Hermit Trail was named after a Frenchman who lived at the foot of section of the Grand Canyon, who went looking for copper. This was in the 1900s. I don’t know how he climbed up and down, the drop was about 1248 ft. He lived by himself - hence the term “hermit”.
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Instead of leaving the bottom in the early hours before dawn, an unfortunate set of circumstances caused me to begin my hike out of the Grand Canyon at 1:00 pm. The heat killed any appetite I had, so I had eaten nothing since 9:00 am, fighting nausea the entire way. The sun was so oppressive on the Tonto Bench that in a section just longer than one mile, I stopped six times to ball myself up under whatever shade was available just to bring my heart rate down to a manageable level. Fortunately when I passed the dry springs I had anticipated using, clouds and a wind had rolled in, so it was much cooler once I began rationing my water. I saw a family of three two-thirds of the way out, and an old Dutch couple a half-mile from the top, at the point where all my mental energy was being focused into moving my legs. Mike, the fellow from Holland, walked to the top with me and offered me some snacks. His conversation kept me moving, and I'm so grateful for that. When I finally did sit down on the shuttle, I had to choke back tears of relief because it was over.
I'd previously hiked almost two marathons in a day, 30+ miles a day for many consecutive days, gained and lost more elevation in a day than someone making an Everest summit bid, and hiked into the Grand, to the river, and back between breakfast and lunch. Yesterday's 9 mile trip was the single hardest day of hiking in my life. I never want that experience again. But I had to make it out in time to catch the shuttle from Hermit's Rest back to my car, and my emergency contacts were expecting me back that evening. I was hiking solo on a remote trail, fighting the clock and heat exhaustion. I was forced into a very dangerous situation that could have ended very badly. I hope anyone that sees this will be dissuaded from beginning a summer hike in the middle of the day out of the Canyon. #type3fun
Day 7- After a picture perfect proposal, dinner on the Colorado River prepared by the amazing @wanderer725, and camping out under the stars, we started the 9.5 mile trek back to the top of the Grand Canyon. We were greeted by an amazing sunrise and beautiful flowers for the journey to the top. Rich and I agree it was one of the most athletically challenging tasks we have ever completed, 22 miles over 2 days with heavy backpacks and a ton of elevation! We wouldn’t have done it without our amazing tour guide, his delicious meals, and his wealth of knowledge on the outdoors! Until next time, ✌🏼out Grand Canyon!