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Walking into the canyon

5000 ft descent - day 14

sunny -15 °C
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Last night was by far the coldest night we had experienced; not only on this trip, but definitely in my life!! It probably got down to about -15 degrees Celsius. The tents were frozen inside and out. We all made it through the night relatively warm, however, getting out of bed was definitely a challenge. We got up at a reasonable time, as we had to catch an 8am bus to the start of the walk. The walk took us down a lot of switchbacks, deep into the canyon and down into the Colorado River that runs through the canyon. We took the South Kaibab trail into the canyon. It was a really nice walk. The beginning of the walk was snow covered and quite icy. There were great views of the canyon towards the top of the hike, and as we got deeper into the canyon, we began to see the amazing Colorado River weaving through the canyon.
All up we descended just under 5000ft and it took us 3 hours. We found a campsite right on a little river that flowed into the Colorado River.
The campsite ended up being pretty full that night, with about 90 people down there. The facilities down there were amazing, for how remote it is. There is power, running water and flushing toilets. We then chilled out for a little bit. We played a few games of card and headed down to the beach for some Frisbee.
It was really nice to be setting up our tents in the light, and to be able to relax in the afternoon. We had wraps for dinner, and called into bed for an early night, as the next day was going to be a big day.

Posted by vansantjordan 14:57 Archived in USA Tagged snow winter arizona holiday usa camping grandcanyon roadtrip frisbee southkaibabtrail campinginthecanyon coloradoriver

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