Canyon Dreaming – R2R2R and The River

January 30, 2015

Today I sat at my desk and finally dug through papers since November.  Yep, November.  And I must admit it felt nice to catch up but my mind was 350 miles away … at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. My first love is the R2R2R, no lie.  I can’t wait to wonder when the […]

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Ya, I’m not kidding about needing water filtration and purification in the inner canyon!

January 24, 2015

So, I know all of you r2r or r2r2r hikers already frequent the NPS backcountry site for critical backcountry updates (hint), and you know I require my friends to bring both water purification AND water filtration systems into the Grand Canyon (we’ve drank muddy creek water for the past several years on our R2R2R hikes). […]

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Fall has arrived, North Rim is closed, and the water is OFF!

October 24, 2014

Living in perpetual summer here outside of Phoenix (it is going to be 97 degrees today) it is hard to believe the North Rim has already closed for the winter – and that we will soon be hiking R2R2R again when it re-opens!  If we were standing at the South Rim today (instead of stuck […]

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Summer Heat, Headaches and Dizziness

August 1, 2014

by Dr. Patrick M. Nemechek, D. O. Your summer headaches and dizziness might not be dehydration problems; they might be (reversible) mechanical blood flow problems. You need to understand core blood flow issues in order to stay healthy and safe during brutal summers in the desert.  This is especially important on any Grand Canyon hike. From […]

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The 110 +Heat is On, So Be Ready!

June 30, 2014

As refreshing as this river water may look, most hikers who step foot below the Rim won’t see any water at all.  That is why every hiker in the Grand Canyon in the summer (when it is 110 degrees in the shade)  must plan for Heat, Hydration, and strenuous exercise in the desert’s Low Humidty. […]

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88 river miles and a week of Grand Canyon hiking!

May 3, 2014

We did something a little different this month – an Upper Canyon Trip.  88 river miles (whitewater) on the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch.  This included morning and afternoon hikes into side canyons, up to waterfalls, saw ancient ruins, and on the last day we hiked 8 miles from Pipe Creek up […]

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Winter Hiking on Icy Trails – get your Crampons out !

November 21, 2013

  If you have not seen the Grand Canyon in the snow, you should put it on your to-do list.  The Canyon in the winter is quiet, peaceful, and something about the snow gives you a little sense of depth as you peer down into it. Be aware that if you plan to do any […]

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November at the Canyon

November 6, 2013

  I just got back from a quick trip up to the Grand Canyon to introduce some friends from New York to the Grand Canyon for their first time.  Or, as I call them my “Future R2R2R Hikers”.   Thanks for letting me tag along on your road trip, guys!  I”ll be looking for you […]

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Check the Back Country site, no matter what time of year you hike!!

October 27, 2013

In my “off” months I read the NPS Digest for rescue incidents, check the Grand Canyon weather app so I know the weather on North and and South, and (of course) dream about my next trip up there.  I have historically neglected the NPS Back County website during off season until now! I have been […]

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Grand Canyon SAD.

October 4, 2013

I can’t believe the Grand Canyon is closed. 🙁

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