Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Grand Canyon Double Crossing

Grand Canyon Double Crossing

Grand Canyon National Park, of the most unique places I've ever visited and absolutely breathtaking. The picture above was taken less than an hour after I first set sights on the expansive and majestic canyon and it set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

Our crew consisted of Montrail sponsored and ultra phenom Amy Sproston, Leadville 100-mountain bike and Leadville 100-mile ultra run finisher (all within a week earning him the title of "Lead Man") Todd Janssen, recent Cascade Crest 100 finisher Jason Leman, and a woman who needs no introduction....The Queen....Meghan Arboghast....If you don't know much about her...well I'll tell you a little bit...she has a fricken world record...nuff said.....and then Me!

We started just after 6 a.m. Sunday morning (10/23/11) at the South Rim (Bright Angel Trail head). Once the sunrise broke it was impossible to run too far without taking the cameras out and stop in awe. It really was surreal the entire day.

We made it to the North Rim and stopped and downed some much needed calories and chatted w/ a few folks.  Then it was dropping back down toward where we started. We put in some great sections of running on our way down and all the way to Phantom Ranch.

Plateau Point was a three mile section that was totally worth doing even though everyone was feeling really fatigued. The 360 degree view was just amazing. There is some serious energy going on down there in the canyon and I can say that I'm definitely going back as soon as I can.

By the time we made our way up our climb of the South Rim it was getting dark. Sunset in the canyon is beautiful....the shadows getting longer....the different color reds, pinks, browns with the color of the sky and the weather was perfect.  We decided that we weren't going to click on our headlamps unless totally necessary and even though we stumbled a few times nobody hit their knees!

We made the double crossing in 12 hours 52 minutes and just over 50-miles with what I'm guessing is over 12,000 feet of climbing for the run. Honestly could be the best run I've ever been on. I know I've been saying that a lot lately but it just keeps getting better. This one is going to be hard to top.

Thank you Amy, Todd, Meghan, and Jason...It was something special to share that with you guys...definitely a weekend of bonding and lots of good laughs and fun.  I've always heard that Rim to Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon was a rite of passage in the ultra running world. Now I can see why!  Feels good to check that one off the list. 

I'll leave you with some pictures and a Youtube video that I created.


To see a few more photos click HERE

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