valley
    Surprise Valley
  • Barrel cactus
    Barrel cactus
  • Deer Creek
    Deer Creek
  • Deer Creek Narrows
    Deer Creek Narrows
  • Deer Creek Narrows
    Deer Creek Narrows
  • Handprint pictograph
    Handprint pictograph
  • Our camp at Across Deer Creek Camp
    Our camp at Across Deer Creek Camp
  • Andy ferrying us across to camp
    Andy ferrying us across to camp
  • Across Deer Creek Camp
    Across Deer Creek Camp
  • Day 15: to Below Matkat Camp

  • Hurry up and wait (morning rigging)
    Hurry up and wait (morning rigging)
  • Gretta and Bryant
    Gretta and Bryant
  • Matkatamimba Canyon
    Matkatamimba Canyon
  • Matkatamimba Canyon
    Matkatamimba Canyon
  • Alicia & Andy
    Alicia & Andy
  • Matkatamimba Canyon
    Matkatamimba Canyon
  • Boat mess at the mouth of Matkatamimba Canyon
    Boat mess at the mouth of Matkatamimba Canyon
  • Below Matkat Camp
    Below Matkat Camp
  • Mikenzie practicing rolls
  • Day 16: to 158.7 Mile Camp

  • Below Matkat Camp
    Below Matkat Camp
  • Andy
    Andy
  • Scouting Upset Rapid
    Scouting Upset Rapid
  • Multiple parties at the mouth of Havasu Creek
    Multiple parties at the mouth of Havasu Creek
  • Havasu Creek
    Havasu Creek
  • Havasu Creek
    Havasu Creek
  • Andrew
    Andrew
  • 158.7 Mile Camp
    158.7 Mile Camp
  • Another party floating through
    Another party floating through
  • Day 17: to Mohawk Camp

  • Morning safety talk
    Morning safety talk
  • Bighorn sheep ewe
    Bighorn sheep ewe
  • Tuckup Canyon
    Tuckup Canyon
  • Tuckup Canyon
    Tuckup Canyon
  • Tuckup Canyon
    Tuckup Canyon
  • Tuckup Canyon
    Tuckup Canyon
  • Tuckup Canyon
    Tuckup Canyon
  • Debris fan at the mouth of Tuckup Canyon
    Debris fan at the mouth of Tuckup Canyon
  • Beaver tracks
    Beaver tracks
  • Our kitchen at Mohawk Camp
    Our kitchen at Mohawk Camp
  • Dinner time
    Dinner time
  • Point 3,535 over Mohawk Camp
    Point 3,535 over Mohawk Camp
  • Day 18: to 186.6 Mile Camp

  • Bryant's bed
    Bryant's bed
  • Vulcan's Anvil
    Vulcan's Anvil
  • Scouting the infamous Lava Falls Rapid
    Scouting the infamous Lava Falls Rapid
  • Me and Andy in Lava Falls Rapid
  • Clay running Lava Falls Rapid
  • Bryant & the tequila on Tequila Beach
    Bryant & the tequila on Tequila Beach
  • Lunch at Tequila Beach
    Lunch at Tequila Beach
  • 186.6 Mile Camp
    186.6 Mile Camp
  • Downstream in moonlight
    Downstream in moonlight
  • Day 19: to Parashant Camp

  • A party of two kayakers
    A party of two kayakers
  • Parashant Canyon
    Parashant Canyon
  • The heart wall
    The heart wall
  • Hiding from the sun
    Hiding from the sun
  • Parashant Canyon
    Parashant Canyon
  • Parashant Canyon
    Parashant Canyon
  • Looking downstream over Parashant Camp
    Looking downstream over Parashant Camp
  • Beavertail cactus
    Beavertail cactus
  • Dinner time in Parashant Camp
    Dinner time in Parashant Camp
  • Bonding
    Bonding
  • Alex, Kyle & Bryant
    Alex, Kyle & Bryant
  • Scorpion under a black light
    Scorpion under a black light
  • Day 20: to 220 Mile Camp

  • Groover throne
    Groover throne
  • Lunch
    Lunch
  • Lindsay & Jack
    Lindsay & Jack
  • Resting in the shade
    Resting in the shade
  • 220 Mile Canyon
    220 Mile Canyon
  • 220 Mile Canyon
    220 Mile Canyon
  • Day 21: to Take-out at Diamond Creek

  • Clay enthusiastically making pancakes
    Clay enthusiastically making pancakes
  • Bee on creosote bush (California carpenter bee?)
    Bee on creosote bush (California carpenter bee?)
  • Team flag
    Team flag
  • Our first time on the same boat
    Our first time on the same boat
  • Waiting for space at the Diamond Creek take-out
    Waiting for space at the Diamond Creek take-out
  • Bryant: "The take-out is that way."
    Bryant: "The take-out is that way."
  • De-rigging at Diamond Creek
    De-rigging at Diamond Creek
  • The whole crew
    The whole crew

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