Third Day – Hiking Upward to Exit the Grand Canyon
The previous night, we commented that leaving the canyon would be hard: not only for the physical effort itself, but also because we were already attached to the place. Being in such a great and sublime place is something that touches. It would be hard to leave, or go back. The “back” already seemed to be there, the feeling was to let go.
The effort began early in the morning, 4am! We knew that starting after 6am would be a pain in the ass because the sun would hit our head and punish our bodies along all the way up. Stress, run and 6am left. We crossed the bridge … five months waiting to get to this river … it was hard to say goodbye to the Colorado. We made the 9 mile ascent in 5 hours, 4500 feet of elevation gain. A lot of physical effort and mental determination “follow, follow.” The trail rewards you with every layer of rock that rises, and the joy of having been part of it all. Feeling that this is also yours, and you are this.