Photo: This is the crew (from left) Charles Scott, ST, David Bishop, and Hara Hackett.
This pretty sums it up. Part of the appeal of running across (and back) in the Grand Canyon is that it is a very remote area. You can't just call up your friend to come get you. There are no ambulances or even heated buildings to hang out in. You are way out there. Park rangers don't give a shizzle that you are cold, tired, exhausted, bonking, out of food, or lost. You got yourself into this situation, now get yourself out. In fact, the only way to be evacuated from the Grand Canyon is a helicopter ride, purported to cost $10,000.
Photo: After only a few hours or downhill running, Charles is taking a break / taking a picture.
David Bishop (on left) and myself just after crossing the Colorado river, about 10 miles into the first crossing
This year Dave Bishop achieved a personal best at Olympic Distance, qualified for World Championships, and ran his first 50K. To top it off he joined us on this run, and proved that he could walk downhill faster than I can run downhill. He was strong all day long and even dropped the rest of the group during the last 1-2 miles of the day.
Pictured (from left) ST, Charlie, and Hara.
This is right before the $hizzle hit the fan, we are about to head up the north rim. Note we are still smiling. The climb up the North Kaibab trail is the most beautiful, and the most treacherous.
maintain all the way through the rest of the run without ever falling apart. As we were on our way up the North Rim Hara was talking about stopping in the lodge to warm-up, getting something to eat, or maybe even catching the bus back to the South Rim. I explained to her that there is NOTHING on the North Rim. Nothing is open, there are no people there in the Winter because it is too cold and snowy. The only way back was to turn around.
Like I said Hara managed to maintain, but she also gave us some entertainment every so often. At one water stop, Hara was standing 20 or 30 feet from the three guys when she turned and looked at no one in particular and started having a conversation with...no one. When I realized what was happening I hollered, "Hara! Who are you talking to." She just picked up her CamelBak, walked over to us, and said she was ready to keep going. Mind you, we had 20 miled to go still, including running up the South Rim.
Hara receives a non-plussed, "What the....? Award' for having a conversation with a hallucination.
prostrated, but I would counter that it is because she is such a bad ass and can push herself to the brink of exhaustion.
Rim to River group. I was very excited to see her when I returned at 2:30am after 22 hours on the trail, when she greeted me with a "WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG!" Of course I knew she was just tired from her own run and post-run celebration. The next day we had a romantic breakfast with a canyon view together.