Updates

Hello again to everyone - today marked the beginning of HIA's Grand Hike for Health. Before I get into some hike details, I want to update you on some personnel changes and introduce the hikers. Due to health reasons, I'm not going to be camping out at the rim of the canyon any more. I'm at home in Baton Rouge, but will still be updating the blog through updates the hikers  send me via SPOT Locations. Everything will essentially run the same, though. Also, we decided to ask another hiker to join us, so now we have 8 hikers.

The Hikers

Anthony Brock - Biochemistry major at LSU
Mark Clements - Journalism major at LSU
Christopher Iwancio - Seminarian at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology; experienced Grand Canyon hiker; coordinated the hike route
Ben Jumonville - International Trade & Finance major at LSU
Michael Kline - Philosophy major at LSU
Tom Lawler - Sociology major at Northwestern State University; Wilderness First Aid Certified
Jay Ledoux - French major at LSU
Brian Mouille - Biology major at LSU

Hike Route

The map to the right shows the marked route the guys will be traveling. (The thick red line is the route, and the red and green dots are the markers.)
The hike has 7 markers:
Start: Grandview Point
Day 1: Horseshoe Mesa
Day 2: Cottonwood Creek
Day 3: Boulder Creek
Day 4: Cremation Creek
Day 5: Bright Angel Campground
Day 6 (Finish): South Kaibab Trailhead
(Besides the Start Marker, all the markers denote where the hikers will set up camp at the end of each day.)


Picture
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Begin Day 1: Grandview Point

Mouille's SPOT: At the Grand Canyon trailhead about to begin the hike!
Date/Time: 12/27/2011 @ 1:40:23 CST
GPS location: Latitude:35.99811 Longitude:-111.98788
The following map will be posted each time Brian or Anthony checks in with their SPOT gps device. The green arrow on the map will show where the guys' check-in location is each time.

End Day 1: Horseshoe Mesa

Mouille's SPOT: We are safe at camp for the night and we had a great hike today! Can't wait for what tomorrow will bring us!
Date/Time: 12/27/2011 @ 6:10:20 CST
GPS location: Latitude:36.02274 Longitude:-111.97519

Day 1 Overview

Travel

The guys began their decent down into the Grand Canyon from Grandview Point. In a little over 4 hours, they managed to travel the Grandview Trail for a total of 3.2 miles. 
The guys found that Grandview Trail isn't the easiest trail to start out on; it is often narrow and tends to be very steep and rocky. In some places, the cliffs can get so steep, in fact, that the trail is built up with logs to fill gaps between ledges . Despite the trail condition, the view from the upper parts proved to be pretty rewarding for everyone. 
After leaving the steep beginnings of the trail, our hikers entered sloping areas that weren't as steep as previously experienced, but steep nonetheless. As they neared the lowered portions of Grandview Trial, the rock trail became more of a dirt trail with rocks in it. 
After some travel on a more gently sloping area, the guys made it to their destination at Horseshoe Mesa and set up camp. Day one was a success!

Weather

Conditions: Mostly Sunny during the day; clear night
High: 53  deg                       Low: 7 deg
Sunrise: 7:38 AM              Sunset: 5:22 PM 
* The posted temperatures are likely to be slightly lower than what our hikers are actually experiencing within the Grand Canyon.*
Picture
Entrance to the Cave of the Domes. Seeing the inside of this cave was one of the highlights of Day 1.
 



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    Anthony Brock
    Mark Clements
    Christopher Iwancio
    Ben Jumonville
    Michael Kline
    Tom Lawler
    Jay Ledoux
    Brian Mouille
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