Grand Canyon – the hike back out
The hike out was interesting – 10 miles uphill to the rim. Our outfitters had obviously done this before and got us up early (4:30…..AM!) to break camp so we could have an early breakfast while they packed everything up to be carried out by the mules. After breakfast we were able to start our trek whenever we were ready with the guides bringing up the rear to make sure we didn’t lose anyone. We all had a liesurely uphill climb to the Indian village of Supai which was just waking up but the horses and mules were already on the move to start the day of hauling supplies up and down the canyon.
We arrived at the town a little too late for good lighting on “the Watchers”, the pinnacles overlooking the village but I wanted to get at least one shot of them as we were leaving….
The really nice thing about our early departure was that most of the hike was in the shadows of the canyon. Unfortunately, the final mile and half ascent was mostly in the sun and it was starting to get warmer – but all of that was easily eclipsed by the continued amazing scenery and ambience of the Canyon. This “paintingized” photo is my wife Dee on the hike out as we approached the climb up the butte that you can see on the left side of the photo.